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Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« on: April 27, 2005, 11:59:21 AM »

The Paul Is Dead Story and the 'Clues'

The Paul Is Dead rumor started with a series of events in the 1960s that led fans of the popular rock band The Beatles to believe that bassist Paul McCartney was actually dead and replaced with a look-alike. McCartney remains alive, as of 2005.

The rumor began in earnest in 1969, when Russ Gibb, a radio DJ from WKNR-FM in Detroit, Michigan, announced that McCartney was dead. Other DJs, television news reporters, newspapers, and magazines picked up on the story and began to look for clues.

The rumor eventually became a full-fledged conspiracy theory as members of the media and Beatles fans searched album artwork and song lyrics for clues to the cover-up and McCartney's supposed death. Believers eventually decided that McCartney had died in a car accident that happened at 5 a.m. on a Wednesday morning (the time and day, mentioned in the song "She's Leaving Home"), and that "he hadn't noticed that the lights had changed" ("A Day in the Life") because he was busy watching the pretty girl on the sidewalk ("Lovely Rita"). According to believers, McCartney had been replaced with the winner of a McCartney look-alike contest. The name of this look-alike has been recorded as both William Campbell and William Shears. Though it has been denied by all four members numerous times, many fans are convinced that the rumor was a hoax perpetrated deliberately by the Beatles as a joke. The rumor has been exhaustively examined in the book Turn Me On, Dead Man: The Beatles and the "Paul-Is-Dead" Hoax by Andru J. Reeve, the latest edition released in October 2004.

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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2005, 12:30:33 PM »

Great read, cheers Al ;)
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2005, 01:54:48 PM »

great post Alan :)
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2005, 04:47:11 PM »

Ta ;D

I was bored during my lunch-break!! ;D

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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2005, 05:15:07 PM »

 ;Dhehe

good post anyway
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2005, 05:57:51 PM »

The Rubber Soul cover theory..how weak! made me chuckle :)
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2005, 09:48:47 PM »

i must agree with indy. who knows what the hell they were looking at?

personally, the paul is dead theory stuff is good for a laugh, but never something i'd believe and take seriously. i mean, you can take any small detail and distort it into a "clue." my favorite one was always the last one mentioned regarding his solo work.
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2005, 11:11:36 AM »

It's the very last comment that I agree with the most!

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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2005, 11:04:13 PM »

the best one is the bass drum on Sgt Pepper. If anyone hasn't seen it, I can post it.
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2005, 04:07:59 AM »

A couple that were left out:

--The intruments the Beatles are holding are all marching band instruments except Paul's which is an oboe.

--On the back cover of Pepper, their hands make different letters: George is 'L'; John is 'V'; Ringo is 'E'. The only letter missing in the word 'love' is 'O' because Campbell's back is to the camera, and Paul is the only Beatle who doesn't have the letter 'O' in his name.

--On the back of Abbey Road, next to the passing girl, the shadow looks like a skull.

--There are a pair of skeleton hands grabbing Paul in one of the pictures on the White Album poster.  The list goes on.
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2005, 04:16:42 AM »

I also heard a guy give a lecture on it once and he said toward the end of 'Gently Weeps' that George is singing 'Paul Paul'.

There was also the deal with their name being a phone number. The first three letters like they're spelled out on Magical Mystery Tour are 834, which is also the time on the board in the MMT booklet behind John the mustachioed ticket man. Supposedly someone called the number and there was a message saying "You're getting closer".
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2005, 04:19:43 AM »



11/9 he die. The Stupid Bloody Tuesday.
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2005, 12:41:39 PM »

They could have been a bit more subtle. lol
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2005, 03:27:42 AM »

XD good one Alan hehehe
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2005, 03:57:08 AM »

I love reading about these.  The whole Paul is dead theory is just a fun thing to make stuff up for.  Has anyone read the article about this on www.iamthebeatles.com?
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #15 on: May 08, 2005, 12:53:46 PM »

I could've sworn Paul died after "Back To The Egg"............but then he released "Flaming Pie"......
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2005, 11:59:03 AM »

Here's another clue for you all.... I have updated my post with all your new 'clues'! Got any more?

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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2005, 11:44:03 PM »

Here is a great site LOADS of pics and some great 'clues'!

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/opd/home.html

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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2005, 01:42:32 AM »

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Here is a great site LOADS of pics and some great 'clues'!

http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/opd/home.html



Man, just when you think things can't get any more far fetched, there's always more.
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Re: Paul is Dead: Story & Clues
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2005, 12:13:34 PM »

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Man, just when you think things can't get any more far fetched, there's always more.

The good thing about that site though is that it has compiled all the available 'clues' and just lets people decide for themselves.

By the way, I added your clues to my original post - hope you don't mind!
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