Brian Jones Daugh­ter wants probe into mur­der claims

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS - Janet HUGHES [email protected]­

BRIAN Jones’ daugh­ter has called for a new in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his death amid re­ports that a new doc­u­men­tary will con­clude the Rolling Stones founder was mur­dered 50 years ago last week.

Bar­bara Mar­ion spoke as fans trav­elled thou­sands of miles to her father’s Chel­tenham grave­side to pay ho­mage to the mu­si­cian on the land­mark an­niver­sary of his death.

Jones was just 27 when he was found dead at the bot­tom of his swim­ming pool at Cotch­ford Farm in Hart­field, East Sus­sex, on July 3, 1969, less than a month af­ter be­ing asked to leave the band.

Although a coroner recorded a ver­dict of mis­ad­ven­ture, ever since his death there have been nu­mer­ous al­le­ga­tions that foul play was in­volved.

And ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mail, Terry Rawl­ings, who has spent decades in­ves­ti­gat­ing Jones’s death, is about to un­veil a doc­u­men­tary about his find­ings.

“Brian Jones was mur­dered, be­yond any doubt, and there is a wealth of ev­i­dence which says that it was then cov­ered up,” he told he Mailon­line this week.

The view is sup­ported by his daugh­ter, who only dis­cov­ered that he was her father in 2002 and told Sky News that his death was a “bit of a mys­tery”.

Speak­ing at the ceme­tery in Chel­tenham where fans had gath­ered from across the globe, she told Der­mot Murnaghan: “I think he was mur­dered and I think the po­lice did not in­ves­ti­gate it the way they should have.

“I would love to have them re­open [the case] and to get some an­swers.”

She and oth­ers said tal­ented mu­si­cian Jones did not get the credit for the part he played in set­ting up what is ar­guably the big­gest band in the world.

“He formed the Rolling Stones. He chose ev­ery mem­ber, he got them their gigs. If it weren’t for my father, Mick

Jag­ger would be an ac­coun­tant some­where,” she said.

Jones was born in a Chel­tenham nurs­ing home in 1942 to Lewis and Louisa Jones. He lived in El­do­rado Road and Bath Road, and at­tended Dean Close School and Chel­tenham Gram­mar School.

Af­ter get­ting his girl­friend preg­nant, he left school at 17 and even­tu­ally went to Lon­don, where he set up the Rolling Stones as a blues band in 1962 .

But as he be­gan to strug­gle with drugs and al­co­hol, Mick Jag­ger and gui­tarist Keith Richards steered the band in an­other di­rec­tion and he was asked to leave three weeks be­fore his death.

Mr Rawl­ings, an in­ves­tiga­tive re­porter, has long claimed that he died in a row over money with builder Frank Thoro­good and there are re­ports the con­struc­tion worker con­fessed to the killing on his deathbed to Jones’ for­mer chauf­feur-turned-min­der Tom Key­lock. Rawl­ings claims the row came af­ter the mu­si­cian fired the builders.

Po­lice have re­peat­edly de­nied claims that of­fi­cers at the scene took the rock star’s death in the swim­ming pool on face value be­cause of his life­style.

Sus­sex Po­lice de­cided to re­view Jones’s death in 2009 af­ter Scott Jones, a British in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist, traced a num­ber of peo­ple who were al­legedly at Jones’s house the night he died.

They re­cently is­sued a state­ment in re­sponse to spec­u­la­tion say­ing: “The death of Brian Jones was in­ves­ti­gated in 1969 and was also the sub­ject of two re­views by Sus­sex Po­lice, in 1984 and 1994. From time to time over the past 49 years Sus­sex Po­lice have also re­ceived mes­sages or re­ports from jour­nal­ists and other in­di­vid­u­als about the death. Each is con­sid­ered on its in­di­vid­ual mer­its and re­viewed wher­ever ap­pro­pri­ate.

“No such re­port has been re­ceived since 2010 and no new ev­i­dence has emerged to sug­gest that the coroner’s orig­i­nal ver­dict of ‘death by mis­ad­ven­ture’ was in­cor­rect. The case has not been re­opened and there are no plans for that to hap­pen.”

Pic­tures: Mikal Lud­low Pho­tog­ra­phy

Chris­tian Nieder­hu­ber, above, trav­els ev­ery year from Aus­tria to pay his re­spects to for­mer Rolling Stone Brian Jones; be­low, many more joined him at Jones’s grave­side last week

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