New Investigation Being Launched Into Death Of Rolling Stone’s Brian Jones

August 31, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – British police have reopened the investigation into the 1969 death of Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, which was originally ruled an accidental drowning.

Brian Jones struggled for years with a serious drug and alcohol problem, and when he was found dead in his swimming pool the coroner ruled it an accident, with drug use a major contributing factor.

Despite two books in the early 90’s chronicling the confession of a man who admitted to killing the former band member, police have only now chosen to reopen the investigation into what they are now saying could have been murder.

Jones was an original founding member of The Rolling Stones, and was responsible for the band’s name. As time went on he began to feel isolated from the rest of the band, as the spotlight began to shine more brightly on Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

His drug problem over the first five years of the band’s success was intense, and in 1967 he quit. He was dead a month later, found floating in the swimming pool on his estate.

According to the books “Paint it Black: The Murder of Brian Jones,” by Geoffrey Guiliano and “Who Killed Christopher Robin?” by Terry Rawlings, his death was actually a homicide by Frank Thorogood.

Thorogood was a builder who had been hired to help in the renovation of Jones’ home. The two had had several conflicts, which the builder later admitted on his death bed has escalated into murder.

“It was me that did Brian. I just finally snapped,” Thorogood was quoted by the Huffington Post, a confession that was made to the band’s road manager, Tom Keylock, who passed away this past July.

This isn’t the only evidence in the case.

Janet Lawson, former girlfriend of Keylock, was the one who discovered Jones’ body. She claims that she had been sent by her boyfriend to check on the situation between Jones and Thorogood, as the manager was allegedly worried about the increasing hostility between the two.

She said that she had seen them messing around in the pool before his body was discovered, and that Thorogood then entered the house alone, looking frightened and shaken. Lawson found the body shortly after.

When asked why she didn’t tell the police this information at the scene, she replied, “The police were trying to put words into my mouth.”

The new investigation is being opened after investigative journalist, Scott Jones (no relation), handed over 600 documents related to the case that he had managed to gather over the course of his search into the story.

The news of his possible murder is only speculation, and when asked whether or not it was likely to lead to a wider investigation into the mystery surrounding the guitarist’s death, the Sussex duty inspector has said that “it’s too early to comment at this time as to what the outcome might be.”


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