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- Posted on Aug 31st 2009 12:30PM by John D. Luerssen
Long ruled as a death by misadventure, the 27-year-old Jones was found at dead at the bottom of a swimming pool at his farmhouse in Hartfield, East Sussex after a party. Postmortem reports showed that the musician -- a heavy drug user who became alienated from the band and announced his split from the group June 9, 1969 -- had not taken illegal drugs and had only consumed the alcoholic equivalent of three and a half pints of beer.
In the 40 years since his death, many fans have speculated he was murdered. In a November 2008 article published in the Daily Mail, Scott Jones -- a journalist who is of no relation -- wrote, "I'm convinced Brian Jones' death was not fully investigated. The only question that remains is why?" In an interview with Janet Lawson, the girlfriend of Stones tour manager Tom Keylock, for the article before her death, she contradicted her original statement and called her original statement, "a pack of lies ... total rubbish."
A popular conspiracy theory suggests that the musician was murdered by his builder, Frank Thorogood, who allegedly confessed to the killing before his own death in 1993. That storyline later formed the basis of the 2005 film, 'Stoned.' A police spokesman confirmed they were in receipt of documents connected with Jones' death, but a full investigation is not imminent. "These papers will be examined by Sussex Police, but it is too early to comment at this time as to what the outcome will be," he said.