The History of “Paul is Dead”

What began (most likely) in a drug-soaked dorm room or four came to full fruition on October 12, 1969, when detroit DJs Russell Gibb and Headly Westerfield broadcast the "news" for the first time over the airwaves. Various "reports" had been circulating in certain newspaper articles, but WKNR's decision to read one of them over the air kicked the murmuring into high gear. Long before most folks imagined that JFK had been killed by more than one man, this conspiracy theory took hold of American ears, and hasn't let go yet.

The hoax persists (even though it was disproven all those years ago) mainly because it's a terribly fun parlor game. So much so, in fact, that fans of other bands have started their own versions of PID, using their favorite musicians as faux-conspiracy fodder. Phony murder plots as recreation? It's got Kevin Baconization and Twister beat all to hell. Even in the field of weird parlor games, the Beatles were there first. (Three of them, that is.)