In 1969 Jim Morrison turns himself in to the FBI

The controversial Doors frontman downward spiral was on full speed

In 1969 Jim Morrison turns himself in to the FBI

On March 2nd 1969 in Miami, The Doors begun their downward spiral after a visibly unleashed and very intoxicated Jim Morrison supposedly exposed himself on stage. One month after the concert, Morrison was a wanted man by the law and in order to avoid more problems he was advised to turn himself in. On April 3, the legendary singer turned himself in to the FBI in Los Angeles. He was charged on six charges of lewd behavior and public exposure from the infamous concert in Miami. He was later released on $2000 bail.  But trouble seemed to follow Morrison everywhere, and while still fresh from the controversial performance earlier that year, Jim Morrison gets in trouble again when he’s arrested by the FBI after landing on Phoenix, Arizona on November 11th, 1969.  Morrison, who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with his friend actor Tom Baker,  had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. When they landed,  were both arrested for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The pair spent the night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail. This was another one, in a series of events between 1967 and 1969 that got Morrison in trouble with the law and rushed The Doors career to an end. By November 1969, Morrison had already earned a reputation as a person of interest by the FBI. On September 20th, 1970, Morrison was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 fine for public exposure and  sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he moved to Paris, France where  he would die on July 3rd, 1971. I On July 3rd, 1971 Morrison was found dead at the age of 27 on the bathtub of his Paris apartment. Morrison still owns today one of the biggest cult followings in Rock, he’s an enduring legend that personifies and symbolizes rebellion and authority defiance, together with his iconic image and the timeless and amazing still contemporary Doors music.

Watch 1970 TV Footage concerning the Miami concert and Jim Morrison’s trial, including a Morrison interview



Listen to “Five To One” an excerpt of the Miami concert featuring  one Jim Morrison’s controversial raps that night

 

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