Patricia Kennealy-Morrison Interview
New York - July 12, 1993

© 1993 by Rainer Moddemann

(very special thanks to Wendy Bachman, who transcribed from the video file)

At the beginning of June 1993 I got the offer to do some interviews for a German TV company. Of course I agreed, and after some phone calls across
the Atlantic I booked my flight. First city I visited was New York. On July 12, 1993, I met Patricia Kennealy-Morrison in New York at the offices of
her publisher, 'Dutton'. We talked for a while about what the TV company was expecting and I set up my camera.

After some time she was ready to be interviewed.

Patricia Kennealy-Morrison and Rainer Moddemann.
Photo © Rainer Moddemann.
Rainer: Patricia, You are the only woman that was married to Jim Morrison, and you own a certificate signed by Jim.
Would you tell me what it meant for you and Jim being married?
Patricia: Jim and I were married in a handfasting ceremony which is a Celtic religious ritual. It is not a legal marriage and
I would hasten to say that I have never claimed to be Jim’s legal wife, but it was very valid and very binding
religious ritual. Jim took it very seriously, contrary to the way he is portrayed as taking it in the movie. It was his
idea and I think that he did it because he knew it would give me great joy.
Rainer: Your husband went over to Paris. Would you please tell me something about your last meeting with him? Did he
tell you anything about going to Paris? Did you know he was going there with Pamela Courson?
Patricia: Yes, I did know. The last time I saw him was late February. The last week of February, 1971, and I believe he
left for Paris on the 10
th of March, 1971. I was with him in L.A.for a week or so. At the time I was staying with
him he did tell me he was going over to Paris with Pam and it was basically to end the relationship. He said they
had been together on and off for a number of years, but that basically that he was ending it. He felt that he owed
her this because she was completely dependent on him. She had no resources of her own and could basically do
nothing for herself. He felt he owed it to her to end it that way. He also made it clear he intended to come back
to me in the fall after he ended this, broke it off with Pam. In fact I was getting this information in letters from
him through April, May and June. I was hearing from him on a more or less regular basis by mail and in the
letters he made it quite clear. I was not the only person hearing this sort of thing from him at that time. Max Fink
was getting letters from him to the effect that he wanted to be home before the 4
th of July and all of a sudden he’s
dead on the 3
rd of July. I think to me and maybe to other people as well, it was very suspicious to say the least.
Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.
Photo © Rainer Moddemann.
Rainer: He wrote some letters to you from Paris. Did he say anything about what his feelings may have been in Paris?
How did he feel about being in Paris?
Patricia: He loved being in Paris. He thought it was a beautiful, wonderful city, which of course it is. The letters were mostly
about him and me. How he felt about me. You know, how we’d get a loft together, we’d do projects together, maybe
screen plays, maybe a movie. That sort of thing. The sort of things you plan with somebody you love and plan on
spending time with. As far as his own life was going in Paris, he was very down. He was very depressed. You could
see it through the letters. How they gradually got grayer is, I guess, is the way you’d describe it. Almost a kind of
despair wouldn’t be too strong a word. He wasn’t happy with the way things were going as far as his writing was
going. I think he was looking forward to getting back to the United States and getting himself back up to speed
as it were.
Rainer: Did he write to you about how he was really doing on his writing?
Patricia: Not really. What he said he was working on was notebook kind of stuff. I have seen some notebooks at auction
which purport to be Jim’s. Paris notebooks basically. They were much the same as all the other notebooks. I have
seen some general scribbling, jotting down line drawings. Things of that sort. Nothing of any value or substance.
But I don’t know. I wasn’t there so obviously I can’t say.
Rainer: Did he tell you anything about the people he met there?
Patricia: Not really. No.
Rainer: Let’s have a look at your book, 'Strange Days'. In your book, you’re talking about your strong belief that Pamela
Courson was responsible for his death. When I read the book, I got the feeling that you are saying that she
murdered him. What can you say about that?
Patricia: As I said, I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. I’m relying on what I feel and what I heard at the time and what I’ve
heard since. A number of people have gone public over the last few years about what really went on and it
certainly appears as if she was responsible for giving him the heroin that killed him. He was not a heroin addict.
I want you to know. I want to make it very, very clear to people that if it was heroin that killed him, it was
probably the first time he ever tried it and it would kind of tie into the fact that he was very down and depressed.
It could be something as simple as Pam out of her own guilt and being a heroin addict saying, “Try this. It will
make you feel better”, or maybe concurrently telling him to snort it up. Maybe telling him it was cocaine. But in
any case, she was responsible for giving it to him. If she didn’t actually fire the gun as it were, she was the one
who put the bullets into the chamber and held it out to him. He would have never gotten heroin at my house and
I would kill her for this.

Patricia's book 'Strange Days'.
Signed page 4 of 'Strange Days'.
Rainer: I read in your book that you did a special kind of service because you thought there was no kind of service done
for him. What did you do? Was there a priest or something like that?
Patricia: I did conduct a service for Jim. I’m a priestess myself, so I conducted a service, a rite in the same tradition in which
we were married to send him on his way, to speed his passage, a kind of protection you put on someone to see that
their soul gets to where it needs to be. I did also take a Catholic priest with me to the grave. Jim wasn’t a Catholic.
He was a Presbyterian by birth, but France is a Catholic country, so to me it would be appropriate for a Catholic
priest to do something, even though it was a little after the fact. The priest was very understanding. Very kind to
me. Not a formal requiem mass which is usually done, but a blessing of Jim, a blessing of the gravesite and a
blessing of me, which meant a lot to me and I think to Jim also. As far as I know, it was the only formal service
Jim was ever given.
Rainer: That seems to be true. They gave me a photo of Jim’s grave that you took. Would you please describe the grave
and how it looked at the time you were there.
Patricia: When I got to Paris, the grave was basically just a raised mound of earth. There was nothing there. Misérable,
as they say in French. Just raised dirt. I met a fan at the grave who was very, very kind. Pathetic to me. He said
he could outline the grave in white scallop shells, which I thought was lovely and they actually made a cross for
him which they wrote his name along with 'artiste, poète and compositeur' in French and asked me if I would write
in the dates of his birth and death, which of course I was quite moved to do. I thought it was wonderful that people
who didn’t even know him would do more for him in death than the people who claimed to be his friends who buried
him. Whoever that person was, I never found out his name. I want to thank him forever for that.
Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.
Photo © Rainer Moddemann.
Rainer: I think that was great. Is there anything you want to say in a film which is going to be about Jim’s quiet days in
Paris? Is there anything else you want to add?
Patricia: No. He did say he went to Paris to find peace. I don’t think that eternal peace is what he had in mind, but
unfortunately that’s the way it turned out. I believe he was beginning to come to terms with his own very real
problems. His alcoholism, his troubled past. All of this was being put behind him, which was the whole idea of
going to Paris. Pamela as well. Put all that behind and to start again. Not that he’d made a full step by getting
involved with The Doors albums because he loved music and he loved playing with the band and I think that
would have always continued to a certain extent - being involved with music. There were other things he
wanted to get into and in that sense, he saw Paris as a first step - to being involved in that, to leaving the past
behind 'Jim Morrison of The Doors' and going onto these other things and it’s just a great tragedy all of that
was taken away from him by someone that claimed to care for him.
Rainer: Thank you for the interview!
Patricia: You’re welcome!
Patricia Kennealy-Morrison.
Photo © Rainer Moddemann.

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