’Paul is Dead’…or Is He?


In 2009, Time magazine included ‘Paul Is Dead’ in its article about the top 10 most enduring conspiracy theories. What’s more, ‘Paul Is Dead’ is widely considered to be the most famous of all music conspiracy theories. 

In 1969 stories began to circulate that Paul McCartney was killed in a car accident in 1966 and subsequently replaced by a look-alike in order to protect and continue the Beatles phenomenon. The ‘Paul Is Dead’ rumor was fed by clues fans believed to be purposely placed in Beatles songs and album artwork.

Despite refutation from Paul and other Beatles members, the theory has endured for more than 50 years. In this listener choice episode, Candy and Ashley discuss the evidence used to support the ‘Paul Is Dead’ conspiracy theory and weigh in with their opinions.

Where do YOU stand? Paul is dead… or is he?

Show Notes for Episode 28!

Beatles’ Abbey Road Cover

‘Life’ issue in which Paul rebutted rumor

First Article Mentioning the Theory


“Get Back” documentary on Disney+

“Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?” Drake Times-Delphic, vol. 88, no. 02, by Tim Harper, September 17, 1969 

‘Paul is Dead’: the Bizarre Story of Music Most Notorious Conspiracy Theory, Rolling Stone, by Rob Sheffield         

“The 70 Greatest Conspiracy Theories in Pop-Culture History,” Vulture, by Adam K. Raymond, October 23, 2016

“‘Paul is Dead’: A Beatles Secret Message in an Album Cover?” BBC, by Christian Blauvelt, August 6, 2018

Wikipedia: Paul is Live

“Sgt. Pepper’s Iconic Photos Reveal OPP Badge on Paul McCartney’s Uniform,” Toronto Star, by Trish Crawford, January 18, 2016

Wikipedia: Paul is Dead
“Inside John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s ‘Irreplaceable’ Bond–and Epic Fall Out,” Biography, by Rachel Chang, October 14, 2020

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Amazon.com. Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on Amazon.com and Vimeo.com in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- NoLostCausedvd.com The Theatre Downstream- TheTheatreDownstream.com “The Why Not Philosophy”- http://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Philosophy-Learned-Raptors/dp/1508557004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455555613&sr=8-1&keywords=ashley+raymer-brown

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