'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?': Release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about the Reelz special
'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?' with first-hand testimony and evidence, reveals another more likely candidate for the cause of the death of one of the world’s greatest rockstars
The deaths of music icons Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Brian Jones between 1969 and 1971 fueled the notions of the "27 club" where a scientifically disproven theory claims that musicians are likely to die when they are 27. At least two of those deaths were mysterious. Jones, a former member of Rolling Stones, and Hendrix were both thought to have died due to drug overdose. However, in the years that have followed, many conspiracies and unsolved questions have risen about their deaths.
A new special from Reelz, 'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?' will look into the death of Hendrix and examine the mystery behind his death. The exact nature of Hendrix's death is still vague. Hendrix was found dead in his girlfriend, Monika Dannemann's hotel room. Dannemann repeatedly told conflicting stories about what happened. Having found Hendrix unresponsive, either dead or near death, she claimed she rang an ambulance sometime between 9 am and 11 am. Later, she insisted Hendrix was alive as he was taken to the ambulance.
Read on to know more about the Reelz special.
'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?' will air on Reelz on Saturday, September 19, at 8/7c.
The official synopsis for the special states:
"It’s September 24th, 1966 and as Jimmy James fastens his seatbelt on the New York runway, he’s full of excitement and hope. Next to him is Chas Chandler, the bass player of British band The Animals who only days earlier had spotted him playing in a club in Greenwich Village. By the time the plane touches down In London Jimmy James had reverted to his original surname, Jimi Hendrix. But Jimi has no idea that the other man he was traveling with, a mysterious suited man wearing dark glasses, would become embroiled in Jimi's mysterious death four years later. Fifty years on, Jimi Hendrix not only remains top box office, the cause of Jimi’s death still remains an open verdict. While many stories continue to surround his death the open verdict does not rule out murder, neither does it rule out suicide: this film reveals the secret history of Jimi’s manager and British spy Mike Jeffery and explores why he was the prime suspect the cause of Jimi Hendrix’s death. Yet, 'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?' with first-hand testimony and evidence, reveals another more likely candidate for the cause of the death of one of the world’s greatest rock stars."
'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?' will feature commentary from Harry Shapiro, the author of 'Electric Gypsy', Trixi Sullivan de Linick who was the personal assistant to Mike Jeffery during his time managing Hendrix, Kathy Etchingham, who was ex-girlfriend to Hendrix, and radio DJ Paul Gambaccini among others.
'Jimi Hendrix: A Perfect Murder?' is produced by Esky Digital. The special was directed by Tim Conrad.
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