Conspiracy researcher Andrew Arnett appears on Coast to Coast AM radio to talk about the 50th anniversary of the ‘Paul is Dead’ conspiracy, and Aleister Crowley’s connection to the story and influence on The Beatles’ music.
According to the theory, Paul McCartney was killed in a car crash on September 11, 1966, and replaced with a double. Clues were left behind in Beatles’ songs and album artwork, especially Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. “The [Sgt. Pepper’s] album cover undoubtedly presents a funeral ceremony,” he said, noting several details which point to Paul. Arnett revealed how folding the album cover in half places Crowley’s face above everyone else’s as a nod to the impact his teachings had on The Beatles. The band’s name may have come from a book by Crowley, he added. Arnett suggested Paul’s death was symbolic and linked it to Egyptian mystery school initiate rites promoted by Crowley. “The ‘Paul is Dead’ concept is real in the sense it was perpetrated by The Beatles but not necessarily that there are two Paul McCartneys,” he explained.