The daughter of Rolling Stone guitarist Brian Jones claims that her father was murdered and police failed to properly investigate.
Jones, who is credited as being the band’s founder and original leader, was discovered motionless at the bottom of his swimming pool at Cotchford Farm in July 1969.
His then girlfriend, Anna Wohlin, was adamant that Jones still had a pulse when he was pulled from the pool but when doctors arrived it was too late and he was pronounced dead. Jones, who was battling alcohol and drug problems at the time of his death, was given an official cause of death as ‘death by misadventure’.
Aged just 27 at the time of his death, the discussion has resurfaced as the 50th anniversary has arrived. Now, Jones’ daughter, Barbara Marion, has said that her father’s death is a “bit of a mystery” and claimed that after conducting her own research she has concluded that her father was “murdered”.
She said: “I think he was murdered and I think the police did not investigate it the way they should have,” in an interview with Sky News. “I would love to have them reopen [the case] and to get some answers,” she added.
In response, the police recent released a statement in which they said: “The death of Brian Jones was investigated in 1969 and was also the subject of two reviews by Sussex Police, in 1984 and 1994.
“From time to time over the past 49 years Sussex Police have also received messages or reports from journalists and other individuals about the death. Each is considered on its individual merits and reviewed wherever appropriate.
“No such report has been received since 2010 and no new evidence has emerged to suggest that the coroner’s original verdict of ‘death by misadventure’ was incorrect. The case has not been reopened and there are no plans for that to happen.”