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Was Janis Joplin stood-up for a threesome on the night she died?

Janis Joplin refused to live her life by anybody else’s rules but her own. For a young white girl in conservative Texas, this meant upping sticks, moving to the West Coast and learning all about the blues as she immersed herself in the growing counterculture movement of the day. From the very start, Joplin refused to be pigeonholed for her voice, looks, or sexual orientation.

In one of the more progressive acts from her life, Joplin was always more concerned about a person’s soul rather than their gendered genitalia. It speaks highly of a person who had ascertained sexual freedom long before the turn of the 21st century; Joplin was unconcerned with the societal paradigms that were consistently forced upon her. She lived for the moment, and at the moment, even up until the night she sadly passed away.

A bonafide flower child, Joplin has often been thought of as a wild rock star too. Not only did she have a penchant for a few drinks (Southern Comfort being her consistent choice to the point that the drinks company bought her a fur coat), but she was never afraid to speak her mind or defend her honour — something Jim Morrison found out with a bump to the head from a glass bottle of the aforementioned liquor. It meant that alongside everybody else in San Francisco at the time, Joplin wasn’t afraid to share her bed with multiple partners.

A sexual act between three different people is the stuff of Penthouse letter-writing and nerdy teenage dreams. It’s something that is often (wrongly) thought of as the pinnacle of sexual intercourse. However, one thing that isn’t spoken about is when those plans for a threesome fall through, they have a habit of hitting doubly as hard. It’s been alleged in Ranker that this is exactly what happened to Joplin on the night she sadly died.

At the time of her death, October 4th, 1970, Joplin was actually involved with two different partners. Firstly, there was her fiancee, Berkley student Seth Morgan. With Morgan, Joplin had enjoyed an engrossing relationship as he tried desperately to hang on to the coattails of the acclaimed singer who, by this point, was one of the most adored frontwomen in the world. The other relationship was an on-again-off-again relationship with Peggy Caserta.

Joplin had spent much of her time in the limelight, as any young woman would, enjoying the attention of the men around her. But while most of those relationships were fleeting at best, her connection with Caserta lasted longer than all of them, hinting that she was Joplin’s true love. Sadly, on the night she died, Caserta and Morgan would not show up for their scheduled meeting.

Joplin had organised both Morgan and Caserta to meet up for a threesome, or at the very least, some fun. But when her two partners failed to show, Joplin went about her night with new vigour. Sadly, the singer would overdose that night and never reach the potential to become the icon she was destined to be nor reap the benefits of her progressive actions as the decades passed.

Sadly, we’ll never know what could have been if Morgan and Castera had shown that evening, but Joplin’s decision to love people over genders is a statement that feels all the more relevant today.

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