If you wondered where all this began for Dave, well, it began with this book-
Laurel Canyon-Michael Walker. You can read some of the book at that link. Anyway, Dave was saying this book was just supposed to be some light vacation reading, he was mistaken. As he read it, there were just so many red flags that kept waving at him, he became compelled to do some digging. Actually, lots of digging.
One interesting item he brought up was the death of David Carradine. David Carradine who recently died under some very strange circumstances.
It is interesting to note, that Carradines wrists were bound.
"Police reported that the actor's body was found nude, with ropes around his neck, wrist and genitals"
Seems it would make hanging himself more difficult?
One thing McGowan pointed out, is that the Carradine death was similar to the death of Michael Hutchence, INXS frontman. Who also allegedly hung himself. At the age of 37. Interestingly, not long after his death, the mother of his only child Paula Yates allegedly died of a drug overdose.(Jim Morrison's deceased spouse Pamela comes to my mind here) Even stranger their child was adopted and raised by Mr. Feed the World, who was knighted by the Queen , Bob Geldof.
This despite the Hutchence family not being in agreement with this arrangement.
Which all does seem really odd.....
But, back to David Carradine. You will never guess where it is David Carradine hailed from?
Photo date: 1972 David Carradine at home in Laurel Canyon
Yup, Laurel Canyon, that surreal place, where nothing is as it seems.
Laurel Canyon where strangeness abounds, and Carradine was strange.
Check out this People magazine article
"At 55, the man who once packed his mental baggage for 500 acid trips and trashed a neighbor's Laurel Canyon home while stark naked has lost none of his contrarian esprit."Acid trips and trashing homes while naked!? This is the stuff that Dave McGowans Laurel Canyon series has been made of. Apparently Dave is going to do a little digging in that direction.
He also mentioned Eugene Landy, Dr Eugene Landy. Some kind of 'shrink' to the stars.
Gig Young & Alice Cooper who are both mentioned in Dave's piece were 'aided' by this man.
Gig Young committed suicide allegedly, killing his wife beforehand. Alice Cooper, well, whatever.
Most definitely a loud mouthed Republican, pretending to be a rebel.
Landy was particularly linked with Beach Boys Brian Wilson in a really strange, creepy way. Landy had allegedly weaned Wilson off of drugs, but what it seemed he really had done was just got him taking alot of different drugs instead, and helping himself to Wilson's money.
"At first, Landy earned credit for weaning the musician off the drugs, alcohol and junk-food binges that had swollen his body and dampened his creativity. But by the late 1980s, after Landy eased into the role of his patient's co-writer, co-producer and financial manager, the psychologist became the target of lawsuits and a government investigation.In the early 1990s Landy surrendered his psychologist's licence and was barred from contacting Wilson. The episode proved so explosive that, even 15 years later, the central figures in the drama - Landy, Wilson, the minders hired to enforce the psychologist's rules, musicians and collaborators - usually refused to speak about it on the record. "I can't say anything, because you just don't know what Landy's going to do,"
I can't say anything, because I just don't know what Landy will do??
Doctor or tyrant? I don't know? Maybe, something else entirely?
Dr. Eugene Landy also 'treated' Maureen McCormick. She did not seem to think he was very helpful.
Ooops sorry, just one more item I need to mention regarding Dr Eugene Landy.
The so called "shrink to the stars" and legal drug pusher had another accomplishment under his belt. He wrote a book. The Underground Dictionary. Published in 1971, it was a dictionary allegedly of 'hippie jargon'. I did look for any links to it. It seems to be for sale as a used book by various book sellers. I wonder if he wrote it to gain a foothold in Laurel Canyon musical scene?
To give himself some sort of credibility, as a hip doctor of sorts. Like Timothy Leary perhaps? Maybe even with intelligence connections, as Dave McGowan speculates. It is possible, who really knows?
All in all, as usual I must say, Laurel Canyon is weird. You know that saying, truth is stranger then fiction, well in Laurel Canyon never have truer words been spoken.