FROM THE JIM MORRISON MANUAL CASE
…Still In Study…
By Adriana Rubio
JM SANCTUARY RANCH PART III:
Despite the tales I heard from Joanne and Gerald Pitts, I feel particularly interested in an e-mail I received from Dr. Marsha in which she clearly says something that made my head shake twice!
"We met Gerald Pitts as mutual friends. In the course of a year we determined that he was not honest and forthright with us. He was fired effective December 31st, 1999. We have completely disassociated ourselves from Mr. Pitts and his friends and his family. We have nothing to do with Gerald Pitts! “A Current Affair” representatives came to our home unannounced on three days in a row this past March and were denied interviews or photos. They attempted to take photos from our neighbors’ property. Their June 2005 episode on FOX TV featured Gerald Pitts and made a FARCE of the entire thing! In any case, we have nothing to do with Gerald Pitts! My husband previously had expressed an interest in meeting with Ray Manzarek. Unfortunately, Danny Sugerman (now deceased) interfered with that in 1996”.
As I previously said, Dr. Marsha and William James Loyer met for the first time in 1995 and according to what she said; both went through difficult times. Although she wasn’t specific on the kind of difficulties they went through, the whole thing suggests that her husband was determined to reveal the truth to Ray Manzarek in 1996. And, apparently he was stopped by The Doors manager Danny Sugerman. Why?
In 2001 Ray Manzarek published “The Poet in Exile” a novel that deals with a fictional reunion with the dead rock star Jim Morrison suggesting that he faked his death and was living in an Island. Why Ray Manzarek wrote this story? Did Danny Sugerman reveal to Ray that meeting request?
The e-mails I received from Joanne Morrison (Opal Joanne Bristow) and the stories Gerald Pitts said, made me put things into balance and I managed to get them divided. Firstly, as Gerald Pitts said: “It’s a billion dollars story”. It is clear enough this man is doing all this for profit without taking a look to what might be behind. Secondly, Gerald Pitts while trying to break the news and fill his pockets made efforts to reveal how this cowboy is treated by Dr. Marsha… suggesting that William James Loyer isn’t allowed any phone calls, no visitors and that he isn’t allowed to even go outside unless Dr. Marsha is present… What’s going on here?
Below are the most relevant e-mails I received from Dr. Marsha from December 2005 to November 2006. The communication was fluent and on a regular basis. But I’m only sharing here some of those e-mails in chronological order:
December 14th, 2005
This is just a letter to let you know that we received your e-mail. We met Gerald Pitts through mutual friends. In the course of a year we determined that he was not HONEST and forthright with us. He was FIRED effective December 31, 1999. He had stated he was a producer. He has misrepresented that he was my husband's AGENT! It is a conflict of interest to be a producer and an agent”.
“We have completely disassociated ourselves from Mr. Pitts and his friends and family. They have not appreciated us or our best interests. If Gerald thinks I am a monster that is because I have insulated my husband and family from him. It is our opinion that he has delusions of grandeur. He does not appear to have any business sense and certainly does not know how to be a friend”.
“A Current Affair representative came to our home unannounced on three days in a row this past March and were denied interviews or photos. They attempted to take photos from our neighbors property. If we had been approached nicely, we might have complied”.
“In any case, WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH GERALD PITTS! We have our small Sanctuary Ranch here and quietly raise registered paint and Arabian horses to keep us going physically and emotionally. We have both been through difficult times and appreciate the solitude”.
“My husband plans to write his own book”.
Most sincerely yours,
Dr. Marsha F. Mark – Loyer”
December 15th, 2005
Thank you for your letters. Gerald is really something to think that he has a “FOREVER” contract -He is not to be trusted- The last time he was invited to our home was July 2001…five years ago”.
“We did receive a telephone call December 7th from a woman who stated that she was Jim’s daughter, Joanne. He refused to talk with her and told me he had no recollection of her. When I told her this, she responded with such foul language men in a bar would cover their ears. I told that we don’t talk to people using f-----language and hung up on her”.
“It is interesting how many people want to profit from someone and do not really care about them. It is interesting that John Densmore had a fight to protect the original DOORS name and material- Good for him. We have been unaware of managers and agents and the like. It has been interesting to read what others say about someone when they think he is dead and out of the picture!
“Just go and help with more poopy duty in the barn.
Dr. Marsha F. Mark – Loyer”
(If Gerald Pitts was fired effective December 31st, 1999, why would they invite him to enter home again in July 2001? I still wonder why? Dr. Marsha never replied to that question).
December 28th, 2005
Your information was interesting. Joanne called back and said that Gerald Pitts told her to say that she was my husband’s daughter. She apologized. For SIX years. We have not seen, spoken to or associated with Gerald Pitts. His VHS/DVD is unauthorized and unapproved. It is a rip-off & clearly a 4th grader could do a better job, in my opinion.
Again, have a happy new year!
Dr. Marsha Loyer”
May 1st, 2006
You bring up many things in your last e-mail. You need to know that Gerald Pitts has never been my husband’s agent or producer! Gerald has misrepresented himself and put together a movie short that was to have been presented to legitimate Hollywood people to back a movie called “Redeemed” based upon a shoot-out that occurred in 1995 at his home. Instead, Gerald disappointed countless people and has gone his own way to use material he obtained by subterfuge. He is selling his “Discovery” video without approval or permission. It is totally unauthorized. It is so poorly done most people think it is a hoax. This has been going on since 1999 when we wrote Gerald to leave us alone, not to visit us, not to call us and not to write us. Twice since July 2002 he was notified that he was trespassing and told to leave. The Sheriffs are aware. My husband asked me to tell you that he will not talk to anyone. He is upset that Gerald has given out our telephone number and even our address. We have had drunks call us repeatedly and someone even come to our home stating Gerald sent him to talk. That man kept shouting at our house for my husband to come out and talk to him! I told him that this was a private property and that he should leave or I would call the Sheriffs. Our privacy is so important to us. We have never received any letters or books from you via Gerald.
My husband told me to tell you that he would be interested to read JM Ceremony. He said he would have to read it and decide about making any corrections or giving any information”
“We recently received a phone call from a man in “Chicago----Indiana area”. Chicago is in Illinois. I said, “Hello”. He asked. “Is this Marsha?” I answered yes. He went on to tell me that he is distributing and selling the video on E-bay and several other things. He had no idea that we had disassociated ourselves from Gerald in 1999!”
“Every time a vehicle pulls up in front of our home, our dogs alert and we pray that whoever will just leave. It is living in seclusion and being afraid of bombardment from paparazzi. In March 2005, Gerald actually had a team from Fox “A Current Affair” come to our home----------unannounced with camera man, sound man and the reporter. They wanted to interview my husband with no compensation. They were informed that my husband refused to see them for nothing! My husband stayed indoors. They returned a second day, and the “reporter” returned on his own and went up a ravine up onto our neighbor’s property and stood behind a tree with camera. Our dogs let us know. My husband spotted him and stayed indoors”.
“I called the neighbors and the man was asked to leave. “A Current Affair” aired a piece which showed Gerald and made the whole thing look stupid-----even stating more elusive than BIGFOOT.
Got to go---dinner time
June 2nd, 2006
The address you have for us is correct. You may have your book sent to William James Loyer and he will be pleasantly surprised. I did leave a phone message at your publisher’s number after your call, which our message machine took. I’m sorry, but I haven’t checked my e-mail for weeks”.
“We have been quite busy here. This morning, JM Light My Fire was gelded by the veterinarian. He was 1 year old on May 30 and is a registered half Arabian out of our golden palomino stud. We are expecting four foals in the next few weeks and months”.
“It’s raining and gloomy here.----But summer will be soon.
Take care and health and happiness to you and your family.
June 21st, 2006
We received the book in the mail on Friday. Jim’s first comment was that he liked the cover! He has not read it yet but a friend and I read him excerpts regarding Gerald and Cheri. You asked Gerald very good questions which he couldn’t answer-----because he has proved not to be our friend. He is definitely not an agent, manager, etc. He misused material for his own benefit and grandiosity”.
“We are in the process of some ranch spring cleanup. We are expecting 2 more foals by July 6 and another later in the summer. This week is very busy since we are splitting a pasture to make room in the barn”.
“You might be interested to know that several weeks ago Ray Manzarek performed in Grants Pass, Oregon with a guitarist at a theatre one hour from our home. I called the theatre and spoke to the manager. I was told “are you the folks in Eagle Point?” I left our phone number for Ray. He didn’t call. We do not have numbers or addresses of the other Doors---they are unlisted. Jim would like to speak to John!”
“My husband says to tell you that Gerald is not his agent or manager or promoter!
We do not receive money from Gerald!
We do not accept phone calls from Gerald!
We do not allow Gerald on our property!
We do not pay attention to his idiotic mail!
My husband tells me that when he writes his book, we shall have plenty of money! ALSO, my husband says, “You are welcome to come to visit us at our home!” He said he might even sing for you!
Dr. Marsha F. Mark, M.D
Mrs. Marsha F. Mark – Loyer”
June 28th, 2006
I read your book pretty much cover to cover today. I told my husband about a lot of things and he remarked that it really is a “different” book. It is impossible to guess his actual experiences, but he did appreciate how courageous you were to try”.
“The comments by people you interviewed were very, very interesting. The one I like the best was by Dennis King. He sounded very honest and without an agenda of promoting himself. I wondered if some of the people cited had actually experienced what they maintained”.
“My husband states that he would like to critique your book for you, but he would first like to do his OWN BOOK”.
“It might interest you that we shall have a classified advertisement in Variety Daily on June 30. It announces the Jim Morrison Sanctuary Ranch First Horse Sale on Sunday July 16 from 1 – 5 PM. We are featuring our blue-eyed golden palomino (American Paint Horse Breeders Trust Futurity nominated) out of our Socket bred mare. Also noted are 2 APHA/AHR half Arabian closely matched pintos that are siblings by pedigree. We also have Bask/Egyptian related Arabians: black, gray and chestnut. Several nicely trained trail geldings will also be offered”.
“We realize that Argentina has terrific horses. Have you seen the movie “Hidalgo”? Our Socket bred mare looks like him but she has 2 blue eyes. It is my understanding that blue eyes are peculiar to the American Paint Horses. These are horses with white markings on their sides, on their legs above the knees, or across their back or necks”.
“I know that they have imported American Paint Horses to Brazil. Prized imports have sold for as much as $30,000.00 dollars. The one featured in the Paint Horse Journal was a more common colored white and sorrel tobiano color pattern. The overo color pattern is found in less than 30 percent. Most paint horses are black and white or sorrel (brown) and white. We have specifically bred for the golden palomino color with blue eyes and overo pattern. The half Arabian paint pinto babies are white with the brown spots and tobiano color pattern. One is named JM Light My Fire (a gelding); and the other is JM Lovemme Two Times (a filly)”.
“I thought I’d give you the courtesy of letting you know about our First sale. As you can imagine, Gerald Pitts and Cheri Woods know nothing about this and have absolutely no business with us. They are simple using Jim to line their pockets”.
“At least your book is a studied and honest effort to explore a different aspect of Jim Morrison----even if it is based on a variety of conflicted stories about actual and perceived events. I applaud you for your efforts as a journalist and your attempt to seek the truth. Again, thank you for the book. If you are in the US, perhaps you can visit with us”.
“Now you know more about horses. They have a wonderful healing quality when you work with them daily.
I’ve got to go now!
Dr. Marsha F. Mark – Loyer”
June 30th, 2006
We are waiting for the news in Variety Daily (Hollywood edition) to be digested by the public tomorrow!
I am very proud of my husband for not only who he was, but who he has become. I shall tell you that he is clean, sober and quit smoking cigarettes! We love our family and our horses, dogs, bunnies, lovebirds, turtle, and cat (one hasn’t been seen for weeks)”.
“Oh----this morning my husband caught a 6 inch rattlesnake with his hands. He wanted to know if I wanted to hold it. Are you kidding! He got rid of it!!!!! We have had Burmese pythons in the past, raised from 2 foot babies. After 9 years, one caught pneumonia and died despite antibiotics. The other was donated to a local zoo. It was 100 pounds and took 4 people to carry it to its new habitat. It had outgrown our big 300 gallon terrarium. Boys and their pet snakes!”
“Our Arabian mare “Lady” is due in a week, but her appearance and behaviour she might deliver tonight. It will be a long night…..In fact, it’s time to go out to the barn and check on her”.
“We shall be selecting a publisher after the news breaks and offers come to us.
November 20th, 2006
I haven’t checked my e-mail for several weeks. Thank you for your concern and prayers for my husband. We are just trying to get by “one day at a time”. We had wonderful news: the lab test showed my husband’s liver infection was undetectable. He is very, very sick from the flu-like and other symptoms associated with the daily medication. His mood has its ups and downs. Being inside and resting most of the time isn’t his choice of lifestyle. He would much rather be up and around tending to our horses, bringing in wood for our stove, tending to the ranch, enjoying his hobbies and visiting grandchildren. I hope you and your family is enjoying health and happiness as we approach the Christmas season and New Year.
This was the last time I heard from Dr. Marsha. A month prior to her last e-mail I had received information on William James Loyer Probation Status, so I decided to tell her about it and that I was determined to find the truth whether her husband is the real James Douglas Morrison or not. Additionally I told her that if her husband was not able to speak to anyone or write to anyone, he should know that fingerprints or DNA will. I also said that if he wanted to be left alone he should have thought twice before telling “his” story to Gerald Pitts or to whoever that might have listened to. If he faked his death for whatever the hell the reasons were, he should have remained silent.
In March of 2007 Florida Governor Charlie Christ received a petition by the DCM and The Doors fans requesting James Douglas Morrison’s record be cleared of the 1969 charges. According to what has been reported Governor Christ is seriously considering pardoning Jim Morrison and said:
“He died when he was 27. That's really a kid, when you think about it, and obviously he was having some challenges. There's some dispute about how solid the case was”
Gerald Pitts had mentioned the so called “Miami Incident” as one of the reasons for “his” Jim Morrison not to reappear publicly since he is afraid of being sent to jail. Really? According to the law after seven years of the supposed death the case is considered “off”. In this case almost 38 years have passed after the Jim Morrison alleged death. What is he afraid of? There’s something else…
TO BE CONTINUED… STAY TUNED!