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Paul Is Dead Clues

Is He Dead?

Paul is very much alive, but it's still neat to look back and see all the clues that supposedly proved the theory that Paul had died.

The Story

An American Beatle fan had been spending a lot of time listening to his Beatle albums and searching the covers and booklets. He was looking for support for his theory that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in 1966 and had been replaced by a lookalike, William Campbell, who had once one a McCartney lookalike contest. This man called up a disc jockey at a Detriot radio station, Russ Gibbs, and told him his theory. He said that Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour, and The White Album were the way the Beatles were communicating Paul's death to the fans who were clever enough to figure out the clues. Gibbs passed on the news of Paul's "death" and soon the story was out everywhere. People began searching for clues on all the albums back to 1966. They found many clues to support the theory and when Abbey Road came out, even more clues were gathered. Paul McCartney really was in a car accident on November 9, 1966, but it was minor and he wasn't hurt. But there were a lot of clues in the albums and when put together, it created a convincing argument.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Front Cover

Inside Cover

Back Cover

If you have the CD, all this is inside the booklet.

Song Clues

Magical Mystery Tour

Front Cover


  • Page 3-Paul is wearing a military uniform, and the sign in front of him on the desk reads "I WaS You".

  • Page 9-There is a crack in the head of the cartoon of Paul. In the accident, Paul supposedly smashed his head.

  • Page 10-Paul is the only Beatle who is barefoot. Corpses are buried without shoes.
  • Page 13-Paul is barefoot again. The shoes next to him are covered in blood. Also, Ringo's drum reads "Love the three Beatles".

  • Page 23-Paul is wearing a black carnation, the other Beatles have red carnations.
  • Pages 7, 14, 15, 18, and 24-Paul has an open palm over his head, an Eastern symbol of death.

    Back cover

    Song Clues

    The Beatles (the White Album)

    Booklet Clues

    Song Clues

    Abbey Road

    Front Cover

    Back Cover

    Song Clues

    When all these clues are combined together, it does seem like there could have been some truth to the rumor. But gradually it died out. Still, we'll never know why all the clues were there. Was it intentional by the Beatles, or purely a coincidence? Whatever it was, it is interesting to think about.

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