A Kingston, Jamaica news station is reporting the identity of a dead homeless man to be the legendary Bob Marley. The man was found dead behind a fast food restaurant, presumably living in a cardboard box. This kind of report should be held with extreme skepticism, as external sources are usually never around for claims like this.
Jamaican authorities initially discovered the man with a small amount of cannabis and an aging guitar, with no I.D. on his person. He also carried a small photograph of the Parliament Buildings in London. Jamaica’s National DNA Database confirmed the theory with a positive ID using samples from the deceased man. The chief coroner Jacob Chambers made this statement after the results were public.
I thought it must be a joke. My colleague came running into my office waving a piece of paper in the air. ‘You’re not going to believe this’, he shouted. I told him to calm down and explain what all the excitement was about.
When he told me, I couldn’t believe it. Naturally I concluded somebody was playing a joke on us, and told my assistant to label the body as ‘persons unknown’. This would mean he could be cremated by authorities and the death filed as that of an unknown male in his late 60s to early 70s.
But it was then that things got really weird.
The conspiracy begins
Chambers claims that government officials arrived later in the day and confirmed what the DNA test had already proven. They were claiming that Bob Marley had faked his own death to avoid publicity anxiety. He sought to live a simple life and play music out of passion, not for money.
In exchange for arranging the fake death, the Jamaican government would receive royalties from Marley’s popular album, Exodus.
Chambers claims the government officials had given him a stern warning about keeping these findings a secret, but he couldn’t resist.
I decided I could not stay silent about this, despite having no evidence because the government took it all away to a secret location somewhere. Bob Marley did not die in 1981, and I’m damned if I’m going to keep that a secret just because some shady officials told me to.
The truth must be heard, even if that means the government losing the royalty rights to Exodus, which is a fantastic album by the way.
Why would the government care about a little bit of music revenue? And why would Marley choose to live behind a restaurant? Let us know your other skeptic ideas on social media or in the comments below!