One of Brian Jones’ illegitimate children has come forward to say that he believes that Jones (a co-founder of the Rolling Stones) was murdered.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, John Maynard (born in 1965 and adopted as a newborn baby) has gone public with his claim to be a son of Jones, who died at age 27 in 1969. A month after he was fired from the Rolling Stones, Jones was found dead in the swimming pool at his home in Sussex, England.
Although the official cause of Jones’ death was ruled as an accident, there have been persistent rumors that Jones died from murder or manslaughter. Frank Thorogood, a contractor who had been working on renovations to Jones’ house, allegedly made a 1994 deathbed confession that he had killed Jones during a fight. In 2010, investigating officials declined to re-open the Jones death case.
It has been well-documented that Jones was a womanizer. He never married, but he fathered several children by different women. He acknowledged some of the children, but there are believed to be many other “long-lost” children of Jones whom he either did not know about or did not acknowledge.
Maynard is a senior manager at an auto plant in Dagenham, England. Maynard’s biological mother is Dawn Molloy, who was an aspiring model at the time she had a 10-month affair with Jones. According to Molloy, Jones ended their relationship when he found out that she was pregnant. She went to a home for unwed mothers, and after she gave birth to her son (whom she had named Paul), she gave him up for adoption.
According to Maynard, the Rolling Stones’ management paid his birth mother £700, and made her sign a contract to keep it a secret that Jones was the father of her child. She did not name anyone as the child’s father on the birth certificate. After she gave up her son for adoption, she did not know what happened to him until he contacted her when he was an adult.
In his interview with the Daily Mail, Maynard says that he and his birth mother have become very close, but that he has been rejected by Jones’ family. Maynard tells the Daily Mail: “‘I went to Brian’s parents’ house one day, because I wanted to meet them. I wanted to say hello. These are my grandparents, my flesh and blood. But they refused to acknowledge me.
“I think it’s disgusting how the Jones family has responded to me. I’m not after any money — I’m doing all right. This is about who I am. Being acknowledged is a fundamental part of life. If you sit down at a bar, you expect to be served. If you leave a message for someone, you hope they call you back. To be ignored is an awful thing and that’s what the Jones family is doing to me. That really hurts.”
Former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman has corroborated Molloy’s story about Jones being the father of her child. In the Daily Mail article, Maynard says that Wyman and Molloy are still in regular contact with each other. In addition, Maynard has presented evidence of his birth mother’s relationship with Jones, including personal correspondence between Jones and Molloy.
Maynard says that when he met Wyman, the former Stones bass player was reluctant to talk about Jones, who had been estranged from the Stones at the time of his death. According to Maynard, Wyman told Maynard: “Consider yourself lucky you’re out of all this — that you had a normal life.”
When asked what he would do if he had the chance to meet Jones, Maynard replied: “First, I’d probably hit him for what he did to Dawn. Then I’d brush him down and ask him if he wanted a coffee. I’d like to chat with him. To get to know him and for him to get to know me. He’d like me, I know he would. I’d want him to be proud of me. To be honest, I’d just want him to be my dad.”
As for the cause of Jones’ death, Maynard says: “My father’s death has never been properly looked into by the police. It’s become the JFK of rock ‘n’ roll. But to me, it’s flesh and blood — it’s my dad — and I want a thorough, fair and open police investigation. I want the truth.
“I defy anyone to read the evidence and think my father drowned in his swimming pool. He didn’t. Brian Jones was killed in a fight. I want to know exactly what this police review made of all the evidence that points towards Frank Thorogood killing my father.
“I want to know why Sussex Police today are relying on witness statements that we now know were written by the police and not by the witnesses. And I want to know what role the Home Office played in making sure Thorogood walked away a free man, so drink and drugs could take the blame.”