Saturday, July 18, 2015

The John Lennon Murder Caller Calls In To Ray Taliaferro




The John Lennon was Murdered-guy; a charming and entertaining, if spectacularly disturbing guy who used to habitually call into the old KGO talk shows and drop his Lennon delusions upon virtually everyone, including Ray Taliaferro, who handles Lennon man as only Ray could, give a listen and enjoy.

18 comments:

  1. A great call !!!

    It's also great to listen to the old KGO. Even the audio sounded better.

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    1. Agree! As wierd as this guy was, it was still better than what KGO has become. Good memories of a better time in Bay Area radio.

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  2. When I lived in Petaluma, I would always see his van with "lennonmurdertruth.com" painted on the side along with a bunch of other random nonsense. Crazy Fuck!!

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  3. Good old Steven Lightfoot. He was also stalking Steven King in Santa Cruz on fine day during a book signing.

    I have not heard him in a while, and he used to call talk shows all over the nation. He was living in his van painted with all kinds of conspiracy sayings.

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  4. He was pretty slick at getting past call screeners. He would tell the screener one thing that was on topic....and then switch to the Lennon stuff mid stream.
    It was a big game for a while.

    He use to drive Dr.Bill crazy....along with Gene Burns and Ray.

    I actually miss his antics.

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  5. The thing that was so frustrating about his calls was that he would have a cogent thought about the topic at hand ... then he would switch his comments to Steven King, about 3 sentences in.

    The cleverest treatment of his calls, that I ever heard, came from Jim Eason. Lightfoot had been in Maine (probably driving Steven King crazy), for many months.
    When he called, one afternoon, Eason welcomed him back ... then, invited him to call, from time to time, without trying to "sneak" by the producer. Jim told him to be up-front about his topic, and they would discuss it as with any other call.

    If he ever called Eason again, I didn't hear it. I think that took the wind out of his sails. It wouldn't be "fun" for him, anymore, if he couldn't play his little game.

    I don't know if he called other local radio stations around the country, but I did hear him call Larry King on CNN, one night.



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  6. Those were the days!..."happy to have you aboard"

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  7. 'Honest' Steven Lightfoot:
    "Hi, Jim. Thanks for taking my troll."
    "Thanks for trolling the program!"

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  8. Easy, Ray! The BP well disaster and John Lennon's murder? I always get the two confused.

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  9. Did Steven Lightfoot ever claim to be a member of The Cherokee Nation?
    Elizabeth Warren wants to know.

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  10. If you google his name you can see what he is up to today.

    What a riot!

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  11. Does he really believe Stephen King killed John Lennon, or is it all just shtick? If he really believes the best-selling author murdered the Beatles singer, then he is crazy. But since he always came across as lucid and well-informed on the topic discussed on the radio, it looked to me like he just wanted to be provocative.

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    1. Attention can be a cottage industry if it's worked in the right way.

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    2. BABBA BOOEY!

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    3. YES HE DID & likely STILL DOES BELIEVE King murdered Lennon. I ran into him once in Santa Rosa 3 decades ago. We were both at the Santa Rosa JC library & he showed me some of his "evidence." He also had the librarian tell him he was "overusing" their facility or something like that. Pretty dang funny. Supposedly he had a trust fund so he could afford to go around claiming his conspiracy theories. I used to see his van in Berkeley & also SF years ago. Haven't seen him in awhiile however.

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  12. Did Christine Craft kill Lennon, or is she really Steven Lightfoot?

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  13. Well, in all honesty, John Lennon WAS murdered. Just not by the guy that Steven Lightfoot says. The murderer and Steven King DO look alike in some photos, but Mr Lightfoot is off the rails mad, like "A Beautiful Mind" where he connects newspaper printings, etc.. I think Ray was a little harsh to an obviously mentally ill man.

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  14. In the 80's he was regularly camped out in the median at the crosswalk on Van Ness across from the old KRON. He felt that since (at the time) they were to only station not on Battery that they were not government controlled or something. I'd run into him on a regular basis on the way to work and actually talked with him at length a few times. He was selling his photocopied "book of evidence" and eventually gave me a complimentary one. An incredible piece of art or the ramblings of a madman?

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