In April of 2017 I published a post I called “Identity Fraud.” In it I made the claim that Buddy Holly, whose 1959 death was faked, later re-emerged as “Gram Parsons”, who also faked his death. For reasons I do not remember, I was struck by the resemblance of two men, one a music mogul and the other movies, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg. These two men are the “G” and the “K” in Dreamworks SKG, a former film distribution company. The “S” of course is Spielberg.
I have many, many hours of labor behind the Identity Fraud post. Unfortunately, at that time I was using GIFs rather than face splits, and the results were very hard to follow or agree with. I thought that rather than reinventing the wheel, I would merely convert the GIF’s to face splits. However, in so doing I decided that it would be better to start over. I still stand by the original work, regret the poor presentation, and hope to come out the other end here with a clarified and evidence-based piece. In the original I started with Geffen and Katzenberg and worked my way backward. I think it better now to better understand the Holly work we did.
Buddy Holly, the prankster
Holly supposedly died in a plane crash on February 3, 1959, after taking off in a small plane in Clear Lake, Iowa. On board with him were Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, aka “The Big Bopper,” along with the pilot, Roger Peterson. All were reported dead. We wrote about the scene in a post called “Weird Scenes in Clear Lake,” as at that time we were deep into researching the scores of (fake) deaths reported on by Dave McGowan (fake death 11/22/2015) in his book Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon. I must also refer the reader to the work of Miles Mathis on this subject, Buddy Holly: The Day the Music Lied. While I focused on photo fakery, Mr. Mathis took the story off in a number of interesting directions. Well worth a read. My piece preceded his by three months.
Incidentally, in the comments under my piece you find a guy claiming that he was on his way to the Clear Lake hospital that night, as his wife was in labor, and he not only drove by the crash scene, claiming it was all real, but also found this tiny blog almost 60 years later! Wonders abound.
My partner and I at that time had difficulty placing Buddy Holly if he indeed survived the fake crash. We were looking for what we called “Zombies,” or people who take on new identities after faking their deaths. My partner had a keen eye and we had discovered many Weird Scenes in the Canyon people alive and well. Holly was not producing any leads. But we did have a breakthrough of sorts. The photo at the opening above are two shots of Holly, but appear more to me to be two people. It is not a comfortable argument, as there are so few photos of Holly to work with, but I came up with this face split of the two:
I say “discomforting” because in working this yesterday I came up with five photos of Holly (the sixth added later) and all were consistent in not fitting with number five, the color photo first in the second row. That photo is taken from the magazine TexasMonthly article in 1994, called The Real Buddy Holly. So photo number two in row one, which I used for the face split, is not only out of step with the other four (of six), but also with the real outlier, photo number five. However, subsequent work with the Katzenberg connection led me to think that photos two and five are of the man later known as Jeff Katzenberg.
You might suggest that photo number two was subject to lens distortion, always a possibility. It also has qualities of a paste-up, with skin complexion seeming a bit artificial. But here is another piece of evidence to consider: The glasses he is wearing are exactly the same width in both photos, 2-3/8 inches. Lens distortion should affect both face and glasses.
I have another theory about the horn-rimmed glasses. I know they were in style during that time, and yes, I wore them too through high school. But they could be a distraction. Holly, in photos five and six, is not wearing glasses, and contact lenses were years away. (Also note, I grabbed photo six because it is his real teeth. I suspect he is wearing veneers in the other photos.) I have noticed with prominent twins we have uncovered, such as Paul McCartney and Janis Joplin, that they often like to misdirect us to keep us from noticing that we are dealing with two people. With McCartney it was the mop-top haircut, which happened to cover up their eyebrows. With Joplin it was big hair and glasses as well.
Anyway, I will go forward with the work as it stands, showing Buddy Holly to be two people, maybe even three. I might wake up some morning with fresh insight, but right now, I am along as far as the evidence takes me. I have other problems ahead, a singer named Gram Parsons.
The Gram Parsons Experience
Follow me down this treacherous road, as years ago we were troubled by Gram Parsons in the same manner as with Janis Joplin, inconsistencies. First, a face split.
There are differences, and if I align the nose and mouth, the eyes are out of wack. You might think it is just a head angle matter, but over the years I have found that head angles will distort ears, but not general alignment of features. This split suggests something is amiss.
You might suggest that inconsistency would be the rule with Internet photos, but on close examination we can usually detect consistency. Below is a group of photos I used to analyze the Gram Parsons experience, just as with Holly.
I number them one through eight, left to right and top to bottom.I found two clinkers among them – I am tempted to challenge you to find those two, but without moving the faces around and doing face split comparisons, it is indeed very difficult. They are numbers four and seven. I used number seven in the face split above, and while the differences are not as pronounced as with the Holly boys, they are there.
So if I am going to boldly go, and to suggest that the two Holly’s became the two Parson’s, I’d better put up. See below.
I did face split overlays on all but number three, as he is going to be useful later on. Take note: if the left side of the face is in color, it eventually leads us to David Geffen. If black and white (there are but two), Jeffrey Katzenberg. The most suggestive are, in my mind, number two, who will later be known as “David Geffen,” and number seven, who will later be known as “Jeff Katzenberg.” Since I am completely hung out here, I might as well move forward then.
I cannot tell you with any certainty why I took note of Geffen and Katzenberg looking like twins. In those days, we found a lot of twins who were not that, an embarrassing time and long since cleaned up. What is left in that category is supported by evidence. I am not suggesting that you need to believe my evidence, only that it is there. Later on I will pull the timeline from the original post, as I do not want to do all of that work again.
Buddy Holly/Gram Parsons/David Geffen
Later on I’ll be showing some ear work from the original post, as ears can be as good as fingerprints. For now this will do. Both Geffen and Katzenberg have had extensive dental work – remember the Holly photo I labeled #6 above – I kept it because it showed misshapen and irregular teeth. This match is not the best, but I am limited in the Holly photos available, and as addressed at the outset, I am dealing with uncertainty.
Below is a transition shot, Holly to Parsons, pretty revealing if you ask me. Eyebrows do not align, but everything else is spot on.
It would be nice if we had a photo of Geffens with the face angled in that manner, but still, the following shows great alignment of features.
Finally, pure split Parsons and Geffen, as angles are troublesome.
I would like to say “I rest my case,” but the case rests on photos and there are discrepancies, though I think them minor. Let’s move on to Katzenberg.
Buddy Holly/Gram Parsons/Jeffrey Katzenberg
By far the hardest thing to do was to come up with Holly photos in which Katz would align. First I had to separate the Holly’s, and then the Parson’s, hoping to find a smooth transition through from Buddy Holly to Katz. You be the judge. First, Holly to Parsons. (All photos used are available in the collections shots above.) Remember, both of these photos are of the two each for Holly and Parsons that did not align with the others.
That alignment of mouths is about as good as it gets. Notice that Katz seems to have a broader and more affable smile than Geffen, who seems somewhat restrained. I am aware of the misaligned chins. That is a defect. It could be that I have oversized the Parsons photo due to difficulty in centering in on the eye pupil, not visible. I could attempt to adjust that, but it seems like tampering with results. The extra chin stands as a defect. We now move on to Parsons/Katz.
Remember, there were two Parsons photos that did not align with the others. This is one of them. Finally, we need a Holly to Katz comparison.
Here we have alignment of eyes, ears, nose, and lower lip, with Holly’s mouth open wider than Katz’s.
Finally, some ear work, taken from the original post.
The Telltale Ear
Used above are photos of a very young Buddy Holly and a very young Gram Parsons, or so the Internet tells me. When I first put these side by side, I thought I was looking at different renditions of the same photo, so close are they. But they are indeed two separate photos. By this time you should know that this is the same person who would in the end become David Geffen. Here are the two side by side.
Up above, these two photos were face split, which I thought rather convincing. That is the expected outcome, near perfect alignment of features. But the ears don’t align – that is angular distortion, nothing more, but note below the ears, side by side.
That is Parson’s ear on the left, Holly’s on the right. They look identical to me. Ears are said to be as good as fingerprints.
Here are Holly and Katzenberg one more time:
And the ears:
Again, they look identical to me.
This presentation is not without problems – the few and hard-to-work-with Holly photos one, and the other the timelines for the people involved. In fact, with Holly allegedly born in 1936, I am thinking Matt Damon batch thoughts. Perhaps instead of twins/zombies, I am dealing with clones? I will work backward:
Jeffrey Katzenberg was born on 12/21/1950, we are told, and note the 33 in that date. His timeline interferes with neither Holly or Parsons. He is said to have worked for John Lindsay’s NY mayor campaign in 1964, five years after the Holly plane crash. He became an assistant to movie executive Barry Diller in 1974, one year after the Parsons fake death, and in 1984 was brought over to work for Disney. No timeline problems.
David Geffen is said to be seven years older, though I do not see that difference. Born on 2/21/1943, however, he again does not cross paths with Holly, briefly appearing in Explosive Generation in 1961, two years after the Holly crash. (I assume that movie is not something we could view, making his actual participation suspect.) In 1960 he is said to have graduated Utrecht High School with a 66 average, no reason to add that ’66’ that I can see. In 1970 he formed Asylum records, and here we have a conflict, as Gram Parsons does not fake his death until 1973. Remember, however, that he has a twin brother who could well have been the lone Gram Parsons at that time. In 1980 he forms Geffen Records, and in that same year for unknown reasons John and Yoko Lennon choose him to record Double Fantasy, which will be a huge seller after Lennon’s fake death. Yoko said he was the only producer to pay attention to her, which is why John chose him. I do not buy that.
Gram Parsons (Ingram Cecil Conner III) is born 11/5/1946, and like so many rock stars in the Laurel Canyon era, had (or was assigned) a military family background. His parents were Ingram Cecil (“Coon Dog”) and Avis (née Snively) Connor. Coon Dog was some kind of war legend. Parsons is said to have founded the International Submarine Band in 1966, but that band’s album was not released until later years. So that is not a sure date. He was part of the Byrds, a manufactured group formed in 1968, and had various associations until his fake death in 1973. He was accepted to Harvard in 1966 under suspicious circumstances (bad grades), and is said to have missed a whole lot of classes.
Buddy Holly was born in 1936 we are told, and was 22 when the plane crash was reported. All of the photos of him speak of a younger man, perhaps a teenager, but still, we have to overcome ten years to put him in the same range as Parsons, and fourteen for Geffen. We have dealt with timeline problems in the past here, for instance the very old-looking Amy Goodman said to have been born in 1957. So this is not new or insurmountable.
The photos speak of too much resemblance to pass up nonchalantly. Ear alignment is dead on. Facial alignment, eyes, ears, nose are also dead on. Parsons and Geffen/Katzenberg also align in the teeth.
We have learned in this work that Wikipedia is full of false leads and signals. Both Geffen (66% in 60) and Katzenberg (born 12/21) are signaled. Further, the instant careers despite lack of noticeable musical or movie talent speak of young men selected to be stars. Katzenberg and Geffen becoming industry moguls in two industries that are controlled by Intelligence speak of men selected for fame as well. The Lennon connection with Geffen just prior to his fake death is intriguing – as if Geffen is charmed. Or connected.
I rest my case on the photo work with the knowledge that with these characters, nothing in their present is likely true nor anything in their past. We don’t know their real names, dates of birth, or backgrounds before emerging as public figures. There is a whole division at Langley charged with writing the fake bios for those who have to die young and reemerge with new identities.
I rest my case. I’m a little tired.