August 4, 1970: Woman Finds A Sleeping Jim Morrison On Her Porch

She tried to wake up The Doors' frontman but he was out cold. 

By Gina Tron

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On August 4, 1970, a woman named Elenor Brough woke up to quite a surprise. When she retrieved the morning newspaper in front of her Los Angeles home, she found a sleeping Jim Morrison on her porch. She tried to wake up The Doors' frontman but he was out cold. So, she called the police who arrested him for public drunkenness. It wasn’t long before he was released from jail. His bail was only $25.

This was not the singer's first arrest. Morrison was actually quite familiar with being in handcuffs. He was arrested in 1963 in Florida for petty larceny, disturbing the peace, resisting arrest and public drunkenness after stealing a cop’s helmet and umbrella. In 1966, he was arrested for assault and battery charges after jumping out a car to kiss a woman while on peyote. One year later he was arrested on stage after being maced by police. In 1968 Morrison was arrested at the Pussycat a’ Go Go in Las Vegas for public drunkenness, vagrancy, and failure to possess sufficient identification. He was also reportedly beat with a billy club by a security guard in that incident. He faced felony charges of lewd and lascivious behavior in addition to five misdemeanors including indecent exposure and public drunkenness following a 1969 arrest.

August 4 marked Morrison’s final time being arrested. He died not long after. On July 3, 1971, at age 27, the singer and songwriter known for his poetic lyrics watched a movie, listened to records and then died in his bathtub in an apartment he had rented in Paris, France. The cause of death was listed as heart failure. Because French law does not require it, no autopsy was performed.

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