Jim Gordon, the drummer who co-wrote Derek and the Dominos’ “Layla,” and was convicted of murdering his mom within the ’80s, has died on the age of 77.
A rep on behalf of Gordon advised the New York Publish that the musician died this previous Monday (March 13) on the California Medical Facility in Vacaville of “after a long incarceration and lifelong battle with mental illness.” His dying was dominated a results of “natural causes.”
Though Gordon is greatest often known as the drummer for Derek and the Dominos and Visitors, he was a particularly sought-after drummer all through a lot of the Nineteen Sixties and ’70s. All through his profession, he performed on releases by The Everly Brothers, The Seaside Boys, Eric Clapton, Alice Cooper, George Harrison, John Lennon, Cher, Joan Baez, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Steely Dan and lots of extra. However by the late ’70s, a mix of psychological well being and habit points began to take a toll on his wellbeing.
A number of years into his profession, the drummer began affected by intense paranoia, which he used numerous substances to attempt to mediate, based on a 1985 Rolling Stone article. Others began to note him rising more and more aggressive and paranoid at occasions, particularly the ladies he had relationships with.
“His violent feelings toward women probably could be traced to the fact that his mother was the strong parent, perhaps the one responsible for discipline. It’s not much to hang your hat on, but he didn’t need much. He was — is — crazy,” Dr. William Vicary, who was one of the psychiatrist’s on Gordon’s defense team, told the magazine of the musician’s behaviors.
According to the doctor, Gordon suffered from schizophrenia, which is a disorder defined by the Mayo Clinic as “a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally.” There are a wide range of symptoms, from delusions and hallucinations, to disorganized speech and abnormal behavior. Intense paranoia is also a common indicator.
“The voices started out friendly,” Gordon defined to Rolling Stone. “They were giving me little pointers. How to take care of myself and the house. How to shop. I was glad for the help. I was getting ready for the rest of my life. I thought it was pretty strange, but there was nothing I could do about it. I heard them all the time. They would tell me if I was doing right or wrong.”
Eventually, it was his mother’s voice that he heard, and it started consuming him. He checked himself in and out of psychiatric facilities several times, and then eventually started to become a recluse because he was afraid to be out in public.
“He couldn’t function in the normal everyday world,” considered one of his associates, guitarist Larry Rolando, mentioned. “Who had any experience with whatever was wrong with him? He wouldn’t talk. Then there was that look. He didn’t trust anyone.”
After years of listening to his mom’s voice — which he claimed advised him to kill her — he confirmed up at her door at some point in June of 1983, hit her with a hammer repeatedly after which stabbed her within the chest with a knife.
“I had no interest in killing her,” he confessed. “I wanted to stay away from her. I had no choice. It was so matter-of-fact, like I was being guided like a zombie. She wanted me to kill her, and good riddance to her.”
Gordon was charged with second-degree homicide and sentenced to 16 years to life in jail.
“When I remember the crime, it’s kind of like a dream,” Gordon recalled years after the homicide [via Washington Post]. “I can remember going through what happened in that space and time, and it seems kind of detached, like I was going through it on some other plane. It didn’t seem real.”
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