It was Jim Morrison’s first arrest or at least first documented arrest, and the first of many mug shots that would come in Jim Morrison’s life. It’s hard to read a mug shot, what is the person thinking? Is he mad? Is there a rebellious smirk on their face? Are they embarrassed? Morrison, in the September 28, 1963 mug shot his hair is short, and he isn’t the lithe rock star in mug shots that will be taken in December 1967 with a hint of smile on his face, or the bearded Jim Morrison that will come from his Miami 1969 booking. All that is still in Morrison’s future.
It started as a lot of junior college escapades do, without any anticipation or intention that anything is going to happen, just a good time, but it turns out to be an adventure worth telling your children. Morrison and some friends on their way to a Saturday afternoon football game. The seasons are starting to change, it’s a cool fall afternoon, a little bit of rain is in the air, Morrison and his friends get drunk on wine, on the way to the game Jim engages one of his friends in a mock sword fight with the umbrellas they were carrying. Morrison seeing a cop’s helmet sitting in a patrol car unattended takes it, and draws the attention of the police. Morrison is arrested, put in handcuffs and in the ensuing confusion caused by his friends trying to intercede, Morrison attempts an escape. Morrison is re-apprehended and charged with petty larceny, public drunkenness, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest.
The arrest and its consequences must have scared Morrison to some degree because the next day he went to a teacher he trusted and asked for his help. The teacher accompanied Morrison to a barber shop, went with him to buy a suit, went to court with him and later calling the dean of students on Morrison’s behalf, the result being Morrison only received probation from the university.
This of course would not be Morrison’s first arrest and it does show some patterns developing in Morrison’s behavior. The taking of cops hats in an L.A. arrest Morrison would be charged with stealing policeman‘s hat, and in concerts Morrison would take a cop’s hat off and sail it into the audience. A willingness to confront authority.
Source: No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugerman
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