March 1970 California prison photo of Timothy Leary before his September 1970 escape. She was 20 years old when she committed suicide in 1969. Durston made no mention of her saying she was feeling the effects of any drug she might have taken, or that she was experiencing flashbacks to earlier drug trips (points that will become important later in this story). amzn_assoc_region = "US"; Diane passed away on October 4, 1969 at the age of 20 in West Hollywood, California, USA. Diane Linkletter was the daughter and youngest child of popular American media personality Art Linkletter, and his wife Lois Foerster. Timothy Leary, Politics of Self-Determination, Berkeley, CA: Ronin Press, 2000. Based on Edward Durston's account and the toxicology reports, police concluded that Linkletter's death was a suicide caused by her despondent mental state. 1961: From left, Dr. Timothy Leary and Dr. Richard Alpert at Harvard University. Did Art Linkletter truly believe that his daughter’s death was caused by LSD or was it easier for him to view it through that prism? Still, the drug culture – and LSD usage – were at its peak, and no where was this more apparent than San Francisco. In 1970, Art and Diane Linkletter won the 1970 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Recording for their record "We Love You, Call Collect". In 1974, he was publicly denounced by a group that included Arthur Miller, Dick Gregory, Judy Collins and Country Joe McDonald. One thing is for certain. ), Those who are left to grieve sometimes choose to reject evidence of deliberate suicide in favor of the more comforting fiction of accidental death. John Kobler, “The Dangerous Magic of LSD,” Saturday Evening Post, November 2, 1963, pp.30-40. In 1970, Art and Diane Linkletter won the 1970 Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Recording for their record "We Love You, Call Collect". Click for copy. ", Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills, https://www.snopes.com/horrors/drugs/linkletter.asp, "Linkletter Blames LSD For Death Of Daughter", "Art Linkletter: It Wasn't Suicide, It Was Murder", The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography, Our Endangered Values: America's Moral Crisis, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook), America Again: Re-becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Diane_Linkletter&oldid=981858993, Burials at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), All Wikipedia articles written in American English, Articles with unsourced statements from July 2019, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, On October 5, 1969, the day after Diane Linkletter's death, filmmaker, This page was last edited on 4 October 2020, at 20:44. Snopes and the Snopes.com logo are registered service marks of Snopes.com. Nothing unusual turned up in the screening, thus ruling out her having taken drugs that night.). G. Gordon Liddy (left) and Timothy Leary (right) at one of their joint appearances in the 1980s. “Algeria Grants Timothy Leary Political Asylum,” Washington Post/Times Herald, October 21, 1970, p. 24. 1964: “The Psychedelic Experience,” is published by Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert – a “how to” guide for those planning to use psychedelic drugs. One TV news clip from CBS-KPIX Channel 5 in San Francisco on July 10th, 1968 captured Leary’s remarks at a press conference at the Psychedelic Shop on Haight Street in San Francisco, where he offered his views about LSD, teenagers, and their parents.
According to a popular story that warns young people about the dangers of drug use, “some girl” jumps from a window while on an acid trip because the drug fools her into thinking she can fly. Timothy Leary. “Essay: LSD,” Time, Friday, June 17, 1966. Alice Bonner, “100 Professionals Took LSD Dosage,” Washington Post, August 4, 1975, p. A-5. Did it make his burden easier to bear, believing that an outside force of some kind was responsible, and not any negligence on his part?
We can only speculate upon their reasons for doing so, but we should note that it is not all uncommon for those left behind after a suicide to work to convince others the death was one of misadventure and not the deliberate ending of a life.
It scares you out of your mind.” Further on in the interview, he praised a group of young people at the conference, and urged parents to try to understand why their kids were taking drugs and to learn what they were experiencing. He had reportedly grown despondent over his insurance business.). The film, however, went nowhere, and had a very limited showing. The claims immediately made after Diane’s death that she had been on LSD, coupled with her method of suicide, seemed to some to fit this existing cautionary tale, and afterwards her demise was pointed to as an example of this legend’s coming, Yet it wasn’t true, although members of her family attempted to blur the line between what had happened to Diane and her use of drugs as a possible cause for it. But at that point Eldridge Cleaver was hosting Leary, not the Algerian government. ( Log Out / Art Linkletter, understandably devastated, became one of the most vocal critics of the counterculture, speaking out against drugs at every opportunity, while telling the tale of his daughter’s LSD death. Sept 1967: The Saturday Evening Post cover story, “The Newly Discovered Dangers of LSD...” Click for similar issue. Nick Gillespie, “Psychedelic, Man,” Washington Post, Book Review of Robert Greenfield’s Timothy Leary: A Biography, June 15, 2006. Santa Fe, NM 87502-2486. Timothy Leary was already some years into his LSD notoriety by then, having published The Psychedelic Experience in 1964 with colleagues Richard Alpert and Ralph Metzner and lectured around the country. Radiate courage. “Court Upholds Fine, Sentence Against Leary,” Los Angeles Times, September 30, 1967, p. 2. Algeria, circa 1970: Timothy Leary with Brian Barritt, an English counter-culture author and artist who collaborated with Leary during his years in flight.
To the little man who sells you thrills She was first taken to Hollywood Receiving Hospital, then to Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center where she died of injuries she sustained in the fall. May 6, 1966: Newsweek, “LSD and The Mind Drugs.”, Timothy Leary was already some years into his LSD notoriety by then, having published. ( Log Out / Austin Scott and Bill Richards, “LSD Test Data Is Missing From Rockefeller Report,” Washington Post, July 13, 1975, p. 1. Then came the televised protests and street riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago that August. In 1966, New York passed an anti-LSD law and California followed suit later that year, in October. Click for copy. Leary, in fact, was prominent among the headliners that day – those featured in the program of speakers and music that Saturday January 14th. 1967. In one of the Life pieces, the views of a cross-section of individuals were presented, including that of a Navy intelligence analyst who took the drug to help solve a problem in pattern recognition while developing intelligence equipment. After Diane's death, Art Linkletter became a prominent anti-drug campaigner. In 1972, he fled to Afghanistan, being captured and arrested in Kabul by the U.S. Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. There he was given sanctuary of sorts with Eldridge Cleaver’s American government-in-exile. Diane Linkletter (left) assumed place in popular myth of LSD tragedy - suffering delusion she could fly - after her October 4, 1969 suicide jump. Barry Farrell, “Scientists, Theologians, Mystics Swept Up in a Psychic Revolution,” Life, March 25, 1966. Leave it utterly. Among the Church Committee’s findings, for example, it reported that from 1954-1963, the CIA “randomly picked up unsuspecting patrons in bars in the United States and slipped LSD into their food and drink.”. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Bill Richards, “Army Plans No Action On 900 in LSD Tests [from 1959 to 1967],” Washington Post, September 30, 1975, p. A-11. Media Monarchy For those interested in this issue, there are a number of sources listed at the end of this article in “Sources, Links & Additional Information” that provide beginning leads to further source material. “A Straight Scene,” Newsweek, July 22, 1964, p. 74. Although Leary initially did not like the Moody Blues song, he soon adopted it as something of a theme song during his lecture tours.
Readers of this story may also find the following of interest: John Higgs 2006 book on Timothy Leary, “I Have America Surrounded,” with forward by Timothy Leary goddaughter and Hollywood actress, Winona Ryder. During 1968, Leary continued to crop up in news reports. What follows below is a short history on Leary and the times – from his Harvard days and LSD proselytizing to his run-ins with famous entertainer Art Linkletter, U.S. President Richard Nixon, and the federal government in their denunciations of him and their battles over drug use, as well as Leary’s flight from the law. years old. A theologian who took LSD reported a “Moses-like burning bush” revelation, feeling his was a positive experience. Other bills in Congress proposed to ban the substance completely.
In August 1964, Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert published, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead, in part, a “how to” guide intended for those planning to use psychedelic drugs.