Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Peter Murphy what did you do now?

Peter Murphy, lead singer of iconic Goth band Bauhaus, was arrested this weekend in LA on charges pertaining to DUI and drug possession. Chances are, if you're a Goth on the web, you've head snatches of this already, but I wanted to bring as many of the details together as possible for an easy but comprehensive guide to what this means.


The court accusations are as follows: Peter Murphy was driving intoxicated on Saturday, March 16, and hit a car at about noon in Glendale, California. The driver took down the licence plate number, but apparently was injured enough to necessitate hospital care. A witness to the crash followed him, blocked his car, and called the police. On inspection of the vehicle, methamphetamines were discovered in the car. The three misdemeanor charges are the DUI, hit-and-run driving, and drug posession. Peter Murphy is currently pleading not guilty, but don't expect to see him in court. He is pleading through his lawyer and is probably going to avoid public appearances as much as possible.

Peter Murphy is pleading not-guilty, so it might be interesting to see what the defense has to say about it. Especially the drug charges, because according to the police Peter Murphy was trying to dispose of the drugs in the police car, and anti-police feeling is at a high at the moment so it might not be difficult to imply that the police planted the drug bag. Why? God knows, but it is a possibility for the defense to implicate it.

If this is Peter Murphy's first DUI offence, he can face up to six months in jail, a fine up to $2600, and license suspension for up to ten months. But if it's his second or third he can face up to a year in jail, a fine up to $18,000 and three years of license suspension. Owning the methamphetamines will almost certainly increase the fines and jail time, but we have to wait until May 17th for the pretrial hearing.

However, Peter Murphy was also intending to go on his Mr. Moonlight tour, where he would be preforming both modern solo work and older Bauhaus-era songs. The tour is set to kick off in San Antonio on April 22,  and will continue as scheduled since Peter Murphy is on bail. He will not be permitted to drive during that time without court permission, but that shouldn't make a difference to tour.

Of course, many are disappointed by this because we all like to put our favorite musicians on a pedestal and think that they can do no wrong, or, if they do do wrong, in a glamorous way. Driving while intoxicated and injuring someone is not exactly a glamorous premise. It's also not doing much to help the stereotype that Goths are all horribly irresponsible drug addicts, especially when some Goths seem to be more upset that the tours might have been cancelled than justice be carried through. I wouldn't be surprised if some media use this an example of how Goths are the worst thing to ever happen to human beings ever.

So, I'm disappointed in Peter Murphy, as I would be disappointed in anyone else who did that. But I know you all must have an opinion. What was your reaction to this news?

12 comments:

  1. my reaction to this is threefold.
    1. that a human bieng was involved in an incident and is being processed through the system as per the systems requirements.
    2. that it is a shame for such to happen before this tour as it starts the tour in a bad light/mood, for those participating in it and just going to watch.
    3. I hope some of the fans do put themselves in ill light with their responses to this news...

    I hope the person injured recieves whatever recompense makes sense, that the tour continues, but also if the charges stick s much as it sucks that if actually guilty (ie, not caused by bad cops) I hope he serves his sentence, I also hope it's a short one if it happens.

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    1. He should have just found a "dark entry" and wormholed out!

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  2. If convicted on all the charges he may find himself barred from entering the US or Canada ever again. Canada is more strict than the US when it comes to barring those w/ DWI convictions.

    There is a way to appeal/get a waiver for either country, but this could be a kiss of death to future performances in North America for him.

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  3. I was quite bummed out to hear about this. Obviously musicians aren't gods, they're human and conduct themselves as such, including making (it has to be said) really, really ridiculous mistakes. Driving while drunk isn't cool, and a hit and run...yikes.

    No matter what kind of sentence is handed down, if Peter Murphy goes on tour, I'm still going to try and go see him. Maybe I don't agree with these particular personal choices, but I'm still a big fan of his music and that's not going to change.

    I do hope that the person who was injured recovers quickly and gets a fair settlement. I have to admit, though...when I heard about it my first though was"Oh, man, what if he had hit a Goth? That would make it even worse!"

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    1. ^Well, not *worse*, per se, because it's a terrible thing for anyone to get hit with a car. But if someone you admired plowed into you and didn't even bother to stop....tragedy.

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  4. I was so shocked when the news first came, it took an hour to process it. I definitely put PM "on a pedestal" as you said. Makes me very very very sad :(

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  5. This makes me pretty disappointed too. Though the cynical side of my isn't particularly surprised.

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  6. Your report as well as the reports of many others is inaccurate and you should correct it. What is being alleged by the Glendale Police is that the bag of methamphetamine was found on the floor of the police cruiser--after a hand-cuffed Peter Murphy was taken out of the car. The bag was not found in the vehicle he was driving or on his person. Their assertion that it belonged to him and he was trying to dump it is their opinion only. They did not witness that.

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  7. Peter Murphy's facebook page also claims "The amount of Alcohol in Peters Bloodstream was measured at 0.01 way under the 0.08 which is legal. This is the lowest amount of alcohol that is able to register on a breathalyser. "

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  9. He injured someone, " he hit their car, and ran from the scene! " Look he's chewing his lip in Mugshot! " " He's Meth head. " He's not God, He's impervious to U.S, laws. " He's also quite Arrogant to begin with, " Ask, " brendan Perry, " DCD, fame. " the worst part for me is I still like his music, " I just think the Higher Spirit shit is HACK! " So what do I do with ' all of his records?"

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