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Rastafari : How Bob Marley was Assassinated By the CIA

Updated on November 15, 2012

Robert Marley may be deemed as the most popular Rastafarian reggae music artist to be assassinated by the Babylonian system. This is a pretty strong allegation. One thing I have learnt from studying statistics and probability is how to spot patterns. It is so easy; you could write a computer program to spot patterns for you.

It is an obvious trend that when Rastafarian music artists decide to take the message of love to an evangelical level, they always end up in dangerous situations. Within the 1970’s and 1980’s dozens of reggae entertainers have been shot and killed. Others have died under mysterious circumstances. I have done a tribute to a few Rastafarian reggae artists in another article: Rastafari : Bob Marley, Garnett Silk, Peter Tosh and Buju Banton.

Soul Music Assasinations

It is similar how Rhythm and Blues (Soul) singers always ending up overdosing on the same type of drugs yet no one makes mention of this trend. It has been happening from the days of Elvis Presley to those of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney. Unfortunate to say, they were all slaves. Drugs can be easily used as a control mechanism, robbing the victims of their very soul. Reggae music is targeted on different levels. Because a Reggae music artist may not subscribe to their addiction campaign, other methods are used to quiet them down.

Failed Assassination Attempt on Bob Marley

An attempt was made to assassinate Bob Marley on December 3, 1976. He was just chilling at his home and studio on Gordon Town Road in Kingston, rehearsing for the upcoming smile Jamaica concert. He was blazing some marijuana, eating grapefruit and practising his guitar. Suddenly, three men burst into the room. One of them had 2 semi-automatic firearms and was a popular CIA operative. The other two had a single rifle each (M-16). They opened fire indiscriminately on Bob Marley, Rita Marley and others in the Room. Fortunately, there life was spared due to the mystical intervention of JAH Rastafari. Don Taylor has been credited as the person to save the life of Bob by taking most of the bullets unintentionally.

Those Who Got Shot

Bob Marley
Reggae Music Artist
Bullet was never removed from upper left arm. Was also shot above the heart
Rita Marley
Wife of Bob Marley
Was Shot in the back of the Head, while trying to cover the children
Lewis Griffiths
Bob Marley's Close Friend
not sure where he got shot
Don Taylor
Bob Marley's Manager
Shot several times because He was standing in front of Bob Marley. Had a bullet removed from his spinal cord

Book by Bob Marley's Manager Don Taylor

Who The Hell Shot Bob Marley

The person who shot Bob Marley was a popular CIA operative (the one that had the two guns). I can’t say his name for obvious reasons. You can ask any Jamaican and they will tell you who did it. The @##++&& who shot Bob Marley did not wear a mask and was a very popular crime figure in those days. He has probable killed over 200 people personally. The Gang that he use to run has killed over 2000 people in one year between New York, Miami and Kingston. He also provided bodyguard services for higher ranking CIA operatives. He was eventually double crossed and killed by other CIA operatives in an attempted prison escape. He was awaiting extradition to the U.S.A for Gang activity. The CIA feared he would give information to the FBI.


There are two major political parties in Jamaica, JLP (Jamaica Labor Party) and PNP (Peoples National Party). JLP are called Laborites and PNP members are called Socialist. There were ideological conflicts between the parties. PNP had become a socialist party, which is just two steps away from being a communist party while the JLP had firmly adopted capitalism.

The leader of the JLP was Edward Seaga. He was very much aligned with U.S.A. at the time (Friends with Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter). The Leader of the PNP was Michael Manley, Who was aligned with Fidel Castro at the time. The American government was very worried that Jamaica may become a communist country. Through CIA covert operations, M-16 were smuggled into the country to fight the socialist party. The other party defended themselves by smuggling AK-47's from Russia through Cuba.

It went as far as certain gang members that worked for the JLP received CIA training in the U.S.A. then was sent back to Jamaica to assassinate key figures. The PNP also sent their respective gang members to Cuba for military training to have CIA key figures assassinated.

Bob Marley unite two warring factions JLP and PNP at his 1978 One Love Peace Concert. This is after they tried to kill him. Symbolic of uniting communism and capitalism.
Bob Marley unite two warring factions JLP and PNP at his 1978 One Love Peace Concert. This is after they tried to kill him. Symbolic of uniting communism and capitalism.
Michael Manley Hanging out with Fidel Castro
Michael Manley Hanging out with Fidel Castro


Bob Marley was shot two days before the Smile Jamaica Concert. Micheal Manley had heard that Bob Marley was planning a free concert for the Jamaican people (Which He does regularly). Micheal Manley and Edward Seaga had approached Bob Marley in order to secure endorsements from the Smile Jamaica Concert. Bob Marley turned down both offers.

During This time, Michael Manley was campaigning as a self-acclaimed Rastafarian. He was also pushing a farming agenda and other ideologies that Rastafarian's and poor people would support.

Don Taylor (Bob Marley's manager) may have secured some sponsorship from the then agricultural department of PNP without first informing Bob Marley. Michael Manley had created an illusion that the Smile Jamaica Concert may be associated with the PNP and Socialism (what is socialism?). To make matters worse, Michael Manley had set the elections shortly after the concert.

Any political party that could get the endorsement of Bob Marley would win the Elections, setting the course of Jamaica's future. The people really only trusted Bob.

Just to give you an idea of the environment that lead to Bob Marley being assassinated.


Different Conspiracies and Scenarios

Given that Peter Tosh also died shortly after Bob Marley, it was easy to spot a trend that reggae artists were being targeted. Bunny Wailer who is the only surviving Wailer has given testimony that the deaths were not coincidental. Many Jamaicans believe that Bob Marley was killed using covert weapons. Some people even believe that he was killed by means of sorcery or poisoning. We will examine the different conspiracy theories.

1. The Nail in The Toe

After Bob Marley was released from the hospital, he went to the protective hills of the Blue Mountains (Highest Peak on the Island) to get ready for the next concert. He was in the company of Black Panthers Lee Lew-Lee (He did a popular documentary Power to the People). He had come to see Bob Marley after he had heard of Bob Marley's assassination attempt. They were just there jamming, when a white man had come to see Bob Marley on the same day of the Smile Jamaica Concert. The white man was given permission to see Bob Marley.

The man greeted Bob Marley and said he was a photographer from some famous news outlet. He explained that he had just arrived with the film crew from U.S.A. He told Bob Marley how excited he was to film the event. He then gave Bob Marley a pair of shoes. When Bob Marley tried on the shoe, he screamed out "OOOUCH".

When Lee Lew-Lee, Bob Marley and other Friends inspected shoe, there was a pointed copper metal in the toe part of the shoe. At this point they still did not know what to make of the incident. After further research, they found out that the man that had visited them was @@##$$$, son of late CIA Director $$$&&&@@. There was now some panic in the camp. They were now wondering if the metal could be radioactive or poisoned. (read other articles on the internet for the names)

Coincidentally, 5 months later while playing football (soccer) in Europe, he had damaged the same toe real badly.


2. The (Un) Friendly Soccer Games in France and England

The guys who stepped on Bob Marley's toe must have been planted in the games to execute a threat. Jamaicans do not understand why someone would injure the reggae superstar in a friendly game. The most aggressive soccer players in Jamaica would not attempt to tackle Bob with much force. Furthermore, most players would remove their studded boots when playing against the reggae pop star.

It was actually two games of soccer where Bob's toe was stepped on. One in England, where the popular heavy Danny Baker stood on Bob Marley's toes causing serious damage.

The second game was in Paris for a charity. Another popular journalist tackled Bob and caused further injury to the same toe.

It is for this same reason Jamaicans have appealed to track star, Usain Bolt not to play any friendly contact sports while outside Jamaica.

Many believe that Bob should have never went to those celebrity soccer games in 1977 in which he was the main guest. Shortly after the toe failed to heal, the doctors diagnosed him with cancer in the toe.

3. Medical Doctors and Treatments

Bob's Manager, Don Taylor has given evidence that he has witnessed Bob being given injections in the toe after both celebrity games. These injections were supposedly to treat Bob Marley's injured toe.

It was later in 1977 in Europe that Bob Marley was diagnosed with Acral lentigious melanoma. This was shortly after the soccer games.

Bob Marley's official medical records were never made available to the public. Most of the information we have is from his manager and other friends in his entourage.

Skin disease specialist, Dr Cleland Gooding MD., F.A.A.D has done an extensive chronological research on Bob's diagnosis and treatment. This can be referenced at

After Bob was diagnosed with cancer in the right big toe, the doctors in Europe recommended an amputation of the toe after confirming the cancer by method of biopsy. Bob Marley refused the amputation due to Rastafarian beliefs. (many thought this would have saved his life).

CIA Infiltration

Bob Marley's entourage did contain a CIA operative. This was very likely. The sensitive issue is that no one wants to call names. This was because everyone in Marley's camp were close friends from Jamaica. However, Bob could never manage to keep his location or intentions a secret. Plus, his so called close friends did help him into some bad situations and decisions.

After Bob returned to Jamaica, he consulted Dr. Carl "Pee Wee" Fraser. This medical doctor in turn referred Bob Marley to Dr. Josef Issels in Bavaria for holistic treatment.

Many believed this was a negative move for Bob. This is because it is believed that Dr. Josef Issels only used Bob Marley as a guinea pig for his alternative treatment methods. It is also further believed that the doctor may be Nazi connected and was never interested in the recovery of the reggae superstar.

The alternative and holistic treatment methods did not work which resulted in the cancer metastasising to the rest of the organs.

4. Female Biological Weapons

I do not think you will find this conspiracy theory elsewhere on the internet. I have only heard the older Rastafarians within the rural areas of Jamaica with this concept. They say Bob went to hang out by a pool at one of his hotel tour stops in England. While there, he was approached by two lovely females.

It is believed that the women had sex with him and infected his body with a disease that made him susceptible to cancer and other illnesses.


The 1960s, 1970's and 1980s was a time period where presidents, black leaders, human rights activist and other freedom fighters were blatantly killed. As we progress into the 21 century more sophisticated methods have been devised to the quell the uprising of those who try to defend human rights and freedom. 90% of Jamaicans who I have spoken to believe Bob Marley was assassinated.

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    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      3 years ago from Jamaica


    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Kathleen, It is a main belief in Jamaica that Bob was targeted because of the influence he had.

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      Kathleen Odenthal 

      6 years ago from Bridgewater

      thank you for this hub! I have believed this for a long, long time, but you were able to provide many facts and details I have never been able to find. I love your hubs and I can't stop reading them!

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Thank you very much DDE. It does bring a lot of other things into perspective.

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Rastafari : How Bob Marley was Assassinated By the CIA this is an interesting hub and gets one thinking of many issues on this case. Something that is rarely spoken of.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Respeitar Sidio. Agradecimentos para o amor.

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      7 years ago


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      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Colin. You got to see Bob Marley twice. You can't ask for more than that. My father plays the records of all those greats you have mentioned. So, I am a big fan too. I still listen Lee Scratch Perry. Hope things are great in Toronto. Nuff Respect.

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      7 years ago

      Irie to my main man , Marvin of marvelous, I had the pleasure of seeing Bob and the Wailers back in 1978 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, and then in the late 80's with his wife Rita leading the Wailers in a small club - I am a big fan of Black Uhuru, Steel Pulse,Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, King Tubby, Lee Perry, Desmond Dekker and Toots and the Maytals and it is so nice meeting you here today on this Good Friday.

      Naturally I find this an intriguing and enlightening read and I can tell it's a labor of love for you my friend and you write like a scholar and a gentleman.

      I am sending you warm wishes and good karma from Colin and his cats, Tiffy and Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 1:20pm

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Suzettenaples. It is highly probable that one of these scenarios may have caused Bob Marley's death.

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting. It would not surprise me at all if Marley was assassinated by one of these theories.

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      Marvin Parke 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect SkeetyD. very happy to see a fellow West Indian commenting on my hub. Bob Marley did do the song " Them a go tired fi see me face".

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      7 years ago

      Bob Marley's music was a constant in my household when I was young. My mother also told me about the struggles that Marley was involved in and she also explained that his music spoke of those struggles and being poor and standing up for yourself, not violently but with words and education and compassion and wisdom. Even though I am not a Jamaican, I heard of the different plots against Marley and how many people were glad when he died. But what they did not realise is that his message of love had captured the hearts of the people and it would not be silenced.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect mrysaguirre. Thanks for the energy.

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      8 years ago

      i like that a bout bob marley nice to read

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect cottageindustry, It was really fun doing this particular hub. Lots of secrets revealed.

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      8 years ago

      Some true statements indeed! Still love his music.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Jandee, may something about Peter Tosh and Garnet Silk

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      8 years ago

      You have to be true to yourself ! That's what you did!(not too strong) Well done rasta, I am on the hunt now for the story of the other Two-maybe you have done it by now ??

      best to you from jandee

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      It is true Mamelody, it is impossible for Rasta to die. We shall endure forevermore.

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      8 years ago

      Bob Marley died the day I was born but I grew up in a household of seven brothers who are die hard Bob Marley fans. Love his music, Rastas never die man! Respect xx

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect WD, This is the Jamaican version of the story. The 70's was very rough. The people were depending on Bob Marley to lead the world by reggae.

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      WD Curry 111 

      8 years ago from Space Coast

      It is really interesting to hear your perspective. I have only heard American accounts. I have studied Latin American history. Don't get me started on John Foster Dulles and the CIA. CIA operatives can be rogues, but the CIA pays them anyway.

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      8 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      I await ! Man must follow through on his mission at all times, so as much as I felt a how when they parted ways , I am real happy now while being able to understand more of a man's mission.

      Keep up all the great work I await. One love is it!


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      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      @ Cardisa, I still researching Garnett Silk thing. It sound really strange. Will be doing an article on Peter and Garnett in the future.

      @ Sky, everything must come out into the light.WILL LIVE UP.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Justum, unification is a must. Babylon want to divide and rule with their two party system.

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      8 years ago from 41042

      Great hub! I have read Catch A Fire but don't remember a CIA implication but am not at all surprised. Those who choose to speak the truth and unite rather than divide are always at risk from government and other outside predators who fight to keep us down. Bob and Peter will always be here in spirit! Peace!!

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      Carolee Samuda 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Hey Rasta, this is sill being discussed every day in my house. We know is Babylon tek de life of Bob.

      A little correction, we have about six political parties. So you could say two "major" political parties....

      It's the same with Peter Tosh and Garnet Silk. They were all killed because they take the message to the people.

      Bless up!

      PS. just read the comments, the article not too strong. It is the truth!

      One love

    • Sky9106 profile image


      8 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Respect. I do believe that the truth about everything will one day have to be revealed. And will hold mankind responsible, and although the Lie is so rampant strong and convincing , the Most High God must let it run it's course. If everything can come from nothing then everything is God. THEN COULD YOU IMAGINE?

      In today's man, the strength of it all, lies in the level of truth it carries.

      As a young boy I was relentless in my search for truth , it's the sole reason I am here . Growing up I was able to just believe, but I wanted the truth in that which I believe, and through all of the trials and tribulations I tasseled with on the way , I am pretty solid now and my intent is to get even more so .

      This world in which we are living, have gotten to a sort of understanding and I am amazed at the things I am seeing , but I must not waver on this journey. I understand distractions.

      I am always glad to read your thoughts , and facts and beliefs , nothing that's allowed to be published on here can be too strong , especially when I am actually listening to people actually saying : That there is no God! There will be nothing but a constant fight with those kinds because in the absence of the most high it's pure turmoil, but with God there is no fear, so they are here with a right.

      So I'll say he who have eyes to see let them see.

      Anywhere in this world that I hear the name of the Honorable Robert Nestor Marley spoken I will listen.

      Any part of your life you understand and decide to live up , be ready to stand up. Meh Sey: They crucify Jesus Christ and he said Father forgive then for they know not what they say!

      They are always looking for another Jesus. But ah when the right time come.

      You going to run to the rock for rescue and there will be no rock!

      Blessup brethren.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      8 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Sky, I was wondering if this article was too strong. You would get the drift, because the same thing happened to Grenada in the 70's.

    • Sky9106 profile image


      8 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

      Wow brethren , this is a wow and quite in dept. And very well written. It's amazing the detail and I was so young I did not know Rita got shot either. Well Peter McIntosh got shot also , but I understand.

      Thanks for a great read.



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