“Jimmie's son, Howie Nicol, recently stated at a press conference in Blokker (where Nicol played with The Beatles in 1964) that he has not seen or heard from his dad Jimmie in over 10 years,” Berkenstadt said, “He was asked about “The Beatle Who Vanished,” but said he had not read it.”
“Jimmie Nicol has not been spotted dead or alive, anywhere, for some years,” he says. “I did contact a detective who did some digging. He says that Jimmie is still receiving his 'pension' and medical prescriptions, but they are going out of England to another country. The mystery continues.”
He also says Nicol no longer owns something connected with his time with the Beatles. “Jimmie Nicol is no longer in possession of the famous watch that was engraved from Brian Epstein and The Beatles to him,” he said. “The watchface and the watchworks were destroyed when Jimmie smashed it in anger in Mexico(described in the book on page 164). All that remains of the watch is the engraved gold back. The watch is now in the hands of a private collector. I'm working on getting more information on this.”
In an interview earlier this year, Berkenstadt said Nicol made it tough for people to track him down. "Nicol left behind some false leads. For example, there would be a story in Billboard around 1967, stating he had moved to Australia, which proved to be false. Or a member of The Spotnicks told me they thought he had moved to Brazil after leaving them. That was another false lead planted by Nicol."
Berkenstadt, who says "The Beatle Who Vanished" is now available for Kindle, says a video trailer for the book is available at the book's website.
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