10 February 2021
I don’t want to stir up controversy with this post. I’m just seeking the truth…Susan Headley (AKA Suzy Thunder or Susan Thunder) was a famous hacker during the late 70s and early 80s. Susan later testified against Kevin Mitnick, the head of the hacking operation, in a criminal trial and she also testified before the US Senate on national security. She was the same Suzy Thunder who was a teenage prostitute (born in 1959!) and rock groupie in LA in the late 70s. Here’s some info about her days as a groupie on page 347 of Katie Hafner’s 1995 book on hackers, “Cyberpunk.”
“Over breakfast at the Silver Saddle, where Susan procured me a room for the night, she plied me with chapter and verse on every topic from her days as a groupie (which included, she said, a systematic conquest of all four members of the Beatles)…”
Below are two posts in Usenet linking “Suzy Thunder” to Paul McCartney from a journalist who interviewed her for a 1980 magazine article on groupies.
On June 14, 2002, mslinda posted in the newsgroup alt.gossip.celebrities (thread titled “No pre-nup for Paul and Heather” in reply to “I thought she (Linda McCartney) was the one who insisted in being with him in Wings. To bash any groupies. She was no dummy.”), “If that was her motive, it didn’t work. I interviewed several groupies for an article in 1980, and one of them had bagged Paul. Linda C.”
And she later posted (in reply to “Must have been before he was married if he and Linda had spent only one night apart (when he was in jail) during their marriage.”) “Nope. It was during the day at an LA/BevHills hotel during the late 70s. Linda C.”
On September 28, 2005, mslindac posted in the newsgroup rec.music.beatles (thread titled “”Linda is the only woman I will ever love…”), “I interviewed a groupie called Suzy Thunder in 1980 and she said she’d done him. I doubt she was the only one. Linda C.”
This sentence used to be in Susan Headley’s Wikipedia article, but it remained in her NationMaster article. I think NationMaster’s website is now gone: “Headley also described herself as a rock groupie in the late 1970s and 1980s, claiming among her alleged conquests various L.A. rock bands and even Paul McCartney .”
Here’s some more info about her in this message board from 2003 in the thread titled “Fan/Photographer.”Evidently, Keith Moon (whi was known to be a friend of the ex-Beatles during that time period) was also one of her lovers.
“it would be nice to see some of her photos on the website. oh! another thing. does anyone remember a groupie by the name of Suzie Thunder? now that girl was bizarre! scared the living daylights out of me when she’d tell her rated x stories about the guys!”
Someone who worked at an LA radio station in the 70s and knew both Keith and Suzy then responded, “hi .. i knew suzy from when i worked at a radio station in l.a. in the late 70s and from keith moon. she was one of a kind! i would love to know where she is and what happened to her. does anyone know? Is she still in california?”
I found this video of Geraldo Rivera interviewing Suzy Thunder on 20/20 in 1982. It’s interesting to note that Geraldo also interviewed John and Yoko in 1972 and Paul and Linda in 1976.
There’s a May 21, 1984 Washington Post article about Susan Headley. It said she got into hacking at 17 after she dropped out of high school, ran away from home and moved to LA to work as a waitress.
She’s also mentioned in a December 27, 1989 Los Angeles Times article with allusions to her groupie days. “Her fascination is figuring out how to circumvent security systems, a talent she developed as a teen-ager at rock ‘n’ roll concerts,” and “She said she has inveigled free tickets for airline flights and concerts.”
This website briefly mentioned her Beatle connection…”She claims to have slept with all four Beatles, but Susan Headley is most famous for computer hacking.”
Has anybody here heard of Susan Headley and her alleged encounters to the ex-Beatles? While Paul, George and Ringo were known to spend a lot of time in LA during the late 70’s, I couldn’t find any visits to LA by John after June 1976 (when John helped out Ringo in the studio).