In December of 1967 Jimmie Rodgers was severely assaulted by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer on the San Diego Freeway in Southern California, fracturing his skull. He later sued the LAPD and settled out of court for $200,000. The reason for the assault has never been established. Within a year or so it seemed that he had recovered from his injuries. However, years later he was diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia.