DOROTHY KILGALLEN – Hollywood Reporter and What’s My Line Panelist
Died Mysteriously While Investigating the Kennedy Assassination
Dorothy Kilgalen with Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and hair dresser Marc Sinclaire
If you’re old enough to remember the Kennedy Assassination you also might be old enough to remember ‘What’s My Line’ and one of the four popular, celebrity panelists on the show, Dorothy Kilgallen. But, you may not know that she may have been closest to the truth as to who killed JFK when her story died prematurely with her own death – perhaps until now and a new book, ‘The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.’
Called by the New York Post, “the most powerful female voice in America,” and by acclaimed author Mark Lane the “the only serious journalist in America who was concerned with who killed John Kennedy and getting all of the facts about the assassination,” Kilgallen’s official cause of death reported as an overdose of barbiturates combined with alcohol, has always been suspect since no investigation occurred despite the death scene having been staged. Shaw proves Kilgallen, a remarkable woman who broke the “glass ceiling” before the term became fashionable, was denied the justice she deserved, that is until now. (Amazon new book: Dorothy Kilgallen the reporter who knew too much)
In a new book out 54 years after the Kennedy Assassination, Mark Shaw writes about perhaps the person closest to uncovering the real truth behind the Kennedy Assassination (at least for those who don’t believe that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone killer) and just as more investigative information was released by court order regarding the Kennedy
Assassinatioin. Assassination (10-27-17). Shaw was interviewed on KGO Radio 10-27 and told about how her belongings were immediately removed from her home after her supposed ‘overdose’ death before the FBI and investigators could reach the scene. He says that , in late 1963 following Kenndy’s assassination, J Edgar Hoover was eager to make the public believe Oswald was the loan killer. Kilgallen had written ‘the Oswald file must not close’ but the Killagalen connection to the Kennedy Assassination was not very prominent like the Garrison investigation even this reporter was not aware of the connection, until now and Shaw’s book.
In the interview, Shaw says that Kilgallen had the only interview with Ruby, who was jailed only days after the assassination when he somehow got into the Dallas jail where he killed Oswald. Shaw spoke of a Jack Harvey (sp) who knew of Ruby and that Ruby had an ‘in’ with the police department, this coming after the Warren Commission has stated it wasn’t true.
New book ‘Reporter Who Knew Too Much’ -Mark Shaw
Of the newly released Assassination information, Shaw found only a few items of interest, so far. One was that Oswald had been in Mexico just prior to the assassination where he had met with Cubans. One of them had later noted that ‘Oswald was a good shot,’ as Shaw quoted from the new material. Shaw had hoped to find more information about CIA involvement. We may never know, since some ‘sensitive’ pages were not released at the lat mome nt after the CIA and FBI imposed on President Trump not to release them for security reasons.
Shaw noted also a mafia member, Carlos Marcello (sp) who had made a point of wanting to kill Kennedy. He talked about the JFK -Marilyn Monroe connection and how brother Robert Kennedy picked up the relationship with Monroe after JFK died, upon which Kilgallen threatened to ‘expose’ ‘Bobby’ if he didn’t help with the investigation of Kennedy. Shaw also stated that Hoover was ‘in cover up mode’ from day one following the assassination.
Again, the ‘official’ explanation for Kilgallen’s death was an ‘overdose of barbituates’ though one of the people who quoted who, paradoxically, told Shaw he still ‘wanted to prove who did it’ (killed Kilgallen).
Editor’s note: We find this seemingly new ‘chapter’ on the Kennedy assassination fascinating and will dig further into the story of Dorothy Killgalen and her Kennedy connection. Because Kilgallen died soon after the assassination, before she could really get her own investigation moving, little has been known or said of Kilgallen- perhaps until now. Book available at left
KENNEDY’S SECRET SOCIETY SPEECH – This is a portion of the speech that President John F. Kennedy gave at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961. “The President and the Press” before the American Newspaper Publishers Association.
– I Saw How That One Moment
Changed America, Timely Secret Society Speech
Time magazine’s cover story is titled “The Moment That Changed America,” and it features some newly discovered color pictures of the Kennedys riding through Dallas before the fatal shots rang out.Reporter David Von Drehle writes the piece, calling the tragedy on Nov. 22, 1963 “shocking beyond almost anything else in American history.” I would say that the moment’s resulting aftermath was even worse – how it dramatically changed, or contributed heavily, to the largely rudderless, schizophrenic society that followed in it’s wake.
I remember as a 10-year-old kid in 1962 my mother taking me to see President Kennedy at University of California, Berkeley, for the charter day address. I didn’t really appreciate at the time what the President was talking about or the magnitude of his presence there. All I know is that there were 50,000 presidential admirers packing the UC Stadium , taking time off on a week day to be there for the President of United States. Can you imagine 50,000 people showing up today for our current president or any other modern president since Kennedy, for that matter?
It was rather eerie but interesting – thanks TO modern technology – to be able to listen to this Kennedy Charter Day Address 50 years later, from March 23, 1962 , and really understand it for the first time. Here’s to you Mom, for bringing me to this historic date. If I think having seen President Kennedy made it even worse and harder for this boy to fathom when we lost President Kennedy on November 22, 1963. Presidents weren’t supposed to die. Yes, I remember not being able to finish my school lunch of macaroni and cheese when the news came down . It was a major blow that would have a significant impact on the rest of my life. Yes, my life — perhaps all of our lives- changed on that day. I felt life wasn’t the same as it was. They call it the end of innocence. I guess you could say that. The optimistic, happier times were over as society moved into an era of contention and even violence.
One cannot say whether the angrier tone in society that followed would have existed had Kennedy lived. Pres. Kennedy brought with him an optimism carried over from the postwar era that we haven’t seen since. they say the music died in 1959 when the plane with Buddy Holly, pop icon, went down. One might say that everything else went down on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy died. Since then, despite major efforts , legislation and millions of dollars to try to correct social iniquities and other problems in society, things have only gotten worse. Time does not always heal and, sadly, we have not healed since the death of our beloved President Kennedy.
One can Note the changes in society reflected in our media, music, movies and so forth which have taken on a significantly edgier tone since Kennedy. The crime rate has more than doubled. Today we are a less educated and more violent society then when Kennedy lived. One would think that 50 years time would be time enough to correct those underlying problems in society that were simmering when Kennedy lived but things have only gotten worse rather than better with no foreseeable hope on the horizon. Throw all the taxpayer money you want at problems today it’s not going to bring us back to the hopeful and optimistic days they called Camelot of the early 60s when people left their doors open for their neighbors, children played in the street and life was much simpler and happier.
Interestingly, outside of the south, even the races seemed to get along better in the early 60s than they do today despite all the newfound understanding and social programs developed in the past 50 years. Bussing, welfare, food stamps… Nothing seems to help, if anything, they make things worse. We’ve seen flashes of a return to the Kennedy during the presidencies of Clinton and Reagan but those times were fleeting and without the real Kennedy impact. all of our technological, medical and so-called educational advances have not helped to right the ship. No, Kennedy was not perfect by any means, but he instilled those Christian values, if you will -basic core values not seen in 50 years that brought us together during the postwar era.
Despite what many considered a handicap in being Catholic, Kennedy was still able to unite all religions and races unlike any leader since his time. Can simply having the right president in office right all society’s wrongs? Of course not, but it can go a long way. Without opening up Fort Knox, Kenndy remained a friend to all races, colors and creeds. Even without major social legislation at the time, Kennedy was able to instill in minorities a sense of hope and success. During his presidency unemployment was lower than it is today and without the ‘benefit’ of millions of dollars in aid. Outside of the South, ask minorities who lived during the Kennedy era how they felt race relations were then as compared to now and They’ll tell you that things were better then.
WILDWOOD DAYS, sung by Bobby Rydell , is said to have been ‘the song’ that ushered out the Kennedy Era. (Dr Demento and others ) Rydell’s Cameo Parkway label spawned and capitalized on the dance craze of Kennedy era America It was a big hit at the time with upbeat lyrics and music reflecting the feel-good Kennedy Years. Celebrating the fabled amusement park in New Jersey, as WILDWOOD DAYS began fading from the music charts,so came the disintegration of Camelot – the JFK era of hope and optimism.
President Kennedy was a man who did make a real difference. Yes, one man can shape a nation and Kennedy did that better than anyone since. Politics didn’t matter- what a change from today, both democrats as well as republicans admired Kennedy. The likes of a man of the stature of Kennedy have been sorely missed ever since we lost him on that fateful day , November, 22, 1963. I remember it well. One man’s memories and thoughts.
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