Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large?
These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. Through discovery of never-before-seen videotaped eyewitness interviews with those closest to Kilgallen and secret government documents, Shaw unfolds a "whodunit" murder mystery featuring suspects including Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Mafia Don Carlos Marcello, and a "mystery man" who may have silenced Kilgallen. All while by presenting through Kilgallen's eyes the most compelling evidence about the JFK assassinations since the House Select Committee on Assassination's investigation in the 1970s.
Called by the New York Post "the most powerful female voice in America" and by acclaimed author Mark Lane "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 - until now.
©2016 Mark Shaw (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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This true life story reads like a cold war spy novel... cuz it kinda is! Sparkling 1950's Manhattan society set piece, with all the ingredients, sex, booze, media, conspiracy theories. Marvelous stuff. And the author makes a deeply compelling case that Ms. Kilgallen was indeed murdered, and quite possibly for what she knew, or some thread of what she knew.
The author pulls you into her world and into a compelling plot with ease.
A most excellent and thought provoking book. The writing and research are superb; the narration is perfection. This is a story that could have changed history if it had been told as it unfolded. What a crime that Kilgallen was killed, and it is obvious that she was, for endeavoring to bring to light the truth about JKF's assassination. The book entertained as well as informed.
I stayed up all night listening to this important story. May the Truth will out
"Good Evidence Skewed Context"
Could not possibly say; only listened to the audible version.
There was no real character in this crime-study book.
No, and I doubt I will.
Compelling, slanted evidence that a real investigation should have been done.
The author repeated slogans and anecdotes a few times and had some generally pedantic streams of text. However she did dig up a lot of very compelling evidence which almost certainly indicates that Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered. While she made it very clear why and how the Mafia was involved to some extent, she clearly left out the other possible culprits; the military, the CIA, Big Oil and President Johnson. The case is not as simple as "Bobby screwed the Mafia, so John was taken out to pull the rug out from under Bobby." Further, Ms. Zackman, at the very end of the book stated that "arguably the Kennedy family is the worst political family in history. Considering what JFK did to bring peace to a very precarious world, I take great issue with Ms. Zackman. One would do well to read James Douglass' "JFK and the Unspeakable" to gain a broader perspective. The Mafia would have had to have "permission" from several other individuals and agencies if they hoped to get away with killing JFK and D. Kilgallen. I hope "New York" does seriously look back at the Kilgallen murder. Perhaps there are some threads, which will open other avenues of research and get some truth that has been buried for over 50 years.
"Outstanding Work by Author Mark Shaw AAA+++"
One of the best books I have ever read. Amazing story about why a great reporter had to be killed. She gave her life to pursue truth about the murder of John Kennedy and paid the ultimate price.
"Thouroughly Researched with Fresh Insights into an Historic Event and an Iconic Personality"
It is difficult to imagine what really happened that day in Dallas. Researchers have been speculating for decades. But most agree that what actually happened bears little resemblance to the mythic story of a l
"A Sad Story"
The winners of history tell the story. This book is a truth about that.
Sometimes the bad guy wins.
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