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Reporter who investigated JKF death died because ‘she knew too much,’ author writes in new book

Photo from The Dorothy Kilgallen Story website

In The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, yet another book about the death of John F. Kennedy, we will read the story of Dorothy Kilgallen, who spent the last 18 months of her life investigating the assassination.

Ms. Kilgallen, a regular contestant on What’s My Line?, reportedly died in a bed at her New York apartment in a death that New York City’s chief medical examiner James Luke ruled accidental, “caused by a combination of sleeping pills and booze.”

But in his book that is due out Tuesday, Mark Shaw, lawyer and author, writes that the truth about her death “is far more complex and ominous” than Mr. Luke’s conclusion, New York Post writer Susan Edelman says in her preview of Mr. Shaw’s “exhaustively researched, true-life whodunnit.”

“Shaw makes a compelling argument that Kilgallen was the victim of foul play,” Ms. Edelman writes, “likely orchestrated by New Orleans Mafia don Carlos Marcello, who feared the results of her 18-month investigation for a tell-all book that would accuse Marcello of masterminding the JFK and Lee Harvey ­Oswald assassinations.

“The possibility that Marcello was responsible for JFK’s death came up in the 1991 Oliver Stone movie JFK, but New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, who launched a probe, dismissed the idea. ‘He missed it,’ Shaw says. ‘He didn’t have access to Kilgallen’s research.’

“Kilgallen died weeks before a planned second trip to New Orleans for a meeting with a secret informant, telling a friend it was ‘cloak and daggerish.’

“’I’m going to break the real story and have the biggest scoop of the century,’ she told her ­lawyer.”


The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen


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