There once was an intrepid journalist named Dorothy Kilgallen, and when she died under mysterious circumstances in 1965, many believed she took the answer to one of the world's greatest mysteries with her. The perceived mystery? Who was truly behind the assassination of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy.
Before I continue, I must state that I am not advocating for any conspiracy theory regarding these past events. I am presenting facts and opinions as understood and relayed by investigators, journalists, and other concerned third parties. The details of the brilliant lives and tragic endings of JFK and Dorothy Kilgallen are matters of record, although it must be noted that certain particulars regarding their sad ends are disputed by some. Accordingly, I will leave it to you to determine if the accepted records are true or if there are grounds for doubting the official accounts.
Who Was Dorothy Kilgallen?
Born on July 3rd, 1913, in Chicago, Illinois, Dorothy Mae Kilgallen was the oldest daughter of journalist James Lawrence Kilgallen and his wife, Mae. Following in her father's footsteps, Dorothy Kilgallen became an American journalist, then she expanded her reach by becoming a radio personality and one of the original panelists on the hit television game show, What's My Line?. Dorothy Kilgallen's writing skills and popularity eventually garnered her a newspaper column of her very own, and she used it to showcase her talent for unearthing the unfortunate truths celebrities often try to hide. That ability would take her down a dangerous path into the underside of Hollywood and through the corridors of power in Washington, DC, with conflict ever at her side.
Even as she raced to the top of her profession and gained nationwide fame, Dorothy Kilgallen found the time to marry actor/singer Richard Kollmar in 1940 and have three children without any notable interruption of her skyrocketing career. Amazingly, the couple merged their home life and their careers, using a part of their vast, luxurious apartment on the city's ultra-posh Park Avenue as studio space for a morning radio program they co-hosted. Separately, Dorothy Kilgallen and her husband led lives of wealth and privilege, but together they were the rare celebrity couple who not only worked synergistically, they remained together until Dorothy met her end.
Who Did Dorothy Kilgallen Expose?
Dorothy Kilgallen's revelations and crusades extended far beyond the following list, for hers was a life of expressing opinions without hesitation and with little regret. Among many others, she revealed the secrets of the following notables:
Was Dorothy Kilgallen Able to Disprove the Official Version of JFK's Death?
Dorothy Kilgallen claimed to know who was truly behind the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, thus underscoring her stated belief that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy. However, she never publicly revealed her sources or her evidence. When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on November 22nd, 1963, Kilgallen's reporter instincts sensed that something was greatly amiss. After much research and private discussions with those directly and indirectly involved in the subsequent investigations, she began to publicly cast doubt on the official version of Kennedy's demise. She spoke with Jack Ruby, the assassin who killed JFK's alleged murderer, and she pored over police reports and dug ever deeper while advocating a belief she thought to be the truth. Kilgallen eventually revealed she was close to exposing the true killer of President Kennedy, and she allegedly gave one of her close friends a look at some of her documentation. Shortly thereafter, on November 8th, 1965, Dorothy Kilgallen was found dead in her apartment, the victim of an overdose of alcohol and barbituates. As investigators searched Kilgallen's home, her documents on the JFK assassination were nowhere to be found, and they remain missing to this day.
The body of Dorothy Kilgallen was discovered fully dressed and sitting up in one of the many beds within her palatial apartment. Some of her friends suspected that the intrepid reporter was murdered, but their reasons for suspecting foul play were based on perceived behavioral discrepancies between Kilgallen's known preferences and the state in which her body was found. Their reasons for expressing suspicion were based on factors such as:
What Do You Think?
Above are the facts, with suspicions and allegations clearly noted as such. Given Dorothy Kilgallen's tendency to challenge and humiliate the rich and the powerful, do you believe her death was by her own hand or another's? Were the factors suspected by her friends sufficient reason to suspect foul play? Was her death just a tragic accident? Sound off in the comments below.
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