Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Book Review: The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, Mark Shaw, Post Hill Press, 2016, 338 pages

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

Dorothy Kilgallen was a powerhouse and she died too soon. Dorothy Kilgallen was an expert reporter, a pit-bull who was tough and smart. Dorothy Kilgallen was murdered and her research into the true story behind the Kennedy Assassination disappeared.

She did know too much.

Dorothy Kilgallen was once the Queen of all media. And I am not using this in the same vein that others do to puff themselves. She was on television, radio, had more than one column read nationwide. Her face was well known and 'A' celebrities at the time wanted to hang out with her.

Her pen and her word could mean purgatory for any talent. She was popular, loved and dead way too soon. Known as a panelist for "What's My Line?" she was one of the first to blend journalism/news with entertainment, all with the ease of a cloud.

But for all her business success amassed from the airwaves of television and radio, the pages of her books and syndicated columns, her personal life was tumultuous. Her long time marriage deteriorated as her radio partner and movie star husband's career wilted in the swill of alcoholism and one night stands while her torrid affair with singer Johnny Ray, among others, stiffened her resolve to right a wrong in the name of a dead President and collapsed Camelot.

She was on the FBI radar during her quest with columns about the flawed investigation into the assassination and the bungling work of The Warren Commission whose revelations were as green and slick as a grassy knoll.

And so our tale opens...

Author Mark Shaw, an attorney by trade, expertly prosecutes a scenario where the sudden death of Dorothy Kilgallen does not mirror that of an accident or suicide. This was a murder and the suspects lie with the parallel with the death of the young President.

Mafia? Government? Jilted husband?

There is more in the Kilgallen case that sheds light on the death of JFK than you can imagine.

For you conspiracy buffs, this a read for you. For you non-conspiracy buffs this is an eye opening ride.

I suggest you go here:

and Buy This Book.

In this age of hyper-politicization this is a must buy and must read.

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