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Kilgallen's Death At 52 Is A Mystery

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 06:06:20 -0400
Archived: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 06:06:20 -0400
Subject: Kilgallen's Death At 52 Is A Mystery

Source: The Bellevile News-Democrat - Illinois, USA


Sun, Oct. 21, 200

Kilgallen's Death At 52 Is A Mystery

Q. A few months ago, Vanity Fair columnist Dominick Dunne was on
Larry King and mentioned that he was doing research for a book
on the life and suspicious death of What's My Line panelist
Dorothy Kilgallen. I was never aware of the many conspiracy
theories surrounding her death and what she knew about the
Kennedy assassination. I've not heard anything about the
progress of the book, and I would love to know more about it.

- S.C., of Belleville

A. I'm afraid you misunderstood the soon-to-turn-82-year-old
writer and film producer. According to a CNN transcript of the
show, Dunne gave no indication he was working on a book when
asked whether he was considering investigating Kilgallen's death
at age 52 just hours after she had appeared on the Nov. 7, 1965,
What's My Line.

"I think she had some material, something, something that they
didn't want, somebody didn't want to come out," Dunne said,
referring to Kilgallen's probe into JFK's assassination. "And,
you know, I don't think we'd ever find anything this many years
later. But it's a mysterious death."

Those who knew of Kilgallen only from what they saw of her on
the game show hadn't even scratched the surface. This was one
tough cookie who covered some of the biggest stories of her day
(Lindbergh-baby kidnapping suspect Bruno Hauptmann, murderess
Anna Antonio, etc.), In 1936 - then just 23 - she raced two
other New York reporters around the world, an event memorialized
in her book "Girl Around the World" and the film "Fly Away

She wasn't afraid to speak her mind, either.

"They didn't prove he was guilty any more than they proved there
are pin-headed men on Mars," she said in a column during Dr. Sam
Sheppard's trial in 1954. Some say her comment "Flying saucers
are regarded as of such vital importance that they will be the
subject of a special hush-hush meeting" is proof of an alleged
secret UFO conference known as Majestic 12. She often wrote
about Frank Sinatra's alleged connections to organized crime.
(In return, Old Blue Eyes called her "the chinless wonder.")

So, it's no wonder that tongues began wagging as soon as her
death was announced. After an interview with Jack Ruby, she had
written in the New York Journal-American, "That story (the
assassination) isn't going to die as long as there's a real
reporter alive, and there are a lot of them alive." A story in
the Dallas Times-Herald said she was preparing a series of
stories on the events of November 1963 for publications in

She was found dead in bed on the morning of Nov. 8, 1965,
clutching a book by Robert Ruark in her hand. An autopsy found a
combination of alcohol and the barbiturate Seconal in her blood,
although not an overly excessive amount. Doctors theorized she
may have suffered a heart attack as well. There was no sign of a

But the cause of death remains undetermined. And, making matters
more suspicious, reports say, was that Kilgallen was not wearing
her reading glasses and her hairdresser said she had finished
that book weeks earlier. If that weren't enough, her husband,
who slept on a different floor in their townhouse, reportedly
gave police contradictory statements and a Brooklyn medical
examiner signed off on the Manhattan death.

But right now, that's where it will stand because the book you
thought you heard about is no Dunne deal. If you want to read
another recent in-depth look into the case, see:



[Thanks to Stuart Miller of http://uforeview.net/ for the lead]

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