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Jim Marrs On Kilgallen's Murder
| Although Kilgallen mentioned this unique private meeting with Ruby to
close friends, she did not publicly write about it. The fact that she did
not publicly disclose what she learned in this meeting prompted author Israel
That she withheld suggests strongly that she was either saving the information for her book, Murder One, a chapter of which she had decided to devote to the Ruby trial; that he furnished her with a lead which she was actively pursuing; that he exacted a promise of confidentiality from her; or that she was acting merely as a courier. Each possibility puts her in the thick of things.
Israel also records that toward the end of her life, Kilgallen may have obtained inside assassination information from yet another source. He wrote:
Dorothy began to draw drinking companions to her. Joan Crawford . . . was among them. She tooled around with Crawford . . . they boozed abundantly together in the back of Crawford's touring car, which was well stocked with hundred-proof vodka.
Recall that, upon the death of her husband, Crawford became a principal owner of Pepsi-Cola, the firm that counted Richard Nixon as an attorney. Both Nixon and Crawford had been in Dallas the week of the assassination and may have been privy to more information than the public was receiving.
Whatever information Kilgallen learned and from whatever source, many researchers believe it brought about her strange death. She told attorney Mark Lane: "They've killed the President, [and] the government is not prepared to tell us the truth . . ." and that she planned to "break the case." To other friends she said: "This has to be a conspiracy! [The Warren Commission is] laughable . . . I'm going to break the real story and have the biggest scoop of the century." And in her last column item regarding the assassination, published on September 3, 1965, Kilgallen wrote: "This story isn't going to die as long as there's a real reporter alive—and there are a lot of them."
But on November 8, 1965, there was one less reporter. That day Dorothy Kilgallen was found dead in her home. It was initially reported that she died of a heart attack, but quickly this was changed to an overdose of alcohol and pills. Her death certificate, dated November 15, 1965, stated the cause of death was: . acute ethanol and barbiturate intoxication—circumstances undetermined."
Biographer Israel wrote:
After three years of investigating the events surrounding Dorothy's death, it is clear to me that she did not die accidentally and that a network of varied activities, impelled by disparate purposes, conspired effectively to obfuscate the truth.
No trace of her notes or writings about what she may have learned from Ruby or Crawford was ever found.
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