Episode 054 - The Mysterious Death of Dorothy Kilgallen
Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the most well known and prominent reporters in American history. Her tenacious personality and intense columns examines major stories of her time, including the murder trial of Dr. Sam Sheppard and the Cuban Missile Crisis. While her readers loved her dynamic style, powerful figures in Hollywood and Intelligence Agencies were not fans of her work.
After the assassination of President, and her close friend, John Kennedy in November of 1963, Dorothy dedicated her work to uncovering what she believed to have been a massive conspiracy and cover-up. She had a contact in the Warren Commission who leaked information to her, which she in turn published. The FBI began keeping a file on her, and tapping her phone after Dorothy refused to reveal her sources. Dorothy became the only journalist to get a private, one on one interview with Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald. In the days and weeks leading up to her death, Dorothy told friends she was going to break the case open and she had plans to travel to New Orleans to meet with an informant. Sadly, Dorothy would be found dead in her home just days before this trip, and what information she had gathered would never be revealed as her research files were never found.
The official ruling in Dorothy's death was that she died from an accidental overdose, a lethal combination of alcohol and sleeping pills. While this was the official story, many believe that Dorothy was murdered to halt her investigation.What happened to Dorothy Kilgallen and why, today, is her name so rarely recalled? Join host Steven Pacheco as he explores the intriguing and vibrant life of the woman once dubbed "The Most Powerful Voice in America."