Dorothy Kilgallen: Do you have missing information surrounding her death?

11/8/15 – 50-years has passed since Kilgallen’s death.  A San Diego Group investigating Kilgallen’s death decided to post her condolences in the newspaper, the San Diego Union Tribune, on the 50th anniversary of her death.  As a result many people have left tips and the media has called wanting to talk with the group.  If you would like to leave a tip for the group, please post below in the comments or email:  gtombryan@yahoo.com

UPDATE:  2015 – After the story ran early in 2015 the group that is investigating this case  asked me to post that they received more information from Connie the daughter of the newspaper reporter from Connecticut that was working on the case.  Connie indicated that her dad, after talking to the investigators on the case, heard that the police theory was that someone may have been in her room at the time of her death and Dorothy may have known whomever entered her room.   They theorized one or two people could have entered a service entrance stairway that led to the third story, which only her employees used.  This person or people could  be responsible for her death and also staging the room to make it look like an accidental overdoes or suicide. 

The air conditioner was left on and it is believed by many that it was done to cover-up her time of death, but we now know from Connie that it was left on because it was to cover up some undetermined odor. 

“The air conditioner must have been used to try to remove this odor, ” Connie said.

Could that undetermined odor be cigarette smoke which was found in Dorothy’s system after the autopsy?

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Usually I write all about missing people and ask you to keep an eye out for them, but this time I am going to ask my readers if you know of any missing information surrounding the death of Dorothy Kilgallen.  I had a group of people that came to me that asked me to post about her.  The below is a mixture of what I found out about Dorothy and what they asked me to post. 

Dorothy became well-known after she was employed by the Hearst Corporation as a daily columnist and wrote about  New York show biz.  Occasionally she would write about more heated topics like politics and organized crime and spoke her mind on the subjects.  She even covered the Sam Sheppard murder trial in 1954.  Sheppard was accused of bludgeoning his wife to death at their home in Cleveland and Kilgallen wrote in her column that their were serious flaws in the prosecution’s case and was “astounded” by the guilty verdict.  (Sam Sheppard was absolved in 1998 by DNA.  Read story here).  She was not one to just write about a story, but would bring up inconsistency’s and questions surrounding a story that she felt did not make sense.  By 1950, Dorothy’s column was running in 146 papers, and garnering 20 million readers.

Kilgallen also publicly denounced the Warren Commission’s report on the assassination of President Kennedy.   She even managed to get a copy of Jack Ruby’s testimony and published it on the front pages of many newspapers.

Later she became a panelist on a game show that debuted in 1952 called  What’s My Line.  The show ran for 15 years and each broadcast was seen by 25 million viewers.  The idea of the show was four panelist were to guess the career of a guest on the show by asking a question. 

Kilgallen appeared on top of her game and she became even more popular than she already was.  Even though she thrived on the show, she was still a “reporter” although some would say a gossip columnist, and because of that many were wary that what they said to her would appear in the newspaper.  Although not talked about till after her death, many of her fellow panelist kept conversations with her to a minimum after they discovered that she would publish what they were saying in the dressing rooms. 

“Kilgallen was found dead on the 3rd floor of the 5-story apartment on Nov. 8, 1965, by her hairdresser, Marc Sinclair.  She was found to have alcohol and barbiturates in her system and she may have possibly had a heart attack.  A handwritten note below that says “Acute ethanol and barbiturate intoxication. Circumstances undetermined.” This handwritten note was apparently based on the chemical findings, which were appended to the report. She had a blood alcohol level of 0.15, and barbiturate level that says “UV – 2.4 [illegible]” in the liver.There was not conclusion whether it was accidental or suicide, and the death certificate states circumstances undetermined.”   But, what has never been explained is the nicotine that was found in her system when she was known to not be a smoker.  Could she have been near someone who was smoking before her death?” a group in San Diego that is investigating her case are asking?

One conspiracy theory alleged that Kilgallen had interviewed Jack Ruby and that Kilgallen was murdered to keep her silent about what he had told her.”

Conspiracy author Jim Marrs explains:

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! . . . 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.”

So, did Kilgallen have information that would rock the nation?  Did someone break into her home and force pills down her throat? 

Do you know something about this case, something that you have been keeping secret for over 45 years?  If you do, leave an anonymous comment or contact me anyway you feel is the best and I will forward the information to the San Diego group or you can contact them directly by emailing:    gtombryan@yahoo.com

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