She was a Roman Catholic, and worked for William Randolph Hearst, and rose to the top of journalism and even got onto a TV show, “What’s My Line,” on which she displayed her insightful and penetrating mind, although her co-stars were furious when private comments made in the dressing room began appearing in her widely circulated newspaper column.
She mostly covered show business, but loved investigating deep politics and organized crime as well. When a doctor in Cleveland was railroaded into prison for the vicious murder of his pregnant wife, Kilgallen began a crusade to get him released. She became the most famous and influential journalist in America and developed such a regal style that she could upstage a monarch’s coronation with jeweled tiaras and elaborate outfits.
It was likely after a cocktail party with a British intelligence agent that she rushed out her first front-page scoop regarding the existence of UFOs.
“British scientists are convinced these strange aerial objects are not optical illusions or Soviet inventions, but are flying saucers which originate on another planet,” she wrote, in a front-page story. “The source of my information is a British official of Cabinet rank who prefers to remain unidentified. ‘We believe, on the basis of our inquiry thus far, that the saucers were staffed by small men—probably under four feet tall. It’s frightening, but there is no denying the flying saucers come from another planet.'”
Now what are we to make of this? Obviously Kilgallen was used to plant a rabbit hole of immense proportions, one that would soon explode and reverberate across the world: the aliens have landed! The purpose of seeding such disinfo into the press using an unwitting dupe like Kilgallen is obvious and bears all the markings of a Tavistock mind control experiment to see how far the alien rabbit hole could be stretched. Sheep-dipping her as a conspiracy kook was the easiest way to undermine her investigations into deep politics. Anyone asking prying questions is easily diverted with a tale of alien space ships, or “we never walked on the moon,” or those clouds in the sky?—those are chemicals and not just water vapor, or any of the rest of the paranoid rabbit holes disinfo agents like David Icke and Alex Jones keep jamming the Internet with.
But Kilgallen quickly abandoned the UFO story as she was a serious journalist and when zero proof appeared of little green men or a space ship, she moved onto other investigations. She was actually considered the nemesis of Frank Sinatra, who called her “the chinless wonder” and sometimes closed his shows by urging someone to please run her over. She broke the story of Marilyn Monroe’s affair with JFK, and Marilyn was dead within a few days, although Kilgallen never swallowed the story it was an accidental drug overdose and shredded the official story in her column. She may have sensed her column played a role in killing Marilyn, because it certainly appears that way in hindsight.
Kilgallen was no saint: she was a snooty upper class type who frequently put down the lower classes and detested country music. But she was a romantic and a dedicated seeker of the Big Story, and had spent quality time in the Oval Office with the President with her 11-year-old son, and Kennedy had treated them both graciously and with utmost respect, so when he was assassinated later and then his alleged killer assassinated, she wound her way down to Dallas and scored a private jail-house interview with Jack Ruby, a conversation held out of earshot of anyone else. You see, four years earlier, Kilgallen had broken the story of the CIA and mob working together on a hit team for Castro, so it wasn’t much of a stretch to suspect that same team might have been redirected at JFK.
When she returned to New York after her Texas investigation, she told her friends she was going to blow the case wide open and began working on a book, one she probably expected to win another Pulitzer.
The reason Ruby had a conversation with Kilgallen was because he knew how significant she was. And he was also aware of her immense knowledge of organized crime, the CIA, and their connections with a nest of anti-Castro Cubans in Florida. He probably told her everything he knew. Kilgallen did a lot of footwork as well, tracking down key witnesses, including a witness to the Tippit shooting who was never called by the Warren Commission, who said two men, neither of whom were Oswald, fled the scene. She had a source inside the Dallas police department who provided the radio log, indicating the Chief of Police called for officers to rush to the top of the overpass. (Roselli’s shot had come from that overpass, but under it, as he was lying in a storm drain.)
Kilgallen spent a year researching the story and a huge break came when she landed a copy of the 102-page interview the Warren Commission had conducted with Ruby. She began publishing excerpts just to show how ridiculously incompetent it was. While Ruby pleaded with Ford and Warren to take him to Washington because he did not feel safe in Texas and was eager to talk in a safer location, they said they could not arrange that. He then tried to lead their questions deeper, but was rebuffed and the conversation misdirected elsewhere. Don’t you think it odd only two Commissioners, both of them high-ranking Freemasons, were sent to Texas to conducts the official interview with this key witness, instead of bringing that witness to the entire Commission? And why did they ignore Ruby’s pleas to get out of town, while asking the dumbest questions?
The FBI wanted to know where Kilgallen got the transcript and started a whole bunch of surveillance and harassment, although I’m sure Angleton had been closely listening to all Kilgallen’s phone calls as well as reading her mail after that private jail-house conversation with Ruby. Most likely, she’d been under intense surveillance the entire year.
Kilgallen was in close communication with Mark Lane at the time, who’d captured the center of energy on the investigation by posing as an honest researcher. Too bad Kilgallen didn’t know about Lane’s background in military intelligence. Even more suspicious was the sudden arrival of young Ron Pataky, the handsome ladies man who had been cruising Hollywood, stalking the rising ingenues. He was half her age but completely infatuated with her, and quickly became her closest confidant while pumping her endlessly for the latest breaks in the JFK case. He’d later claim the relationship was “platonic.”
On November 8th, 1965, Kilgallen was discovered by her hairdresser. She was lying in bed as if she had fallen asleep reading a book, although she couldn’t read without glasses, it’s a book she finished days ago, and the book is turned the wrong way around. She is fully made up, even wearing false eyelashes, and also wearing some ridiculous outfit, not her usual worn out pajamas. Even more suspicious, she’s not even in her own bed, but one on a lower floor, a room she seldom visited. The hairdresser knows something is amiss with this picture, and calls the in-house staff, so they can notify the police. He immediately exited through the front door, where he was stunned to find a police car with two officers parked directly in front of the house, as if waiting for a call to come in, as if they knew a dead body was already inside and wanted to be the first at the scene.
Obviously, the autopsy was a joke and cause of death listed as “indeterminate.” Funny thing is, the doctor refused to sign the certificate and apparently had another doctor sign it in his name. Mark Lane showed up quickly hoping to score the accordion file on JFK. Kilgallen’s not-so-grieving husband turned him away and when questioned by anyone about the precious files, would only say “I’m afraid that will have to go to my grave with me.” The hairdresser was so upset by some of the attitudes, he refused to attend the funeral. Another strange person missing from that ceremony was Pataky. In front of everyone at the funeral, Kilgallen’s mom accused her daughter’s husband of complicity in murder. It must have been a very dissonant ceremony.
I know Lane has been sheep-dipped as a Knight in Shining Armor since the beginning of this saga. And he defended a famous libel case against Howard Hunt, but I am afraid it was all most likely a staged operation because Hunt was a rabbit hole Angleton had placed in the story, and numerous ops were run to point towards Hunt and Sturgis and make them the shooters, but if you check on Lane today, you’ll find him closely related to the Holocaust Denial movement, something obviously created by spooks.
11 Replies to “The mysterious death of Dorothy Kilgallen”
You mean Mark defending liberty lobby in Howard Hunt trial you should be very specific, Holocaust Denial movement just is not true.
Your state “you Know Mark Lane has been sheep dipped as a knight in shining amour” What is your proof for that statement. I don’t trust that statement at all. “A staged Operation” this is a joke.
The fact is, Mark asked for the notes and did not get them. Her best friend and husband died soon after.
Nothing to do with Mark Lane, and your rabbit hole theory. Dorothy was a friend or Mark Lane.
Mark’s last book on the JFK assassination “Last Word: My Indictment of the CIA in the Murder of JFK ”
The book is one of the best ever written on the topic
I guess we don’t have the same opinion. I found his first book a jumbled mess. Why did he never mention Angleton, Harvey, Rosseli and have so many false leads to no where.
He appeared pro bono to represent Oswald’s wife and he is a former intelligence officer, who later became very close to the world’s biggest publisher of Holocaust Denial literature.
And Kilgallen had an incredible set of files, and everyone wanted to get them. But he was first to show up.
Try and think a little ahead of the game….
Why was Officer Tippet taken out?
Tippit remains a deep mystery, but it’s not too hard to imagine a possible scenario: I’m sure some of the people being used for minor roles had no idea they were actually participating in the assassination of the President, but once JFK was killed, a few may have had serious doubts about continuing to cooperate with the conspirators and began thinking about maybe blowing a whistle on what they suspected was going on. Tippet may have just been one of many who came to this conclusion and he could have balked at some instructions and that would be a reason for him to be instantly eliminated.
Tippet work for the C.I.A. who paid for his funeral ? H.H
Great blog entry! A few minor corrections:
** But she was a romantic and a dedicated seeker of the Big Story, and had just spent quality time in the Oval Office with the President with her 11-year-old son, and Kennedy had treated them both graciously and with utmost respect, so when he was assassinated a few days later and then his alleged killer assassinated, **
Consider that Dorothy wrote in November 1963 — as you can see in the Jpeg scan from the Journal-American: “On a rainy Saturday late last January I took my youngest child, Kerry, to visit the White House.”
So they had visited the White House in late January 1963. That was during the long New York City newspaper strike that blocked Kilgallen from writing anything for the Journal-American. She didn’t reveal her and Kerry’s visit to JFK until he was dead.
So you should say: “… when he was assassinated ten months later …”
Next, I respectfully suggest you correct the spelling of Tippet AKA Tippit in the following sentence:
** Kilgallen did a lot of footwork as well, tracking down key witnesses, including a witness to the Tippet shooting **
Next, I respectfully suggest you remove the words “her husband” from the following segment:
** The hairdresser knows something is amiss with this picture, and calls her husband and the in-house staff, so they can notify the police. He didn’t like the way the husband was reacting, and immediately exited through the front door, where he was stunned to find a police car with two officers parked directly in front of the house, **
In truth, Marc Sinclaire used the intercom to call for the household staff but not Dorothy’s husband. Source is the 2007 Midwest Today article that you evidently have read.
In the following segment from your blog entry on Kilgallen, please change “the early 1960s” to “the early 1950s.”
** And as for Pataky, at age 56 he picked up a Masters Degree from Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, and then a PhD in Christian Counseling from Trinity Theological Seminary, although a rumor did appear a few years ago that he’d dropped out of Stanford in the early 1960s to attend an assassin’s training school in Panama. **
In truth, Ron Pataky was born in 1935. He was almost 22 years younger than his friend Dorothy Kilgallen. He enrolled at Stanford in 1953, not 1963. By 1963, he was working as entertainment columnist for the Citizen – Journal daily newspaper in Columbus, Ohio. By June 1964, that newspaper felt comfortable sending him on a Europoean press junket where he met Dorothy for the first time.
Thanks so much for your assistance Carrie.
When you mentioned this—you got to the core of what Ruby told KIlgallen”
“While Ruby pleaded with Ford and Warren to take him to Washington because he did not feel safe in Texas and was eager to talk in a safer location, they said they could not arrange that. He then tried to lead their questions deeper, but was rebuffed and the conversation misdirected elsewhere. Don’t you think it odd only two Commissioners, both of them high-ranking Freemasons, were sent to Texas to interview this key witness, instead of bringing that witness to the entire Commission? And why did they ignore Ruby’s pleas to get out of town, while asking the dumbest questions?”
There was no way that Warren and Ford were going to let Jack Ruby out of Mason controlled Dallas, as they wanted Ruby to keep his mouth shut on the Mason connections to the JFK hit via Marcello in New Orleans, Mason Guy Banister in New Orleans, Mason Banker Clint Murchison allied with HL Hunt, et al. Then connections with Mason George Walllace and Mason Curtis LeMay. Add to that the Mason George Mandel that ran PERMINDEX.
All Ruby had to say was the word Masons and Catholic Kilgallden would immediately connect the Mason and Catholic long standing problems.
Ruby would be a Zionist supporter for Israel and well know that Mason Lord Balfour signed the promissory note to Rothschilds banking to have Israel cut out of Palestine.
When they intentionally connected a Jewish person with the JFK is a Communist pamphlet, the guaranteed Ruby would protect Israel and Zionism and he would kill Lee Oswald to gain that protection of Jewish state. That was the predicament he was placed in, that was no win. Either he have up the Masons as the culprit, or the Masons framed the Zionist for hating JFK over Dimona.
She was an alcoholic. Her death is officially unknown to this day. None of original copies of the final appearance on copies exist due to wiping. Too bad it’s gone!
Well done, Dorothy. Rest in peace.