Dorothy Kilgallen story

2015 marks the 50th anniversary year since Dorothy Kilgallen died. Born in the Midwest, she became an internationally successful newspaper reporter based in New York. Her “Voice of Broadway” column was syndicated in papers nationwide, and titillated readers with the latest gossip about celebrities. She also was a shrewd, erudite and witty panelist on the popular CBS Sunday night television game show, “What's My Line?”, which remains an extremely popular program among its fans even today, and can still be seen on YouTube and elsewhere online.

Besides all this, Dorothy was a no-nonsense, tough, uncompromising, aggressive and fearless reporter whose stories about major news events were splashed across the front pages of the nation's newspapers. She scored many scoops over other media.

A true representative of the people, she felt the public had a right to know the TRUTH, wherever it may lead. She covered famous murder trials, none more historic than having scored the ONLY interview with Jack Ruby, the killer of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused killer of President John Kennedy.

Dorothy was one of the very few American journalists who immediately assailed the investigation into the death of the President, and scored a world exclusive when she obtained an advance copy of the Warren Commission's controversial report — which infuriated President Lyndon Johnson, who had not yet even seen it. She proceeded to publicly challenge its numerous gaps, contradictions and outright lies. Ms. Kilgallen also launched a private inquiry which took her to New Orleans and resulted in her drawing the scrutiny — and scorn — of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and LBJ. FBI agents were even dispatched to her private residence in New York to interrogate her, but she said she’d rather die than reveal her source(s). She soon did just that.

For many years, agencies of the federal government like the CIA and FBI followed Dorothy and her friends, as is well documented in declassified files. Her phones were tapped and she had to arrange clandestine meetings with sources, hoping that her various subterfuges would keep her safe. Near the end of her life, she very much felt she was in danger — and indeed she was.

In November 1965, she succumbed to a combination of alcohol and barbiturates, in a fashion much like Marilyn Monroe — whose death Dorothy had also publicly questioned. As Midwest Today reveals in an investigative article that took months to assemble, and relied on eyewitnesses and other sources who were NEVER INTERVIEWED BY AUTHORITIES, the death of Dorothy Kilgallen was a true scandal, most likely tied into her unrelenting probe into the death of JFK. We talk about a much younger (and rather mysterious man) who befriended her in the months leading up to her death. We explain why just a day or so before she died, Dorothy discussed with her hairdresser her belief that someone close to her was a “snitch” who was watching her closely and feeding information to people who wished to do her harm.

This engrossing article, which includes verbatim quotes from videotaped interviews with people close to Dorothy who were never questioned by police OR interviewed by biographer Lee Israel — including the hairdresser who found her dead in a bed in which she typically never slept, and under circumstances that were highly suspicious — offers groundbreaking new reporting not contained in Ms. Israel's epic (though very incomplete) book on Miss Kilgallen.

Our story has been widely read and cited on the internet, as well as our print magazine (now in our 23rd year of publication). We expect new revelations to surface soon.

In response to numerous inquiries, we are making this article available as it originally appeared in our magazine.

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