When Jim Reeves had his first big crossover hit, "Four Walls," in 1957, he not only achieved a milestone in his career, he also attracted the attention of famed New York columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, who wrote about it and noted that Jim wasn't even aware of his hit because he was on a European tour.
Dorothy was a legendary newspaper reporter whose colorful life -- and death -- would make for a very interesting movie. She died under mysterious circumstances in November 1965 in a manner similar to Marilyn Monroe, whose own death Dorothy had publicly questioned.
Ms. Kilgallen is the only reporter to have secured an interview (unpublished) with Jack Ruby, the killer of JFK's accused assassin, Lee Harvey Oswwald. She aggressively challenged the credibility of the Warren Report -- a copy of which she obtained and published before it even landed on President Lyndon Johnson's death.
Back in 2007, my husband Larry, and daughter Sara, collaborated on a major article for the glossy regional magazine we've published for 24 years, Midwest Today, called "Who Killed Dorothy Kilgallen?" It was based on months of research during which they turned up major new information on this "cold case," including Larry doing an interview with a previously unnamed prime suspect in Kilgallen's death!
This investigative article which Sara and Larry wrote, which truly should win a Pulitzer, was read by a big league lawyer in California named Mark Shaw. Mark has also been an on-air legal analyst for CNN, ESPN, et al and authored a series of best-selling books.
He contacted Larry and Sara and my husband and daughter have given Mark hands-on cooperation in the writing of his own new book called "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much," which is making its debut this week.
This is an explosive story, and Mr. Shaw -- a criminal defense lawyer by trade -- is calling on the Manhattan, New York District Attorney to re-open the case, based in large part on the work that Sara and Larry did (in addition to his own major research).
Larry and Sara furnished Shaw with extensive new info they unearthed and they are quoted extensively throughout Shaw's book. In fact, Mark Shaw calls them "gifted journalists" who wrote a "masterpiece."
This morning, a major newspaper, the New York Post, carried a huge story about Dorothy Kilgallen's death and Mark Shaw's book. You can find the story here: http://nypost.com/2016/12/04/dorothy-kilgallens-tell-all-on-a-mafia-don-might-have-got-her-killed/
And a television network devoted to covering crime stories also has an article online, in which they even link to our Midwest Today article. CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE STORY.
You also may be interested in reading more about this major case, which I think Larry and Sara may well succeed in getting re-opened.
Here is one of Mr. Shaw's websites: http://www.thereporterwhoknewtoomuch.com
Here is another, that has a lot of the information that Sara and Larry supplied author Mark Shaw:
And here is a link to the letter attorney Shaw sent to the Manhattan DA:
All of this is so significant but this is not the first time articles that we've published have been cited in books. However, this is the first time so much of our research has turned up in a major book by a well-known author.
The book is published by a division of Simon and Shuster, major book publishers.
It is this kind of thorough research that Larry did on the 672-page award-winning book he wrote called "Jim Reeves: His Untold Story," which continues to sell well around the world.
It would be wonderful if Larry's reporting on Jim Reeves' plane crash (details of which are still sealed with JFK assassination papers and some of which were destroyed on orders of a federal judge after Larry started his probe), would result in authorities re-examining what happened to Jim.
For those who don't know, Jim and the Blue Boys were in Dallas the night before and the day of President Kennedy's murder. They played Dewey Groom's famed "Longhorn" nightclub, whose owner had been a business partner of Jack Ruby.
The night of the assassination, when Jim saw accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's picture on TV, he remarked that he recognized that man as having come to his shows, and that he could never forget his face. This is significant because Jim was well known by his friends and fans as having a photographic memory.
In Larry's book he talks about a former U.S. intelligence officer who claimed that Jim had been a "courier", and also reveals much intriguing new information such as the fact that the young woman who ran the small Arkansas airport where Jim took off from on his fateful trip home was herself killed shortly thereafter when her car was run off a mountain road, and her family thinks she was murdered. Larry points out Jim sometimes landed his private rental plane at U.S. military airports -- something that general aviation pilots are NOT allowed to do -- and even hired guards to post a 24 watch on his plane when he flew out of town. And of course Jim met with a man on his Arkansas trip who was out on bail for having murdered two people in cold blood.
Larry also establishes that authorities intentionally MISdirected searchers and knew from the moment Jim's plane crashed precisely where it was. He believes they did so in order to be able to comb through the wreckage in a frantic attempt to locate an important briefcase that Jim was known to be carrying. He also talks in his book about how government files at the state, federal and local level have been sanitized from any information on Jim's crash, although Larry succeeded in obtaining a copy of the long-lost accident report by his own means.
Jim Reeves, along with Dorothy, have both turned up in books as on the Kennedy assassination based on Larry's reporting. -- JULIE
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