In this case, I've been reading some JFK assassination discussions. This event, that bleak day in November, 1963, shattered my sheltered suburban teenage world. At age 15, I was not sufficiently politically astute to judge policy, but like many, if not most Americans, we were fascinated by the colorful couple that occupied the White House. They represented what we wanted our country to be -- smart, good looking, well spoken, daring, idealistic. Seeing the President gunned down like a rabid dog on the streets of some wild west border town was devastating to our national psyche.
But if the assassination, itself, was devastating, the dangling conversation which followed began the great era of American Distrust of Government. No one is, was, or ever will be satisfied that the many disturbing questions were answered -- worse, they were purposely distorted and subjected to the "official plausible denial" that has become the babel or our public political discourse. In this case, the Truth will NOT out.
Specifically irritating my Colombo senses tonight are two suspicious deaths connected with the Kennedys that won't let me climb into my Peugeot and drive off, satisfied to work at the precinct desk until my pension kicks in. No... like Colombo, I have to ask at least one more question.
First, the death of Marilyn Monroe. I recall the news stories... she had committed suicide. Every teenage boy in 1962 had a mad crush on Marilyn -- she represented in our adolescent minds all that we believed we wanted. For her to commit suicide -- didn't she know that we loved her, we cared... we could have saved her... at least that's how it felt.
Now, however, to my jaded 64 year old mind, no longed afflicted by the pubescent passions that twisted my tender mind, I have to ask -- was this not a suspicious death? She was having an affair with both the President of the United States!!! Fer cryin' out loud, folks. I watch those Investigation ID crime reality shows obsessively -- this is a GIANT RED FLAG. No conclusion here -- I'm just raising the question. Don't you think the possibility of foul play is there? While on the topic, Marilyn died of ingesting barbiturates. There is much written on this topic and there's no need to repeat it here.
The other confounding issue, also a "suicide by ingestion of barbiturates", is the death of Dorothy Kilgallen. Here, Colombo would look at his notebook and he would see these items scrawled:
- Ms. Kilgallen, an avid investigative reporter, particularly interested in the Kennedy Assassination, had recently concluded the only interview granted by Jack Ruby;
- Ms. Kilgallen was a panelist on a show hosted by John Daly -- the son-in-law of Chief Justice Earl Warren who, famously, chaired the Warren Commission that confirmed the "single shooter" theory which was supposed to quell public demands for answers;
- Ms. Kilgallen has publicly announced that she had discovered evidence that would "crack the case wide open", in the parlance of detective shows -- she was planning to make this public the week following her death;
- Ms. Kilgallen's files containing her research disappeared following her death;
Here again -- there is plenty written about Ms. Kilgallen's death and the many suspicious aspects of the "suicide" verdict. You don't have to go far -- here's a good discussion right here on blogger:
Almost certainly, Kilgallen and Daly were social contacts. Kilgallen, given her interest in the Kennedy Assassination, most certainly raised questions with Daly, given his close relationship to Justice Warren. And the file disappeared! Lt. Colombo is definitely not going to let this one rest.
The internet is festooned with blogs, pros, cons, "ifs", "ands", and "buts". Where one man sees a gun, another sees a reflection... where blogger A sees another shooter with a rifle on the grassy knoll, blogger B sees a photographer with a long lens. We'll never argue, or reason our way out of this one.
This is a story where billions of dollars and decades of power were involved. The people involved also control the sources of information. The story is not complete... it never will be. Our skepticism of all that has followed is well justified.
Happy Fourth of July, America!!!
--July 4, 2012