Still No Justice For Dorothy Kilgallen, 52 Years After Her Death


In the months since new evidence was uncovered in the death of newspaper reporter and What’s My Line panelist, Dorothy Kilgallen, the Manhattan (New York) District Attorney’s office has once again closed the investigation sighting “no evidence” that she was murdered.

At the time of her death, Kilgallen was investigating the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  She was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on November 8, 1965.

New York’s medical examiner at the time ruled it accidental, caused by a combination of sleeping pills and alcohol, although it is possible that she was drugged by her assailant.

In a statement this week, the DA’s office says, after a “thorough, eight-month-long investigation” they could not conclude that Kilgallen was a victim of a homicide.

Mark Shaw, author of the best-selling book, “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much,” is still fighting for justice for Dorothy and has called the decision a “miscarriage of justice.”  In an letter sent to the District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., obtained by, Shaw cites several witnesses who were not even contacted by the DA’s office.  Many of those were able and willing to talk to investigators had they been contacted.

Shaw told us, “Three times now Dorothy Kilgallen, a true patriot who was killed for pursuing the truth regarding the JFK assassination, has been denied justice. The cover-ups continue but one day the truth shall be known.”

Unhappy with the outcome of the investigation, or lack thereof, Shaw intends to contact the New York Attorney General’s office to ask them to review the DA’s decision to close the case.

It’s sad that Dorothy passed away at age 52 in 1965, and now 52 years have gone by since her death, and still there are many unanswered questions.  Shaw continued, “I am her voice and I will not give up.”

For more information on Mark Shaw’s book, and his ongoing investigation click here and watch the video below.

You can also watch Dorothy’s final appearance on What’s My Line at the bottom of this page.


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