Mark Shaw recently appeared on The New JFK Show to discuss his latest book on Dorothy Kilgallen, the TV star who was murdered by the CIA after she uttered her memorable line, "this is going to blow the case wide open" - referring, of course, to the 2 exclusive interviews she had with Jack Ruby, the man accused of murdering Lee HARVEY Oswald.
Shaw's title, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What's My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen, sounds like a throwback to 18th century book titles which rambled on interminably as a book of their own. While most of the material discussed on the show was not new, Shaw made exceptional advances over previous coverage by identifying a person of interest - one whom we believe to be directly involved in the murder of Kilgallen.
We shall not review Kilgallen as we have done that elsewhere, but she was in the midst of an affair with a man named Ron Pataky who was a journalist from Ohio with mob connections who just so happened to become romantically involved with Kilgallen at about the time her reporting of the Ruby case started to gather steam.
She shared some of her research with him thinking that he was a like-minded reporter seeking the truth, but it is our firm opinion that he was sent by CIA to compromise Kilgallen's investigation, especially after she got some information from Ruby.
Shaw noted that Kilgallen's first stop after meeting Ruby was New Orleans where she was accompanied by her hair dresser Marc Sinclaire. What the TV personality discovered in New Orleans is anyone's guess, but this is where The New JFK Show fell into a ditch.
Jim Fetzer wanted to take Shaw to task for not recognizing that much more than organized crime was involved in the murder of the president, a point of view Shaw refuses or is reluctant to acknowledge. We had a very brief email exchange with him a few years ago when he published his book on Melvin Belli, and Shaw was riding "the mob did it" hobby horse.
On the other hand, after hearing Shaw speak, we believe that he is a sincere researcher who has performed a huge service in re-opening this case which in fact the New York district attorney has agreed to do after initially refusing to do so. Fetzer, for his part, should have tied his tongue regarding the larger subject.
The reason for the change of mind on the part of the NYC DA has nothing to do with the Kennedy case, but with the fact that the person of interest, Ron Pataky, is still alive, and thus could stand trial for the murder which we believe that he committed or to which he was an accessory.
Part of the reason for our beliefs is that Shaw reported an eye witness who saw Kilgallen and an unidentified man arguing in a corner of the Regency Hotel bar in New York City just a few hours before her murder. This most likely suspect would be her romantic interest, Ron Pataky who was 23 years younger than she. What is a 29 year old man doing with a 52 year old woman?
Pataky had one of the hotel staff make an announcement over pubic address that there was a key for her at the front desk, where she in fact kept a room. Sinclaire also felt that since Pataky was the source of the leaks about Kilgallen, that he should confront him on it. These 2 items were more than likely the reason for the agitated conversation in which Kilgallen was engaged at the Regency bar.
What cinches the case for us regarding Pataky's guilt, and this is certainly more evidence than the Warren Commission had in condemning the innocent Lee HARVEY Oswald, is a poem Pataky wrote about vodka, Vodka Routlette Seen as a Relief Possibility. Joe Tonahill, an attorney for Ruby, stated that a few days before her murder, he had dinner with her at Club 21 in New York City where he found her very sober minded, and that she had one vodka tonic. Pataky is attempting to confess with his poem.
Returning to the subject of New Orleans, one has to realize that it was a hotbed of criminal activity sponsored by the CIA. Ruby was a gun runner who operated out of New Orleans; he was there involved with David Ferrie who was a CIA operative; New Orleans was Carlos Marcello's home turf; New Orleans was the site of the cancer weapon research of the CIA's Alton Oschner; it was not far from the Lake Pontchartrain training grounds for Alpha 66 and Operation 40, both of which groups were involved in the murder of the president; and finally, it was the home of Clay Shaw and the International Trade Mart, a subsidiary of Permindex which was the Jewish organization which was the executive sponsor of the murder.
Clearly New Orleans was a seething hotbed of crime and murder, and any or all of the foregoing activities could have been the basis of Kilgallen's trip. Yet these activities are clearly ones to which Shaw was entirely oblivious except for the case of Marcello. So many angles, so few protractors.
To make matters even murkier, Gary King brought up the idea that Ruby told Kilgallen that he was not the man who shot Lee HARVEY Oswald, a point with which we concur entirely.
There is some oblique evidence that Ruby in fact told Kilgallen this information as reported in Wikipedia:
Ruby's explanation for killing Oswald would be "exposed … as a fabricated legal ploy", according to the House Select Committee on Assassinations. In a private note to one of his attorneys, Joseph Tonahill, Ruby wrote: "Joe, you should know this. My first lawyer Tom Howard told me to say that I shot Oswald so that Caroline and Mrs. Kennedy wouldn't have to come to Dallas to testify. OK?"
Ruby was saying, to borrow from Lee HARVEY Oswald, that he was just the patsy.
We were also annoyed by Shaw's singling out of Kilgallen as a fallen heroine in the quest for truth about the Kennedy murder. He thought it such a travesty of justice that a proforma ruling of suicide was made by the mob-controlled Brooklyn medical examiner which precluded any homicide investigation, yet there are hundreds of other witnesses who were murdered yet ruled to have died by suicide. Why is there no cry for justice for them?
I will tell you why. These other people were not big name stars, so their lives don't matter. Now we are not opposed to re-opening the case and getting the woman justice, but we would like to see equal concern for others who were murdered by the US government because they knew too much.
While Shaw makes only passing references to his witnesses, one in particular is of material note - Marc Sinclaire who was Kilgallen's hair dresser, and in whom she confided greatly. He stated that he found the star in a bedroom in which she never slept, very well made up - but incorrectly so - around 8:45 AM on November 8 since she had asked him to come that morning.
That episode alone is enough to disprove suicide, and Sinclaire covers other objections in an interview from c. 2000. More interestingly, Sinclaire speculates, and we believe correctly so, that Kilgallen was killed elsewhere, more than likely at the Regency Hotel. This conforms well with research we had conducted a few years ago, and noted above. The air conditioning was on during a New York November day - clearly someone's attempt to keep the body cool for as long as possible.
Why hadn't James the butler noticed the problem and turned off the air conditioning - especially since his employer often complained of being cold? When Sinclaire left the house after 9 AM, he noticed a police car with 2 officers sitting directly in front of the reporter's townhouse. Clearly the police knew about the murder, and were waiting for a cue to enter a scene of the crime. This means that the police were complicit in the murder.
Sinclaire believes that Pataky did not have the guts to kill his lover, but he believes that Pataky was in the employ of people who committed the murder. Information about Kilgallen's life and investigation was leaked to the public in an attempt to intimidate her, something which he - and we likewise - attribute to Pataky.
Shaw claims that Kilgallen had a great marriage with her husband Richard Kollmer, a statement explicitly contradicted by her hairdresser who said that the marriage was one in name only - that it had ended long ago - prior to her death.
Regardless of our quibbles with Fetzer and Shaw, both men have contributed mightily to exposing the truth about the JFK murder - even if only one puzzle piece at a time. The exposure of Pataky as a material witness in the murder is exceptional. Will the NYC DA cover-up the crime again?
Wikipedia contributors. "Jack Ruby." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 8 Feb. 2017. Web. 12 Feb. 2017.
Guests. The New JFK Show, youtube.com, February 9, 2017, accessed 2/11/2017
Mark Shaw and contributors, The Dorothy Kilgallen Story, thedorothykilgallenstory.com, nd, accessed 2/11/2017
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