• The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 12-06-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • 4 out of 5 stars (650 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large?

These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much. Through discovery of never-before-seen videotaped eyewitness interviews with those closest to Kilgallen and secret government documents, Shaw unfolds a "whodunit" murder mystery featuring suspects including Frank Sinatra, J. Edgar Hoover, Mafia Don Carlos Marcello, and a "mystery man" who may have silenced Kilgallen. All while by presenting through Kilgallen's eyes the most compelling evidence about the JFK assassinations since the House Select Committee on Assassination's investigation in the 1970s.

Called by the New York Post "the most powerful female voice in America" and by acclaimed author Mark Lane "the only serious journalist in America who was concerned with who killed John Kennedy and getting all of the facts about the assassination," Kilgallen's official cause of death, reported as an overdose of barbiturates combined with alcohol, has always been suspect since no investigation occurred despite the death scene having been staged. Shaw proves Kilgallen, a remarkable woman who broke the "glass ceiling" before the term became fashionable, was denied the justice she deserved - until now.

©2016 Mark Shaw (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Great book! Well organized, great narration

What made the experience of listening to The Reporter Who Knew Too Much the most enjoyable?

I must confess I chose to read (well, listen to) it because of the JFK Conspiracy connection--but it was a fabulous book on it's own, no matter what you believe or what your interest level in the assassination is. This is not a book about what happened to JFK, but what happened to a brilliant reporter who wanted to find the truth. I would say, though, that's it is an essential book to read if you are trying to arm-chair detective your way through Dallas that day in November 1962, and a very interesting, entertaining book, even if you don't know or care about that day. You will care about Dorothy, I'm pretty sure. I'm so glad I read it--there are so many books, so little time. This one was worth every minute. .

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Absolutely FASCINATING!

What made the experience of listening to The Reporter Who Knew Too Much the most enjoyable?

This true life story reads like a cold war spy novel... cuz it kinda is! Sparkling 1950's Manhattan society set piece, with all the ingredients, sex, booze, media, conspiracy theories. Marvelous stuff. And the author makes a deeply compelling case that Ms. Kilgallen was indeed murdered, and quite possibly for what she knew, or some thread of what she knew.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The author pulls you into her world and into a compelling plot with ease.

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An interesting story, buried in flunky adoration

What would have made The Reporter Who Knew Too Much better?

There probably was an interesting story, and for all I know a legitimate case to be made. But the incessant hero worship by the author, repeatedly referring to Kilgallen as shrewd, unrivalled, reporter extraordinaire, courageous, brave, etc., started to wear thin.

In addition, the number of times the author uses terms like *logic dictates* or *common sense tells you* begin to lose meaning as they are used in the vaguest of scenarios, where logic and common sense really don't hold any sway. And the usage of 3rd person about himself, so and so told this author such and such, made me start to wonder if he was actually talking about another author and I had just missed the reference. In short, it's sloppy presentation, dismissing anything the author doesn't like and demanding acceptance of his own vast (often mutually exclusive) conspiracy theories.

I get that it's a piece meant to reclaim a legacy of a woman wronged and perhaps killed for her dogged investigation, but the author would have been better served letting the story do that for him.

Would you recommend The Reporter Who Knew Too Much to your friends? Why or why not?

I'm not sure that I would recommend it, but anyone in the tinfoil brigade will enjoy the flights of hyperbolic fancy. The best is his case against on of the suspects (I'll not state the name). when the author hopes someone close will give evidence of guilt. "If this happens, he will finally be held responsible for silencing his longtime nemesis, the courageous reporter who sought to expose the truth about (Mr.X's) diabolical ways" If it were just that, it'd be fine, but the author accuses a half dozen other celebrities and associates. Often as not, with just as much rabid certainty.

Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

The performance was okay. The usual number of mispronunciations, but nothing overly noteworthy.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Reporter Who Knew Too Much?

No particular section, but as mentioned earlier, perhaps editing out a couple dozen of the over-the-top adjectives of adulation may have allowed for a more skilful presentation.

Any additional comments?

After writing the majority of this review, I have revised the star rating to reflect the fact that I realize that I actually did enjoy the book! In that awful, train wreck, what silly thing is he going to say next, kind of way. I think there is some merit in the story somewhere. Unfortunately, it needed a more objective telling to give it more credence.

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Removes all doubt that Dorothy was murdered!

And makes a compelling case for the theory that the Mob took out JFK to stop RFK and to punish Joseph

The narrator is exceptional - she even SOUNDS like Dorothy when she’s quoting!

Great Book, but I’d like to get the hard copy for reference.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 02-19-18

You are the Jury

I remember listening to “What’s My Line” on radio in the early 1950s and then watching it on T.V. This book is primarily about Dorothy Kilgallen’s (1913-1965) death but Shaw does give a brief summary of her life. While I was reading this book, I stopped and looked up information about the author to help me determine how much belief I should put into the information. Mark Shaw is a criminal attorney and is a media legal analyst. At the time of the writing of the book, he worked for ABC, CNN and USA Today.

The book is well written and meticulously researched. To me, the research and method of presenting his argument is more in the style of an attorney than a journalist. One key item he presents is the medical examiner’s office has changed the case from accidental overdose to murder by persons unknown. This adds more weight to Shaw’s claims. Shaw’s basic claim is that Kilgallen was murdered by Mafia Don Carlos Marcello to stop her from revealing information she uncovered about Jack Ruby. Kilgallen covered the Ruby trial and in her newspaper column she states that she felt Ruby was not getting a fair trial. She was in the process of finishing one book entitled “Murder One” and it was published after her death. This book was about the various famous murder trials she had reported on. She was negotiating another book when she died. It was unclear if she was going to include information about Ruby in “Murder One” or if the new book would be about the Ruby trial. Kilgallen claimed she had information that would “blow the lid off the Ruby trial”. The manuscript and all her notes and documents disappeared at the time of her death. She was seen with the information hours before her death. Shaw goes through the suspects one by one and builds a case against each one. Shaw claims Kilgallen was the best crime reporter of her day. This is one of those book that each reader will need to weight the evidence and make up their own mind as to who did it.

The book is ten hours. Gabra Zackman does a good job narrating the book. Zackman is an actress, writer and audiobook narrator.

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bookgirl

A most excellent and thought provoking book. The writing and research are superb; the narration is perfection. This is a story that could have changed history if it had been told as it unfolded. What a crime that Kilgallen was killed, and it is obvious that she was, for endeavoring to bring to light the truth about JKF's assassination. The book entertained as well as informed.

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excellent

Its a sad note to history that such a talented and courageous reporter is so unknown today. I'm in my 50s and well read and until this book I had never heard of Dorothy. The story is excellent and well performed. I listened to it complete in 2 days.

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Beautifully written and read

I have wondered for years about how Ms. Dorothy Killgallen died. Now I know it was murder.

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  • Kira
  • Connecticut, USA
  • 02-10-18

Well researched, important story

As other readers have said, the first half of this book is a “can’t put down” read. After that, I feel that the author has made all the important points and shared the bulk of his excellent research, and the book becomes repetitive. Building the possible cases against the various suspects could be handled in a much shorter, concise manner. Still, I feel that Dorothy’s story has a lot of relevance and I recommend this book.

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greatness uncovered

this year bullshitted a great deal of light on History that has been covered up about a very well like president. People thought Kennedy was the future and he was cut down on a tie young age. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It shows that something's has been going on secretly for a long time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-26-18

What happened to Dorothy

Excellent listening,could not stop listening, very well read
And the story will go on

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  • Kate
  • 03-02-18

Justice for Dorothy

This book was fantastically written and read and the facts were thoroughly researched. I felt a million different emotions and came to the conclusion that the government has been as corrupt then as it is now. I wish I could have met Dorothy.