The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What's My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen (Hardcover)

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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 CNNESPN, 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 “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, that is until now. 

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About the Author

Mark Shaw, a former criminal defense attorney and network TV legal analyst, is a bestselling author (The Reporter Who Knew Too Much), respected investigative reporter, and noted historian who has published nearly thirty books, including six touching on the JFK assassination. His most recent book, Collateral Damage, connected the deaths of Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Kilgallen, and JFK for the first time. Shaw’s alma mater Purdue University is archiving his impressive body of work (press release at More about Mr. Shaw is at

Praise For…

"The Reporter Who Knew Too Much is a very interesting, informative, and provocative book. Shaw has obviously conducted a tremendous amount of research and investigation into every aspect of Kilgallen’s life. Her relationships with so many famous, controversial individuals and legal cases are fascinating to read."
— Dr. Cyril H. Wecht, bestselling author of From Crime Scene to Courtroom

"The compelling story of Dorothy Kilgallen, the celebrated journalist once called 'the most powerful female voice in America.'"
— - Nick Pileggi, author of Wise Guy and Casino

"Mark Shaw has written a gripping biography of Dorothy Kilgallen wrapped in the greatest cold case of all time, the JFK assassination. This is a real page-turner and I defy anyone to put it down once they have started it." 
— Greg Desilet, author and Language and Communications Scholar

“Mark Shaw is the real deal when it comes to investigative journalism – as was Dorothy Kilgallen – one of the most important multi-media icons of the 20th century."
— Michael Harrison, Publisher, Talkers Magazine and Host, Up Close and Far Out Podcast

"Expertly written, Mark Shaw's "The Reporter Who Knew Too Much," is a riveting true-life murder mystery, thoroughly accessible to readers if all backgrounds. Reference notes and an index round out this "must-read" for true crime connoisseurs. Highly recommended!"
— Midwest Book Review
Product Details
ISBN: 9781682610978
ISBN-10: 1682610977
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication Date: December 6th, 2016
Pages: 336
Language: English