Dorothy Kilgallen was the most famous syndicated woman journalist of her day. Temporarily stationed in England and privy to the highest levels of English society and its secrets, she wired two unusual dispatches which may have contributed to her death in November 1965. The first, sent in February 1964, mentioned a "special hush-hush meeting of the world's military heads" scheduled to take place the following summer. The 1965 dispatch, which barely preceded her death from an alleged overdose of sleeping pills and alcohol (like Marilyn Monroe), quoted an unnamed British official of cabinet rank (alleged to have been the Earl of Mountbatten): "We believe, on the basis of our inquiry thus far, that saucers were staffed by small men – probably under four feet tall. It's frightening, but there is no denying the flying saucers come from another planet."
She had also conducted an interview with Jack Ruby shortly before her death, during a recess of his trial for the shooting death of Lee Harvey Oswald. Her New York Journal-American column was critical of the Warren Commission. On September 3, 1965, Kilgallen wrote, regarding the assassination, "This story isn't going to die as long as there's a real reporter alive." She had a history of government criticism, once suggesting that the CIA recruited members of the Mafia to assassinate Fidel Castro (which many years later was proved to be the case). FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover kept a file on her activities.
On November 8, 1965, Dorothy was found dead in her New York City home at the age of 52. She had apparently succumbed to a fatal combination of alcohol and seconal. It is not known whether it was a suicide or an accidental death; her death certificate cites the cause of death as "undetermined".
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