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Death of Sam Cooke - 1964 Popular singer Sam Cooke is best remembered for his million-selling 1957 hit You Send Me. The married Cooke was something of a serial philanderer and died a rather unseemly death at age 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles from a fatal gunshot wound to the torso. The motel's manager, Bertha Franklin, said she shot Cooke in self-defense after he broke into her office and attacked her. However, the details of the case are still in dispute. Cooke's body was found in Franklin's apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The official police record states that Franklin fatally shot Cooke who had checked in earlier that evening with a young woman. Franklin claimed that Cooke had broken into the manager's office-apartment in a rage, wearing nothing but a shoe and a sports coat demanding to know the whereabouts of the woman who had accompanied him to the hotel only a few minutes earlier. Franklin told Cooke the woman was not in the office, but the enraged Cooke did not believe her. He violently grabbed her, demanding again to know the woman's whereabouts. According to Franklin, she grappled with Cooke and the two of them fell to the floor. She got up and ran to retrieve her gun. She said she then fired at Cooke in self-defense because she feared for her life. Cooke was struck once in the torso, and according to Franklin, he exclaimed, "Lady, you shot me!" before mounting a last charge at her. She said that she beat him over his head with a broomstick before he finally fell. He was mortally wounded by the gunshot. Franklin noted she fired the gun at least three times. Franklin and the motel's owner, Evelyn Carr, had been speaking on the telephone together at the time of the incident. Thus, Carr claimed to have overheard Cooke's intrusion and the ensuing conflict and gunshots. Carr called the police to request they go to the motel, as she believed a shooting had occurred. A coroner investigated the incident. The woman who had accompanied Cooke to the motel was identified as Elisa Boyer, who had also called the police that night shortly before Carr. Boyer had called police from a telephone booth near the motel, telling them she had just escaped being kidnapped. Boyer told police that she had met Cooke earlier that night and had spent the evening in his company. She claimed that after they left a local nightclub together, she had repeatedly requested that he take her home, but he instead took her against her will to the Hacienda Motel. She claimed that once they had rented one of the motel's $3 rooms, Cooke physically forced her onto the bed and that she was certain he was going to rape her. According to Boyer, when Cooke stepped into the bathroom for a moment, she quickly grabbed her clothes and ran from the room. She claimed that in her haste, she had also scooped up most of Cooke's clothing by mistake. She said that she ran first to the manager's office and knocked on the door seeking help. However, she said the manager took too long in responding, so, fearing Cooke would soon be coming after her, she fled the motel before the manager opened the door. She claimed she put her own clothing back on, hid Cooke's clothing, and went to the telephone booth where she called police. Boyer's story is the only account of what happened between the two that night; however, her story has long been called into question. Inconsistencies between her version of events and details reported by other witnesses, as well as circumstantial evidence (e.g., thousands in cash that Cooke was reportedly carrying were never recovered, and Boyer was soon after arrested for prostitution), invited speculation that Boyer may have gone willingly to the motel with Cooke, then slipped out of the room with Cooke's clothing in order to rob him, rather than to escape an attempted rape.
Tags: Sam Cooke death
Added: 15th December 2012
Views: 1687
Posted By: Lava1964
Muhammad Ali and Wilt Chamberlain By the middle of 1967 Muhammad Ali had pretty much run out of decent opponents to fight, so there was ridiculous talk of pitting NBA star Wilt Chamberlain against the world heavyweight champ! Howard Cosell brought the two of them together on this episode of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
Tags: boxing Ali Chamberlain Cosell
Added: 12th December 2012
Views: 1303
Posted By: Lava1964
Visit The Colonel In 1969 Finger lickin' good in the 20th Century - KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a fast food restaurant chain, which specializes in fried chicken. An "American icon", it is the the world's largest fried chicken chain and the second largest restaurant chain overall after McDonald's!! Founder-Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 December 16, 1980(aged 90))
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Kentucky Fried Chicken
Added: 7th December 2012
Views: 2018
Posted By: mia_bambina
Russ Hodges on Whats My Line From October 7, 1962, longtime New York/San Francisco Giants radio announcer Russ Hodges appears on What's My Line. He is a regular contestant who signs in as "Mr. X." (Hodges made the most famous baseball call of all time when Bobby Thomson's homer won the 1951 NL pennant for the Giants.)
Tags: Russ Hodges baseball WML
Added: 6th December 2012
Views: 769
Posted By: Lava1964
Sean Connery on Whats My Line Actor Sean Connery is a mystery guest on the October 3, 1965 episode of What's My Line.
Tags: Sean Connery WML
Added: 6th December 2012
Views: 1407
Posted By: Lava1964
1960s Sexist Xerox Commercial Vapid secretary is indispensable to her boss because she knows how to push the on button on a Xerox machine. It produces--gasp!--seven copies per minute!
Tags: Xerox commercial sexism
Added: 4th December 2012
Views: 2203
Posted By: Lava1964
Gale Garnett - Well Sing in the Sunshine From 1964, New Zealand-born Canadian Gale Garnett sings her Grammy-winning folk song, We'll Sing in the Sunshine.
Tags: Gale Garnett Well Sing in the Sunshine
Added: 4th December 2012
Views: 1714
Posted By: Lava1964
Barbara Eden on The Andy Griffith Show Before she became well known for playing the title role on the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, the gorgeous Barbara Eden appeared in a very amusing 1962 episode of The Andy Griffith Show titled "The Manicurist." Eden played a visiting manicurist named Ellen Brown who charmed her way into working in a corner of Floyd's Barber Shop. Her stunning good looks create sexual tension in small-town Mayberry! Here's an eight-minute clip from that show.
Tags: Barbara Eden TAGS
Added: 27th November 2012
Views: 2729
Posted By: Lava1964
Satchel Paige on Ive Got A Secret From 1965, timeless baseball great Satchel Paige appears on I've Got A Secret--and gives a pitching display too!
Tags: baseball IGAS Satchel Paige
Added: 25th November 2012
Views: 943
Posted By: Lava1964
The Worst That Could Happen - 1968 One of my favorite one-hit-wonder groups, The Brooklyn Bridge, sings their 1968 hit The Worst That Could Happen.
Tags: Brooklyn Bridge Worst That Could Happen music
Added: 28th October 2012
Views: 2245
Posted By: Lava1964

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