The following article examines the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the famous American singer and was taken from a website set up by his family
many unanswered questions, and distasteful events lead
many to believe that Sam's death was no accident at all:
Cooke was the first black man to own and operate his
own successful record label, and he was under increasing
pressure from unscrupulous forces to sell. Some believe
he was getting too powerful for the powers that be.
jewelry, credit cards and drivers license were stolen
at the time of his death.
He had not been drinking excessively or taking narcotics
He was beaten with a broomstick
one at the motel heard screams or the door being kicked
will, which he discussed at length with his parents
and siblings, was never found
wife Barbara re-married his friend, Bobby Womack,
within months of his shooting. The private investigation
of the murder, started by Alan Klein, was ended at
Barbara's request. Many find this decision offensive,
because it was an opportunity to set the record straight.
A private investigation was critical in reclaiming
this man's honor.
Sam's death had transformed his image, changing him
from pop star, former gospel singer, businessman,
and civil rights supporter into an adulterer, rapist,
drunk attacking an old woman. Every sleazy, so-called
detail of his last night was vitally important, because
proving the story false would reestablish Sam's memory.
A statement issued at the time of his death reads:
death as reported is impossible. Sam was known to
have carried large sums of money at all times and
it is evident that someone is trying to cover up the
true reason for the tragedy.Sam was a happily married
man with deep religious convictions, who was not a
violent person, and the statements given as to why
he was killed are entirely inconsistent with the type
of person he was."
of the Pathology Report
by Rodney Muhammad
like to say that as a student of forensic pathology, for
there to be powder burns on a body from a .22 caliber round
indicates point-blank firing. No mention in the police files
about whether or not Bertha's firing hand was tested for
gunpowder. I believe that Sam was hit over the head at another
location, transferred to the Hacienda, dragged from his
car into Bertha's apartment (hence the ragged fingernails)
dumped on the floor and shot point blank by a professional
who knew just where to place the pistol.
a .22 does not have the power or the luck to do the kind
of damage that this round did. However, placed between the
3rd and 4th ribs at the mid-axillary line ( under the armpit)
at point-blank range, the small round avoided any collision
with a rib bone or significant muscle tissue that would
have kept it from penetrating the both lungs AND the heart.
The shot may have also been timed to be fired when Sam was
"breathing in" (on inhalation) to further decrease the resistance.
reason I feel he was struck on the head someplace else has
to do with the amount of swelling that was noted at autopsy.
If the blow was delivered as Bertha said, AFTER she shot
him, the swelling would be insignificant because of 2 things:
volume depletion of blood and fluid due to the massive internal
bleeding, (not enough fluid left to make a head blow swell)
and the heart had stopped pumping altogether which would
result in an aborted inflammatory response. He might also
have been conscious when the fatal shot was fired. Also
no mention of how much rigor mortis had set in based on
the police tapes and apparent time of death. This would
have been useful in determining if a horrific struggle had
actually taken place. The struggle could have been between
Sam and his real assassin as he struggled for his life.
information on any injuries to Bertha during the alleged
struggle, no bruises, cuts, scratches or tears, nothing
while Sam ends up with a severe swelling and dead. She did
not struggle with Sam. Was Bertha right or left handed,
again no information (Could be valuable to determine which
side of head she could hit with enough force).
Mob Signatures to warn others? Body found with one shoe
on and in a Black Jacket, car was left untouched and running
(how could Elisa steal his clothes and wallet but leave
his car keys?), bullet was expertly delivered through the
heart and lungs (instantaneous death). Add to all this that
his alleged signature at the hotel was never analyzed in
court. As for Lisa Boyer, she was the perfect bait and lure
to get Sam in the position that was necessary to kill his
image. I think I could get a better feel for what actually
happened if I could see the crime scene photos, but lo and
behold, when I requested the photos from the L. A. Crime
lab I was told they no longer exist. I wonder how A&E got
their hands on them. By the way, the photos they showed
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