Ask Jacky… What’s the Real Story Behind Sam Cooke’s Death?

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Hey Jacky,

I really love your site!

I was wondering if you have anything else on Sam Cooke death?

Thanks,
Paul

Sam Cookedied on December 11, 1964.

There are conflicting accounts regarding the death of Sam Cooke. Los Angeles police however ruled it justifiable homicide. Not unlike today though, Los Angeles PD were known to be overtly racist when investigating crimes against African Americans doing little to no real work in investigation.

Ike Turner was the first person to tell me the real story, which I have since confirmed with other sources including several within the LAPD who all told very similar (although not identical) stories.

On the night of December 11, 1964, Sam had withdrawn a considerable amount of cash, reportedly to buy Christmas presents. At Cooke’s request the manager of the Hacienda Motel in South Central, where he was staying in, Bertha Franklin (who had shot and killed a man six months earlier at the same place), made arrangements with a local prostitute named Elisa Boyer who was 22-years old, to scoop Sam at a local bar and bring him back to his motel. As he and Boyer entered the room Sam was hit from behind and knocked unconscious.

Elisa Boyer took Sam’s money and met Bertha in the motel office.

Sam soon awoke disoriented and without most of his clothes and belongings. Cooke headed towards the motel office and saw through the office window, the prostitute and motel manager counting his money He demanded his stuff be returned and when they didn’t open the door, Cooke banged until the door fell off its hinges. When Cooke regained himself the hotel manager Bertha Franklin shot him and told Boyer to run and call police from a phone booth. Boyer told the police a phony story about a rape and fled the scene.

Sam was dead when the police arrived and, since the whore had stolen his wallet, they had no idea who it was and took it as a routine justified homicide in the ghetto.

The coroner’s inquest should have been a slam-dunk, but not one pertinent question was asked by an investigator, now with a background check made that would have revealed Bertha Franklin’s deadly past. The authorities simply took her made-up story as “gospel”.

Sam’s murder was chalked up as just another unidentified “rapist” killed in Watts. It wasn’t until the following Monday morning that a reporter found out Sam Cooke was signed in to the motel registry as himself and that one of the world’s greatest talents and a true human being was dead, under shady circumstances that might never be covered by the media.

 

18 COMMENTS

  1. So it wasn’t Sam Cooke’s fault; it was the fucking whore’s fault. Sam ultimately did nothing wrong; a lunatic killed him.

  2. Sam Cooke was the key figure in entertainment regarding the Civil Rights Movement. Even Ali recognized him as a mentor (See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rrumzsa06v8 ). He could’ve been assassinated. The cheap hotel, Ferrari parked outside, the Chinese prostitute going by two different aliases, the failure to check for drugs in the court case, and two women Shanghaing this man is out of his character and dubious.

  3. This was an unecessary murder. Both of those women had/has to answer to God. In addition to anyone else that was involved.
    Vengance is mine thus saith the Lord!!

  4. Vengeance is mine thus saith the LORD GOD JEHOVAH. I TRULY HOPE THAT THE CHINESE PROSTITUTE AND BERTHA FRANKLIN, MOTEL MANAGER GET THEIR KARMA REALLY HARD IF THEY HAVE NOT ALREADY GOTTEN IT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD. JUSTICE OF THE WORST KIND FOR THESE TWO HORRIBLE WOMAN. WAS AND STILL STILL ONE OF MY FAVORITE SINGER!!!!!??????????

  5. That could be True…But why did Sam have two Broken Hands and was all beaten up???
    There has to be more to it….He was going to Fire the Guy who now owns the rights to all his Music?????

    • I am sure that Sam was killed for being a successful black man back in the day when blacks did’nt have a say he had his own recording studio and label but was sit up by Allen Klien who is now gone but his family still owns his copyrights to his music Bertha Franklin don’t kill Sam Cooke but got paid very well for taking the blame sit -up by shooting some-one how can you come out with broken hands, head barely on his body, nose twisted and mangled no way the court system was blind and was paid to cover up his death .

  6. S WHY WAS HE STAYING IN WATTS EVEN THEN ENTERTAINERS WERE STAYING ON ADAMS BLVD AND IN BETTER NEIGHBORHOOD INCLUDING HOLLYWOOD HE HAD THE MONEY!! SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WOMAN THAT KILLED HIM

  7. Hooker states Sam in bathroom naked to “relieve himself”, means they did the dirty before, then she took his clothes. No blood or bullet hole on Sam’s jacket in death photo…where is this investigation. Also, where did the hooker hide his remaining garments.? No forensics done.? why are Sam’s hands clearly damaged of the photo’s in his coffin.? A celebrated man of his stature would at least tie his sports coat around his family jewels because of exposure that would damage his persona.

  8. This is not the original story of Sam’s murder. He wasn’t innocent in this but did not deserve to be murdered. If you play with fire you’re going to get burned. I loved Sam Cooke’s singing but it is what it is..

  9. my understanding someone put a mickey in his drink also I believe he was dead before he got to motel because there blood stain on the ground by car door Etta James view his body and stated his head was almost decapitated his hand was broken his knuckles were crushed his jaw was broken he had between three and five thousand dollars on him he found out his manager was stealing from him and getting ready to fire him and now his manager owns the rights to all his music looks like a big conspiracy his wife sold the rights to his music six or nine months later bobby Womack married his wife two months later …

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