The Day Marilyn Died


Now that was fun – I expected maybe 5 people to show up and they did – plus 50 others. A very appreciative, engaged audience that had more questions than I could handle in the time allotted. The Sheppard case is one of those that will generate multiple theories about this suspect or that for many years to come, despite what wise head Brent Larkin said in “The Day Marilyn Died:” “I think interest in the case is on the wane, in a very significant way.” It’s not often I disagree with Brent, or when events, like last night, prove his valediction premature. But they did, and I’m grateful to all the attendees.

Lakewood’s newly constructed library – or rather, the absorption of the old one into the new – is a powerful, beautiful, harmonious place, and the auditorium where the shows are screened is a fine one. I can’t get over the sound – anywhere you sit, audio is as clear as a bell. But what stands out more than anything, now that the library has been opened for months, is how ambitious the city – meaning its residents – was in building this shrine to knowledge, all at the same time the city built or re-built four district schools, with more to come. It’s not cliché to say that Lakewood is “a great place to raise kids.”

Thanks to Doris for providing context and meaning to this case – only someone who covered it from Day 1, as Doris did, could do so. You’ve got to pick up her memoir, Front Page Girl. Next month – Emmy winning Dusk & Shadow – The Mystery of Beverly Potts screens on Tuesday, October 13 at the Lakewood Library.

Beverly’s case remains unsolved and open, to this day.


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