Review: Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage

I grew up believing that John F. Kennedy was an upstanding and respectable man, a positive role model for America’s youth. He was assassinated before I was born, but I was the unseen listener to the conversations of the adults in my life, which often made no sense to me at the time. Between the opinions of my mother and my grandparents, and the way in which J.F.K. has always been portrayed in the media, I always thought that the Kennedys were part of the good guys. But after reading Collateral Damage, by Mark Shaw, my view of American history has changed. The evidence laid out by Shaw in this book, laid out through diligent research, paints a picture of a different story.

Not that John F. Kennedy didn’t do good in the office of President of the United States of America. Shaw makes no such claim, but he does tell a very different tale about J.F.K. the man and the rest of the Kennedy family. John F. Kennedy isn’t the main villain in this story, but one of the victims, an inadvertent casualty of one man’s drive for power. His investigative reporting skills have long been hard at work t bring this true life tale into the public eye. It’s a tale of connections and conspiracies, a true life drama of power and greed and the story of those who inadvertently got in the way.

Shaw presents compelling evidence to connect the assassination of John F. Kennedy, with the death of actress Marilyn Monroe and that of journalist and media icon Dorothy Kilgallen in an attempt to give them all the justice they were denied at the time of their deaths and ever after. His research is well-documented and much of the evidence is available for visual examination on his site for those who want to decide for themselves. The connections which Shaw reveals have always been there had anyone cared to seek out the facts, but no one did until Mark Shaw delved into the facts, presenting them a book at a time with each volume presenting more pieces of a puzzle, filling in the whole story gradually, in stages.

The edges of the puzzle were presented in The Reporter Who Knew Too Much, giving us the mysterious facts surrounding Dorothy Kilgallen’s life and death and some of the inside pieces connecting it with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In Denial of Justice, Shaw presents more of the facts tying Kilgallen and J.F.K. together, filling in more inner areas of the puzzle, but Collateral Damage presents new evidence delving into the death of Marilyn Monroe, filling in the gaps to complete the picture.

Collateral Damage is a well researched investigation into events which occurred in an era of mob rule and power politics, where corruption ran deep, deeper than I had ever realized. Shaw reveals a tale of intrigue, deceit and murder as he delves into three of the greatest mysteries in history. I give it five quills.

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4 Comments on “Review: Collateral Damage”

  1. floridaborne says:

    I heard about it on a news broadcast and I was flabbergasted. My parents were in their early 50’s during the time he was killed and couldn’t stand any of the Kennedy family. To my family, the Kennedy’s were liars and womanizers. Ends up that it was true.

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    • Indeed. That does appear to be the case. Collateral Damage was a real eye-opener for me. Mark Shaw presents a convincing case to that effect, and he provides source evidence to back up his claims. Thanks for reading. 🙂


  2. HI Kaye, this sounds like a fascinating book with lots of interesting revelations. The death of Marilyn Monroe has always been a bit of a mystery with strange circumstances.

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    • Yes it has, Robbie. To be honest, I didn’t really know a lot about her death, since I hadn’t been born yet, but I did know that there were questions pertaining to it.

      When I read Mark Shaw’s book, “The Reporter Who Knew Too Much”, about the death of journalist and media icon, Dorothy Killgalen, I had no idea who she was. It turns out she was the soul proponent of the conspiracy theory surrounding J.F.K.’s assassination, which I had heard about, and she was determined to bring the truth into the light, and it appears her doggedness brought about her death. It seems she rattled the wrong cages, so to speak.

      I really learned a lot about the history of my country, thanks to Shaw. Much of it wasn’t very pretty, but it was definitely captivating, a story to rival the best of fictional political thriller plots, yet it is all true.


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