Singer Etta James went to view Cooke’s corpse and immediately knew the whole story was not being told. She stated Sam was so badly beaten he was almost decapitated and both of his hands were bruised and completely crushed as if he had been in the fight for his life. In addition, she said his nose was mangled. Some have speculated Sam was set up an robbed by Boyer and Franklin. In addition, Cooke was placed in a coffin with a glass top preventing people from touching him or examining why he had on heavy makeup.
Boyer was arrested just a few months after Cooke’s death for prostitution and she ended up getting arrested again for murdering her husband in 1979. No word on what happened to Bertha Franklin except that she moved because of numerous death threats. She turned around and sued Sam Cooke’s estate after killing him for $200,000 (like a million dollars in the 60s) for anguish and physical injuries that it took for her to kill him. She was awarded $30,000 as a settlement. It is beyond evident there is a lot more to this story. Cooke would be 86 if he was still alive today.
Some speculate that Cooke’s former manager Allen Klien may have had some involvement in the situation. Klien had Cooke sign an agreement for a company he created called Tracey, LTD, named after Cooke’s daughter that would allow Cooke to be spared of IRS scrutiny but that greatly benefited Klien as the owner of Sam’s work if he died. Sam’s wife Barbara ended up selling the remainder of Sam’s work to Klien.
Cook’s life and everybody involved with him were in shambles. His wife and he were living seperate lives in thier home in LA and were on the verge of divorce. HIs first wife died in a car accident. His mentee before he died, 21-year-old Bobby Womack, ended up marrying his wife, Barbara, just three months after his Cooke’s death in 1965, getting him blackballed in the industry.
Barbara allegedly found out Bobby and her then 18-year-old daughter by Cooke was having an affair in 1970 and she divorced him, then her daughter ended up marrying Womack’s younger brother Cecile and they formed the singing group Womack and Woman and had the hit single “Baby I’m Scared of You” in the 80s. Finally, Bobby lost several of his kids tragically as well and ended up with a severe cocaine habit in the 80s.
Points to consider:
- Was Sam set up by the two women and LED to the Hacienda for a trap where the 3 men who were at the bar were waiting in the room and beat Cooke to death?
- Was Elisa Boyer one of Bertha Franklin’s whores
- Who were the 3 men at the bar with Elisa
- Why was money left in the clip?
- What happened to the credit cards
- Did Boyer take a lie detector test?
- Are any of Boyer’s clothes still in evidence
- Did Cooke’s manager Allen Klien have anything to do with the situation?