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Sam Cooke’s 1964 Murder Case Needs Further Exploration


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 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.

Sam Cooke and second wife Barbara

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 , 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?
Sam Cooke in a glass-covered casket. The late Etta James stated his hands and fingers were crushed and mangeled indicating a severe beating that led to his death.


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  1. Sadly, I don’t think Sam will ever receive justice. His death photo is actually a mob signature. Not only was his court case one-sided so were the media reports on him. His story has been suppressed for decades by the same industry that made him a star. Sam Cooke was as big as Elvis back in the day and he was actually offered the opportunity to headline in Las Vegas right before his demise. The mob owned the music industry back in the day and still does. Which leads me to believe he pissed the mob off. The 60s were a time of very strong racial prejudice and segregation. Jim Crow laws were in full affect during that time. Sam did and said alot of things that most black man during that era would have been too scared. I read he didn’t pay for the $14,000 giant poster of himself when he did Live at the Copa and he was supposed to (the copacabana was mafia owned). He thought that they should pay for it, he was approached by a few people in the industry urging him to pay for the poster but he refused. Allen Klein, his manager and accountant was helping him to get back paid royalties that were mysteriously withheld from previous record companies for FREE (?). The record labels had to pay Sam 2 large sums of money back that Klein discovered was withheld. He stopped paying for promotion (another thing the mob required purchase through them). Mind you it was unheard for a black man to do these things and get away with it. Sam didn’t need to rape any woman, he was the most handsome guy of his era. All types of women lined up to see him, touch him, or get a hug from him. His blood alcohol level was .14 at his time of death and he was shot execution style. There have been several books and documentaries about him. I personally enjoyeded the book that his best buddy Leroy Crume wrote, “Me and Sam.” All that being said, anyone with common sense can look at the facts regarding his case and immediately see that he was setup. To date no legal representative in the state of California will reopen his case. His family and friends have asked all the same questions that you have posted. The media only wants everyone to believe he was a womanizer and everything else is just a conspiracy. All those logical questions are just conspiracy related and he did it to himself. He was not a saint but he did NOT deserve to die the way he did. Sam was intellectual, kind, jovial, and a musical genius. He had a good heart and soul, he was the king of soul music.

  2. Did elisa go to prison under her married name or her maiden name what state was she imprisoned in i i did an inmate search for elisa boyer and found no record

  3. The gun looks like a Rohm RG10, considered by some on YouTube to be the worst pistol ever made. It’s loud, not very accurate, and frequently burns the shooters hand. You’d think the police would have tested the gun and Bertha’s shooting hand. While Sam was shot in his chest the crime scene photo doesn’t have any blood there and his jacket does not look wet. It’s a little odd Boyer wore sunglasses and a head scarf while testifying at the trial…especially if she was so innocent. I think it’s understandable that the Cook family thinks the official story is fishy.

  4. The story of Sam’s death will NEVER be told in its entirety. I’ve been listening to/researching Sam’s life since I was a kid and, at age 45, I’m still no closer to the truth of what happened to Sam other than that the “official” account is categorically false on every single account.
    Sam Cooke was beaten to death and shot posthumously. Why do I say that? Lack of blood at the crime scene. In every known film footage/picture of a dead Sam Cooke slumped near naked against a wall, there is barely any blood to be seen. This points to the FACT that Sam was not killed in that spot but posed there after his demise. Had he been shot while alive, there would have been massive amounts of blood pooled all around him which would be plainly visible on the evidence. There isn’t.
    Also, examining the casket photo, his hands are clearly broken with his fingers dislocated and bruises plainly visible. The official version of his death says nothing of Cooke beating either Boyer or Franklin much less with such force as to break his own hands and fingers.
    Lastly, it is known that Sam crossed the Mob. While even the new documentary on Netflix points to Sam having rejected the Mob, that is false. The music industry, then as now, is set up in a way where NOBODY becomes world famous unless they play ball with the powers that be. It just isn’t possible. There is no such thing as a self made star…much less a star of Sam’s caliber at the time of this death.
    Sam Cooke, as much as people still don’t want to believe or admit this, was a product of the industry and, as such, had to do certain things in order to reach the level of success and fame he’d enjoyed. In short, he was not only in with the mob/illuminati, he was (like any other star than and now) OWNED by them. At some point he became too convinced of his own talent and started to tug at his leash a little too hard. This never ends well and it cost him his life. You see, Sam was very headstrong. He knew his talent and he desperately wanted to make it big so, when given the nod by the powers that be, he jumped on it without thinking of the consequences this would, inevitably, bring upon him. He signed the dotted line BUT Sam wanted out once he realized what was going on. Perhaps he didn’t truly comprehend how deep in he was and that there is no getting out alive or with your career/reputation intact, but he turned his back on the same people that created him and gave him his fame and fortune. His son’s “accidental” drowning was a warning. It was their way of saying “Fall back in line or you’re next”. I don’t think Sam truly understood nor comprehended who he was dealing with.
    His son died in 1963. Sam followed his son into death a year and some months later. Coincidence? I think not. I know not.
    As for Allen Klein and JW Alexander having been complicit in Sam’s death. JW was a puppet and a traitor who always worked for the powers that be in an effort to undermine Sam’s independence but he wasn’t the killer. Did he know? Yes but he couldn’t warn Sam because that would have been his ass too. The real culprit was Allen Klein. He not only knew but was the middle man between the powers that be and Sam. Allen set up the murder in exchange for Sam’s catalog and royalties. He didn’t kill Sam either but he was the one that set it up and saw it through. It’s no accident that Sam’s family didn’t get a cent from his estate until AFTER Klein’s death, decades after Sam was killed.
    Bertha Franklin died a few years after Sam. She was an inconvenient witness who could have had a change of heart and came forward to say that Sam’s corpse was brought to the Hacienda Motel….not a living Sam Cooke. Lis Boyer was allowed to live because she was a known hooker and nobody would have believed her. Plus, she knew her fate would be sealed if she ever tried to tell the truth. She was killed in the early 80’s under unsolved circumstances.
    In the end, there has yet to be one book or documentary about Sam that gets it right. Why? As long as Sam has been dead, the powers that be will still not allow the truth to come out and any attempts to get too close aren’t worth the consequences. Same with Elvis, Otis Redding, James Brown, MJ, Prince and a long list of music and film legends who either passed too soon or whose passing never made sense or added up.
    Sam Cooke’s legacy, luckily, has endured through his once in 100 lifetimes voice and music….and because he still turns handsome annual profits for the powers that be from beyond the grave 55 years after his earthly demise.
    In summation, Sam Cooke was killed. Beaten to death and shot after death to set up the official story. The LAPD were in on it as was anyone in connection with his death….including his brother LC Cook who received a lifelong “allowance” from Allen Klein’s companies that afforded LC a comfortable life until his death in 2017! No explanation was ever given for this generous “gift” from the man who orchestrated his brothers’ murder.
    Sam Cooke played and lost the game of fame. They all do. The entertainment industry is like a Vegas Casino. You may win millions but, in the end, they take it all back. The house always wins.


  6. The woman he picked up robbed him. She took his pants w/ his wallet & left when he went to the bathroom. He came out wearing only his jacket to confront the manager thinking she was involved & she shot him.


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