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Sam Cooke Death Pictures

( A Change Is Gonna Come, And That Change Is Called Death )

Sam Cooke was a famous singer back in the 60's and is remembered by most for his classic song called A Change Is Gonna Come which became the unofficial sound track to the civil rights movement. However he is remembered by me as a guy who was shot and killed while trying to kick a hotel door in completely naked except for a sports jacket and shoes in an attempt to get to a hooker whom he believed was hiding from him inside.

And Now Do To My Incredible Laziness I Bring You The Story Straight From Wikipedia:

Bertha Franklin, manager of the Hacienda Motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke's body in Franklin's apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The official police record states that Franklin fatally shot Cooke who had checked in earlier that evening. Franklin claimed that Cooke had broken into the manager's office-apartment in a rage, wearing nothing but a shoe and a sports coat demanding to know the whereabouts of a woman who had accompanied him to the hotel. Franklin said that the woman was not in the office and that she told Cooke this, but the enraged Cooke did not believe her and violently grabbed her, demanding again to know the woman's whereabouts. According to Franklin, she grappled with Cooke, the two of them fell to the floor, and she then got up and ran to retrieve her gun. She said that she then fired at Cooke, in self-defense, because she feared for her life. Cooke was struck once in the torso, and according to Franklin, he exclaimed, "Lady, you shot me," before mounting a last charge at her. She said that she beat him over his head with a broomstick before he finally fell, mortally wounded by the gunshot. Franklin herself also told later that she fired the gun at least 3 times.

According to Franklin and the motel's owner, Evelyn Carr (whose last name is identified by some sources as Card, rather than Carr), they had been on the telephone together at the time of the incident. Thus, Carr claimed to have overheard Cooke's intrusion and the ensuing conflict and gunshots. Carr called the police to request that they go to the motel, informing them that she believed a shooting had occurred.

A coroner's inquest was convened to investigate the incident. The woman who had accompanied Cooke to the motel was identified as Elisa Boyer, who had also called the police that night shortly before Carr. Boyer had called the police from a telephone booth near the motel, telling them she had just escaped being kidnapped.

Boyer told the police that she had first met Cooke earlier that night and had spent the evening in his company. She claimed that after they left a local nightclub together, she had repeatedly requested that he take her home, but he instead took her against her will to the Hacienda Motel. She claimed that once in one of the motel's rooms, Cooke physically forced her onto the bed and that she was certain he was going to rape her. According to Boyer, when Cooke stepped into the bathroom for a moment, she quickly grabbed her clothes and ran from the room. She claimed that in her haste, she had also scooped up most of Cooke's clothing by mistake. She said that she ran first to the manager's office and knocked on the door seeking help. However, she said that the manager took too long in responding, so, fearing Cooke would soon be coming after her, she fled the motel altogether before the manager ever opened the door. She claimed she then put her own clothing back on, hid Cooke's clothing, and went to the telephone booth from which she called police.

Boyer's story is the only account of what happened between the two that night; however, her story has long been called into question. Inconsistencies between her version of events and details reported by other witnesses, as well as circumstantial evidence (e.g., thousands in cash that Cooke was reportedly carrying were never recovered, and Boyer was soon after arrested for prostitution), invited speculation that Boyer may have gone willingly to the motel with Cooke, then slipped out of the room with Cooke's clothing in order to rob him, rather than to escape an attempted rape.

Such questions were ultimately deemed beyond the scope of the inquest, whose purpose was to establish the circumstances of Franklin's role in the shooting, not to determine precisely what had transpired between Cooke and Boyer preceding the event. Boyer's leaving the motel room with almost all of Cooke's clothing, regardless of exactly why she did so, combined with the fact that tests showed Cooke was inebriated at the time, provided what inquest jurors deemed a plausible explanation for Cooke's bizarre behavior and state of dress, as reported by Franklin and Carr. This explanation, in conjunction with the fact that Carr's testimony corroborated Franklin's version of events, and the fact that police officials testified that both Boyer and Franklin had passed lie detector tests, was enough to convince the coroner's jury to accept Franklin's explanation, and return a verdict of justifiable homicide. With that verdict, authorities officially closed the case on Cooke's death.

Some of Cooke's family and supporters, however, have rejected Boyer's version of events, as well as those given by Franklin and Carr. They believe that there was a conspiracy to murder Cooke and that the murder took place in some manner entirely different from the three official accounts.

Cooke's funeral was held in Chicago at A.R Leak Funeral Home, where thousands of fans had lined up for over four city blocks to view his body. In her autobiography, Rage to Survive, singer Etta James claimed that she viewed Cooke's body in the funeral home and that the injuries she observed were well beyond what could be explained by the official account of Franklin alone having fought with Cooke. James described Cooke as having been so badly beaten that his head was nearly separated from his shoulders, his hands were broken and crushed, and his nose mangled.

No concrete evidence supporting a conspiracy theory has been presented to date.

Cooke was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


For Some Reason The Photos Didn't Show Up On Screen In The Order That I Downloaded Them, So Instead Of The Photos Following The Normal Time Line Like, Alive - Dead - Funeral - Grave They're A Bit Out Of Sync. But That's Just The Way Life Is Sometimes.


PHOTO - 1: Shows A Happy Sam Cooke Alive And Well.

PHOTO - 2: Shows Sam Cooke's Body Being Removed From The Motel By The Coroner.

PHOTO - 3: Shows Sam Cooke's Body Laying In His Coffin At His Funeral.

PHOTO - 4: Shows Elisa Boyer The Possible Rape Victim/Prostitute/Thief/Kidnapping Victim/Con Artist/Whatever Else They Speculate She Was.

PHOTO - 5: Shows The Motel Where He Was Killed.

PHOTO - 6: Shows Bertha Franklin The Women Who Shot Him.

PHOTO - 7: Shows Sam Cooke's Now Deceased Body Leaning Against The Splintered Door Frame That He Shattered While Kicking The Door In.

PHOTO - 8: Shows A Close Up Of Cooke's Body Shown In Photo 7.

PHOTO - 9: Shows The Body Of Sam Cooke Laying In His Coffin At His Funeral.

PHOTO - 10: Shows Sam Cooke's Grave Stone At The Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery In Glendale, California. The Text At The Bottom Of His Grave Stone Reads, "Until The Day Break, And The Shadows Flee Away".
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Re: Sam Cooke - ( A Change Is Gonna Come )

Where did that lady shoot him at?
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Old 11-26-2012, 03:09 AM
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Re: Sam Cooke - ( A Change Is Gonna Come )

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Where did that lady shoot him at?
He was shot one time somewhere in the torso and yelled out to the shooter Bertha Franklin, "lady, you shot me" before collapsing in the door way and dying.
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Old 11-26-2012, 04:12 AM
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Re: Sam Cooke - ( A Change Is Gonna Come )

The man could sing, but he could never leave The Ghetto mindset behind and that's what killed him.
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Re: Sam Cooke - ( A Change Is Gonna Come )

Looks badly beaten to me. Fucking liars
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Wonder if bertha and aretha know each other
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Re: Sam Cooke - ( A Change Is Gonna Come )

They robbed him and then killed him for @ $4,000

Its happened before and is sure to happen again
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Wonder if bertha and aretha know each other
Well I don't know about that but she sure as hell looks pleased with herself.
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Re: Sam Cooke - ( A Change Is Gonna Come )

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Looks badly beaten to me. Fucking liars
I don't know, it's kind of hard to tell given the angles of both the crime scene pics and the casket pics. I could have sworn I have his autopsy report but I haven't been able to find it. I'm gonna keep looking and I'll post it if I find It. That would hopefully give a good idea as to the condition his body was in.

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