The Mystery Box
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The Mystery Box

What Happened to Soul Singer Sam Cooke?

His killing by a motel employee may not be what it seems

The 911 call was received shortly after 3 am on Friday, December 11, 1964: a young black man had been shot dead at the seedy Hacienda Motel in South Central Los Angeles.

It was hours before police realised that the dead man was acclaimed singer/songwriter, businessman, and Civil Rights activist Sam Cooke.

Cooke’s Career

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