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Friday, January 13, 2012

What’s the Real Story Behind Sam Cooke’s Death?

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I was wondering if you have anything else on Sam Cooke death?


Sam Cookedied on December 11, 1964.

There are conflicting accounts regarding the death of Sam Cooke. Los Angeles police however ruled it justifiable homicide. Not unlike today though, Los Angeles PD were known to be overtly racist when investigating crimes against African Americans doing little to no real work in investigation.

Ike Turner was the first person to tell me the real story, which I have since confirmed with other sources including several within the LAPD who all told very similar (although not identical) stories.

On the night of December 11, 1964, Sam had withdrawn a considerable amount of cash, reportedly to buy Christmas presents. At Cooke’s request the manager of the Hacienda Motel in South Central, where he was staying in, Bertha Franklin (who had shot and killed a man six months earlier at the same place), made arrangements with a local prostitute named Elisa Boyer who was 22-years old, to scoop Sam at a local bar and bring him back to his motel. As he and Boyer entered the room Sam was hit from behind and knocked unconscious.

Elisa Boyer took Sam’s money and met Bertha in the motel office.

Sam soon awoke disoriented and without most of his clothes and belongings. Cooke headed towards the motel office and saw through the office window, the prostitute and motel manager counting his money He demanded his stuff be returned and when they didn’t open the door, Cooke banged until the door fell off its hinges. When Cooke regained himself the hotel manager Bertha Franklin shot him and told Boyer to run and call police from a phone booth. Boyer told the police a phony story about a rape and fled the scene.

Sam was dead when the police arrived and, since the whore had stolen his wallet, they had no idea who it was and took it as a routine justified homicide in the ghetto.

The coroner’s inquest should have been a slam-dunk, but not one pertinent question was asked by an investigator, now with a background check made that would have revealed Bertha Franklin’s deadly past. The authorities simply took her made-up story as “gospel”.

Sam’s murder was chalked up as just another unidentified “rapist” killed in Watts. It wasn’t until the following Monday morning that a reporter found out Sam Cooke was signed in to the motel registry as himself and that one of the world’s greatest talents and a true human being was dead, under shady circumstances that might never be covered by the media.


  1. i think boyer stole the money on purpose and called the police to make her self look credable because sam could have just reported a robbery ,but then he would have to explain why a prostitute was in his room to his wife rest his soul ,he made so many mistakes that night alchol is the devil ,if you dont know by now it makes you sin..and sin causes death sometimes ..... alchole has killed many people in this world . sam cook was arrogant , and i dont think bertha knew he would kick in the door . mean time boyer was gone and hide the stash of mony thats why no wallet was found ever this si soooo sad

  2. sam cooke was a womanizer , and a dam good singer , he was handsome , but what i dont understand is . if mrs franklin was a prostitute why was she bothered by him rapeing her . if he was paying her>>?? and is it that she gave him a price and he offered less and she got made and looked in his pants and saw the money and ran with the clothes to stop him from chasing her . then she called police to make it look like she was being raped? franklin would have open the door for her if franklin was in on a scam also ... if someone is conspiring they dont lock the other conspirer out side . and not let her in .... i think the shoting aided in ms boyers robberie of sam c. it was ovious that ms boyer was scamming like most asian women are ,they are greedy and lack heart .. the motel owner was chinese i hear so and she was also conspiring ,and whos to say ms boyer wasnt related to the motel owner . they should have checked hotel records back to see if ms boyer ever rent there before . and how many times in the pass did police come to that motel ? and for what ? and ms franklin use to be a madam ummmmmm? thats a clue to maybe her and ms boyer did know each other . and they plan it that way
    so polce would suspect them of co conspiring .... and why did sam go to a sleevzzzy motel for 3dollars a night ? thats simple when you do dirt you lay in filt to do it .... he has a reputation to protect a nice motel would have call the press on him. for signing in with a woman. he would have been outted ...ooooo thats the last thing a boy from mississsppi want his moma to find out he was with a prostitiute ,,,,an unknow woman in a motel 2am in the morining is a whore venture no mater if he payed or not .... and dont you know sam cook offere this woman money and she set him up anyway ... she was not gonna be a cheap whore with a cheap trick