December 11, 1964

December11Today in 1964, soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in L.A.

Bertha Franklin, the hotel’s manager, claimed she shot Cooke in self-defence after he attacked her. Cooke was found in Franklin’s apartment-office, wearing just a sports jacket and shoes.

The shooting was ultimately ruled a justifiable homicide.

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