MILO SPERIGLIO was an honest-to-goodness Hollywood dick whose adventures are so over-the-top it's hard to believe they're all true.
And maybe they weren't. He was a notorious gloryhound, fashioning himself after television's classic private detectives, with a nose for celebrity cases and far-flung conspiracy theories. He handled more than 35,000 cases in his 20year career, and he made sure that more than a few of them gained the attention of the public.
In 1959, he was just a rookie, working for the Nick Harris Detective Agency of Los Angeles, when he was assigned to investigated the 1959 death of George Reeves, television's Superman. the client was Helen Besselo, Reeves' mother. He swore until his dying days that Reeves had been murdered. "Not everyone believed it then, nor do they believe it now. I am one of those who does not." In fact, Speriglio served as the inspiration for Louis Simo, the private detective played by Adrien Brody in the 2006 film, Hollywoodland, a fictionalized retelling of the life -- and especially the death -- of Reeves.
(It should be noted that Reeves' mother also hired another P.I., Jerry Geisler who never found anything to suggest foul play. He was never able to convince his client, though, and she maintained until her death in 1964 that her son had been murdered.)
But it was his involvement a few years later in the Marilym Monroe death case that really put Speriglio on the map. Speriglio investigated Monroe's "suicide" for more than two decades, and argued that she was the victim of a Chicago mob hit ordered by members of President John F. Kennedy's family. He even wrote three books on the subject.
He was also hired to look into the death of Natalie Wood, although as far as I know no Kennedys were involved in that one.
He died of lung cancer on April 30 2000, leaving behind a wife and two daughters. He ended up the director of the Nick Harris Detective Agency, the same agency where he first served his apprenticeship.
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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