Phyllis George has died.
Inevitably, the glowing obituaries have followed. No doubt you know the story by now: she was a former Miss America who became a trailblazer when she joined a revamped The NFL Today in 1975. At the time, she was a true anomaly: a female voice in the most masculine of sports. She carved out a niche for herself and in the process opened doors previously closed to women. She deserves credit for this, even if NFL football is little more than a Syndicate LARP. This in and of itself is quite fitting considering the trajectory her life took after 1975.
In 1977, she married legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans, who was then entering into the twilight of his career. A few years later, Evans would look to organized crime for financing what was supposed be his comeback picture, The Cotton Club. That didn't work out so well, as the film was a box office flop and is now only remembered for the infamous murder connected to it.
While George's time as Kentucky's First Lady is now being celebrated, little attention is being paid to the numerous scandals that ravaged her husband's administration. A major sore point were Brown's ties to a Kentucky-based criminal organization known as "The Company." Unlike most gangs (at least back then), the Company was comprised almost exclusively of former military men and law enforcement officers. This made them especially adept at drug and arms trafficking. The Company even had the reach to procure classified weapons from the China Lake facility.
Nor was John Y. Brown the only VIP The Company had links to. A young Donald Trump was firmly in their orbit. The Clinton family appears to have been on the action as well, making the 2016 election a kind of family reunion (along the lines of the Five Families, of course). After leaving office in 1983, John Y. and George relocated to New York. Their residency? Trump Tower, which was then become a haven for various syndicates. Naturally, this curious "coincidence" will not appear in any other George obits.
|Trump with John Y. at a Kentucky Derby party while Hillary (far left) looks on|
A "lifelong friend" of Evans was the enigmatic reputed spy and private detective Thomas Corbally. Corbally worked for Trump, as well as the Orange One's former attorney and political mentor Roy Cohn. Indeed, Corbally considered Cohn to be one of his two mentors. Corbally's other mentor was a private detective who was arrested in Kentucky in 1973 with a man who eventually sold Trump his shares in the mobbed and intelled up Resorts International, which Trump became the CEO of in 1987. That's a fascinating story I will soon be telling for the Penny Royal podcast (which is going to be unbelievable, BTW).
And then there is the surprisingly compelling possibility that Cohn, Corbally, and the "Cotton Club murder" were all linked to a cult that perpetuated the Son of Sam killings. That's certainly an episode that will be skipped in George's obits when discussing Evans.
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