Saturday, February 9, 2019

James Brown’s Ghost

Photo: Kathy Willens/AP

by Thomas Lake

In 2017, CNN senior writer Thomas Lake received a phone call from a woman who said she could prove that James Brown had been murdered. She contacted Lake because she’d read a 2009 Atlanta magazine story he wrote about the unsolved murder of Darren Lumar, a son-in-law of Brown. Lumar had also claimed that Brown was murdered.

The phone call to Lake led to a nearly two-year investigation into the death of James Brown and the death of his third wife, Adrienne. It also led to the forensic testing of a woman’s shoe from a mysterious black duffel bag — and to the discovery, by a detective, of what he says is a police informant’s notebook in which the informant alleges that a doctor confessed to murdering Adrienne Brown with a fatal drug overdose. Continue reading at CNN

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