Spade Cooley: Jealousy, Torture, Murder

DISGRACELAND

By Jake Brennan

Spade Cooley: Jealousy, Torture, Murder

Tuesday, 30 October

Spade Cooley was one of Postwar America’s biggest celebrities and most talented musicians. He was also a violent drunk and homicidal psychopath with no heart. Mean, jealous, abusive, and almost totally driven by the deep-seated insecurity that he wasn’t good enough for any of the women who flocked to see him in concert, on television, and on the movie screen, Spade Cooley couldn’t bear the thought of his wife with another man so he he did the unthinkable—and what followed was, at the time, the trial of the century.

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