Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt explores the Deep State assassination of Vicki Morgan on July 7, 1983 in Los Angeles, California. Morgan, a voluptuous model, had been the backdoor mistress of Alfred S. Bloomingdale, the heir to the Bloomingdale’s Department Store fortune.
Bloomingdale has been called “the father of the credit card,” as he developed the Diner’s Club card. He also was a major player in Hollywood, first serving as an agent for Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland, and later working as an executive at Columbia Pictures. In addition, he was perhaps the biggest donor on record to Ronald Reagan in his gubernatorial races in California as well as his Presidential races, notably his successful defeat of Jimmy Carter in 1980.
But Bloomingdale had many dirty secret habits. He not only kept Morgan as his mistress, but involved her in brutal sadomasochistic practices. He liked to pick up prostitutes as well as models or actresses for short flings. Sometimes, he administered severe beatings to these women.
After he died of throat cancer in 1982, Morgan insisted upon a monthly “palimony” allowance of $18,000 he had promised her. His wife, Betsy, objected and cut Morgan off. A courtroom fight ensued, ending with her subsequent murder.
This is a fascinating case. It involves super-rich players in sadistic games of sex and criminality high up in Hollywood and political circles. Much of what we know about Bloomingdale mirrors the sordid and skankier affairs of Jeffrey Epstein.
This is a 3-hour-plus dive, so it might take you a couple of settings to digest it all. There is a short technical blackout at the front. If you want to bypass the snafu, start at the 7:00 minute mark.