Tobacco Heiress Doris Duke And The Death Of Eduardo Tirella | Dark Capital | Forbes

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Doris Duke was tall, blonde, beautiful, and rich: a tabloid staple. She was the daughter and only child of tobacco titan, James Duke, born in the early 1900s. The Duke family was one of the richest in America at the time, and the public knew Doris as a socialite, yes, but also as a generous philanthropist who started a foundation in her name.

So, when news broke that Doris might have intentionally killed her best friend, Eduardo Tirella, the public saddled up for the trial of the century. Justice would be swift for Doris, they thought, but they’d be wrong. This is the story of Doris Duke and the “unfortunate accident” that took place on October 7th, 1966.

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