Today is the anniversary of the death of Karen Silkwood, who died in a mysterious car crash in Oklahoma in 1974. But an autopsy showed that Silkwood was so full of plutonium that it’s possible she had already been assassinated.
There is much to say about Silkwood and about the company she worked for, Kerr-McGee. She was the first whistle-blower in the nuclear industry. Try the links below and if you want the true facts, click on the court case. After her death, her estate sued Kerr-McGee and was awarded $10 million. An appeals court reversed that and awarded her heirs $5,000. The suit was on its way to the Supreme Court when the company settled.
Finally, clips from the movie Silkwood with Meryl Streep are available on YouTube.
It’s a very shocking story.