Who killed Superman? The grim true story behind the death of George Reeves
TThe gun was just a little awkward, like Reeves ‘will, or the fact that Toni Mannix was still paying the bills at Reeves’ restaurant and liquor store. It all came down to the same: Everything Reeves had (house, car, gun, booze, food) belonged to Toni Mannix, and everything Toni Mannix owned was paid for with Eddie Mannix’s money. She could always tell – and she did – that Reeves “was like a son to Mr. Mannix and me.”
Did Toni Mannix arrange his death, through some of Eddie’s friends who thought the gun belonged to Reeves and didn’t know all he had was Toni’s? Perhaps. If it had happened that way, would Eddie have helped her with the story, to save his own skin at least? Very probable.
It is possible that the gathered guests saw something criminal happening and were told to shut up. It is possible that they saw something accidental happen and agreed on a story. Anyway, the only eyewitnesses were blind drunk. The situation did not lend itself to verification.
Suicide, murder, accidental death: the options seem to be mutually exclusive. But what if the theories about Reeves’ ending don’t actually contradict each other? After all, you don’t need any intrigue or suspicion of cover-up to know that he died because of these combined forces: fame as much as failure, heroism against humanity, lies and alcohol, love, glamor, and powerful friends. Whether he committed suicide or died on someone else’s orders, Reeves’ life was already a deadly cocktail.