To whom it may concern, my name is Lynel Gardner. I’m currently in charge of the Estate of Sonny Liston. I spoke with Greg, your South Bay colleague. And he told me, to send my story idea to you.
It has been a long held belief. That Sonny Liston, was one of 25 kids. That he didn’t even know, the day that he was born. And that according to the recent SHOWTIME SPORTS special, “Pariah: The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston”. “His life was a mystery, from the very start”. “Even the family bible, did not have Sonny’s birthdate in it”.
The fact that there is not record of Sonny’s birth, is a hoax. Sonny and Geraldine Liston, always stated, that Sonny’s birth was, May 8, 1932. They celebrated his birthday, every year. And Sonny was one of 7 kids, not 25. His mother, was only 33 when she had him. Making past statements about Sonny’s birth, a logical fallacy.
We are the boxing, business side of the family. The side of the family that called him “Sonny”. We are here, to set the record straight. And that is that, as Geraldine Liston always stated. “No one knew Sonny, like I knew Sonny. I was always by his side. All I want to talk about are the lies.”
I have spent the past fourteen years, attaining all the official records, on how Sonny lived and died. Including the never before released, Ali/Liston Fights File. That I acquired, through the DOJ “Whistle Blower” Program. Using my grandmother Geraldine’s statement, as my hypothesis. What I have come to realize, in the past fourteen years of my research and study.
Is that, the myth of Sonny Liston, is a cottage industry. A myth that turns out, books, movies, and editorial copy. A myth that makes careers, out off people seeking profit, and notoriety. Totally based on what they think, or what they feel, happened to Sonny. I explain in more detail, in my Amazon book, “Beast: The Deconstruction of Charles Sonny Liston”. A book who’s concepts are heavily used, in the SHOWTIME SPORTS special.
It is our hope, that you will allow, the Liston Estate a chance. To reveal, never before seen documents. Documents that will put to rest, questions that have gone unanswered for decades.