The National Enquirer: Bill Cosby ‘had son murdered’

National Enquirer cover Bill Cosby had son murdered

The National Enquirer is no stranger to shocking headlines, but this week’s issue will be grabbing more attention than usual in the grocery store checkout lanes! “COSBY HAD SON MURDERED!” proclaims the headline, in reference to Bill’s son Ennis, who was shot and killed while changing a flat tire on the side of the road in 1997 in what police believed to be a failed robbery attempt. “ENNIS THREATENED TO EXPOSE EVIL DAD’S SEX CRIMES,” the cover reads under the main headline.

All of this is subtly prefaced by: “WORLD EXCLUSIVE Explosive New TELL ALL BOOK charges…” According to Amazon, this “new tell all book” is titled Cosby’s Secret Love Child and was published in January. The “world exclusive” source is still available to purchase in paperback for $13.95, or for free, if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber.

Bill Cosby's Love Child book cover

The book’s author, Jewel Star, is the aunt of Autumn Jackson, who claimed to be Bill Cosby’s illegitimate child. Here is a summary of the book from the publisher:


This compelling and true life story screams of betrayal, deceit, and an unsolved mystery. It began when a budding young woman was lured into a cunning and deceptive scheme which eventually became her undoing. The tale may have gone unnoticed under normal circumstances. However, the plot thickened when a famous celebrity, Bill Cosby, was the target of a greedy rouse. The timing couldn’t have been worse as it fell on the heels of his son’s murder. Ennis Cosby had been shot and killed the day an alleged extortion letter was delivered to the comedian demanding millions in hush money. During one of the most infamous trials of 1997 Cosby would face his adversary Autumn Jackson, and rue the day that she was born. Jackson could do nothing more than look into her father’s eyes and weep for all that had never been. At least she believed the entertainer to be her father. This complicated and twisted saga is fraught with criminal and passion driven psychology. Who were the guilty ones and who were the innocents? “I’m Autumn Jackson’s aunt. I was called on to be her traveling companion, confidant, and unlikely bodyguard. When people asked me what happened, the answer was complicated. A book needed to be written.” Jewel Star is an award winning author.


On the author’s website, she reveals that she wrote the book a long time ago, and it was only due to Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual assault history being in the media spotlight that she decided to finally publish it. “A book that had been sitting on my bookshelf for 18 years was calling to be published,” Jewel Star wrote. “In light of the current media, I decided it was time to dust off the cobwebs and put it out there.”

So, who is Autumn Jackson? She is the daughter of Shawn Thompson Upshaw, who had an affair with Bill Cosby in the 1970s and claimed that Autumn is his illegitimate child. Although Bill Cosby’s paternity was never proven, he reportedly paid more than $100,000 into a trust fund for Autumn over a period of 20 years. After Autumn dropped out of college, Bill reportedly cut off her access to the funds.

From Wikipedia:


Cosby says he paid over $100,000 over 20 years to keep the affair with Upshaw secret. The money went to a trust fund for Jackson, paid for Jackson’s car, and her college tuition. While she was in college at Tallahassee Community College in Florida, Jackson says she and Cosby talked on the phone approximately 15 times. Cosby required that in order for Jackson’s tuition to be paid, she was to maintain a B-average. When Cosby learned in April 1995 that Jackson had dropped out of college, he stopped having funds released from her education trust fund. Cosby reports he had told his wife about the affair but was concerned with what the media would do with the information.


Autumn Jackson made headlines in the 1990s when she was arrested for attempting to extort $40 million from Bill Cosby with threats of selling the story of his relationship with her mother to a tabloid. She was found guilty of threatening to injure another person’s reputation with the intent to extort money, traveling across state lines to promote extortion, and conspiring to commit extortion. Autumn Jackson was sentenced to 26 months in federal prison.

In the same year, Bill Cosby’s son Ennis Cosby was shot and killed by 18-year-old Mikhail Markhasev in what police believed to be a botched robbery attempt near Interstate 405 in Los Angeles. It was a $100,000 reward offered by The National Enquirer for information about the murder that led to a friend of Markhasev coming forward, and to Markhasev’s eventual arrest.

Mikhail Markhasev was convicted of first-degree murder and attempted robbery on July 7, 1998, and was sentenced to life in prison in August of 1998.

The National Enquirer cover features Markhasev’s mug shot photo with the words “Bill Hired This HITMAN To Carry Out Execution” pointing to it. Under that, the cover reads, “Secret Love Child: ‘HE SENT ASSASSIN AFTER ME TOO.'”

You can pick up the new issue of the National Enquirer on newsstands, or go right to the source and order your copy of Cosby’s Love Child on Amazon.

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  • Please

    Bill Cosby is a sick pig but I think it’s a bit of a stretch to say he called out a hit on his own son. What happened to that young man was a tragedy and trying to make it part of the Cosby sex scandal drama is disgraceful.

    • While I disagree with the first part of your comment … no doubt, this is disgusting bullcrap they’re putting out about him.

    • jstar

      I would like to invite you to voice your comments on Jewel Star’s book on a Facebook page called: Cosby’s Love Child Book

  • sammy

    Starcasm … you managed to hit a new low, congratulations.

  • GuitarJam

    this is fake news. the guy that killed Ennis would have ratted Bill out. he didn’t have anything to lose

    • jstar

      Check out my Facebook page: Cosby’s Love Child Book

  • Disco Biscuits

    “I was a journalist for 25 years, writing for the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone and Harper’s. I know and follow the rules of journalism. The basic rules require a reporter to check his or her facts. The recent articles about Mr. Cosby simply assert. Any journalist who merely reports what someone is claiming or, worse, reports what others have reported, is being irresponsible. An accusation is not a conviction. It is not even a fact. No matter how many accusations there may be, every accusation must be confirmed by independent, firsthand sources. Anything less is not
    journalism. It is merely a scrawl on a wall.” –Pulitzer Prize Nominee David Black

    “Gloria Allred’s hunger for media attention, even when it doesn’t help her clients, appears almost pathological. Beyond that, Allred’s cases, especially those involving jilted lovers of famous men, increasingly represent the depressing terminus of a vision of
    feminism based solely on victimization, one in which every wronged woman deserves a legal remedy. The whole thing
    ends up looking like a farce.” –Michelle Goldberg

    “The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites, lowest common denominator programming, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance.” –Carl Sagan

  • As far as I’ll be concerned, The National Enquirer displays nothing but lies. I believe they’ve had previous issues that headlined Cosby going to jail and getting divorced, and another about Tom Cruise, whether it was about him leaving Scientology or getting back with Katie Holmes, or both. It’s a greater shame to see stores like Shoppers Drug Mart carrying them when these magazines could have people deceived if they know no better.

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  • greg

    Bill Cosby also had sex with the corpse, and he likes to have sex with farm animals, and he also likes enemas.

    • mae

      You are a stupid evil minded so called waste of human heing.

  • Fred Kramden

    And aliens from Mars are secretly living in society.

  • Deebers1956

    I believe Bill Cosby is guilty of drugging and raping women. Murdering his son… No!

  • This website is a disgusting pig. Piss poor yellow journalism.

  • sylvia

    I think it is possible.

  • jstar

    I would like to invite you to voice your comments on Jewel Star’s book on a Facebook page called: Cosby’s Love Child Book