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  • Doug Clark: Taking in Billy Tipton’s legacy, 25 years later

    It all began 25 years ago with a tip from Spokane County Coroner Graham McConnell. “Clark,” he told me, “you’re not going to believe this, but …”


  • Judge divides estate among Kitty Oakes’ sons

    Establishing a legal precedent, a Spokane County judge has ruled that the three illegally adopted sons of Kitty Oakes and Billy Tipton can inherit equal shares of her $300,000 estate. …


  • Judge: Kitty Oakes’ sons can inherit estate

    Creating a legal precedent, a Spokane County judge has ruled that the three illegally adopted sons of Kitty Oakes and Billy Tipton can inherit her $300,000 estate.


  • Trial will determine Oakes’ heirs

    It’s hardly a typical probate. In fact, it’s a web of lies, court documents say. The colorful saga of Kitty Oakes and Billy Tipton – the former stripper and the …


  • Billy, Kitty’s strange story not over yet

    Who will inherit the $300,000 estate of a former stripper known as the “Irish Venus” who lived on Spokane’s South Hill with Billy Tipton, the jazz musician who spent a …


  • Billy Tipton’s family split over estate

    Six weeks after his death and the discovery that Billy Tipton was a woman, the story of the popular Spokane jazz musician has taken on an unpleasant life of its …


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