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TW: Death

It is incredibly frustrating to those who wish to celebrate her lifetime achievements that her death takes centre stage. Her life is tarnished by her death filled with rumour, speculation, and conspiracy. However, with some research and knowledge on the basis of these stories we can determine that her death wasn’t as outlandish as so many (wish to) believe. 

Our Marilyn Monroe (with the help of some reliable research accumulated from other Marilyn fans, research, science and common sense) will go through many of the conspiracies as well as documents, information from medical professionals past and present as well as common sense. 

Firstly, it’s important to discuss what is known about Marilyn, what she did on the day of her death and when she was discovered. 

A huge thank you to April and Kelly for helping me by reading this and giving me notes!

PRESCRIPTIONS

Between 7th June and August 3rd, Marilyn had been prescribed over 740 pills. These were all signed by Dr Hyman Engelberg. The prescriptions were sold by Julien’s Auctions in 2011. 

  • Chloral Hydrate (100): A sedative used as an anaesthetic and sleep aid 
  • Librium (200): Used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
  • Valmid (100): Sedative/hypnotic used for insomnia.
  • Percodan (24): Pain reliever that is a combination of aspirin and oxycodone 
  • Lomotil (24): Diarrhoea medication
  • Dexedrine (12): Amphetamine, stimulant
  • Seconal (25): An anaesthetic and sedative
  • Tuinal (25): Composed of two barbiturate salts (secobarbital sodium and amobarbital sodium) in equal proportions. Sedative for sleep
  • Hydrozets (24): Throat lozenges 
  • Sulfa Gum: Used for sore throat
  • Darvon (24): An opioid used for pain relief, no longer available. 
  • Sulfathalidine (36): Antibiotic
  • Nembutal (25): Sedative
  • Phenergan (25): Sedative/sleep aid
  • Sombulex (100): Sedative

Invoices also show that Marilyn was administered injections by Engelberg, likely to be the “vitamin shots” that many Hollywood stars were given at the time. 


MARILYN & DR. GREENSON

Marilyn was incredibly close to her psychoanalyst, Dr Greenson. She had been his patient since 1960, on the recommendation of Marianne Kris. 

He went above and beyond the usual patient and doctor relationship with Marilyn. She had spent time with his family, having dinners with them and speaking to him almost daily for hours on end. He had written in an article that doctors should be “emotionally involved in their patient’s life if they wanted to establish a trustworthy therapeutic relationship.”

In October 1961, Eunice Murray, her housekeeper, was hired on Dr Greenson’s recommendation. He had bought his house from Eunice and her husband in 1947 and she remained close with him and the family after her divorce. Mrs Murray also heavily relied on Dr Greenson, and simply followed “his orders” as stated by her son-in-law, Philippe Laclair.  

Marilyn’s home at 12305 Helena Drive is also very similar in design to Dr Greenson’s. Eunice had chosen it in February 1961, with Dr Greenson accompanying Marilyn for approval. It is believed by many that he influenced Marilyn and her decisions with Mrs Murray reporting back to Dr Greenson what Marilyn had been doing, her moods etc. 

Marilyn’s attorney, Milton Rudin was also Dr Greenson’s brother-in-law, once again showing how involved he had become in every aspect of Marilyn’s life. 

It’s rumoured Marilyn was intending on terminating his services, as well as Eunice’s in order to become more independent.


TIMELINE OF MARILYN’S LAST DAY ALIVE

4TH AUGUST 1962

The following events come from those who saw and spoke to Marilyn that day. A Re-Interview Report was conducted on the 10th August 1962 (which is where some of these times originate)

  • 8 am: Eunice Murray, Marilyn’s housekeeper, arrives at Marilyn’s home. She is dropped off by Henry D’Antonio who was servicing Mrs Murray’s car that day. 
  • Marilyn tells Mrs Murray that she was intending on spending the day with her friend and publicist Patricia Newcomb (who spent the night) by the pool, as Pat was sick. Neighbours told police that they could hear a woman coughing in the garden. 
  • Furniture is delivered from The Mart and Pilgrim’s Modern Furniture. She writes a check to Pilgrim’s for $228.80. Marilyn’s furniture, ordered from Mexico had been delivered to the wrong address and bills had arrived at Marilyn’s home. 
  • About noon: Pat Newcomb wakes up. She is unwell with bronchitis and Marilyn tells her to stay with her to “bake it out.” Mrs Murray makes lunch for Pat (an omelette, Marilyn refuses to eat).
  • Plants and more deliveries arrive.
  • After 1 pm: Dr Greenson arrives. According to Milton Rudin (Marilyn’s attorney and Dr Greenson’s brother-in-law), Dr Greenson said he spent most of the day with her. 
  • 2 pm: Joe DiMaggio Jr. telephones Marilyn but Mrs Murray says Marilyn isn’t home.
  • Between 2 pm-4 pm: Eunice Murray’s car is dropped off by D’Antonio and his wife.
  • About 3 pm: Pat leaves at Greenson’s request, shortly followed by Greenson.
  • Approximately 4:30 pm: Joe DiMaggio Jr tries to contact Marilyn again, but Mrs Murray states she still is not home. 
  • 5:00 pm: In 1975, Lawford stated he called Marilyn at 5 pm. Apparently, she accepts his dinner party invitation.
  • 5:15 pm: Dr Greenson returns to the hacienda to continue their therapy. In the letter to Marianne Kris dated 20th August 1962, Dr Greenson writes: “I was aware that she was somewhat angry with me. She often became annoyed when I did not absolutely and wholeheartedly agree [with her]… I told her we would talk more, she should call me on Sunday morning.”
  • 7:00/15 pm: Dr Greenson leaves Marilyn in her room, with Eunice Murray staying over (something she normally didn’t do). 
  • Approx 7:15 pm: Joe DiMaggio Jr finally chats with Marilyn over the phone (in her room). They speak for approximately 15 minutes. He later stated that he found her alert and happy. Joe Jr. confirmed the time to the police due to watching a live broadcast on television of the sixth/seventh inning of the Angels/Ontario baseball game.
  • She calls Dr Greenson at about 7:40 pm, whilst he is shaving for dinner, to happily tell him that Joe Jr. had broken off his engagement (which was due to her concerns based on her experience as a young bride).
  • Approx 7:45 pm: Peter Lawford calls back to ask her again to come over for dinner. She declines. Other guests who attend aJoseph Naar and his wife Dolores who attend from 8-10 pm and George Durgom. They order Chinese food.
  • A neighbour sees Marilyn throwing the ball to Maf Honey in the garden before telling Mrs Murray that “I don’t think we’ll take that drive after all.” The drive had been recommended by Greenson.
  • 8:00 pm: Marilyn retires to her bedroom saying goodnight to Mrs Murray.
  • 8:25 pm: According to police reports Peter Lawford calls Milton Rudin (talent manager) as he is concerned about Marilyn’s welfare. He asks Rudin to call Milton Ebbins, as stated in a Re-Interview Report by Lieutenant Grover Armstrong (10th August 1962). According to Rudin, Lawford heard Marilyn “fading out.”
  • 8:45 pm: Again according to the police reports, Rudin calls Ebbins.
  • 9 pm: Rudin* ultimately phones Marilyn’s home and speaks to Mrs Murray asking her to check on Marilyn. She says Marilyn is fine. She later stated in her memoir that no one made her aware that there was a cause for concern. It’s believed she didn’t want to disturb Marilyn, should she have been asleep.
  • After 10 pm: Lawford calls the Naar residence (as stated by Joseph Naar in 1992) asking them to check on Marilyn as he still believes something is wrong. However, whilst they are getting ready to leave, Rudin calls telling them not to worry as Marilyn had been given a sedative to help her sleep by Dr Greenson. 

*Donald Spoto’s biography mentions that it was Ebbins who spoke to Eunice Murray and told the Naars not to be concerned about Marilyn. However, Ebbins denied this (as stated in DS sources). Joseph Naar said, “I could swear it was Ebbins.” According to the police report, it was in fact Rudin who made the call. Naar’s confusion is likely to be due to the same name (Milton) and the fact he discussed it in 1992, three decades after Marilyn’s death).

Other notes regarding this date:

  • Mrs. Murray had been given a cheque dated 4th August 1962 for $200 signed by Marilyn. Based on information from Patricia Newcomb, Mrs Murray’s services were to be terminated by Marilyn. Mrs. Murray also had planned a tour of Europe in August. 
  • Marilyn had written a note to Joe:

    Dear Joe, / If I can only succeed / in making you happy – / I will have succeeded / in the biggest and most / difficult thing there is – / that is to make one person / completely happy. Joe;” 

    It was sold at auction in 2008. It was found in her address book. It is believed to have been written on the 4th August 1962. 

5th AUGUST

Pat Newcomb
  • 3:00 am: Eunice Murray wakes to find Marilyn’s light still on and has no response. She calls Greenson.
  • 3:30/4:00 am: Dr Greenson arrives due to a call from Mrs Murray saying she was concerned about Marilyn. As the door is locked, he breaks the window, finds Marilyn unresponsive and unlocks the door. He calls Engleberg.
  • 3:35 – 3:50 pm: Dr Engelberg arrives. 
  • 4:25 am:  Sergeant Jack Clemmons is called, and informed Marilyn is dead. He goes to investigate the scene personally with two patrolmen.
  • 4:35 am: Clemmons is escorted into Marilyn’s bedroom and inspects the scene.
  • 5 am: Pet Newcomb is informed of Marilyn’s death. 
  • 8 am: Marilyn’s body arrives at the morgue. 
  • 10:30 am: The coroner completes the autopsy. Her death is ruled ‘probable suicide.’

THE DEATH REPORT

via Cursum Perficio

Death was pronounced on 05/08/1962 at 3.45 AM.

Possible accidental, having taken place between the times of 8/4 and 8/5/1962, 3.35 AM at residence located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, Rptg.Dist.814, Report # 62-509 463.

Marilyn Monroe, on August 4, 1962 retired to her bedroom at about eight o’clock in the evening; Mrs Eunice Murray of 903 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, Calif., 395-7752, CR 61890, noted a light in Miss Monroe’s bedroom. Mrs. Murray was not able to arouse Miss Monroe when she went to the door, and when she tried the door again at 3.30 AM. When she noted the light still on, she found it to be locked. Thereupon Mrs. Murray observed Miss Monroe through the bedroom window and found her lying on her stomach in the bed and the appearance seemed unnatural. Mrs. Murray then called Miss Monroe’s psychiatrist, Dr Ralph R.Dr. Greenson of 436 North Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif., CR 14050. Upon entering after breaking the bedroom window, he found Miss Monroe possibly dead. Then he telephoned Dr Hyman Engelberg of 9730 Wilshire Boulevard, also of Beverly Hills, CR 54366, who came over and then pronounced Miss Monroe dead at 3.35 AM. Miss Monroe was seen by Dr. Greenson on August 4, 1962 at 5.15 PM., at her request, because she was not able to sleep. She was being treated by him for about a year. She was nude when Dr. Greenson found her dead with the telephone receiver in one hand and lying on her stomach. The Police Department was called and when they arrived they found Miss Monroe in the condition described above, except for the telephone which was removed by Dr. Greenson. There were found to be 15 bottles of medication on the night table and some were prescription. A bottle marked 1 1/2 grains Nembutal, prescription #20853 and prescribed by Dr Engelberg, and referring to this particular bottle, Dr Engelberg made the statement that he prescribed a refill for this about two days ago and he further stated there probably should have been about 50 capsules at the time this was refilled by the pharmacist.

Description of deceased: Female Caucasian, age 36, height 5.4, weight 115 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, and slender, medium build.

Occupation: actress.

Probable cause of death: overdose of nembutal, body discovered 8/5/1962 at 3.25 AM.

Taken to County Morgue – from there to Westwood Mortuary.

Report made by Sgt R.E.Byron, # 2730, W L.A. Detective Division.

Next of kin: Gladys Baker (Mother).

Coroner’s office notified. The body was removed from premises by Westwood Village Mortuary.


MARILYN AUTOPSY REPORT


THE CONSPIRACIES VS THE FACTS

When one fire is put out, another spark is ignited. In Marilyn’s case anyway. Once a myth has been proven as inaccurate and false, another book or claim is released to keep the idea that Marilyn was a victim of murder. The following conspiracies are the most common I have personally come across. 

As always, using information from reliable sources and documentation I will discuss why these are not the causes of Marilyn’s death and what did kill her, how and why. 

But before we start the FAQ I would like to mention that there are a few people who have released fantastic and unbelievable tales that are the main sources of these rumours and they are:

  • Donald Wolfe – Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies
  • Anthony Summers – Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiraciesDonald Wolfe – Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies
  • Anthony Summers – Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies
  • Norman Mailer– Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies and openly admitted he speculated most of his book because he “needed the money.”
  • Robert Slatzer – Claimed to be married to Marilyn with no documentation and used the marriage in order to sell his story. Known for creating many of these rumours.
  • James Hall – Ambulance paramedic who was paid $40,000 to tell his story to a newspaper which can easily be debunked with science. 
  • Jack Clemmons – A “dirty cop”. The first officer on the scene was dismissed by the force. 
  • Jeanne Carmen – A supposed confidante. No evidence shows Marilyn even knew her, let alone saw her as a close friend. 
  • Frank Cappell – In 1964, Frank Cappell wrote a 70 pages booklet named The Strange Death of Marilyn Monroe. It was this document that implied Robert Kennedy was involved in Marilyn’s death for the first time. He was anti-Kennedy.
  • Lionel Grandison – Coroner’s clerk whose character was discredited after a forgery charge. He claims he was forced to sign Marilyn’s death certificate under the duress of Theodore Curphey which is denied by the retired coroner. He also claims to have seen “The Red Diary despite” clerks having no access to evidence.

Of course, there are more but we’d be here all day.

So, who do we trust?

Science. 

The facts we know so far are that Marilyn:

  • Had drug levels in her blood (4.5 Nembutal and 8.0mg Chloral Hydrate) and liver (13mg Nembutal)
  • Was pronounced dead between 3:30/3:35am on the 5th August 1962 but due to rigor mortis she died closer to 8pm the night before.

Sources and Bibliography: 

  • Icon: The Life, Times and Films of Marilyn Monroe Volume II by Gary Vitacco-Robles
  • Marilyn Monroe: A Day in The Life website by April Chambers
  • Marilyn Remembered Fan Club Facebook summarisation of a talk by Craig Harvey (Los Angeles County coroner) 
  • Fraser Penney from Marilyn Remembered
  • Tales From The Morgue by Dr Cyril Wecht (renowned forensic pathologist) 
  • Police records
  • Toxicology reports
  • Autopsy reports
  • Marilyn Monroe The Biography by Donald Spoto

Based on body temperature and rigor mortis it is likely she died between 8pm and midnight. Time of death on the coroner report is listed at 3:45am and on the death certificate as 3:30am due to when the body was found.

According to James Hall, he and Murray Leibowitz were called to Fifth Helena Drive and arrived to find Marilyn was comatose at 10:25pm. 

Depending on what story you read, either in her bedroom or in the ambulance, Hall had managed to resuscitate Marilyn before Dr. Greenson plunged a needle in her heart, resulting in her death. The ambulance was then ordered to turn around and return her body to her home. He stated: “He (Dr. Greenson) felt his way down her ribs like an amateur. Then he thrust the needle into her chest. But it didn’t go in right. It hung up on the bone, on one of her ribs. Instead of trying again, he just leaned into it, his cheeks quivered with the effort. He pushed hard and he drove it all the way through the rib, making a loud snap as the bone broke. I know he scarred that rib bone. I had watched a lot of medical procedures and this guy was downright brutal.”

Walt Schaefer who was head of the ambulance company said in a BBC documentary (1985) that. “she was alive when she was picked up”. 

Schaefer had no documentation of this event, and it wasn’t mentioned until 1985.

Mrs. Murray Leibowitz also denied Hall’s claims, leaving this tale as a work of fiction.  

We should also note that a hypodermic needle is huge (have you seen Pulp Fiction?) and would leave a large bruise and puncture mark. Also, a broken bone? That would’ve been evident. None of these was present during the autopsy or visible in the police report.

A fresh bruise of that size would be visible, as would the needle mark. Puncture wounds take 24 hours to heal and there were none found on her body.

Marilyn met John F. Kennedy on only four occasions. Hardly a passionate affair. Remember, this is the President of the United States. His movements were heavily monitored. 

The first was in October 1961 when Marilyn asked Allan Snyder, her friend and make-up artist, to take her to a party at Pat and Peter Lawford’s house in Santa Monica. Guests included Kim Novak and Angie Dickinson as well as the President of the United States. She was driven home by one of the Lawfords’ staff. 

5th December 1961: JFK was in New York to make an address at the National Football Banquet and Hall of Fame held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. It is reported that Marilyn met the President in New York City at the banquet. It is this night that is often connected to the “sex parties” which were thrown up in 1965. 

However, it was impossible for Marilyn and the other participants to leave the ‘invite only’ party to sneak away for an orgy. This file was created by J. Edgar Hoover who was known to smear many reputations.  

On the 24th of March, Marilyn and others including JFK had been invited to Bing Crosby’s home in Palm Springs along with other guests. The final meeting was at the birthday gala on 19th May 1962. As with Bobby, she was not taken home by either of them and spent almost the entire night with her former father-in-law Isidore Miller before being driven home.

These meetings, all mostly public, left no time for lurid affairs and government secret discussions.

It’s possible Marilyn had a one-night stand with President John F. Kennedy at the home of Bing Crosby. 

Kennedy is also said to have had affairs with Marlene Dietrich, a white house intern, and his wife’s press secretary Turnure as well as Gunilla von Post, Judith Exner and more. Are all these definite? Probably not. But he certainly wasn’t faithful to his wife.

Ralph Roberts (masseuse, chauffeur, and friend) said he knew about it due to Marilyn discussing the solus muscle from the bedroom that she had apparently shared with Kennedy.  However, she only went into detail when the rumours began circulating. She confided to Roberts that it was the only time, and it wasn’t a big deal to either of them.  He said 

“Marilyn told me that this night in March was the only time of her ‘affair’ with JFK. A great many people thought, after that weekend, that there was more to it. But Marilyn gave me the impression that it was not a major event for either of them: it happened once, that weekend, and that was that.”

Let’s start with her supposed phone call to Jackie Kennedy where she is to have told her about the affair and that she was going to become first lady. Marilyn wasn’t the kind of spiteful person that would do such things. She also wanted to be an actress, not the First Lady of the United States. She was a private person and didn’t have any desire to have people poking around her private life. And why would she set out to destroy her career that she had worked so hard to build by announcing to the world she was having an affair with the President.

Jackie Kennedy is also said to have detested After the Fall (based on Marilyn) written by Arthur Miller. Why would she bother to care enough about someone who was allegedly her husband’s mistress?  

Via Wikipedia: 

According to Sarah Bradford, in her biography America’s Queen: The Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, “Jackie, who had admired Arthur Miller enough to seat him at her table at the Malraux dinner, turned on him for his betrayal of Marilyn in his play After the Fall, which opened in New York on January 23, 1964. For [Jackie Kennedy] loyalty was the ultimate test of character, and in portraying Marilyn as a self-destructive slut whom he had abandoned for her own good, Miller had dismally failed it. 
 

Marilyn met Bobby on these occasions:

On Thursday 1st February 1962 Marilyn attended a party celebrating Bobby’s goodwill tour of Japan at Pat and Peter Lawford’s home. 

Edwin Guthman commented on the way Marilyn and Bobby were behaving that evening. Stating that there was not “the faintest overtone of romantic interest on his side or hers.” He later stated that “I travelled with Bobby, day and night for five years and I never saw him pay attention to anyone but his wife.” 

Milton Ebbins, who had escorted her there, also took her home. Rumours began spreading after this meeting which prompted Jean, Bobby’s sister, to write to Marilyn sarcastically stating, “I understand you and Bobby are the hot item!”. Which later was mistakenly passed off as being a serious observation. 

Jean later stated that it was “ridiculous” to take it other than a joke. Marilyn even wrote a letter to her ex-stepson Bobby stating “Oh, Bobby, guess what: I had dinner last night with the Attorney-General of the United States, Robert Kennedy, and I asked him what his department was going to do about Civil Rights and some other issues. He’s very intelligent, and besides all that, he’s got a terrific sense of humor. I think you would like him. Anyway, I had to go to this dinner last night as he was the guest of honor and when they asked him who he wanted to meet, he wanted to meet me. So, I went to the dinner, and I sat next to him, and he isn’t a bad dancer either.” Records show she went home alone in a limo.  This was also the same night she called Joe DiMaggio twice as per the telephone notes so super awkward telling him about the new hot Kennedy in her life

On Wednesday 27th June 1962 Marilyn wanted Peter and Pat Lawford, as well as Bobby, to view her new home. After dinner at the Lawfords’ home, the attorney general’s driver took her back to Fifth Helena Drive. According to Eunice Murray, Marilyn’s housekeeper claims, “they all came to look at the house. She certainly didn’t go sneaking around with Mr Kennedy or have a love affair with him!”

Lastly, she saw Bobby again on Saturday 19th May 1962 when she was present to perform Happy Birthday for Bobby’s brother, John. After her world-famous performance, Marilyn, the Kennedy’s and other stars went to the home of Arthur B. Krim, where the only photograph of Marilyn Monroe and the two Kennedy brothers was taken. Milton Ebbins took her home at 2am.

On 3rd August 1962, Dorothy Kilgallen, a gossip columnist, implied Marilyn was in a relationship with RFK. It is said Marilyn was with “a handsome gentleman who has a bigger name than Joe DiMaggio”. Dorothy had written another article about Marilyn before. This however had her excluded from several exclusives due to “her general hostility towards Marilyn.” 

She wasn’t the only one.

Walter Winchell, another gossip columnist, was also cut off from several press releases due to comments he made about Marilyn. However, he was still invited to her funeral. Later, he wrote articles implying a relationship with RFK. In 1967, he wrote an article sourcing Frank Capell (who was an extreme right-wing Republican who officially started the Kennedy murder rumours). 

In 1964, Frank Cappell (friends with Jack Clemmons who investigated Marilyn’s death) wrote 70 pages booklet named The Strange Death of Marilyn Monroe. It was this document that implied Robert Kennedy was involved in Marilyn’s death for the first time. He used Walter Winchell as a source… Who in fact had used HIM as a source. 

Cappell hated the Kennedys and so, along with Clemmons and another radical right-wing supporter named John Fergus, the three of them were indicted in 1965 for conspiracy of libel. 

The obsession to take down the Kennedy brothers, who they felt were soft on communism, left them to be known as unreliable sources of information. They made these accusations purely based on their hate for the Kennedys and nothing else.

Norman Mailer’s 1973 biography of Marilyn was not a traditional biography. He read the available biographies, watched her movies, and looked at photographs of her but for the rest of it, he stated, “I speculated.” Which isn’t enough when you are selling a product. 

The book’s final chapter theorises that Marilyn was murdered by rogue agents of the FBI and CIA who resented her supposed affair with Robert Kennedy (which didn’t happen). Norman Mailer later admitted that he embellished the book with speculations about Monroe’s sex life and death, all of which he did not himself believe. He openly admitted that he said all this to ensure the book’s commercial success.

In addition, Mailer did an interview with journalist Mike Wallace in July 1973. Wallace asked how he thought Marilyn died. “I’d say it was a 10-1 that Marilyn’s death was an accidental suicide,” Mailer replied. So why did he make up the RFK, CIA/FBI rumour? “I needed money very badly.”


Arthur Miller (Marilyn’s ex-husband) wrote that Mailer saw himself as Marilyn “in drag, acting out his own Hollywood fantasies of fame and sex unlimited and power.” Not exactly the review one would hope for.

JFK and his family, including Patricia Kennedy Lawford (a friend of Marilyn’s), were at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, about 3000 miles from Los Angeles. They were photographed. 

ST-C22-1-62 04 August 1962 President Kennedy and family, Hyannis Port. L-R: John F. Kennedy Jr., Mrs. Kennedy, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, President Kennedy. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.

On the 3rd August 1962, Robert Kennedy had flown from Washington to meet his wife Ethel, and children at his friend John Bates’s ranch in California (not far south from San Francisco). It was mentioned in the Los Angeles Times. The family had stayed there for the entire weekend before attending a convention of the American Bar Association on Monday 6th August.

There are photographs taken over the course of this weekend as well as multiple witness testimonies about how he didn’t leave the ranch the entire weekend. John Bates himself stated: “The attorney general and his family were with us every minute from the Friday afternoon until the Monday.”

Nancy Bates said that on the 4th August (the night Marilyn died) that “Dinner lasted until about ten-thirty and we were in our bedrooms not long after that.”

On Sunday 5th August, Bates and the Kennedys needed to leave early to get to Mass, in Gilroy (100 miles from Marilyn’s home), their attendance was reported in the paper the following day. After lunch, they drove to San Francisco where the family would stay during the convention.

An FBI file (77-51387-293) confirms this schedule of the attorney general and his family.

Robert Slatzer, the one who mentioned the Red Diary in a 1974 book, met Marilyn once in 1952 whilst she filmed Niagara. They had a couple of photos together and since her death, he has been a plague to all researchers’ lives. Why? 

He insisted he married Marilyn on 4th October 1952 in Mexico. Apparently, they had the wedding certificate burnt as the studio didn’t want them to get married. However, on the date that he states they travelled (3rd) Marilyn is photographed at the Photoplay Awards in Los Angeles. There is also a cheque made out to Jax in Beverly Hills on the 4th October 1952. 

He states they were very close until she died despite the fact there are no photos other than those in 1952 or letters.

From Donald Spoto’s book:

While filming scenes at Niagara Falls, [Monroe] was asked by a twenty-five-year-old visitor from Ohio named Robert Slatzer to pose with him for snapshots. For such impromptu photos and importuned autographs, no public figure was ever more generous and cooperative with admirers and strangers than Marilyn, nor was any more exploited before or since her death…

In 1972, with Marilyn conveniently unable to contradict him, Slatzer approached journalist Will Fowler with a short, incomplete article in which Slatzer speculated that Marilyn Monroe’s death was part of a political conspiracy… “Too bad you weren’t married to Monroe,” Fowler said, unimpressed with Slatzer’s proposal. “That would really make a great book.” Soon after, Slatzer contacted Fowler again, saying he had forgotten to mention that he had indeed been married to Marilyn. 

“Slatzer made a career of being a pretender,” according to Fowler, “selling gullible talk show producers who don’t do their research very well with the deception that he was married to Marilyn. He was never married to her. He met the star only once, in Niagara Falls… He never met Marilyn before or since.” 

Among the most persistent but injudicious of his assertions is his absurd claim that he spent the weekend of October 3 to 6, 1952, with Marilyn Monroe in Tijuana, Mexico, where they were married on October 4… Quite apart from the fact that Marilyn was in Los Angeles that entire weekend, Slatzer could never produce a written record of the union or its dissolution but the receipt from Spoto’s research proves she was in LA. Essentially, he cannot be trusted as a reliable source of information.

The red diary in which he alleges to have existed was meant to have contained many government secrets relating to the Kennedy’s. This is a falsehood that he made in 1974. He said Marilyn was going to reveal these secrets to the world if RFK ended their romance. According to Slatzer Marilyn also had recorded conversations with the president and attorney general. Only Slatzer knew about this. But according to him, therefore the Kennedys had Marilyn murdered. The only red book that matches this description was a collection of Arthur Miller’s works that he got made and dedicated to Marilyn. 

If you want to believe Sam Giancana’s memoir, he killed her just before midnight (please remember Marilyn couldn’t have died later than 10 pm) at the orders of the CIA. However, he cannot exactly be trusted. Firstly, he was the boss of the mafia. So, honesty isn’t top of the priority list. 

Secondly, he claims he is the reason Marilyn got famous. Except he clearly didn’t do a good job as she was paid lousy amounts in comparison to her co-stars, still had to work her butt off and was treated badly by her studio. 

Thirdly, there is absolutely no reason he would’ve done so. The CIA had no reason to have Marilyn murdered and neither did the Mafia. 

He didn’t know Marilyn. Yes, he knew Frank Sinatra and visited Cal-Neva Lodge. And yes, Marilyn also knew Frank and visited Cal-Neva Lodge. Does this mean they knew each other? No. It simply means they had a mutual acquaintance. 

There is no proof other than a few books that claim Marilyn and Giancana were present at Lake Tahoe at the same time (and that she was raped by the Mafia whilst intoxicated).

It should be remembered that when a book comes out decades later and claims things when there are no surviving witnesses but it’s an exciting story that will sell, it doesn’t mean it’s going to be true.  

The real question should be why would the Mafia wish to kill Marilyn? Why would the Kennedy’s have hired the Mafia? Especially when RFK had led some very tough battles against the mafia in the first place. In fact, JFK had to distance himself from Sinatra for his links to the Mafia… so why would they now risk everything and by employing them to kill a one-night stand?!

If the President of the USA and Attorney General wanted to keep something secret, it’s easier and safer to hire publicists and pay off journalists to squash rumours. Or just let them be, especially if they are featured in a gossip column. Because after all, that’s all it is, gossip.

From their meetings, Marilyn only met Bobby with others present and she had a one-night stand with JFK (which was a common occurrence for him). Marilyn was not special in any regard to the Kennedys other than having a few mutual friends. 

Marilyn didn’t have a diary of secrets (or a diary of any sort) that she was going to expose to the world. Because what would they have told her? 

To believe that such important political figures would share such information with someone they met no more than four occasions is ludicrous. 

However, JFK did have an affair with Judith Exner (aka Judith Campbell). She had evidence to prove she was with him for approximately 18-months after they met in 1960 thanks to Frank Sinatra introducing them both at one of his shows. 

On the 7th March 1960, the night before the New Hampshire primary, Kennedy and Exner made love for the first time in New York City, according to her account. The affair continued into his presidency. Judith also was introduced to Sam Giancana through Frank. She says she became a messenger between JFK and Giancana to help him be elected as president. If anyone was to be “bumped off” for knowing “too much” it would’ve been Judith.

You can read my full article here but putting it simply:

Robert Kennedy wasn’t in Los Angeles at the time of Marilyn’s death, as recorded by the FBI, numerous journalists and witnesses who saw him that weekend.

Peter Lawford who “witnessed” these events was at home and had planned a dinner party that evening. There were multiple calls made to Marilyn as well as statements from witnesses asserting that Lawford had been at home all night.

Marilyn took the medications she had been prescribed. She died due to taking too many of them in a short period. The autopsy reports do not show any reason to doubt what killed her. Drinking poison is not one of those reasons. 

The sources of information of Marilyn being murdered are unreliable, untrustworthy sources. This also includes Eunice Murray who changed her story several times.

These people have released brand new “information” years after Marilyn’s death. There is no one to contradict their stories. And because rumour and speculation sell so well, more and more fictitious tales have made headlines.

  • Injection? 

    There were no visible puncture marks that can confirm this. Puncture marks take up to 24 hours to heal. And it would’ve had to have been a very fine needle. Many people claim this is the cause of death due to the lack of residue in her stomach. However, this can be explained due to the fact she hadn’t eaten anything that day so the pills would’ve absorbed quickly. 
  • Enema?

    Her autopsy report shows there was faecal matter present, therefore she wasn’t given an enema. Despite Donald Spoto being one of the better biographers and his book being a wonderful source of information, his theory on the lethal enema administered by Mrs. Murray and Dr. Greenson doesn’t fit with the science. 
  • Poison? 

    Based on her toxicology report, no. Her blood and liver were consistent with an overdose of two of the barbiturates she was prescribed. To drink the amount to reach the levels that were in her blood, it would’ve had to have been intentional. There was no evidence presented that showed that had consumed poison. 

27/50 capsules of Librium 5mg

17/50 capsules of Librium 10mg

26/36 tablets Sulfathalidine 10mg

0/25 of Nembutal 1.5g

10/50 Chloral Hydrate 0.5g

0/50 Noludar 

32 tablets without label

24/25 Phenergan 25mg 

Due to the fact there was faecal matter present, no. Also, decolourisation is very common with overdoses.

No, Marilyn didn’t own a washer or a dryer. 

None of this is mentioned in the police report. The story comes from Jack Clemmons (police officer who turned out to be a dirty cop) in Goddess by Anthony Summers, a book full of falsehoods. Clemmons and two other officers were there for a maximum of twenty minutes.

The layout of Marilyn’s home was also somewhat different to what Clemmons claims discovered by author Gary Vitacco-Robles. Receipts show that Marilyn’s items were always sent out to be cleaned and therefore had no requirement for a washer/dryer at home.

There has never been any bugging equipment found at the apartment on Doheny Drive. When Veronica Hamel claimed that 5th Helena Drive was wired there was a slight hitch…There’s no proof that she ever owned the place, let alone paid $100,000 getting bugs removed. However, the Nunez family who bought the property in 1963 and owned it until 1980 never made these claims, despite Hamel’s 1972 claims.

Her funeral, held at the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery on August 8th, was private and attended by only her closest associates. The service was arranged by Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn’s half-sister Berniece Baker Miracle and Mariyln’s business manager Inez Melson. Inez confirmed it was Marilyn’s wish to not have a memorial service with mobs of people. She said, “Joe selected the casket and I selected the guest list.”

Hundreds of spectators crowded the streets around the cemetery with security protecting the privacy of the cemetery. Marilyn is entombed at Crypt No. 24 at the Corridor of Memories.

Marilyn was dressed in her mint green Pucci dress which she had worn at a press conference in Mexico. In her hands was a bouquet of small pink roses.  

Marilyn had asked her long-time friend and make-up artist, Allan ‘Whitey’ Snyder to do her makeup should she die before he died. He said, “Sure, drop off the body while it’s still warm and I’ll do it.”

She gifted him a Tiffany money clip engraved, “Whitey Dear, While I’m still warm, Marilyn.”

He kept his word. The eulogy was delivered by Lee Strasberg. You can listen to it here.

The music played was Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony and a recording of Judy Garland singing Over the Rainbow.

Joe kissed Marilyn’s forehead, telling her “I love you, I love you, I love you.”

Those invited were:

  • Berniece Miracle (Half-Sister)
  • Joe DiMaggio & Joe DiMaggio Jnr. (Ex-Husband & Son)
  • Lee and Paula Strasberg (Acting Coaches)
  • Dr Ralph Greenson and Family (Psychiatrist)
  • Allan Snyder (Make-up Artist and Close Friend)
  • Inez and Pat Melson (Inez was Marilyn’s Business Manager)
  • Sydney Guilaroff (Hairdresser and Friend)
  • Agnes Flanagan (Hairdresser)
  • Anne and Mary Karger (Longtime Friends)
  • George Solotaire (Friend of DiMaggio & Marilyn)
  • Pat Newcomb (Marilyn’s Publicist)
  • Eunice Murray (Marilyn’s Housekeeper)
  • Rudy Kautzky (Marilyn’s Chauffeur)
  • Florence Thomas (Marilyn’s Chambermaid)
  • Enid & Sam Knebelkamp (One of Marilyn’s Foster Parents)
  • Aaron Frosch (Marilyn’s Lawyer)
  • Milton Rudin (Marilyn’s Lawyer)
  • May Reis (Marilyn’s Secretary)
  • Ralph Roberts (Marilyn’s Masseuse)
  • Erwin and Anne Goddard (Grace Goddard’s Family)

Multiple accounts show that Marilyn had people come to the house such as Lawrence Schiller, and Agnes Flanagan and that she went to the beach near Peter Lawford’s home. However, Schiller’s claims have changed over the years. He also later claimed that Marilyn had Bobby Kennedy at the house. Which is false. The Agnes Flanagan account came from a third party so cannot be confirmed.

It can be confirmed she saw the following people:

  • Eunice Murray
  • Pat Newcomb
  • Ralph Greenson
  • Norman Jeffries

Again, accounts vary. Some people trying to get their 5 minutes, some which may have got days mixed up. Some may be correct. The phone records I have been shown have the numbers blocked out so it’s hard to really tell. Therefore it’s easiest to just go by the accounts taken around the time of her death.

I personally feel the ones she spoke to are Norman Rosten and his wife Hedda however this is likely to be on the 3rd August as it’s believed they had a 32 minute call. The records show a 32 minute call on the 3rd August.

Ralph Roberts was said to have called twice that day to plan a BBQ which is also likely as that’s not exactly a juicy story.

Joe Jr. also had no reason to make up the stories of his calls, he also was able to account what was on TV at the time.

Peter Lawford may have spoken to Marilyn at least once.

Marlon Brando also claims that he spoke to Marilyn in the morning of the 4th to talk about her LIFE article from the day before. He, again, may have got the dates wrong.

According to a Los Angeles prosecutor, John Miner, Ralph Greenson apparently played some tapes of his and Marilyn’s sessions for him while he was investigating her death in 1962. However, these tapes have never been found, and Greenson’s archive at UCLA is not available to the public. John Miner transcribed the tapes… from memory, decades later.

In this transcript, Marilyn talks about orgasms and enemas. The accuracy of this transcript is highly doubted. Marilyn’s voice and tone within this are very different to other published interviews, or even the notes she had written. Therefore, it is believed these tapes probably don’t exist.

The documentary, Marilyn’s Last Sessions, actually uses interviews between Marilyn and Georges Belmont for Marie Claire in 1960 and are sold to the audience as being private tapes with her psychoanalyst. But they are not.

Many theories include whether Dr Ralph Greenson and/or Eunice Murray killed Marilyn either by accident or murder.

Although I am a big fan of Donald Spoto’s work, I don’t believe his theory on this. I used to though. Until reading up on some documents and interviews with coroners.

The main theory is that Greenson and Murray administered an enema. However, due to the faecal matter present at the autopsy, this is impossible. Discolourisation is common in death in general so this is not a factor. Marilyn DID have enemas for dietary and medical purposes in the past but not on this date.

So, did they kill her any other way?

Science, (as mentioned in previous answers) show that is highly unlikely that she was killed by any other means and that it is incredibly possible she died via oral overdose.

Why would they want to kill Marilyn (always a question you need to ask)? People say it’s because Marilyn was going to sack them. Now, why would you kill someone that was going to stop using your services? Surely that would end your services when they were dead.

Although Murray’s story kept changing and Greenson was a manipulator, it’s unlikely they would’ve killed her. as there is no evidence to support this.

Eunice’s story did change on several occasions.

Interviews with Eunice have many changes to her story, dependent on whatever death theory is popular at the time. She may have enjoyed the attention she was receiving and the publicity. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything is being covered up. It just means she is an unreliable witness and source of information.

John Miner was an attorney who investigated Marilyn’s death. He claims Ralph Greenson played him his and Marilyn’s private tapes. Decades later, he wrote a transcript from memory. The transcript doesn’t fit with how Marilyn spoke, at all. This has been discredited as nonsense by Marilyn researchers.

He believes Marilyn died from suppository/enema due to the discolouration of her colon. It has also been reported that he believed it was an injection. However, the discolourisation occurs in death anyway so doesn’t prove this as the cause. He was not a medical examiner. Many ME’s do not believe in the enema or suppository theory.

He claims he was present at the autopsy, however, the coroner Dr Thomas Noguchi does not recall John Miner being present at the autopsy.

Again, he is not deemed a reliable source.

MARILYN MONROE WAS MURDERED BY:

John F Kennedy

This is false because: JFK and his family, including Patricia Kennedy Lawford (a friend of Marilyn’s), were at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port, about 3000 miles from Los Angeles. Here is a photograph of them that day.

ST-C22-1-62 04 August 1962 President Kennedy and family, Hyannis Port. L-R: John F. Kennedy Jr., Mrs. Kennedy, Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, President Kennedy. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton.

Robert Kennedy

This is false because: On the 3rd of August 1962, Robert Kennedy had flown from Washington to meet his wife Ethel, and children at his friend John Bates’s ranch in California (not far south from San Francisco). It was mentioned in the Los Angeles Times. The family had stayed there for the entire weekend before attending a convention of the American Bar Association on Monday 6th August.

There are photographs taken over the course of this weekend as well as multiple witness testimonies about how he didn’t leave the ranch the entire weekend. John Bates himself stated: “The attorney general and his family were with us every minute from the Friday afternoon until the Monday.”

Nancy Bates said that on the 4th of August (the night Marilyn died) that “Dinner lasted until about ten-thirty and we were in our bedrooms not long after that.”

On Sunday 5th August, Bates and the Kennedys needed to leave early to get to Mass, in Gilroy (100 miles from Marilyn’s home), their attendance was reported in the paper the following day. After lunch, they drove to San Francisco where the family would stay during the convention.

An FBI file (77-51387-293) confirms this schedule of the attorney general and his family.

Peter Lawford

This is false because: Peter Lawford had a dinner party that evening. His wife, Pat, was in Hyannis Port with JFK and his family. Pat came back for Marilyn’s funeral a few days later. He had telephoned Marilyn (as well as others) and requested her to attend. Joseph Naar and his wife Dolores were guests (who attended from 8-10 pm) as well as George Durgam who witnessed his attempts to call Marilyn.

The Mafia/CIA

This is false because Sam Giancana’s memoir claimed he killed her just before midnight however due to rigour mortis, Marilyn couldn’t have died after 10 pm. The reason, he claims, was because of the orders of the CIA. Although, the head of the mafia is never going to be classed as a truthful source.

He also claims he was the reason Marilyn got famous. Except he clearly didn’t do a good job as she was paid lousy amounts in comparison to her co-stars, still had to work incredibly hard and was treated badly by her studio. Marilyn

Thirdly, the CIA had no reason to have Marilyn murdered and neither did the Mafia. There was no real connection.

He didn’t know Marilyn. Yes, he knew Frank Sinatra and visited Cal-Neva Lodge. Marilyn also knew Frank and visited Cal-Neva Lodge, as with others. It simply means they had a mutual acquaintance. 

Her Housekeeper (Eunice Murray) and/or Her Doctor (Ralph Greenson)

This is false because: It’s believed Marilyn was killed (intentionally or accidentally) by Ralph Greenson and/or Eunice Murray. This theory is perceived by Donald Spoto. Although I enjoy his biography on Marilyn, this theory has a few major flaws which I will delve into shortly…


CAUSE OF DEATH BY:

Poison (oral)

This is false because: Based on her toxicology report her blood and liver were consistent with an overdose of two of the drugs she was prescribed. To drink the amount to reach the levels that were in her blood, it would’ve had to have been intentional. To have this put upon oneself (as is implied by some), there would’ve been signs of force and a struggle.

Poison (Injection)

This is false because: There were no visible puncture marks. Dr Thomas Noguchi examined Marilyn’s bodily thoroughly to find a needle mark. In addition, puncture marks take up to 24 hours to heal. It would’ve had to have been a very fine needle to leave no mark.

Enema

This is false because: Her autopsy report shows there was faecal matter present, therefore she wasn’t given an enema. Despite Donald Spoto being one of the better biographers and his book being a wonderful source of information, his theory on the lethal enema administered by Mrs Murray and Dr Greenson doesn’t fit with the facts.

Suffocation

This is false because: There were no signs of suffocation when her body was examined for autopsy. You’d have to be unconscious to not fight suffocation.


BECAUSE:

Her affair with JFK/RFK would ruin their public image

This is false because: It was public knowledge that JFK had several affairs. Marilyn is literally a needle in a haystack when it comes to the women JFK had relations with.

For example, Gunilla von Post had an affair with JFK whilst he was a senator and wrote to him and tried to end his marriage. She asked him to leave Jackie before having any children with her. She was not murdered.

Marlene Dietrich, another actress he had apparently had slept with (you may have heard of her) wasn’t murdered either.

It’s also rumoured that he had slept with Pamela Turnure, his wife’s press secretary. She was not murdered.

Marilyn’s relationship with John Kennedy is limited to a few public events and one private meeting at Bing Crosby’s house where it’s likely they slept together the one time. There was no passionate affair. Marilyn discussed the event with a few close friends and none of them felt she seemed smitten by him or that she wanted anything more than the one night they had together.

Robert is and was famously known as a family man, dedicated to his wife Ethel. He had only met Marilyn on a few occasions, all of which were at public events and parties. Jean Kennedy joked to Marilyn when there were reports of Marilyn and him being together, “Understand that you and Bobby are the new item! We all think you should come with him when he comes back East!’”

To many, this was an admission to the affair. However, it was sarcasm.

Moreover, it would’ve destroyed the hard work Marilyn put into her career and her reputation too for her to want to try and “takedown” the Kennedys.

The CIA wanted her dead

Why?

“Because of an affair with the Kennedys!”

See above…

I doubt the CIA really cared about who they slept with. The FBI, more specifically J. Edgar Hoover, however, was interested in destroying the reputation of everyone… Including the Kennedys. So there were always speculations and reports drawn up. Hoover even had a file on James Stewart saying he was gay because he lived with Henry Fonda. Not true.

None of these reports warranted any real concern as Hoover was well known for his paranoia and creating falsities.

She “knew too much”

This is one of the most common answers I receive when I ask someone why they think Marilyn was murdered by the Kennedys/CIA/FBI/Mafia. Apparently, Marilyn had been told a large number of government secrets and was going to expose them.

This is false because: There is no evidence of Marilyn knowing or receiving information regarding any government information. Marilyn was rarely ever left alone with any government officials other than her one night stand with JFK in which I don’t think he used government secrets to woo her. Marilyn also had a few confidantes whom she told practically everything. None of those people ever came forward to say this was the reason for her death.

She was going to fire Murray/Greenson and didn’t need them anymore

It is likely Marilyn was going to begin removing certain people in her life. Murdering your patient/employer wouldn’t necessarily help your cause if you wanted to remain employed.


EVIDENCE:

The bedsheets were being cleaned

This is false because: Marilyn didn’t own a washer or a dryer. There are receipts and logs of every item in Marilyn’s home. No washer or dryer.

None of this is mentioned in the police report. The story comes from Jack Clemmons (a police officer who had been fired for slandering a US Senator with Frank Cappell) in Goddess by Anthony Summers, a book full of falsehoods. Summers is also the narrator of the Netflix documentary The Unheard Tapes. Clemmons and two other officers were present in Marilyn’s home for a maximum of 20-30 minutes. He wasn’t the investigating officer nor was he head of her case.

The layout of Marilyn’s home was also somewhat different to what Clemmons claims, discovered by author Gary Vitacco-Robles. In addition, receipts show that Marilyn’s items were always sent out to be cleaned and therefore she had no requirement for a washer/dryer at home.

Marilyn was found on her bed, with sheets. For soiled sheets to be cleaned her body would’ve been moved and new bedsheets added. Her body did not show signs of movement.

Her neck was swollen

This is false because: Her autopsy report states her neck showed no signs of trauma. The autopsy attendant is the one who claimed Marilyn’s neck needed to be cut to reduce the swelling. However, this was never noted on her autopsy report, conducted by Noguchi, and therefore shouldn’t be considered as evidence. When looking at reports we should rely on the facts given by the Doctor undertaking the examinations at the time.

There were no pills/residue in her stomach

Correct.

Medical examiners and researchers have stated that due to Marilyn not having eaten, the digestion of the pills would’ve happened quickly, leaving little residue. Moreover, as it is more than likely she passed out and was still alive, the digestion of the pills would’ve continued. The question is normally raised because there should’ve been SOME residue. However, when Marilyn’s body was examined some specimens were destroyed. This was common in 1962 and was not deemed suspicious. Should the intestines have been examined fully it is likely there would’ve been traces.

Marilyn’s pill addiction would have caused her body to “dump” the Nembutal. Noguchi may have found more evidence of the drugs further down her intestine, but he only examined the first foot (as was protocol at the time).

If she had vomited (which would explain the lack of residue) there still would’ve been traces of the pills in her stomach and the liver levels would’ve been lower than what they were. There was no vomit found on her bed.

Evidence went missing

After organs were examined and the cause of death was established, the organs were then destroyed. A common practice for 1962.

The red diary

This is false because: Marilyn did not own a red diary and the first person to mention this has been proven to be incredibly unreliable.

In 1972, with Marilyn conveniently unable to contradict him, a man called Robert Slatzer approached journalist Will Fowler with a short, incomplete article in which Slatzer speculated that Marilyn Monroe’s death was part of a political conspiracy… “Too bad you weren’t married to Monroe,” Fowler said, unimpressed with Slatzer’s proposal. “That would really make a great book.” Soon after, Slatzer contacted Fowler again, saying he had forgotten to mention that he had indeed been married to Marilyn

“Slatzer made a career of being a pretender,” according to Fowler, “selling gullible talk show producers who don’t do their research very well with the deception that he was married to Marilyn. He was never married to her. He met the star only once, in Niagara Falls… He never met Marilyn before or since.” 

Among the most persistent but injudicious of his assertions is his absurd claim that he spent the weekend of October 3 to 6, 1952, with Marilyn Monroe in Tijuana, Mexico, where they were married on October 4… Quite apart from the fact that Marilyn was in Los Angeles that entire weekend, Slatzer could never produce a written record of the union or its dissolution but the receipt from Spoto’s research proves she was in LA. Essentially, he cannot be trusted as a reliable source of information.

The red diary in which he alleges to have existed was meant to have contained many government secrets relating to the Kennedys. This is ANOTHER falsehood that he made in 1974. He said Marilyn was going to reveal these secrets to the world if RFK ended their romance. According to Slatzer Marilyn also had recorded conversations with the president and attorney general. Only Slatzer knew about this. But according to him, therefore the Kennedys had Marilyn murdered. The only red book that matches this description was a collection of Arthur Miller’s works that he got made and dedicated to Marilyn. 

Police officers who worked on the case said so

Many of the police officers who worked on the case ended up fired later on – aka Jack Clemmons. The detective who wrote The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe turns out to know very little about Marilyn, her life and death. You can read April Vevea’s fact check and review here. Most of the evidence from the book comes from other authors with no fresh evidence.

They called the police very late to the scene so they clearly wanted to cover up the crime

It’s not uncommon for publicity and press agents as well as the legal team of a celebrity to be informed of their client’s death before the authorities.

She had telephoned Jackie Kennedy saying she was going to come clean about the affair

Again any telephone calls to the White House are likely to be to Bobby Kennedy whom she was in discussions about civil rights. It may have been more than that, it may have not. Either way, Jackie Kennedy never had any ill will toward Marilyn and had even defended her when she saw After The Fall (a play based on Arthur Miller and Marilyn’s marriage). Jackie was said to have also been very aware of JFK’s infidelities.

Eunice Murray admitted in a BBC interview that Bobby had been there

This 1985 interview has never been seen… therefore is likely to not exist.

Her house had been bugged

The story of the bugs comes from Fred Otash, again in the book Goddess. Apparently, he bugged her apartment on Doheny Drive and her home at 5th Helena.

This is false because: There has never been any bugging equipment found at the apartment on Doheny Drive. When Veronica Hamel claimed that 5th Helena Drive was wired there was a slight hitch…There’s no proof that she ever owned the place, let alone paid $100,000 getting bugs removed. However, the Nunez family who bought the property in 1963 and owned it until 1980 never made these claims, despite Hamel’s 1972 claims.

There was a helicopter that belonged to the Kennedys

Another tale from Robert Slatzer.

There was no glass for her to take the pills

This is false because: There was a glass next to Marilyn’s bed. There was also a used glass on her kitchen worktop. Many people claim that the bedroom glass was placed there by the police in an effort to cover up a murder. Some say because her water was turned off she didn’t drink any water with the pills. However, there is a photo of the water tank in her kitchen for drinking. Marilyn also had juice in her fridge and so there’s no real reason why this should be used to back up the murder theory.

WHERE THESE STORIES CAME FROM

  • Donald Wolfe – Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies
  • Anthony Summers – Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies
  • Norman Mailer– Biographer using the below “sources” as evidence for the conspiracies and openly admitted he speculated most of his book because he “needed the money.”
  • Robert Slatzer – Claimed to be married to Marilyn with no documentation and used the marriage in order to sell his story. Known for creating many of these rumours.
  • James Hall – Ambulance paramedic who was paid $40,000 to tell his story to a newspaper which can easily be debunked with science. 
  • Jack Clemmons – A “dirty cop”. The first officer on the scene was dismissed by the force. 
  • Jeanne Carmen – A supposed confidante. No evidence shows Marilyn even knew her, let alone saw her as a close friend. 
  • Frank Cappell – In 1964, Frank Cappell wrote a 70 pages booklet named The Strange Death of Marilyn Monroe. It was this document that implied Robert Kennedy was involved in Marilyn’s death for the first time. He was anti-Kennedy.
  • Lionel Grandison – Coroner’s clerk whose character was discredited after a forgery charge. He claims he was forced to sign Marilyn’s death certificate under the duress of Theodore Curphey which is denied by the retired coroner. He also claims to have seen “The Red Diary despite” clerks having no access to evidence.

WHY WOULD PEOPLE MAKE THIS UP?

Money, fame, recognition, attention.

If you’ve ever watched 12 Angry Men, there is a section of the film where they are wondering why a witness would lie in court. It takes some convincing but the jury realises that the witness probably enjoys feeling the spotlight and getting attention.

If all of those people who released the stories about Marilyn’s death were all telling the truth then Marilyn was murdered by a number of people, for multiple reasons in several ways. Whereas the simplest and most logical explanation is backed up with more evidence than any of the theories above.

FACTS AND LOGICAL REASONING

Marilyn overdosed in the past. Whether it was accidental or intentional, I cannot say. But when it comes to barbiturates, your memory can be fogged and it can be hard to keep track of the medication you had already taken.

In addition, it is also possible for someone who feels that their dosage isn’t working to take more without considering the consequences. Marilyn had been incredibly tired the day she died and may have felt a couple more pills would actually help her sleep. Unfortunately, it was lethal and caused her to pass out before she ultimately died.

Medical science wasn’t as thorough as it is now. But many of the things people tend to question about Marilyn’s autopsy tend to be so they can back up their cover-up theory. The coroner may not have reported some things because:

1. It wasn’t common practice to do so.

2. It was irrelevant because it was so obvious Marilyn died from an overdose.

The cause of death was “probable suicide”. Many want to say this is suspicious. When really all it means is “Marilyn may have committed suicide.” The reality is her death is more than likely due to “accidental overdose.”