Conspiracy Theory Thursday — The Marilyn Monroe Death Cover Up

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Marilyn Monroe died on August 5 1962 and over fifty years after her death, she remains one of the most famous blondes in the world—instantly recognizable as a beautiful, yet tragic icon.

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Her death has been shrouded in mystery since the news of her 'overdose' broke and there has been endless speculation around her complicated love life and how that may have led to her early demise.

The Theory

The coroner's report states that 36 year old Monroe had taken too many barbiturates, resulting in her death.  The official story is that Marilyn's housekeeper Eunice Murray woke at 3.30 am to see Marilyn's light on and the door locked.  Concerned, she called Monroe's psychiatrist, Dr Greenson who arrived shortly after.  He went to the bedroom window and saw Marilyn lifeless on the bed.  He broke the window and entered to find her dead, face down, still holding the phone.

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It is well known now that Monroe had been involved in an affair with the President, John Kennedy that had got messy. JFK had tried to distance himself from the screen siren who believed he would leave his wife Jackie and marry her, Monroe had become unstable, clingy and therefore dangerous.  Attorney General and brother of the President, Robert Kennedy had been sent to LA to convince Marilyn to stop calling the White House—however he couldn't resist her charms and began his own affair with the troubled actress.

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The coroner also noted; " Miss Monroe has suffered from psychiatric disturbance for a long time.  One more than one occasion...when disappointed or depressed, she has made a suicide attempt.  On these occasions, she has been rescued.  It is our opinion that the same pattern was repeated except for the rescue."

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There are just too many contradictory facts however, to believe the official line that Marilyn died by her own hand—either deliberately or overdosing by accident.  Many theories as to the culprit of her murder have been bandied about;  Dr Greenson, Robert Kennedy, the Mafia, the CIA....whoever was responsible one thing is for sure: Marilyn did not kill herself.

The "Proof"

  • There were no traces of pills found in Marilyn's stomach during the autopsy or the highly colored coating of the tablets she was claimed to have swallowed.
  • Police found no drinking vessel in the room nor any water or alcohol—how would she have swallowed enough tablets to kill her with nothing to wash them down?
  • In later interviews, Eunice Murray said she discovered the body 'about midnight' and that contrary to her police statement, the door was not locked.  This means that the story from Dr Greenson about breaking the bedroom window to get in was a lie.
  • Both Kennedy brothers had relationships with Marilyn and may have gone too far in their pillow talk, revealing political secrets to her.
  • When she was rejected first by Jack, then Bobby, she threatened to go public and reveal not only the affairs but the secrets she knew.
  • There is evidence that Bobby Kennedy was in Los Angeles the weekend she died (contrary to his alibi).  This has also been confirmed by Peter Lawford's mother.
  • Mafia wiretapper Bernard Spindel confessed to having bugged Marilyn's house, and says that Bobby visited Marilyn on the night she died, along with Peter Lawford, and that they had a huge argument which he recorded.  Bobby was trying to break off his own affair with her, demanding no more calls or letters. The tapes of that night were seized by the DA in 1966 and 'routinely destroyed'.
  • Eunice Murray also confirmed decades later that Robert Kennedy had visited Marilyn the day of her death and that they had a fight.  She claimed in an interview "It got so sticky that the protectors of Robert Kennedy stepped in".
  • Marilyn's publicist, Arthur Jacobs, was told of her overdose as early as 10.30 pm and Peter Lawford (Marilyn's Hollywood friend and brother in law of President and Robert Kennedy) knew she was dead by 1 am, according to Jacobs' wife.
  • Police weren't notified until 4.30 am, leaving several hours unaccounted for.
  • A 1982 investigation by the LA District Attorney revealed a statement by Walt Schaefer, head of Schaefer Ambulance that an ambulance was called while Marilyn was still alive.  He said; "[The ambulance] took her to Santa Monica Hospital.  She passed away at the hospital."  Her body was then returned home.
  • It is claimed that an enema of broken down pills of Nembutal and chloral hydrates (both sleeping pills) was administered to Marilyn in her bedroom room with a final lethal injection being given in the ambulance.
  • Marilyn's body was left, face down, meaning that after death when the blood in the body goes to the lowest point by gravity, it would render the injection mark in the crease of her breast invisible.
  • There was no vomit when she was found and no smell of drugs, as would have been usual with an overdose.
  • Schaefer Ambulance attendant James Edwin Hall confirmed he was on the scene around midnight and that at that time she was just still alive.
  • Hall and a colleague fought to save her life and transferred her to the ambulance. Greenson stepped in and rode with them in the ambulance claiming her was her Doctor.  He ten administered the injection of undiluted pentobarbital into her heart whilst in the ambulance.
  • There are allegations that Marilyn was also having an affair with her shrink, Greenson.  Terrified of this being made public (which would have ruined his career and landed him in jail), it has been suggested that Bobby had discovered this affair (due to the surveillance she was under by the FBI) and pretty much blackmailed Dr Greenson into administering the lethal injection.
  • The first police officer to arrive on the scene, Jack Clemmons, believed Marilyn's bedroom had been staged.  The house was tidy, the bed linen was fresh and Murray was doing laundry.
  • There is a verified CIA memorandum asserting that Marilyn intended to go public with sensitive information learned from the Kennedy brothers.
  • Dr Greenson was taped stating that he could not tell the whole story and that those with questions about Marilyn's death should "talk to Bobby Kennedy".  His tape of Marilyn's final two hour threapy session is kept under seal by his family at UCLA.
  • Marilyn's little red book where she recorded notes of conversations and liaisons with, amongst others, the Kennedy brothers was missing from her room and never recovered.

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