3rd Update: Who, or What, Killed Marilyn Monroe? Aug 5, 2014 15:16:37 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Aug 5, 2014 15:16:37 GMT -5
Marilyn Monroe Death Conspiracy Theories: Who or What Killed Marilyn?
Fifty-two years after her death on August 5, 1962, Marilyn Monroe is still arguably the world’s most famous blonde. In death, she is every bit as fascinating as she was in life. And the mystery surrounding her final hours has led to endless speculation – was it suicide, a cover-up or murder?
Suicide. The coroner’s finding was probable suicide by barbiturates (depressants). The report read: “Miss Monroe has suffered from psychiatric disturbance for a long time. On more than one occasion … when disappointed or depressed, she has made a suicide attempt. On these occasions, she had been rescued. It is our opinion the same pattern was repeated [on August 4] except for the rescue.” Marilyn had indeed overdosed many times before and was reportedly very disturbed in the weeks before her death.
Coverup. Others argue that had Marilyn overdosed on pills, traces would have been found in the stomach during the autopsy (they weren’t). Also, police did not find a glass or cup in her bedroom, so how did she swallow the capsules. Instead, many believe the fatal dose was administered via enema, suggesting someone else was involved. Add to this inconsistencies in witness statements, evidence destroyed and lost hours ....
The official story goes that Marilyn’s housekeeper Eunice Murray awakened at 3.30 a.m. and saw Marilyn’s light on and discovered the door was locked. She called psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson. He arrived shortly thereafter, went to the bedroom window and saw Marilyn lying on the bed. He broke the window and entered to find her dead, face down, still holding the telephone. But, in later interviews, Mrs. Murray said she discovered the body “about midnight,” before hurriedly back-tracking. Marilyn’s publicist, Arthur Jacobs, was, according to his wife, told of her overdose as early as 10.30 p.m. and Peter Lawford knew she was dead by 1 o’clock. The police weren’t notified until 4.30 a.m. So what happened in those lost hours?
An investigation in 1982 by the Los Angeles District Attorney revealed an ambulance was called to the house while Marilyn was still alive. Walt Schaefer, head of Schaefer Ambulance, told interviewers the ambulance “took her to Santa Monica Hospital. She passed away at the hospital.” Her body was later returned home. The first police officer to arrive, Jack Clemmons, believed the death scene was staged. The room was tidy, the linen fresh and Mrs. Murray was doing laundry. Something was amiss, but what?
Murder. Implicated in theories of foul play are Robert F. “Bobby” Kennedy, Peter Lawford, the Mafia and Dr Greenson. It is claimed both Kennedy brothers had relationships with Marilyn and may have discussed political secrets with her. When she was allegedly rejected by first Jack, then Bobby, she threatened to go public with the affairs and more. With evidence Bobby was in California that weekend, did he order, or have a hand in, her death? Was the delay in calling the police to allow Bobby time to get away and for others to clear the room?
Wiretapper Bernard Spindel had bugged Marilyn’s house, possibly for Jimmy Hoffa or Mafia boss, Sam Giancana, and later sensationally claimed to have listened to an argument between Bobby and Marilyn that night, with Lawford present, during which there was a loud bang, alleged to be the moment she died. The tapes were seized by the district attorney in 1966 and “routinely destroyed.”
Others say the Mafia carried out the killing, either to frame the Kennedys or prevent Marilyn’s exposing their own secrets. They may even have been acting on behalf of Bobby Kennedy. More salacious are claims Dr. Greenson was having an affair with his patient and, terrified of being unmasked, administered a lethal injection at the behest of Bobby Kennedy. Ambulance attendant, John Hall, once said he witnessed the injection to her heart.
The truth? The murder theories seem fanciful at best, given credence only because of a seriously bungled investigation. The likeliest explanation is an overdose, with the Kennedys and others taking the opportunity to destroy any damaging evidence in its wake.
Marilyn once said to friend Whitney Snyder, “If anything happens to me, promise me you’ll make me up.” She would get her wish, starting with what happened on that final, fateful night.
Source: Metro, August 5, 2014.