I watched yet another “investigation” into the death of sex icon Marilyn Monroe. This poor woman will never rest in peace as each new book author rakes in the cash with the offer of each new conspiracy theory. This time it was Peter Van Sant and the CBS show, 48 Hours. Much of Van Sant’s help came from a book author whose book is suddenly in demand because of the news magazine’s “new” story.
1962 was a different world when it came to physicians routinely prescribing medications to stay awake, lose weight, or get a night’s sleep. Addiction and dependence was understood even less than it is today.
Monroe was a beautiful and talented lady who was plagued by a bizarre childhood, and entertainment career. Monroe was deprived the luxury of any sense of a life that most people would describe as normal.
Like all of us, Monroe needed to belong and found some solace among Communists. The lure was the romance of clandestine meetings with these people who were out to change the world. The FBI classified Monroe as a security threat after Jack & Bobby Kennedy became enamored with her. FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover kept a sharp eye on Monroe and actor Peter Lawford.
Monroe’s life took a bad turn as she skipped work on a film to sneak off to sing Happy Birthday to Jack Kennedy. Monroe was becoming a somewhat of an indiscrete pest in the lives of these “happily” married brothers. I really can’t blame the Kennedy boys for wanting to take a few spins with what some still claim was the sexiest woman on Earth. But in August of 1962 enough was enough for the Kennedy wives. The Kennedy/Monroe chapter was over.
I would suggest that the night she died Monroe felt reduced to a sex object with little other value. I believe Monroe over-medicated herself in an attempt to get on with her unfulfilled life. She may well have been depressed, but I would think far short of suicidal.
Was there a cover up? Why did phone records and police records disappear? That opens a Pandora’s box of conspiracy theories to be offered by an army of Hollywood cash-hungry, nut-jobs.
What happened that night? Crimefile offers an asswer and insight into the reality of 1962. This so you can all save your money from being wasted on yet another conspiracy book.
The FBI had an open file on Monroe under the umbrella of NATIONAL SECURITY. Evidence seems to suggest that Bobby Kennedy was with Monroe on the day she died. The effort by Kennedy must have been to end the embarrassment and tabloid fallout with some kind words and a goodby.
Monroe was upset, distressed and suffered an accidental overdose. The FBI was monitoring Monroe’s home and telephones because of their open investigation. Eunice Murray who was Monroe’s housekeeper was contacted and muzzled by the FBI. I'm sure Murray understood that silence was the right answer. The death scene was examined, and Hoover’s agents acting in NATIONAL SECURITY interests dutifully purloined all of the Kennedy ties evidence including any diaries.
Back in 1962 the words NATIONAL SECURITY meant something. Today that just not the case. Cover-up? Sure. Murder? Unlikely.
Marilyn Monroe would be 80 years old if she were alive today. Let’s enjoy what she left for us in films and those pin-up photos, but please, let Norma Jean rest in peace.