THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MARILYN MONROE

4 Jul, 2022

I would like to wish a Very Happy Independence Day to the great people of the United States of America, a country whose great constitution is being subverted from within. I hope and pray that the people of the US are able to win back what has been lost in the past six decades.

A shorter version of this article, with the same title, appeared in the Daily Pakistan on July 1, 2022. The web reference is as follows:
https://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/01-Jul-2022/the-mysterious-death-of-marilyn-monroe

Marilyn Monroe, the Hollywood goddess, the supreme sex symbol ever to adorn the screen, was found dead on the night between August 4 and 5,1962, at her residence in Brentwood, California. She was aged 36 at the time of her death. Marilyn Monroe was the most famous woman of her time. Sixty years after her death, her photographs are still sold as posters and adorn the pages of many a magazine and newspapers. Word was quickly put out that Marilyn had committed suicide. But there were too many unanswered questions about her death. These questions have been pursued by researchers and we now know that she was murdered. A couple of decades after her death, Marilyn’s housekeeper, who was present at the residence all day on the day of her death, broke her silence, to confirm the suspicions of foul play in the death of the Hollywood icon. In doing so she changed the false story she had been narrating previously.

Marilyn Monroe’s real name was Norma Jeane Mortensen. She was born out of wedlock on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of a hospital in Los Angeles.  Her grandmother was insane and, some years later, her mother too began spending time in and out of mental hospitals. Her mother was a very hardworking woman who suddenly lost her hard earned home during the Great Depression. She had bought the house to give her daughter a proper home. But that lasted a very short time. The inability to pay the mortgage on the home and the impending loss of her home eventually led to her nervous breakdown. Not much is known about Marilyn’s father who seems to have disappeared from the scene, leaving his wife and child to the vagaries of life.

Marilyn’s mother was alive but mentally unwell, when, in September 1935. she was sent to an orphanage despite her protests.  She shouted hysterically, “I’m not an orphan. My mother is not d-dead! There’s been some mistake!”  [1] Such a harsh childhood had bequeathed to her chronic sleep disorders as well as stuttering. Her stuttering is linked to an incident around age 8, when a boarder at her mother’s house tried to molest her [2]. In the words of her biographer Edwin Hoyt: “She had grown up in the most insecure of circumstances – an unwanted child of an unbalanced woman, shuttled between foster homes and an orphanage. Insecurity lay at the center of her character, so deep-seated that it affected her every action.”[3]

She never finished high school and got married to her school sweetheart at the age of only 16, a marriage that did not last. In the aptly phrased words of author Donald Burleson:

“But she grew up to be stunningly beautiful, and this was to be both her blessing and her curse. Her blessing because it was while working as a model that she was discovered by the motion picture industry, and acting would become the passion and the essence of her life. Yet beauty was her curse too, because men were always to find it difficult to see past her exquisite good looks and perceive the real, thinking, feeling woman beneath the physical goddess.”[4]

In its own financial interests Hollywood had promoted an image of Marilyn Monroe as a “dumb blonde”, a plaything of men’s baser imaginations and fantasies. She was promoted as the supreme sex symbol of Hollywood. It may come as a pleasant surprise to those who do not know, that Marilyn Monroe was a very different person from her Hollywood image. According to her half-sister Berniece Miracle “Marilyn was not a dumb blonde. She was thoughtful and determined and a workaholic. She insisted on perfection from herself in her scenes. Her insistence frustrated several of her directors who were happy with their first take and to suffer through dozens more at her request.”[5] However, it is interesting to note what Marilyn wrote in her book My Story: “I was young, blonde and curvaceous, and I had learned to talk huskily like Marlene Dietrich and to walk a little wantonly and to bring emotion to my eyes when I wanted to.”[6] But she also observes in the same book: “In Hollywood a girl’s virtue is much less important than her hairdo. You’re judged by how you look, not by what you are. Hollywood’s a place where they will pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss, and fifty cents for your soul. I know because I turned down the first offer enough and held out for fifty cents.” [7] As early as December 1953, she had walked out of a production objecting to her role, and for lack of director approval as well as salary. She was to be cast opposite Frank Sinatra. As a result, she was suspended by Twentieth Century Fox. She took her work very seriously and was willing to clash with her employer to ensure the quality of her work.

Despite having little formal education Marilyn developed a love for books, an aspect of her personality which is not well known. In his book, published in 2021, Mark Shaw writes:

“Marilyn’s love for books became obvious to anyone who truly knew her. There seems little doubt that many photos taken of her reading were designed to erase the idea she was a dumb blonde. Among her personal effects are photos of her reading books by Heinrich Heine (various poems), James Joyce (Ulysses), Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass), and of course Arthur Miller, whom she sometimes called ‘Art’ (Death of a Salesman), as well as Hemingway, Beckett and Kerouac. If anyone wants to dispute the intellectual side of Marilyn, try reading Ulysses!” [8]

Mark Shaw also points out that Marilyn Monroe was a “prolific writer.” He adds that “Marilyn’s achievements as a poet count as even more surprising to those who only think of Marilyn the actress …” [9] The opinion regarding Marilyn’s intellectual side is also endorsed by other writers such as Burleson who writes: “Dumb blonde? Airhead? Not on your life. What can one say about a woman who loved the music of Bela Bartok? A woman who quoted freely from the novels of Thomas Wolfe and the poetry of Robert Browning? A woman who loved Shakespeare and wanted to play the part of Lady Macbeth some day?” [10] Marilyn Monroe was a serious actress and this was one of the reasons of her success on the screen. She had made learning as her lifelong quest.

In keeping with the above Marilyn had simple tastes. According to her biographer Edwin Hoyt “she was happy enough in a pair of blue jeans and a cotton shirt and sandals.” She did not drink often and she spent about a hundred dollars a month (about 900 dollars at today’s value) on personal expenses. [11] The mafia connected Gianni Russo revealed in 2019 that he had had an affair with Marilyn three years before she died. He wrote the following: “Her tastes were simple. She liked walking over the Brooklyn Bridge; loved the view of Manhattan from the Brooklyn side.”  Russo then adds that Marilyn “liked the anonymity of being able to go anywhere without being mobbed by fans. One of her favorite things was for us to go to Central Park and just walk and talk.” [12]

At the time of her death she was at the peak of her career and looked forward to greater achievements. She had bought a home and on the day of her death some renovation of her house was being carried out by the son-in-law of her housekeeper. She was five feet seven and a half inches tall and weighed 117 pounds. She had an endearing childlike laugh. She had been offered $500,000 for a film and a million-dollar contract was on was on the desk of her lawyer awaiting her signature. [13] She had every reason to look forward to a still burgeoning career and great prospects. Her former neighbor and close friend actress Jeanne Carmen had stated that at the beginning of August that year, Marilyn was upbeat, happy, and glad to be alive, and was looking forward to a great future. Why would she commit suicide? At the time of her death Marilyn was single. She had gone through four marriages, all of which ended in divorce.

On Sunday morning on August 5, in the early hours, Sergeant Jack Clemmons received a call informing him that Marilyn Monroe had died. Thinking it was a hoax, he asked the caller to confirm his identity. The caller responded: “I’m Dr. Hyman Engelberg, Marilyn Monroe’s physician. I’m at her residence. She’s committed suicide.” Sergeant Clemmons noted the time – it was 4:25 AM. When Clemmons arrived at the scene he saw and interacted with three persons: Eunice Murray the house keeper, Dr. Hyman Engelberg and Dr. Ralph Greenson, Marilyn’s psychiatrist. Dr. Greenson said to Clemmons that Marilyn had committed suicide and, pointing to an empty container of Nembutal, added “She took all of these.” [14]

When Clemmons drew the sheet covering Marliyn’s naked body, he noticed that the body was bruised. He had seen many suicide cases and knew very well that an overdose of sleeping pills causes a lot of convulsions and vomiting before the victim dies. Such victims usually die in a contorted position. However, Marilyn’s face was in the pillow, her legs were straight and arms were slightly bent. So he asked those present if the body was moved. The doctors replied “No”. When he asked the doctors if they had tried to revive her they replied it was too late when they arrived. When asked, the housekeeper said that she had become suspicious around midnight after seeing her light on from under the bedroom door. The housekeeper said that she was going to her own washroom when she saw the light. When she knocked at the bedroom door there was no response and then she when tried to open the door it was locked. She immediately called Dr. Greenson who lived close by. Since the door was locked, Dr. Greenson went outside and peeped through the bedroom window and saw Marilyn lying motionless. So he broke the window glass and went inside and found her dead.[15]

Sergeant Clemmons felt that in response to his various questions he was being given a prepared narrative by the three individuals. The most astonishing thing was that if they had found her dead around 12:30, why did they not inform the police straightaway. It took them four hours to inform the police! Dr. Greenson, who was doing most of the talking, replied that they had to seek permission form the publicity department of 20th Century Fox before revealing to anyone that she had died! When Clemmons asked them what they were doing for four hours they replied that they had been talking. When asked what were they talking about they were blank! Clemmons also noticed that there was no glass of drinking water or cup in the room because she could not have taken the pills without water. He asked the doctors to help him search for a glass or cup but none could be found either in the bedroom or the attached washroom. In fact, the water supply in the wash room had been temporarily closed due to renovation work. Further, her doctor, in response to a question, told Clemmons that she never used sedative injections and that she was only prescribed oral medicine. [16]

When Clemmons arrived in his office to file his preliminary report he was convinced that he was not being told the truth. He felt strongly that the body had been moved, there was no glass or cup, she never used hypodermic needles to inject herself, and there was a four-hour gap between the discovery of the dead body and communication of the information to the police. He was convinced further that the three individuals were giving him a prepared narrative. It was most surprising that the house keeper had called in the handy man, Norman Jeffries, to repair the broken window at such a late hour! Further, in the middle of the night, while the owner of the house lay dead, Eunice Murray was doing dishes because Clemmons had noticed that both the washer and the dryer in the kitchen were running. The doctors, protected by the patient-doctor privacy privilege, were not forthcoming. In the morning Clemmons was relieved by another officer and it was no longer his case. But Clemmons privately pursued the case because he knew that he was not told the truth that night. Clemmons was right.

Shortly after 5:30 that morning Sergeant Robert Byron and his immediate boss Lt. Grover Armstrong, commander of the West Los Angeles Detective Division, started their questioning of witnesses. Clemmons had left around 5:30. When they arrived on the scene Dr. Greenson had apparently left but in addition to Eunice Murray and Dr. Engelberg, three more people were present. These were the handyman Norman Jeffries, Marilyn’s lawyer Milton “Mickey” Rudin, and the publicist Patricia Newcomb. Pat Newcomb had stayed overnight, on the night between August 3 and 4, at the Marilyn residence on Marilyn’s initiative. In answering the new police officers Eunice Murray repeated her story but made one change – she stated that the time when she grew suspicious was closer to 3:30, instead of 12:30 that she had told Clemmons. [17] However, later, on August 9, when Marilyn’s friend, author and film maker, Robert Slatzer went to the premises he noticed that the recent carpeting of her bedroom was so thick and scarped against the door to such an extent that there was no question of any light coming from underneath the door! Further, there was no view of Marilyn’s bedroom while going from Eunice’s bedroom to washroom! [18] So Eunice Murray had not been truthful. Sergeant Byron noted years later that Eunice Murray was “evasive” - he felt that she was saying only what she had been told to say.  He also recollected that he felt that the doctors were not “telling the correct time or situation” and that the doctors could have told them “a lot more.” [19] In fact, when Robert Slatzer was told by a friend that Marilyn had committed suicide, he responded: “She wouldn’t do it. She had too many plans.”

New York Herald Tribune correspondent Joe Hyams had rushed to the Marilyn Monroe residence with a photographer, having been woken from sleep by a predawn call about the tragedy. When he arrived at the scene he noticed that the head of the LAPD Intelligence Division James Hamilton was present along with several intelligence officers. This Hyams found unusual because Hamilton was almost never seen at a crime scene. Hyams was told by neighbors that they had heard strange sounds in the night. They mentioned the hysterical shouts of some woman shrieking “Murderers! You murderers! Are you satisfied now that she’s dead?” Neighbors also told Hyams that they had heard a helicopter circling overhead in the middle of the night. Both bits of info turned out to be true and important, as we will see. There was more to the incident than would be revealed in the days ahead.

The question of the approximate hour of Marilyn’s death was not too difficult to establish. A Google search on “rigor mortis” shows the following: “Biochemical changes in the body produce stiffening, the rigor mortis that usually appears within 2 to 6 hours after death. Rigor mortis begins in the muscles of the jaw and neck and proceeds downwards in the body to the trunk and extremities and is complete within 6 to 12 hours.” Marilyn’s body was picked up by Guy Hockett of Westwood Village Mortuary and wheeled out some time between 5:30-6:00 AM. He noticed that the body had stiffened and she was not lying straight. It took him and his son about five minutes to straighten the body. The arms too had to be straightened out to put straps around her. From the rather advanced rigor mortis Guy Hockett estimated that Marilyn had died approximately 6 to 8 hours earlier i.e. roughly between 21:30-23:30 hrs on Saturday night, i.e., on August 4. [20]

It was highly unusual to send the corpse in a suspected suicide or homicide case to a private mortuary. The law required that in all such cases the corpse should be sent to the downtown county morgue in the coroner’s office. When, on Sunday morning (August 5), the young and recently appointed deputy medical examiner Dr. Thomas Noguchi reported for duty at 6:00 AM, he found a telephone message for him from his boss Coroner Dr. Theodore Curphey. The note stated: “Dr. Curphey wants Dr. Noguchi to do the autopsy on Marilyn Monroe.” [21] This Noguchi found most unusual. For such an important victim the autopsy would have normally been done by “a more senior officer” Noguchi stated later. Noguchi added “And yet Dr. Curphey had made a unique call early on a Sunday morning assigning me to the job.” [22] When Marliyn’s name could not be found in the list of bodies in the coroner’s morgue and when the body was also not there, a search was launched and the body was traced to the Westwood Village Mortuary. Hockett was preparing to embalm the body when Noguchi demanded it from him. Hockett was extremely reluctant to relinquish the body, but had to give in because it was Noguchi’s jurisdiction. Noguchi, or anyone else, never found who called Hockett to pick up the body. This was another mystery.

Curphey was present at the autopsy and oversaw it. This was highly unusual. His presence was never recorded, but it was revealed much later by both, Curphey’s aide Lionel Grandison, as well as by Noguchi. In the words of Grandison: “For Coroner Curphey to attend an autopsy was unprecedented.” [23] John Miner, a deputy district attorney, was also present at the autopsy. He specialized in medical and psychiatric law and was simultaneously associate clinical professor at the University of Southern California Medical School, as well as a lecturer at the LA Psychiatric Institute. In his latter capacity he was a colleague of Dr. Greenson and knew him well.

Coroner Dr. Curphey supervised the entire procedure and orchestrated the entire report. It would have been difficult for Curphey to do that with the chief medical officer who normally would have received the assignment.” Noguchi observed years later, “As a junior member of the staff, I didn’t feel I could challenge the department head on procedures.” [24] So Curphey was there with an ulterior motive: to “orchestrate” the autopsy report and that is why he had ensured that a junior officer, inducted recently, carry out the autopsy.  Grandison stated subsequently that on August 5, he saw the form that indicated bruises, cuts, scars, etc., if any, on the victim’s body.  That form mentioned bruises on her hip, the back of her legs and her arms. “This initial examination form was part of a file that disappeared as the case began to expand”, said Grandison [25]. The disappearance of the file was most intriguing, and later other highly important things also disappeared! In a 1982 interview, Noguchi admitted that the prominent bruise on her left hip should have been looked into – “There is no explanation of that bruise. It is a sign of violence.” [26] So it is clear that a cover up was going on.

When Noguchi opened Marilyn’s stomach, hoping to see signs of the Nembutal tablets she had allegedly swallowed, he was shocked to see the stomach empty! Further, according to the examiner’s report, “A smear made from the gastric contents and examined under the polarized microscope shows no refractile crystals.” This means that Marilyn had not swallowed the forty or so capsules that Dr. Greenson had suggested. Further, Nembutal has a yellow content - its street name is “yellow jackets”. No yellowish content could be traced in her digestive tract. As Noguchi said, “I found absolutely no evidence of pills in the stomach or intestine. No residue. No refractile crystals. And yet the evidence of the pill bottles showed that Monroe had swallowed forty to fifty Nembutals and a large number of Chloral hydrate pills.”[27]  The physical autopsy lasted five hours. So if there was no evidence of Marilyn having swallowed the pills then how did she die?

The toxicologist R.J. Abernethy very quickly concluded that Marilyn Monroe had died on account of a massive overdose of barbiturates. There was 4.5 milligrams percent of pentobarbital and 8.0 milligrams percent of chloral hydrate in the bloodstream. Further, the liver contained 13 milligrams percent pentobarbital. Such concentrations were abnormally large. And the combination of pentobarbital and chloral hydrate is known to be deadly! Donald Burleson Ph.D. writes: “When journalists Peter Harry Brown and Patte B. Barham spoke with the Abbott Laboratories, where Nembutal capsules are manufactured, a spokesman told them it was ‘just not possible’ for Marilyn to reach the described level of blood toxicity by ingesting capsules, as the spokesperson estimated it would require Marilyn’s taking seventy-five to ninety capsules (and death would ensue long before she finished doing it). Also Abbott Labs told Marilyn’s friend Bob Slatzer, ‘It might have taken far more than ninety!’ And these people ought to know – they make the pills.”[28]

The autopsy showed no evidence of her having swallowed Nembutal capsules. On the other hand, the toxicology report showed abnormally high concentration of pentobarbital and chloral hydrate in the blood stream as well as the liver. So where did she get such high concentrations of the stuff into her blood and liver? This question could have been definitively decided by an examination of the kidney. Had the kidney revealed an absence of barbiturates then it would have unambiguously meant that Marilyn had not died as a result of oral administration of the barbiturates. On the bottom of his report Noguchi had written: “Unembalmed blood is taken for alcohol and barbiturate examination. Liver, kidney, stomach, and contents, urine and intestine are saved for further toxicological study.”[29] When, subsequently, Noguchi asked for the report on kidney, stomach, urine and intestines (Abernethy had merely provided report on blood samples and liver), he was astonished to discover that the samples he and Miner had assiduously prepared had simply vanished! In the words of Miner, “In the entire history of the LA County coroner’s office there had never been a previous instance of organ samples vanishing.”[30]

A cover-up was obviously going on. Documents were disappearing from files. A scribbled note, allegedly in Marilyn’s handwriting, had been found. In 1978, Grandison revealed in a recorded interview, that he had seen the note and it was part of her file, but had disappeared in a day or two. When asked by Slatzer who could remove the note, Grandison replied, “All I can say is that it was someone who had more authority than I - someone who didn’t want this note seen past the couple of days it remained in the coroner’s property.”[31]  Grandison further confirmed that both Curphey and Abernethy were aware of the note. Vital body samples that could have established beyond any reasonable doubt, if there was still any doubt left, that Marilyn did not swallow the capsules she was alleged to have swallowed, had disappeared. The disappearance of organs was unprecedented.

The only way such an abnormal amount of barbiturates could have gone into her body was by injection. In fact, Marilyn was known to have difficulty in swallowing tablets or capsules. Her close friend Bob Slatzer had pointed out that she had the greatest difficulty in swallowing even an aspirin without choking, unless she had a big glass of water. And no glass or cup had been found in her room or washroom. Noguchi and Miner did not report seeing any needle mark or marks. In fact, it was Miner, rather than Noguchi, who propagated the absence of needle marks. In his book Coroner, Noguchi stated that it is extremely difficult to detect needle marks. He cited the case of John Belushi in which neither the coroner’s staff nor the chief of Forensic Medical Division was able to discover any needle marks. However, after traces of cocaine were found at the death scene, Noguchi writes about what he did. “I gripped Belushi’s upper right arm with both of my hands and squeezed . . . suddenly tiny drops of blood appeared at the inner elbow, but the fact that the fresh puncture had been so difficult to discover worried me. . . A medically clean needle had been used and only drops of blood revealed it.”[32] In the case of Marilyn Monroe Dr. Hyman Engelberg had given her routine medical injections a few days before her death and these were not found either by the autopsy team. We know about this because Engelberg had presented a bill for those injections. The marks of these were not seen by those who did the autopsy.

The coroner Dr. Curphey knew that in the interest of completing records Dr. Ralph Greenson had to be interviewed because he was Marilyn’s psychiatrist. For this purpose, he chose an attorney John Miner, who also held a degree in psychology and lectured at the Psychoanalytic Institute along with Greenson. Miner, it may be recalled, did the autopsy with Tom Noguchi. Miner interviewed Greenson under a condition imposed by Greenson – Miner must not reveal anything he learned from what Greenson would reveal to him. This was partly out of respect for the privacy of Marilyn Monroe.

Since, on August 5, Greenson had told Sergeant Clemmons that Marilyn had committed suicide, Miner expected him to repeat the same to him when, a week later, on August 12, he interviewed Greenson. Miner was, however, astonished to discover that Greenson had totally reversed his position! Greenson expressed the firm opinion that she had not committed suicide. Apart from discussing matters with him Greenson also asked Miner to hear a half hour tape that Marilyn had recorded. After listening to the tape and talking to Greenson Miner also concluded that Mailyn Monroe had not committed suicide! He stated the following in his report to Dr. Curphey.     “As requested by you, I have been to see Dr. Greenson to discuss the death of his late patient Marilyn Monroe. We discussed this matter for a period of hours, and as a result of what Dr. Greenson told me, and from what I heard on the tape recordings, I believe I can say definitely that it was not a suicide.”[33]

Miner’s report was a bombshell for Curphey. Instead of calling a grand jury that would question witnesses he suppressed the information and soon Miner’s report disappeared from the files. Donald Wolfe writes:

“According to Grandison, Curphey’s interference with the normal investigative procedure was unprecedented, and the little information he passed on to the staff ‘changed from day to day, as if it was being tailored to fit a scenario in need of constant revision by its authors.’ Grandison also discovered that someone in the department was removing and rewriting key material from the Monroe file. ‘I observed information leaving the file,’ he stated later, ‘and much of the information taken out of the file was never replaced.’ He claims the file was doctored to support ‘what someone wanted the public to think.’”[34]

Curphey called his junior Lionel Grandison into his office and ordered him to sign the Marilyn Monroe file listing the cause of death as “probable suicide.” Grandison, however, was reluctant because he had noticed that many necessary documents were missing from the file. The report of the pathologist, the assessment of the police and reports of investigations by other agencies.  were always a part of such files. As Grandison put it years later: “I asked Dr. Curphey for the missing paperwork. . . . This was maybe the third or fourth time I had called the missing items to his attention. I had seen the initial autopsy report and this wasn’t the same report. The report had been completely changed.”[35] When Grandison raised these points Curphey “got very angry” and said, “Listen you sign the death certificate . . . or else I’m gonna do something.”[36] This was a clear threat, and Grandison, a young black man with a wife and children, could not afford to lose his job. So he complied and this is how it was formally declared that the cause of Marilyn’s death was “probable suicide.”

Donald Burleson, Ph.D., has given the following assessment of the Dr. Curphey:

“The coroner, Dr. Theodore Curphey, was basically a government-serving toady, evidently having readily been persuaded, by the shadow figures in this whole sordid business, to cooperate in an orchestrated coverup. Curphey removed materials, or allowed removal of materials, from Marilyn’s file, to the point where a file consisting of 723 pages shrank to a comparatively meager 54 pages. At a time, when, under such suspicious circumstances, he should have been ordering a coroner’s inquest, he was pilfering files and lying to his employees to conceal – what? Clearly, the guilt of someone known to him, and probably someone pressuring him.” [37]

But the toxicology report by Abernethy told a different story. In those years computerized data banks of forensic reports were not available, But, when, in the 1990s, Donald Wolfe wrote his classic book on Marilyn Monroe’s last days such data banks were available. Marilyn Monroe had such a high dosage of pentobarbital and chloral hydrate in her system that it was “sufficient to kill from nine to twenty people.” [38] It had been ensured that she must not survive. Donald Wolfe writes: “The information banks of forensic medicine further establish that there is no case on record of a fatal dose of oral ingestion involving such high concentrations in the blood of both pentobarbital and chloral hydrate. The victim inevitably dies before the fatal concentrations can approach such a high blood level.” [39] By the time 35% of such dosage has gotten into the system the victim is dead. When the heart stops beating the remaining 65% cannot vanish from the stomach because the blood stops circulating. “The remaining pentobarbital and chloral hydrate could not have entered the bloodstream by ingestion, suppository, enema infusion, or any other absorption process.” [40] Therefore, the only way such a high dosage can be administered is through an injection.

One of the most crucial items that went missing was Marilyn’s red diary. Bob Slatzer and Lionel Grandison claimed to have seen the red colored diary, her “book of secrets”. The handyman Norman Jeffries claimed to have seen it too. He pointed out that Marilyn kept her red diary either in her bedroom or locked in the file cabinet in the guest cottage. Jeffries pointed out that the night she died her file cabinet had been broken into. He said that many of the contents of the cabinet were removed. The diary was found rather accidentally. On August 6, Lionel Grandison sent a driver to the Monroe residence in an attempt to find any material that could give an address or phone number so that a next of kin. The driver returned with a note book with a red cover. Norman Jeffries recalled later that Eunice Murray had the red diary and gave it to the driver in his presence along with an address book. Grandison saw the contents of the red diary and then, before leaving office, locked it the office safe. Next day when he opened te safe the diary was gone. Only three other people knew the combination of the safe, an assistant administrator, the in charge of administration and Dr. Curphey [41].

LA intelligence officer Mike Rothmiller also claims to have seen a copy of the diary. In 1978 he was assigned to the file room of the Organized Crime Intelligence Division (OCID). Among the ceiling high shelves was a file on Marilyn Monroe, which included a copy of the diary.  According to Rothmiller, “It was more like a journal. The majority of entries were notes of conversations Marilyn Monroe had with John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. The subject matter ranged from Russia and Cuba to Mafia and Frank Sinatra.” [42] Marilyn had once shown the diary to Bob Slatzer and his description of the contents of the diary was quite similar to that of Rothmiller. Grandison’s memory of the contents was also similar to that of the two individuals mentioned. The diary was said to be a highly sensitive document as it may have contained secrets pertaining to national security that JFK might have divulged to Marilyn.

Marilyn had talked to several people on the phone in the hours before her death. At around 8:00 PM she received a call from Joe DiMaggio Jr. He had called her to discuss his girlfriend with her. He found her upbeat and normal. Around 8:30 she talked with her hairdresser Sidney Guilaroff. She discussed her split with Robert Kennedy and made plans to meet Guilaroff the following day to discuss the matter further. This does not indicate a suicidal bent of mind. She also told him that she knew a lot of secrets imparted to her by the Kennedy brothers. When he asked her what kind of secrets these were she responded “Dangerous ones.” [43] This is a very significant reply. Around 9:00 she called her friend Jeanne Carmen asking her to come over and stay with her but Jeanne regretted. Jeanne Carmen subsequently expressed her feeling that Marilyn appeared “nervous and afraid”. Later when the phone rang Carmen did not pick it up to her eternal regret.

Sometime before 10:00 Marilyn received a call from the Mexican screenwriter Jose Bolanos. She had become romantically involved with him and he had accompanied her as an escort to Golden Globe awards in March 1962. He later said that on the phone Marilyn had told him “something shocking – something that will one day shock the whole world.” [44] What could “shock the whole world”? As Burelson remarks this is of “tremendous importance.” It had to be one of the secrets imparted to her by JFK or his brother. That was probably her last telephonic conversation that fateful night. Marilyn’s phones were tapped and earlier she had mentioned “Dangerous secrets” to Guilaroff. So she might have been treading dangerous ground by making such remarks. Bolanos said that Marilyn put the phone down instead of hanging up, and appeared to check on some commotion. But she never returned to the phone. It appears some unwelcome people had turned up at her residence at that hour.

The world had been told that she had committed suicide even before any proper investigation had started. On Monday August 6, Curphey stated at a press conference, “Marilyn Monroe definitely had not died from natural causes.” He then added that she may, accidentally, have taken an excess of sleeping pills. Was it really so? Neighbors had reported shrieks of a woman and a helicopter overhead. Some neighbors reported an ambulance on the scene that subsequently was gone, and was never mentioned. Most importantly, some neighbors had seen Robert F. Kennedy, the President’s brother and attorney general, walking towards the Marilyn Monroe residence earlier in the night! He was accompanied by two men, one of them carrying a case like that of a doctor. None of these things was mentioned to the police by Eunice Murray,  the two doctors, and by the handyman Norman Jeffries, who, it turned out was the son-in-law of the house-keeper Eunice Murray. Why were the very first people present on the scene of her death concealing things from the police? And why was the police not pursuing the matter honestly? And what role did the Coroner Curphey play in the entire cover-up episode?

What had really happened? Marilyn’s difficulties began after she became involved with both, John Kennedy, President of the U.S., and his brother Robert Kennedy, the Attorney General. To quote Burelson: “Throughout the early months of 1962 the classic love triangle existed, with JFK having the upper hand in Marilyn’s eyes at first, though she was intrigued with Bobby as well, often following him around and jotting down things that he said. The Peter Lawford beach house in Santa Monica, not far from Marilyn’s house in Brentwood became the prime party place and playhouse for the Kennedys, and both JFK and RFK enjoyed flings with Marilyn there.” [45]

When, on May 19, 1962, at the instigation of Peter Lawford, Marilyn, wearing almost next to nothing, sang the famous Happy Birthday song for JFK in the presence of a distinguished crowd, Robert Kennedy tried to stop her from going on stage. Prior to her appearance the two had an argument that lasted about 15 minutes behind closed doors. Her hairdresser Mickey Song had to redo her hair as it had become disheveled by the time Bobby (i.e., Robert) left. [46] That dress and the song were, to quote Burleson, “pretty much an act of seduction.” [47] To quote David Gardner: “Marilyn looked sensational. Her backless flesh-colored Jean Louis dress – covered with 25,000 rhinestones – was so tight it had literally to be sewn onto her naked body, leaving nothing to imagination.” [48] The dress had cost her 6,000 dollars. It may also be mentioned that JFK and his wife had argued over Marilyn’s involvement at JFK’s birthday. Jackie had refused to attend the event. Instead she went horse riding in Virginia [49]. Also, when in 1960, Marilyn was formally introduced to JFK, she had said to a friend: “I wish he hadn’t married Jackie. I’d like to be his wife.” [50]

After the birthday bash, some of those gathered assembled at the house of Arthur Krim, the entertainment lawyer, for a drink. Adlai Stevenson, who was present at the Krim party, remarked later: “I don’t think I have seen anyone so beautiful as Marilyn Monroe that night. She was wearing skin and beads. I didn’t see the beads! My encounters with her, however, were only after breaking through the strong defenses established by Robert Kennedy, who was dodging around her like a moth around a flame.”[51] Much to the annoyance of his wife Ethel, Bobby Kennedy danced repeatedly with Marilyn that night. Photographs and negatives of the occasion were confiscated from the newspapers next morning by law enforcement authorities, except for one picture that escaped. This picture shows JFK, RFK and Marilyn locked in an earnest discussion. Agents turned up at 8:30 AM the next morning at the photo lab of the Time magazine, demanding the negatives of the JFK-Monroe photographs at the party. Secret Service agents turned up at door of the White House journalist Merriam Smith at 2:30 AM to ensure that she did not mention Marilyn Monroe in her story [52]. The involvement of the agency officials in this matter seems to indicate that concern had probably developed in various quarters regarding the nature of the relationship of Marilyn Monroe and the President.

Soon after the birthday party J. Edgar Hoover, chief of FBI, had a meeting with JFK. Hoover probably told the President that he (i.e., the President) had become a security risk in view of the close association of Marilyn with left wing people, or with Marxists and Communists. Private investigator Milo Speriglio wrote in his book on Marilyn Monroe that JFK and his brother were keen to get rid of Hoover. However, writes Speriglio: “Hoover dropped a thick file on the president’s desk, demanding that he and his brother read it immediately. The file contained a stack of photos, which included clandestine film of Marilyn Monroe with each of the Kennedys. Needless to say the subject of resignation was dropped.” [53] One FBI document obtained under FOIA states: “Robert Kennedy was deeply involved emotionally with Marilyn Monroe, and repeatedly promised to divorce his wife to marry Marilyn. Eventually Marilyn realized that Bobby had no intention of marrying her …” [54]

Eunice Murray was employed by Marilyn Monroe. Her husband John M. Murray was a mysterious individual. According to his son-in-law Norman Jeffries, John Murray had several identities, was a member of the Communist Party, led a double life, and was almost never home. Ralph Greenson, her psychiatrist, too was a Communist/Marxist. For years Marilyn was married to the well-known writer Arthur Miller. The FBI regarded Miller as left wing. And the FBI had a thick file on Marilyn Monroe. An FBI memo, obtained under FOIA, mentions the following: “Marilyn’s views are very positively and concisely leftist”. [55] A March 6, 1962, FBI note states: “While on vacation in Mexico, Marilyn was said to have ‘associated closely with members of the American Communist Party in Mexico (AGM).” [56] There is little doubt that the FBI and the CIA had wiretapped Marilyn’s phone. But they were not the only ones. The Mafia too had bugged Marilyn’s residence. They had done so to find incriminating material against Bobby Kennedy because he had launched a campaign against the Mafia’s illicit activities. After the meeting with J. Edgar Hoover, John Kennedy suddenly cut himself off from Marilyn. The two had a private line over which they could talk, but that line was suddenly unavailable. Marilyn could no longer reach the President.

In the year 1985 something very unexpected took place. Eunice Murray was being interviewed by the BBC for a documentary Say Goodbye to the President. In the interview Eunice Murray repeated the story she had been narrating since that fateful night of 1962. But when the camera and the lights were turned off Eunice Murray made some astounding remarks. Fortunately, the sound recorder was still rolling when she blurted out something most unexpected and most sensational, and it was recorded and made a part of the documentary. Author and researcher Anthony Summers had conducted her interview. Summers recalled: “As the camera crew were starting to clear up, she said suddenly, ‘Why at this age, do I still have to cover up this thing?’ I asked her what she meant, and she then astonished us by admitting that Robert Kennedy had indeed visited Marilyn on the day she died, and that a doctor and ambulance had come while she was still alive.” [57] When Summers asked her that was Bobby the reason for Marilyn being upset she answered, “Yes, and it became so sticky that the protectors of Robert Kennedy, you know, had to step in and protect him . . .”  That can be interpreted as implying murder by the “protectors”. While writing his book Summers had noted that Eunice Murray was very reluctant to enable him to reach her son-in-law, the handyman Norman Jeffries. Oddly Jeffries had not ever been questioned by the police.

It was author Donald Wolfe who tracked Norman Jeffries in 1992. He had been threatened and had remained silent for three decades. He was in a wheelchair and was terminally ill. “I guess they can very well electrocute me in a wheelchair”, he said [58]. As revealed by Norman Jeffries in 1992, he and Eunice Murray were at the Marilyn residence when, between three and four in the afternoon, Robert Kennedy and Peter Lawford had visited Marilyn. At the time Patricia Newcomb too was present in the house even though Marilyn had told her that she was no longer welcome. The two had an argument about the Kennedys and Newcomb’s loyalty to the Kennedys had upset Marilyn. Norman Jeffries said in 1992, “Mr. Lawford made it very clear that he wanted Eunice and I out of there, and he told us to go to the market. He gave me some money and said to buy some Cokes.”[59] When Jeffries and Eunice returned about an hour later, Bobby Kennedy and Lawford were gone. They found Marilyn in a terrible state. Pat Newcomb was trying to calm her but to no avail. In the words of Jeffries, “Something terrible had happened – she was scared out of her mind. It’s something I will never forget. Marilyn was having this hysterical rage. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen. She was scared and at the same time she was terribly angry.”[60] It was then that Eunice Murray called Dr. Greenson who arrived sometime between 4:30-5:00.

In the year 1995 Marilyn’s hairdresser Sidney Guilaroff revealed that he had talked twice to Marilyn on that fateful Sunday. During her first call in the “late afternoon or early evening” it was Marilyn who phoned “and was in an absolute state.” According to Guilaroff, “She was in tears and I had difficulty understanding her.” After Guillaroff had calmed her down, she said, “Bobby Kennedy was here, and he threatened me, screamed at me, and pushed me around.” Guilaroff knew that Marilyn was having an affair with John Kennedy (also known as Jack Kennedy), so he asked her what was Bobby doing at her place. “I knew about Jack, but she told me she had an affair with Bobby as well as Jack, and everything had gone wrong. Now she was afraid and felt she was in terrible danger. Bobby felt she had become a problem and had said to her, ‘If you threaten me, Marilyn, there are more than one ways to keep you quiet.’”[61] After she had calmed Guilaroff told her to get some rest and that they would talk again in the evening, which they did, as mentioned earlier.

What had happened in the afternoon is also confirmed by the recording of the altercation between Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. The recording was done through the bugging devices installed at the Monroe residence. These devices were voice activated. The revelations regarding bugging devices were made by Fred Otash, a well-known Hollywood private eye and at one time an LA police investigator. He told an ABC TV team on record that he had been hired by Mafioso Jimmy Hoffa and the bugs had been placed at both, the Lawford and Monroe residences. The program was never aired but an excised 13-minute copy was leaked out from the ABC vaults! Otash said that on the day, and on the night, of Marilyn’s death, Bobby had a violent argument with her. Kennedy was shouting “Where is it? Where the hell is it? I have to have it! My family will pay you for it!”  Marilyn was saying “I feel used; I feel passed around.”[62] She also said that she felt like a “piece of meat”. At the conclusion of the argument Otash heard physical blows, and a door slamming.

Norman Jeffries revealed that around 10:00 PM Robert Kennedy and two other men entered the house. They indicated very firmly to Eunice and Norman to leave the premises. And their return, it so appears, was a follow up to get something from Marilyn which she was unwilling to relinquish. The time mentioned by Norman Jeffries is around the same time when Marilyn was talking to Jose Bolanos and left the phone without disconnecting, never returning to the phone. It is likely that the commotion he mentioned may have been caused by the arrival of Robert Kennedy and his accompanying persons.

Norman Jeffries recalled the events of that night. He said: “We were told to leave. I mean they made it clear we were to be gone. But this time Eunice and I didn’t leave the neighborhood. We went to a neighbor’ house. I mean I had no idea what was going on. I mean, this was the attorney general of the United States. I didn’t know who the two men were with him. I assumed they were some sort of government men. We waited at the neighbor’s house for them to leave.”[63] When they saw Bobby Kennedy and the two men leave around 10:30, they returned to the house. The dog was barking in the guest cottage and the door was open and the light was on. When they entered they saw her lying naked with the phone in her hand, face down.

Jeffries went on to state:

“It didn’t look to me like she was breathing, and her color was awful – like she was dead. Eunice took the phone and called the ambulance. Then she put through an emergency call to Dr. Greenson, who was some place nearby and said he would be right over. He told Eunice to call Dr. Engelberg. I went to the gate to wait for the ambulance, but before the ambulance got there, Peter Lawford and Pat Newcomb arrived. Pat became hysterical and started screaming at Eunice. I had to take Eunice into the house. She was a basket case. I think, the ambulance arrived before Dr. Greenson.”[64]

So reports of an ambulance by the neighbors were also correct even though those with whom Sergeant Clemmons and Sergeant Byron interacted, never mentioned it.

In fact, a man named James Hall, who worked for Schaeffer’s Ambulance Service revealed that he was on duty nearby when the emergency call for Marilyn Monroe was received. And he described what happened in an interview to a tabloid. The owner of the ambulance service contradicted him initially by stating that Hall never worked for him. He lied and it was uncovered, and much later, in 1985, he admitted that his ambulance had gone to the Marilyn Monroe residence that fateful night. Apparently his ambulance service relied on government support and he could not then afford to antagonize the government.

James Hall went through several lie detector tests over a period of many years and passed each test. The revelations of Norman Jeffries in 1992 confirmed Hall’s statements. Hall had stated that Marilyn Monroe was in a comatose state when he arrived, and that he had begun reviving procedures and that she had recovered enough to be taken to the hospital. At this stage a person claiming to be her doctor came in and asked him to “apply positive pressure” i.e., remove the resuscitator and use mouth to mouth resuscitation procedures. Hall knew this was wrong but he could not argue with a doctor! The doctor tried to give Marilyn an injection of adrenalin but the needle hit the rib. As result she worsened and passed away shortly. The doctor checked her heart beat, asked Hall to leave, and said he was going to pronounce her dead as there was no heartbeat. A woman on the scene became hysterical while a man in a jumpsuit was trying to console her. Later he identified the woman as Pat Newcomb and the man in the jumpsuit as Peter Lawford. The doctor was identified as Dr. Greenson. A police officer came to the scene then and signed Hall’s papers. [65]

Norman Jeffries also told Donald Wolfe that soon the place was swarming with men who looked like agents working for agencies. “After that all hell broke loose. . . . After that there were police cars, fire trucks, more ambulances – you name it. A police helicopter landed at the golf course and soon they were all over the place.” [66] Jeffries stated that Dr. Engelberg also arrived and Marilyn’s body was moved from the cottage to the bedroom in the main house. The “locked room” scenario was then formulated by plain clothes police officials who had arrived at the scene [67]. Jeffries said that at one point there were about a dozen plain clothes officers on the spot and then, all of a sudden, they were gone. The narration of Jeffries confirmed everything the neighbors had reported and also what James Hall had been saying for years - Robert Kennedy’s arrival earlier, the ambulance, the helicopter overhead. Jeffries passed away in 1993.

In a related incident the same night, around midnight, police officer Lynn Franklin had spotted a black Mercedes speeding in excess of fifty-five miles an hour on Olympic Boulevard in a thirty-five miles an hour zone. He put on his siren and lights and chased the Mercedes. When he stopped them and threw his flashlight on the faces he immediately recognized actor Peter Lawford as the driver and saw Robert Kennedy in the back seat with another person who was later identified as Dr. Ralph Greenson![68]  Peter Lawford was married to one of the Kennedy sisters. Something must have happened to force them to drive so fast. The three men had been at Marilyn’s place earlier. And the fact is that by that time Marilyn was dead! And they knew it because Dr. Greenson, as well as Peter Lawford knew it. Bobby Kennedy must have known it too.

Peter Lawford’s neighbors had told Joe Hyams, a reporter of the Los Angeles Times, that they were upset because in the early hours of Sunday morning a helicopter had landed on the Santa Monica shore blowing sand into their swimming pools. Joe Hyams then contacted Billy Woodfield, who had taken pictures of Frank Sinatra’s jet from a helicopter belonging to Connors Helicopter Service of Monica. Apparently, like other Hollywood celebrities, Lawford also used the same helicopter service. On the pretext of writing an article on the services provided to celebrities Woodfield was allowed to look at the flight logs of the helicopter service. And sure enough, on the log of August 4 and 5, the Connors Helicopter Service had been hired to pick up a passenger from the Lawford residence [69]. This confirmed the complaint of the neighbors that indeed a helicopter had landed in the area in the early hours of August 5. And then Daryl Gates, who, in June 1962, became of the chief of the LAPD Intelligence Division, published his memoirs in 1992. He wrote: “The truth is we knew Robert Kennedy was in town on August 4. . .. So while we knew Robert Kennedy was in town we paid no attention to where he went or what he did; whether he saw Monroe or not. Frankly, I never bought into the theory that she killed herself because he dumped her.”[70] Daryl Gates was not the only responsible person one who did not believe the suicide story.

When the Otash story leaked he was contacted by the Los Angeles Times. Otash told the paper that on the night of Marilyn’s death, Pat Lawford came to him around 2:00 AM in a drunk and distraught state. “He [Lawford] said he had just left Monroe and she was dead, and that Bobby had been there earlier. He said they got Bobby out of the city and back to Northern California, and would I go there and remove anything that may be incriminating.”[71] Lawford also told Otash that Bobby and Marilyn had a violent quarrel, that Bobby got panicky and came to the Lawford residence saying “She’s ranting and raving. I’m concerned about her and what may come out of this.” He also said “Marilyn had had it and didn’t want Bobby anymore.” She could not reach the President even though she tried to. Lawford also said that Marilyn had called and was angry that the President would not talk to her. “Tell the President I tried to reach him. Tell him good-bye for me. I think my purpose has been served.”[72] She was breaking up with the Kennedys and she was angry, not suicidal. Otash told the Times that he had remained silent over the years because he did not wish to get involved but also felt that the time had come to reveal the truth. He told the newspaper that he was not making any money out of the story – if he had wished to do so he would have written his own book. Otash passed away in LA in October 1992, a rich man whose estate was valued at over a million dollars.

Documents belonging to Otash were uncovered by his daughter Coleen. The documents had been stashed away in a storage unit. A note among the documents was written by Otash. David Gardner writes:

“I listened to Marilyn die. She said she was passed around like a piece of meat. It was violent argument about their relationship and the commitments and promises he made to her”, Otash wrote. “She was really screaming and they were trying to quiet her down. She’s in the bedroom and Bobby gets the pillow, and he muffles her on the bed to keep the neighbors from hearing. She finally quieted down and then he was looking to get out of there.” [73]

One would like to know the fate of the tapes mentioned by Otash. Donald Wolfe writes:

“The tapes which were made by Fred Otash for Bernie Spindel were seized during a raid in 1966 by New York District Attorney Frank Hogan. At that time, Hogan was a close associate of New York Senator Robert Kennedy. Kennedy was preparing to run for the presidency, and Spindel told Life magazine reporter John Neary ‘Hogan really did Kennedy a favor by pulling that raid. They stole my tape on Marilyn Monroe and my complete file.’ For years Spindel, and then his widow, tried to have the tapes and other seized material returned through litigation, but without success. According to New York district attorney’s office, the material seized during the raid at Spindel’s was destroyed.“ [74]

The revelations of Norman Jeffries, Eunice Murray, James Hall and Fred Otash mutually agree and are consistent with what the neighbors of Marilyn Monroe and of Peter Lawford reported. Bobby was flown hundreds of miles away to Northern California by helicopter.  They also confirmed the feeling of Sergeant Clemmons, the first police officer on the scene that he was not being told the truth and that Marilyn’s death was not a suicide but a homicide case. There was a cover up and the police and intelligence agencies as well as all present on the scene were involved, until some of them uttered the truth two to three decades later.

Finally, what about the tape that Marilyn gave to Dr. Greenson? Greenson died in 1979. And Miner had committed never to reveal what was on the tapes. However, as an opinion in some quarters developed that it was Dr. Greenson who was responsible for Marilyn’s death, Miner was forced to reveal the content of the tapes in an effort to salvage the reputation of Dr. Greenson. It was in 2004 that a book revealing the content of the Marilyn Monroe tapes appeared [75]. A summary of the contents of the tapes is given by David Gardener in his 2016 book. The tapes reveal some of her most private thoughts, and given that the tapes were recorded a day or two before her death, it is most unlikely that she committed suicide. She comes out as a sensitive and thoughtful being. Her thoughts on JFK and RFK are quite interesting. She seems to have assessed JFK’s political plans very well. On JFK she stated: “This man is going to change our country. No child will go hungry. No person will sleep on the street and get his meal from garbage cans . . .” Regarding Bobby she stated that it was over with Bobby and that she tried to reach JFK to make him tell Bobby that it was over. She assessed RFK in the following word: “His Catholic morality has to find a way to justify cheating on his wife, so love becomes his excuse.”[76]

However, the story needs to be completed. There are three fundamental questions: a) What was Bobby Kennedy looking for at the Monroe residence? b) Why is it that every attempt at a grand jury trial was defeated even after JFK and RFK had been dead for years and decades and who has the power to do that? c) Why is the cover up is going on six decades after her murder with the mainstream media sticking to the suicide story and publishing bits and pieces every now and then affirming her instability and suicidal state?  Why? It was pointed out by Col. L. Fletcher Prouty in the context of the JFK assassination that it is the maintenance of the cover story that reveals the involvement of the top echelons [77]. Similarly, none other than the CIA has the power to thwart any attempt at a grand jury trial and to maintain a false cover story for six decades about Marilyn’s death. After all the CIA hated the Kennedys. Once they were gone the CIA had no interest in protecting their name. What is it that compels the CIA to suppress the truth about the murder of Marilyn Monroe?

It was in 2015 that Douglas Caddy, the Watergate lawyer for CIA official E. Howard Hunt, revealed that the night before he was to go to jail, E. Howard Hunt divulged (in 1975) the real reason for the assassination of John Kennedy. He told Caddy that the real reason JFK was killed was because he was going to give away the “most vital secret” of the US to the Russians. That vital secret he called the “alien presence”. Caddy repeated the same in a second interview with Daniel Lizst in the Dark Journalist series [78]. JFK had ordered that the US and the Soviet Union collaborate with each other in space programs and this was unacceptable to the CIA. Had JFK revealed something to Marilyn Monroe about the alien presence during his romantic trysts? Did her diary contain anything about UFOs mentioned to her by JFK? Or was she going to reveal something about the alien presence whether or not it had been noted in her diary? RFK was most likely asking for Marilyn’s red diary. That diary could be a proof and record of her interactions with the two brothers in case she went public.

On August 3 Marilyn called Slatzer and told him that she was expecting to see Bobby over the weekend. When Slater told him that he had read in the papers that Bobby was in San Francisco to attend some conference, she told Slatzer that she would try to find out where he was staying. Slatzer stated in a 1993 TV documentary that she said to him:

“If I don’t hear from Bobby before the end of the weekend, I’m going to call a press conference and blow the lid off this whole damn thing! I’m going to tell everything! I’m going to tell about my relationship with both Kennedy brothers. Everybody has been calling, trying to get the story anyway – Walter Winchell, Kilgallen. And it’s clear to me now that Kennedys got what they wanted out of me and then moved on!” [79]

Slatzer told her to be discreet, and not share her intentions with others. She told him that had already shared her intentions with a couple of people. That was the last time Slatzer and Marilyn talked. One may also recall that she told Bolanos the following day, on August 4, that she had “dangerous secrets” about the Kennedys and then she told him something which, twenty-one years later, in a 1983 interview, prompted him to say that she was going to reveal something which would “one day shock whole world”. What were the “dangerous secrets” that would “shock the whole world”? Donald Burleson observes:

“Keep in mind again, that this interview took place in 1983, twenty-one years after Marilyn’s death. Yet Bolanos remembered the conversation in stark detail – and most importantly – used the future tense, saying, in 1983, that Marilyn told him something that would sooner or later shock the whole world but had not yet done so. This had to be something, then, that had still not come out publicly in 1983, and one gathers, never has come out officially.” [80]

The dangerous secret had to be something other than the affairs with the brothers because by 1983 both had been dead and gone and the affairs were in public knowledge by then. Burleson then adds: “Again the question is: what did Marilyn know in 1962 that was still secret and potentially ‘shocking’ in 1983? Our hypothesis here, that JFK had told her UFO-related matters of high secrecy, would answer this question very solidly.” [81] Other secrets such as the plans to assassinate Castro were no longer secrets in 1983 even though in 1962 these were serious security matters. “In contrast, the UFO retrieval information she evidently knew about still was classified and may always be.”[82]

A purported CIA document, dated August 3, 1962, was somehow leaked in 1994 and it was analyzed by the research community interested in such matters [83]. This document provided a link between UFOs, JFK, and Marilyn Monroe. The document referred to wiretapped conversations between Marilyn’s friend, the famous journalist Dorothy Kilgallen (murdered subsequently for having dug out the JFK assassination conspiracy) and Howard Rothberg and between Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. The leaked document, with the subject title, Marilyn Monroe, stated that one “secret” that Marilyn mentioned was a visit by the President to a secret airbase to inspect things from outer space. The document has a project line titled Moon Dust. It has been established by researchers that this highly secret project pertains to collection of debris from fallen space vehicles. The project has been in existence since 1953. The routing of the leaked document contains a reference to MJ 12 (Majestic 12), a highly secret group set up by President Truman to deal with UFO matters.

The document states further: “Subject repeatedly called the Attorney General and complained about the way she was being ignored by the President. Subject threatened to hold a press conference and would tell all.”  The document also states: “Subject made reference to her ‘diary of secrets’ and what the newspapers could do with such disclosures.” Clearly the CIA was concerned as to what the diary could contain. It was this diary that Bobby Kennedy was frantically demanding and searching in her house.

The name of James Jesus Angleton, who as head of the CIA counter-intelligence wing, dealt with UFO matters as well, appears on the document. JFK assassination researchers know well that Angleton was deeply involved in the JFK assassination conspiracy. The well-known UFO researcher, Dr. Steven Greer, was the one who acquired the document. He stated that the document came to him “by way of a contact with access to NSA officials.” He also stated that the wiretap document had “been authenticated by the best document researcher in the world – a man who for years sat outside General Odom’s door as his senior aide when Odom was NSA head.”

Interestingly Donald Burleson had been repeatedly making requests to the CIA under FOIA regarding Marilyn’s red diary as well as record of wiretap conversations on both phones for August 4 and 5, 1962. He had based his request on the above mentioned CIA document. His first request was dated October 1, 2001, in which he requested the “transcripts of any and all wiretaps done by or for the CIA, on both telephones of actress Marilyn Monroe for the dates of Saturday, 4 August 1962 and Sunday, 5 August 1962 . . .”  [84]

Burleson wrote:

“I cited the August 3, 1962 CIA document as indication from the CIA itself that she was under wiretap surveillance, and attached a copy of the document, both here and in subsequent correspondence, thus giving the CIA every opportunity to disavow the document; they did not do so. What they did do was to assign the request the case reference number F-2001-02071, and their reply, dated October 31, 2001, said: ‘Concerning your request, please be advised that we have completed thorough and diligent searches on behalf of previous requesters for information pertaining to this subject and no responsible records could be located.’” [85]

Thus, in a sense, the CIA validated the August 3, 1962 document with the subject title Marilyn Monroe. When Burleson filed an appeal on December 10, 2001, citing Marilyn’s left-wing associations in Mexico as providing legal justification for the CIA surveillance of the actress, and attaching the August 3 memo, the CIA accepted the appeal! As noted by Burleson, “By accepting the appeal, by the way, which was based on the Marilyn Monroe memo, the CIA itself tacitly validated the memo for me.” [86] After a considerable delay a letter from the CIA, dated August 19, 2002, arrived with the standard reply  “. . . no responsive documents were located.” Burleson states, “This has to be a lie” [87] Burleson points out:

“The CIA’s own ‘Marilyn Monroe’ memo of August 3, 1962 plainly states that the CIA had access to the contents of wiretap surveillance on Marilyn. The CIA, we may be sure, keeps records. It follows that their claim not to have such records is untrue. The logic of all this is strange, too – if there were no existing records, why did they accept my appeal and send the whole matter to the Agency Release Panel to deliberate whether to release the documents to me, only to come back and say that it was as they thought, there were no records to release?” [88]

The CIA had to lie because if they refuse to release any document requested under the FOIA, they have to cite any one or more  of the nine exemptions set out in the law. The first of these – Exemption One – deals with national security concerns. In the words of Burleson:

“Obviously if the CIA were to tell me or any investigator that Marilyn’s wiretap existed but were being withheld due to ‘national security,’ the embarrassing question would be: what could Marilyn have known in 1962 which was not only classified then, but is still classified several decades later, still a matter of ‘national security’? What indeed, if not a UFO-related secret?” [89]

The one man who could have revealed what Marilyn had told him was Bolanos. But another mystery got added to the Marilyn Monroe death. In September 2006 Readers Digest carried an article by Anthony Summers “Bombshell Documents Throw New Light on Marilyn Monroe’s Death.” In the article he mentioned the Bolanos-Marilyn phone conversation on the night of her death. Nick Redfern writes:

“Since this mystery was of potentially great importance, Don Burleson planned on interviewing Bolanos. As did I. If anyone could have solved the riddle, then Bolanos would have been the one, even after so many decades. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Just four months before Fox’s Encounters show aired its ‘Mars Wants Marilyn’ episode, Bolanos died in Mexico City, Distrito Federal Mexico. Just like Marilyn, the Kennedy brothers, and Dorothy Kilgallen, Bolanos died at a young age. He was still just in his fifties when he passed away. That was something else for me to think about; yet another young death to add to a list that began in 1962.” [90]

What if Marilyn Monroe were to reveal the secret information regarding the “visit by the President to a secret air base for the purpose of inspecting things from outer space” to the media? This was a risk those running UFO matters could not afford to take. Marilyn Monroe was no doubt murdered. But the maintenance of the cover story that it was a suicide, for six decades, points to the influence of CIA in the matter. No other agency has the influence to maintain a false cover story world-wide for so long. To quote Donald Burleson Ph.D.: “The evidence speaks for itself. Norma Jeane Mortensen, who the world knew and loved as Marilyn Monroe, was murdered at the behest of the officials of the United States government, and their reasons for doing so were quite literally out of this world.” [91]

REFERENCES

[1] Donald H. Wolfe: The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe, William Morrow 2012, p 123
[2]  Ibid, p 120
[3]  Hoyt, quoted in Mark Shaw: Collateral Damage: The Mysterious Deaths of Marilyn Monroe and Dorothy Kilgallen and the Ties that Bind Them to Robert Kennedy and the JFK Assassination, Post Hill Press, 2021, p 57
[4] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D.: UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe, Black Mesa Press, 2003/2014, pp 5,6
[5] Mark Shaw: op cit, p 56
[6] Quoted in Mark Shaw p 55
[7] Ibid, p 62
[8] Ibid, p 101
[9] Ibid, p 101
[10] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, p 4
[11] Mark Shaw: op cit, p 58
[12] Ibid,  p 115
[13] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, p 16
[14] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, pp 4, 5
[15] Ibid, p 6
[16] Ibid, p 7
[17] Ibid, p 10
[18] Ibid, p 11
[19] Ibid, p 11
[20] Ibid, p 14
[21] Ibid, p 25
[22] Ibid, p 26
[23] Ibid, p 27
[24] Ibid, p 27
[25] Ibid, p 27
[26] Ibid, p 30
[27] Ibid, p 30
[28] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, pp 12,13
[29] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, p 34
[30] Ibid, pp 34, 35
[31]
[32] Ibid, p 28
[33] Ibid, p 39
[34] Ibid, p 35
[35] Ibid, p 40
[36] Ibid, p 40
[37] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, pp 9, 10
[38] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, p 42
[39] Ibid, p 42
[40] Ibid, p 43
[41] Ibid, p 37
[42] Ibid, p 37
[43] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, pp 41, 42
[44] Ibid, pp 42, 43
[45] Ibid, pp 26, 27
[46] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, p 410
[47] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, p 28
[48] David Gardner: Murder, Lies, and Cover-up: Who Killed Marilyn Monroe, JFK, Michel Jackson, Elvis Presley and Princess Diana?, Skyhorse Publishing, 2016, p 18
[49] Ibid, p 18
[50] Ibid, p 19
[51] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, pp 411, 412
[52] Ibid, p 412
[53] Quoted in David Gardner: op cit, p 23
[54] Ibid, p30 where a reproduction of the FBI document appears
[55] Ibid, p 25
[56] Ibid, p 24
[57] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, p 90
[58] Michael E. Salla Ph.D.: Kennedy’s Last Stand: Eisenhower, UFOs, MJ-12 & JFK’s Assassination, Exopolitics Institute, 2013, p 172.
[59] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, p 456
[60] Ibid, p 456
[61] Ibid, pp 456, 457
[62] Ibid, p 93
[63] Ibid, p 461
[64] Ibid, p 462
[65] Ibid, pp 76, 77
[66] Ibid, p 462
[67] Ibid, p 462
[68] Ibid, pp 3, 4
[69] Ibid, p 58
[70] Ibid, p 96
[71] Ibid, p 93
[72] Ibid, p 94
[73] David Gardner: op cit, p 52
[74] Donald H. Wolfe: op cit, p 458
[75] Matthew Smith: Marilyn’s Last Words: Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death, Carroll and Graf, 2004. When this author requested a copy of the book through a local bookseller he came back with the following reply: “Sir, the requested book cannot be arranged as it is out of print with its publisher.”
[76] David Gardner: op cit, p 48
[77]  L Fletcher Prouty:  JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, p 137
 [78] This 2017 interview can be seen at  https://www.darkjournalist.com/s-caddy2.php.
It is a 42:42 minute interview and the conversation between Caddy and Hunt related to as to why was the Watergate burglary carried out begins around the 10 minute mark, and it leads to the real reason for the Watergate burglary and the JFK assassination.
[79] Michael E. Salla Ph.D.: op cit, p 167
[80] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, p 81; emphasis in original
[81] Ibid, p 81;
[82] Ibid, p 81
[83] The document can be seen in the books by Donald Burleson, Michael E. Salla and David Gardner cited in this article. It can also be viewed on the internet as it is posted on numerous web sites. For instance: https://www.spyculture.com/marilyn-monroe-cia-memo/
https://exonews.org/marilyn-monroe-killed-by-the-cia-to-stop-her-exposing-truth-about-roswell-aliens/
https://blackmesapress.com/page4.htm
and so on.
[84] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, p 76
[85] Ibid, p 76
[86] Ibid, p 77
[87] Ibid, p 78
[88] Ibid, p 78; emphasis in original
[89] Ibid, p 79; emphasis in original
[90] Nick Redfern: Diary of Secrets: UFO Secrets & the Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe, Lisa Hagan Books, 2021, p 76
[91] Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D., op cit, p 94

 

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