Why Marilyn Monroe’s sudden death still evokes mystery, questions 60 years later

Why Marilyn Monroe's sudden death still evokes mystery, questions 60 years later

It’s been 60 years since Marilyn Monroe was discovered on Aug. 5, 1962, in her bed in her Brentwood home, her hand draped lifelessly over the phone.

The shocking death of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars generated decades of speculation as to whether her overdose was a suicide, an accident or something more sinister.

The conspiracies grew to such a point that the Los Angeles County district attorney‘s office reopened an investigation into the actress’ death in 1982 — 20 years after she died.

But conspiracists wondering why the deputy medical examiner who performed the autopsy found no barbiturate residue in the 36-year-old movie star’s stomach if she ingested the drugs orally were disappointed by the answers.

“D.A. Finds No Evidence of Marilyn Monroe Murder,” a Los Angeles Times headline blared in late 1982, just months after the D.A.’s probe got underway.

The prosecutor’s office found that Monroe’s death from “acute barbiturate poisoning” could have been an overdose or accidental, but that the barbiturates had had time to disperse into her blood and liver, explaining why the doctor found no residue in her stomach.

The closed three-month probe did not satisfy the those who believed something nefarious occurred.

Some still believed she was killed over her connections to President John F. Kennedy and then-U.S. Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy.

In 1985, a woman claimed that her ex-husband, actor Peter Lawford, went to Monroe’s house the night she died and destroyed a note that the distraught actress left before she died.

Though it’s not clear if a note was actually taken, the deputy district attorney who conducted the 1982 reinvestigation, Ronald H. Carroll, said that still might not mean the actress was killed.

“If she was despondent and wrote a note saying, ‘Bobby Kennedy drove me to suicide,’ it is not clear that the taking of that note would have been a crime,” he said.

Monroe’s FBI file, unearthed 50 years after she died, showed that the feds knew about theories alleging the actress was murdered but do not show that the bureau looked into the claims.

The FBI file also revealed that the bureau was interested in Monroe’s political affiliations and refers to her as “positively and concisely leftist.”

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Here is more Times coverage about Monroe’s death and the decades of questions it sparked.

Soruce : https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-04/marilyn-monroe-overdose-death-suicide-accident-hollywood-1962-kennedy

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