The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe
Reading this book is like watching Oliver Stone’s JFK. There were just so many people with axes to grind in 1962 that it seems that MM died as a result of too many ‘irons’ in the fire. Did anyone intend her to die?
The author, Donald Wolfe, thinks that this may have been a plot by Communist sympathizers to discredit the President. But instead of trying to kill Monroe, they were trying to keep her alive. She wasn’t any use to them dead.
Remember that all important press conference Monroe was going to call on the following Monday? It wasn’t about her career, it was about her relationships to Jack and Bobby Kennedy. You see, she knew a thing or two from their pillow talks, and her ‘little red book’ had all the details contained therein.
Bobby visited Marilyn on the day of her death, and that precipitated a blazing row between them. I can imagine it. She told him to get out and never come back. He left. Then he came back later in the evening to get that ‘little red book’. A struggle ensued.
All this was captured on tapes that the Mafia had eavesdropped through their planted bugs. The Mafia?
At this point, I am deviating from the text of this book, and am diverting to a TV special from Australia, Marilyn Monroe: The Case for Murder.
And here’s where it gets murky. According to them, Bobby Kennedy contacted Sam Giancana, through a go-between, to get him to persuade Marilyn to back off from exposing both the Kennedy men, in exchange for the Justice Department backing off from the Mob.
Evidently, her hairdresser, George Masters*, accompanied Marilyn to Momo‘s ‘office’ at the Cal-Neva Lodge in Lake Tahoe (Frank Sinatra’s place), the night before she died.
But, because she wouldn’t listen to Giancana, he may have had a slow acting drug be added to her drink, without her knowledge or consent. What that drug was may have been a few drops of the “Mickey Finn” chloral hydrate. Later, the next night, when she was sedated by her psychologist, Dr. Greenson, the effect was lethal.
If Dr. Greenson was part of a Communist plot, as has been suggested by Wolfe, his actions that night speak volumes: he attempted to give Marilyn a shot of adrenaline straight into her heart, but he botched the job. According to the ambulance driver, James Hall, that’s when she died.
The subsequent cover-up seems to have been orchestrated from the top down. Only now are we getting some of the details. But, it’s not over, yet.
Marilyn Monroe did not commit suicide.