Marilyn Monroe: A Tragic Accident Or A Vicious Crime
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A Tragic Accident or a Vicious Crime
Marilyn Monroe was an icon and the true definition of a star. She rose to fame quickly and sparkled on the screen, but her life had burned out far too quickly. At the young age of 36 on August 6th, 1962 Monroe was found lying dead on her bed. Her death was labeled a suicide by drug poisoning. I didn’t really take a second look at this cause of death because it is no secret that the star had prior struggles with drugs before. In fact, she had overdosed four times before her death in 62. However, when I stumbled across an article in the New York Post I second guessed her given cause of death. The article stated:
Shortly before her death, she sent a surprisingly upbeat letter to Strasberg.…show more content… If this behavior continued it could put the presidency in danger, and subsequently Robert Kennedy’s own political career. Perhaps in order to protect the presidency and Robert’s career, the brothers plotted together to ensure that Monroe would not cause another scene. Both had the reach and power to pull off something as sinister as this, but not alone of course. There was a puzzle piece missing.
Enter Eunice Murray, Marilyn Monroe’s housekeeper. Murray had been hired by Monroe only a year prior to Monroe’s death at the urging of Monroe’s psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson. According to statements, Murray and Greenson found Monroe dead on her bed early in the morning and called an ambulance. Something still wasn’t adding up for me though.
During a 1983 BBC interview biographer Summers conducted with Eunice Murray, he says there was a "moment where she put her head in her hands and said words to the effect of, 'Oh, why do I have to keep covering this up? ' I said, 'Covering what up, Mrs. Murray? ' She said, 'Well of course Bobby Kennedy was there [on Aug. 4], and of course there was an affair with Bobby Kennedy. '" (Baker J.I. et al.…show more content… If Murray was innocent and Monroe’s death was actually a suicide, then why would she want to “cover up” that Robert Kennedy had been present? Another thing that stood out to me was that during interviews Murray would change her story as to how she found Monroe and when. Also, when the police were finally called at four in the morning, almost an hour after Monroe had been discovered, Murray was doing housework. I believe that Murray and Greenson were working on the Kennedy’s behalf. I think that Murray’s stories had changed many times due to the fact that she was helping the Kennedys keep their secret. Finally we come to the cause of death. Monroe was said to have committed suicide by taking a surplus amount of prescription pills. According to Oliver Cyriax’s overview of the autopsy however, the evidence found would point away from an overdose:
She died of a Nembutal overdose, with a 4.5 per cent barbiturates in her blood. But preliminary examination showed her kidneys were clean, strongly suggesting that her stomach was likewise free of drugs… (Cyriax