Marilyn Monroe Murdered

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Brandie Perkins
November 2, 2012
French-Hart
Eng. 101
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Marilyn Monroe Murdered
She was the most celebrated woman in the world, a platinum-blonde bombshell who fought her way up from a troubled childhood to conquer not only Hollywood but the likes of baseball great Joe DiMaggio (her second husband) and playwright Arthur Miller (her third) as well. When her body was found in the bedroom of her Brentwood, Calif., hacienda on Aug. 5, 1962, no one wanted to believe she had taken her own life…Had despair over her fading youth and the elusiveness of love really driven the 36-year-old star of The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot to end it all? An insomniac and habitual pill popper, had she ingested deadly drug cocktail by accident? Or was it murder? “What happened to Marilyn Monroe,” says a biographer James Spada, “is one of the great mysteries of the 20th century” (Baker 52-60). According to factual evidence, Marilyn Monroe was murdered. Marilyn Monroe was born as Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become one of the world’s biggest and most enduring sex symbols (Bio. True Story., 2004). Saturday, August 4, 1962 was the last day of Marilyn Monroe’s life. Marilyn was found in her bedroom, naked on the bed. The light was on, and Mrs. Murray, the housekeeper, said she thought Monroe looked “peculiar” as “one arm was stretched across her bed and a hand hung limp on one of her telephones (Churchwell, 2004).

First, Marilyn Monroe became very “acquainted” with the Kennedy’s, which is believed to be what caused her murder, simply because she knew too much (Bell, 2012). “Marilyn Monroe, according to friends, developed a relationship between the two Kennedy brothers. She was believed to have had separate affairs with the two men simultaneously. Her relationships with Robert and John, unknown to the public, became the talk of Hollywood. Marilyn was often seen dancing or in intimate conversation at private parties with Bobby or John…According to her closest friends, her heart belonged to the elder brother, John. Marilyn's friends agreed that her heart was set on winning the affections of John F. Kennedy. He would often visit her at her home or see her at the Lawford’s, where they were said to have conducted their affair. Twenty-two years later, author Anthony Summers conducted an interview with Lawford's widow, Pat Seaton, who claimed that Kennedy and Marilyn frequently made love in one of the baths at the Lawford home” (Bell, 2012). Equally important, is the events that happened the day before she was murdered. Donald Spoto, biographer of Monroe, depicted a sunny domestic morning on her last day that was “hardly dramatic”: Marilyn sipped grapefruit juice before signing for deliveries, speaking with friends on the phone, and meeting with photographer Schiller, who told Spoto she seemed “fresh and alert, ‘seemingly without a care.’” At noon, Newcomb awoke to find Monroe “surly,” not only because Pat had slept so long while Monroe had suffered from her persistent insomnia all night, but also because of the “awkward atmosphere” attending what Spoto alone says was to be Eunice Murray’s last day at work; Monroe had fired her out of irritation over her insolence. She was anxious because eager for Joe DiMaggio’s imminent arrival, and because of her usual nerves about professional projects, however eagerly anticipated (Churchwell, 2004). Marilyn was in a bad temper that Saturday morning not simply because Pat Newcomb (Monroe’s publicist) had slept well. Jeanne Carmen (close friend to Monroe) says she was awakened at dawn by a distraught Marilyn, who had been receiving harassing phone calls telling her to “leave Bobby alone” and who requested Carmen to bring her a “bag of pills” later that night…she didn’t think the calls were from Ethel Kennedy (Robert Kennedys wife) but that she thought Ethel “had...
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