In the very early hours of August 5, 1962, the Hollywood actress and international beauty icon Marilyn Monroe was discovered lifeless in her bed at her home in Brentwood, California. It was her housekeeper who first discovered her, and instead of calling the police, she phoned both Marilyn’s personal psychiatrist and her physician. In fact, it was a full 55 MINUTES LATER that the cops were finally notified.

Most people have come to accept Marilyn’s demise as just another Hollywood star who suffered a tragic death due to their dependency on drugs and alcohol, but others speculate that there were several suspicious people close to the star that might’ve been to blame.

We’ll take a look at some of the most famous suspects that conspirators suggest might’ve had something to gain from her passing, and try to answer what happened in those 55 minutes… and who would’ve wanted Marilyn dead?


Episode Contents:

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Born Norma Jeane Mortenson, she had a very rough start to her life, as she was passed around from foster home to foster home, and even molested by some of her foster parents. She even spent some time in an orphanage after her biological mother was instiutionalized for paranoid schizophrenia.
At just 16-years-old, she married her 21-year-old neighbor James Dougherty and the two moved to Catalina Island to begin their life together. It was during this time that Norma Jeane’s modeling career began and she officially changed her name to Marilyn Monroe.
Almost overnight, Marilyn took the world by storm as one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing film actresses of her time. Some of her most notorious and acclaimed roles include her performances in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like it Hot.
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She very publicly struggled with her addiction to prescription pills and alcohol, which seemed to worsen when her career had hit a slump and many Hollywood executives had turned on her due to her reputation as being difficult to work with, showing up to work under the influence, and skipping some filming days entirely. While filming Something’s Gotta Give, she was found dead in her bedroom due to an apparent accidental overdose. Her cause of death was ruled a probably suicide.


It has been widely speculated that Marilyn briefly had an affair with both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy. The story goes that when both brothers called off their affairs with Marilyn, she didn’t handle it well and threatened to expose their infidelities in a press conference. Shortly after this threat, Marilyn was discovered dead.


During their affair, it’s believed that JFK shared confidential government information with Marilyn including a planned assassination attempt on Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and possibly even the existence of extraterrestrial life. Therefore, to protect the secrets and prevent her from leaking them along with her plans to share her details of her relations with the Kennedy brothers, the CIA had Marilyn killed.


Some speculate that mob boss Sam Giancana might be to blame for Marilyn’s death, as him and the rest of the mafia had major beef with President Kennedy, so in an act of revenge, they killed his mistress. It’s also believed that Giancana and his associates sexually assaulted Marilyn the weekend before her death at Frank Sinatra’s Cal Neva resort. Therefore, killing Marilyn would’ve protected Giancana if Marilyn reported the incident.


The night she died, Marilyn’s housekeeper called Ralph Greenson (Marilyn’s psychiatrist) and Hyman Engelberg (Marilyn’s physician) before calling the police. Greenson broke into Marilyn’s bedroom from her window, and him and Engelberg allegedly talked it over before calling the cops. Greenson had recently prescribed a new medication to Marilyn in a large dosage which ultimately claimed her life. Did they work together to cover up her death?


Actor Peter Lawford was both the brother-in-law of the Kennedy brothers and Marilyn’s close friend. It’s been argued that the Kennedy’s sent Lawford to calm Marilyn down after hearing about her threats to expose their affairs. The night she died, Lawford even admitted to his close friend that he had gone over to the house and destroyed any evidence linking Marilyn to either of the Kennedy brothers.
Marilyn’s very infamous and scandalous performance at JFK’s birthday celebration which fueled the rumors of their affair.
Marilyn’s last screen test for the last film she would ever be a part of.


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