On August 5, 1962, at the age of 36, Marilyn Monroe was found dead by her housekeeper in her LA home. According to the coroner’s autopsy report Monroe overdosed on Nembutal ,a barbiturate -which is a sedative and sleep-inducing drug to treat chronic insomnia.Surprisingly ,there was no evidence of pills in her stomach ,and there was no glass of water by her bedside. It was assumed the drugs must have got into her system via an injection. Although there was no needle marks on her body. When the undertaker picked up her body he noticed she had advanced rigor mortis, and estimated her time of death around 10:30pm. However, there has always been conflicting times surrounding her death.Over time, many conspiracy theories have emerged surrounding the death of Marylin Monroe.Still today, questions about how and why she died remain.
The official verdict on Monroe's death is “probable suicide"
Theory 1 - The Kennedy's Killed Her
Monroe with RFK (left) and JFK (right) at a party in NYC ,1962
Monroe was having an affair with John F. Kennedy, and he killed because he feared she'd expose their affair. This would've tarnished his image, and put his political career in jeopardy.Monroe was also having an affair with J.F.K's brother, Robert Kennedy. Robert confided in her about secret government information and she recorded this information in her secret diary. After the pair coldly cut her off and dropped her, she threatened to go public and hold a press conference to “blow the lid off the whole damn thing.” So Robert Kennedy killed her because she knew too much political information.
Theory 2 - The CIA Killed Her
CIA Agent admitted he assassinated Monroe
There's a few variations surrounding the CIA conspiracy theories about the death of Marilyn Monroe. One theory is that Monroe’s death was ordered by the CIA to get revenge on the Kennedy's for their failed invasion of Cuba. Subsequently, her death would be another blow to the Kennedy family. Another theory is; the CIA killed her because she knew of their plans to kill Fidel Castro -then Prime Minister of Cuba (from 1959 to 1976)- (He was a communist revolutionary,and eventually became President of Cuba -from 1976 to 2008) .They killed her in order to silence her.A third theory is; the Kennedy's ordered the CIA to have her killed to protect their political career and reputation.Also, a retired CIA agent confessed on his deathbed that he killed Monroe.He alleged she was having an affair with Fidel Castro .And because the Kennedy's gave her knowledge of highly classified information,the CIA killed her to prevent her from passing on strategic information to the communists.
Theory 3 - The Mafia Killed Her
Mob boss, Sam Giancana
Mob boss, Sam Giancana, murdered her on orders from the Kennedy's , so she couldn't go public about her affair with the Kennedy brothers . A chloroform-soaked washcloth was placed over her face, he then injected her with an overdose of barbiturates.Her body was moved to the bedroom, and then staged to look like a suicide.
Theory 4 - Death By Suicide
Monroe had never really felt happy ,and she was engulfed with loneliness and low self-esteem her entire life. There was always a profound sadness about her.She had an unstable upbringing,and grew up in a series of foster homes after her mother was hospitalized ,and diagnosed as a severe paranoid schizophrenic. She was molested by a neighbor when she was a child. As an adult,she had countless sexual encounters with different men ,and went through three divorces . All she ever wanted was to feel loved. All her life she'd been rejected and abandoned by people she cared about. She was emotionally unbalanced, and had no family support. Monroe developed mental health problems,anxiety and chronic insomnia.This led to a reliance on sleeping pills.So she attended psychotherapy to work through her unresolved issues.Her Psychiatrist ,Dr. Ralph Greenson, prescribed, Nembutal - a barbiturate to treat her Insomnia. However, few doctors prescribe Nembutal for insomnia these days, due to the high risks of addiction and the dangers of overdose. Prior to her death ,she had been admitted to a psychiatric clinic and underwent many therapy sessions. Monroe had attempted suicide four times in the past.So after her death, it was assumed she had ended her own life because she'd simply just had enough.
Theory 5 - Death By A Tragic Accident
Assortment of medicine bottles on Monroe's nightstand
Monroe was self-medicating with alcohol and prescription drugs to combat her chronic insomnia. Fifteen medicine bottles were found near her bed. Just prior to her death,she'd been fired from 20th Century Fox because she either turned up late or never showed up at all. She kept forgetting her lines,and turned up in a drunken or drugged up stupor. Her dependency on dangerous prescription drugs consequently led to her untimely death , from an accidental overdose
Theory 6 - Her Own Psychiatrist Killed Her
Dr. Ralph Greenson
Monroe's psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, conspired to kill her with the Kennedy's.He helped stage her death to look like a suicide. Another theory is; Dr. Greenson killed Monroe to cover up his affair with her after he discovered she kept a secret diary of their sexual encounters.He feared if ever their affair went public ,his unethical conduct would put his professional reputation and career in jeopardy.
I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best - Marylin Monroe