Marilyn Monroe: Suicide or Murder?
August 5, 2007 7:19pm CST
An article published last October in Reader's Digest: http://www.rd.com/content/marilyn-monroe/ Marilyn died late on the evening of August 4th, 1962 of acute barbiturate poisoning. She overdosed on the drugs Nembutal and Chloral Hydrate, both prescribed for insomnia. How this overdose came about is the subject of much curiousity and controversy. The death theories can be summed up into four main categories: Suicide, Self-administered accidental overdose, Accidental overdose administered by someone else, and Murder. Here are the basic theories: SUICIDE: Depressed over her firing from her last film and the failure of her romantic relationships, Marilyn consumed a lethal dose of sleeping pills with the intention of ending her own life. "Probable suicide" was the official verdict on Marilyn's death. SELF-ADMINISTERED ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE: Marilyn ingested a fatal overdose of sleeping pills without realizing what she was doing. Either she took more pills having forgotten how many she had taken before, or she had ingested so many pills over the preceding days and hours that a lethal build-up of the drugs had occured in her system, so that the final dose was fatal. ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE ADMINISTERED BY SOMEONE ELSE: Marilyn was given the fatal dose through either an enema or an injection administered by someone else; most commonly named are Dr. Ralph Greenson and Marilyn's housekeeper, Eunice Murray. MURDER: Marilyn was deliberately given the fatal dose with the intention of killing her, either via enema or injection (a "hot shot"). The most commonly named suspects, either directly or indirectly, are the Kennedys, with the motive that Marilyn "knew too much" that she had learned due to her affairs with these powerful men. Other suspects who have been named include the Mafia, most specifically Sam Giancana. While every theory has its believers, it is most commonly held that whatever truly happened on August 4th, 1962, it wasn't suicide. An overwhelming propensity of evidence suggests that Marilyn did not die by orally ingesting sleeping pills. The scene of death appears to have been tampered with and important tissue samples from the autopsy mysteriously dissappeared, among other odd occurrances. There is very strong evidence that the circumstances surrounding Marilyn's death were covered up for some reason. The theories continue to be debated to this day. What do you think happened?