In memory of Marilyn Monroe

THE DEATH OF MARILYN MONROE

Book 1: Did Pat Newcomb Kill Marilyn Monroe?

INTRODUCTION

In the summer of 1962 rumors of a Marilyn Monroe and Robert Kennedy affair where spreading through Hollywood. When Marilyn asked her friend and masseur, Ralph Roberts, if he had heard the rumors he replied “all Hollywood was talking about it.” On the day before Monroe’s death those rumors finally made their way into print in a Dorothy Kilgallen gossip column. In that same column Kilgallen also mentions a scandalous photo of Marilyn that was being shown around.

Was the photo taken at Cal-Neva just before Marilyn’s death? The weekend before she died, Marilyn and her companion, Pat Kennedy Lawford were visiting Frank Sinatra’s Cal-Neva lodge. According to photographer William Woodfield, photos were taken that weekend that included both Marilyn and Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana. Marilyn was with the sister of the president. Was she in the photos also? The Kennedy sister being at the Cal-Neva at the same time as a man on the “Top Hoodlum List” would have been more than an embarrassment for the Kennedys, it could have exposed the secret that both Joe Kennedy and Giancana owned a piece of the casino and lodge. It also may have exposed the fact that Joe Kennedy, through Frank Sinatra, had asked for Giancana’s help with Jack’s election. FBI agent, Bill Roemer confirms Giancana was there.

According to Shirley MacLaine, Hollywood was entertaining another MM/RFK rumor during that fateful summer. The basis of this one was that Robert Kennedy and the Justice Department were going after the powerful media conglomerate MCA, who was about to scoop up Universal Studios, on behalf of Monroe. There was a kernel of truth to the rumor. The case had started before the two met, but Ralph Roberts revealed that RFK had asked for Marilyn’s help in busting up MCA. 

It all started near the end of 1961 when a grand jury was convened in Los Angeles to determine if MCA was involved in a conspiracy to monopolize the entertainment industry. Civil and criminal charges were expected. This was precisely the same time period that Marilyn first met RFK and also when she fired MCA as the talent agency that represented her.

It’s been over fifty years since Monroe’s death and 100’s of books have been written about Marilyn Monroe, yet in all that time, the connections between these interrelated circumstances have never been fully explored and are rarely ever even mentioned. This book sets out to change that. In the weeks and days before her death, Monroe was reaching out and trying to contact Robert Kennedy. This book attempts to show that it had nothing to do with an actual affair between the two but it had everything to do with the mistaken gossip that there was an affair, and that RFK’s attack on MCA had come at her bidding. She also was probably desperate to get some assurance from Kennedy that she would be protected from the mob.

Just weeks before her death the antitrust case became a matter of red hot urgency in Hollywood. MCA was forced to jettison it’s talent agency and many of the best stars in Hollywood were suddenly without representation. Circumstances in the MCA case had deteriorated to a point where Marilyn had to feel she was going to be blamed for what was happening in Hollywood. In mid July 1962, the Justice Department announced it was going forward with it’s case against MCA, then it quietly settled the case on terms very favorable to the company. All MCA had to do was cut loose it’s agency. MCA’s talent agency represented between 60 and 70 percent of Hollywood’s best talent, and now those stars were without agents. Some of Hollywood’s greatest agents were without jobs and scrambling to form new companies. Los Angeles newspapers were siding with MCA and accusing the government of an attack on the city that would set Hollywood back five years and cripple it’s chances to remain the production capital of the world. Given the rumors that were circulating, I’m sure Marilyn wanted to set the record straight that Robert Kennedy had not started the case for her. She had reason to fear her reputation would be severely tarnished, and she had every reason to fear retaliation from the top brass at MCA. She had fired them the year before when RFK had told her he expected they would be going to jail. Now they had made a deal with RFK that got the criminal charges dropped, all they had to do was let go of the talent agency. Now, they were not going to jail, they weren’t going to lose the company, they still were in charge of half of Hollywood, and with the acquisition of a major studio, they were going to be more powerful than ever. 

Marilyn wanted answers from RFK as to what happened. The men that ran MCA were already powerful enough to make or break careers. They were coming after her financially as well. This was made clear when they wanted to bill her estate for about 100 grand after her death. It was also well known that both the president and chairman of the board of MCA were mob connected. And, if that’s all not enough, they had connections to very gangsters that had been at Cal-Neva. Plus, there’s the little fact that both these same Cal-Neva mobsters were eye-balls deep in a CIA plan to assassinate Castro.
Did Marilyn have to be silenced? If Marilyn had gone to the press it would have been a disaster. The weekend of her death Monroe was trying to contact her old publicist Rupert Allan, and also George Barris, who was working on her biography. Isn’t it likely she wanted to tell her side of the story about the Cal-Neva photo and the MCA case. After her death this was turned into a press conference where she was going to expose her affairs with the president and attorney general. That rumor was developed by conspiracy theorists, but it too was built upon a kernel of truth.

This book attempts for the first time to separate the kernels of truth from the countless lies, misrepresentations, misinterpretations and misinformation that has circulated for over a half a century. It does this by the construction of three new scenarios that incorporate new evidence and analysis into Monroe’s death. A scenario is constructed for each possibility; suicide, accident and murder. The reader is then allowed to reach their own conclusions.

Marilyn Monroe died from an oral ingestion of drugs, not from an injection, suppository or enema. This fact seems to prove that she was not murdered. But, if the drugs were dissolved in a liquid and given to Monroe by someone she trusted, it could still be murder. “Death with Dignity” doctors use a drinkable suicide solution containing the exact combination of drugs that killed Monroe. Marilyn was known to open capsules and pour them into liquids. If someone gave this drug cocktail to her she may not have suspected it was laced with enough drugs to kill her. Maybe she suspected it was a normal nighttime dose. The final chapter of this book names a person who had the means, motive and opportunity to kill Marilyn Monroe. It’s a name that may have surprised you before you read the title of this book. At the time of writing, this person is still alive and it’s high time she finally revealed what happened on August 4, 1962. She is the last person who can tell us what happened that day.