aka: The Blame Game

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In the immediate aftermath of Marilyn Monroe’s death, when everyone was still wondering if her overdose was accidental or intentional, fingers stated to point at Hollywood as her killer. After all, hadn’t Monroe’s ex-husband Joe DiMaggio barred the entire movie community from her funeral? Hadn’t he even said that if it wasn’t for them she would still be alive?

After awhile other culprits were blamed. Many pointed at the doctors and their excessive prescriptions. Even the studio had doctors ready to push speed on their actors when they were tired and barbs for their stress.

So that’s how the mainstream press was reporting her death. They were also fixating on the fact that Marilyn was reported to have been found with a phone clutched in her hand. Eventually information was leaked that Marilyn had been found with a Kennedy phone number near by. Reporters in LA found out very early on that Monroe’s phone logs had been removed from the phone company. Speculation was that the call was to Washington. In LA and Washington rumors of Marilyn’s involvement with the Kennedy brothers began to grow.

Marilyn had been reaching out to her lover, the President of the United States, the night she died. She killed herself because of his rejection. This whispered rumor took over a year to reach critical mass and actually be printed in a mainstream publication. But it was printed without putting a name to the culprit. It only vaguely inferred it was John Kennedy.

America was still at a time that you didn’t print things like that about a president. Any kind of sexual indiscretion by a president, or any powerful politician, was simply ignored by the boy’s club that ran the press. The article was ignored also. It came out at a time when speculation about Monroe’s death had diminished. For the first couple of months after her body was found, several reporters were commenting on the strange circumstances surrounding Marilyn’s death. The official stories just didn’t add up and reporters questioned why. But America would soon have bigger problems than wondering what befell Marilyn Monroe. Three months after her death the world faced the biggest crisis of the 20th century. One misstep during the Cuban missile crisis could have prompted a nuclear exchange. Later, the world war this could have ignited was given the benign sounding acronym, MAD, which stood for the more ominous reality: Mutual Assured Destruction.

John Kennedy guiding us out of that predicament permanently established him as a great American hero. JFK’s presidency really turned around after that and his actions over the next year would cement his standing as one of the most beloved US presidents. No one during his life wanted to hear about any tawdry rumors. And surely, no one wanted to accept anything that would tarnish his legacy after he was gunned down in Dallas, just 15 months after Monroe’s death.

It wouldn’t be until 1964 that something more sinister would be added to “the blame game”. Just as RFK was entertaining thoughts of running as Johnson’s vice president in the ’64 election, (maybe even considering a run at the presidency himself) J. Edgar Hoover dropped a bombshell. He made sure it became known to both the president and the Justice Department that a right-wing publisher (who was actually a rabid commie hunter and an undisclosed ally of Hoover) was going to publish a book outlining Bobby’s relationship with Monroe, stating he had been in her home the day she died and speculating that a conspiracy was involved in her death. On the basis of this little red book, RFK has been at the center of “the blame game” ever since.

The Case Against Robert F. Kennedy.