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On the fifth of August 1962, less than an hour after the discovery of Marilyn Monroe's corpse in Brentwood, a flood of theories, tainted evidence and conflicting testimonies began pouring out into the public landscape. As an insight into the American experience of celebrity death, on the 50th anniversary of the demise of the Love Goddess, tantalising evidence has emerged to refute the 'official' version of suicide. According to Darwin Porter, it was cold-blooded murder that killed the 'movie star who knew too much'.
MARILYN'S DEATH ELICITED OUTRAGE FROM EVERYBODY.Here's how it was reviewed by some of her contemporaries:*****"A simple, decent-hearted kid whom Hollywood brought down, legs parted." (Director Elia Kazan)"More and more, Marilyn was involving herself with some of the most dangerous men on the planet, power figures who played rough and would stop at nothing. What did a blonde sex goddess mean to them? Some of them regarded her as no more than a whore, an easy lay for them to pick up and discard." (Shelley Winters)"Marilyn's death is of historical interest. There is no statute of limitations on murder." (L.A. District Attorney Ira Reiner in 1985)"They murdered Marilyn. The amazing thing is why after all these years they didn't find a reason to murder me, too." (Frank Sinatra)"The title of the movie we were going to make said it all: Something's Got to Give" (George Cukor)"It is doubtful that either Kennedy saw past the beauty and the intelligence to the truly shattered nature of her personality--one which, as her psychiatrist later admitted, would have made her a candidate for an institution had her name not been Marilyn Monroe." (Anthony Summers)"Clues that pointed to foul play vanished. Once cleaned up, the death scene indicated suicide. All of Monroe's bed linen and personal laundry had already been washed and put carefully back in cupboards. By sealing the crime scene, Fox was merely adhering to the tradition of studio policy, sanitizing real-life Hollywood murder scenes." (Patte B. Barham, veteran Hollywood reporter)"You might call it a convenient death. She died just before the shit was about to hit the fan." (J. Edgar Hoover to Guy Hotell)