Marilyn Monroe died fifty years ago this Sunday, and there are still many theories as to how it happened. With all the forensic developments since 1962, would we be able to figure it out if she had died today?
The answer to this is: Maaaaaaybe. Marilyn was classified as having been a “probable suicide,” and there were witnesses that could testify to her dependence on prescription drugs around the time of her death. But there are still several holes in the story of her death, most of which were never solved. These include:
- The housekeeper used the washing machine after Marilyn’s death. Why? Did she even know the actress was dead?
- Thirty-five minutes passed between Marilyn’s doctor declaring her dead and the police being called. Why did they wait?
- The district attorney’s report says that there were 15 bottles of prescription drugs (?!) were found on the scene, but the coroner’s report only reflects 8 bottles. Did someone make a mistake, or were seven bottles truly missing?
A bit peculiar, I’d say. Maybe we should have brought in the biggest detectives around back then…
- They didn’t perform toxicologies (tests for toxic substances) on all of her organs. In fact, sections from her intestines and stomach were thrown away untested.
- A diary of hers may have been taken from her bedroom, but this wasn’t confirmed or denied.
- One of the doctors who Marilyn supposedly got her prescription drugs from couldn’t be found after she died. Did they flee?
- Only outgoing calls, not incoming as well, were counted as part of the official phone records.
I know this probably makes you want to call in the CSI team. But honestly, the advancements in CSI technology we enjoy today may not have given us a direct answer about Marilyn’s death if used at the time. Autopsy techniques haven’t really advanced since 1962 (though a more thorough toxicology test would certainly have cleared things up). And without that very important missing half of the phone list, we wouldn’t be nearly as able to see what happened that day even with today’s techniques. Without that information, we’d be lost even today.
Whether she died by her own hand or at the hand of someone else, there’s still a lot of people out there who wish she was still around.
But check this out — I And I admit, I’m one of them.When the anniversary of Marilyn’d death rolls around tomorrow, I vote that we remember Marilyn for what she was: A fractured woman who wanted to be taken seriously as a performer and an intellectual. She was a survivor, getting a college degree and even dying her hair to get as much work in Hollywood as possible. A lady who was certainly more than just a pretty face.
Do you think we could have figured out Marilyn’s cause of death if she had died today? What stands out to you about this case, Lovelies?