Marilyn At Rainbow's End: Sex, Lies, Murder, and the Great Cover-up

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As an insight into the American experience of celebrity death on the 50th anniversary of the murder of the Love Goddess, biographer Darwin Porter has compiled, after decades of research, an intriguing roundup of the conspiracies and dark secrets behind Hollywood’s most notorious mystery: Who Killed Marilyn?
This relentless page-turner, a lip-smacking and juicy read, examines the mass hysteria that followed in the wake of Marilyn’s assassination. No death in the 20th century, ...
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Overview

As an insight into the American experience of celebrity death on the 50th anniversary of the murder of the Love Goddess, biographer Darwin Porter has compiled, after decades of research, an intriguing roundup of the conspiracies and dark secrets behind Hollywood’s most notorious mystery: Who Killed Marilyn?
This relentless page-turner, a lip-smacking and juicy read, examines the mass hysteria that followed in the wake of Marilyn’s assassination. No death in the 20th century, other than that of JFK himself, ever sparked more cover-ups, lies, criminal thefts of vital data (including body parts), bribes, perjury, myths, incompetent investigating, distorted medical records, unauthorized leaks, outrageous rumors, and a blitzkrieg of bizarre books that obscured more than they revealed.

Like the sirens of Greek mythology, Marilyn was an irresistible temptress who captivated powerful men. On her road to ruin, the once-vulnerable waif had mutated into a temperamental vixen, seducing and then provoking dangerous men who presided over the economic and military mechanisms of the Free World and the innermost sanctums of organized crime. Filled with rage, hysteria, and depression, “and fed up with Jack’s lies, Bobby’s lies,” she sought revenge and mass vindication.

Her revelations at an imminent press conference could have toppled political dynasties and destroyed criminal empires. Marilyn had to be stopped. This investigative book treats the reader like a member of the jury, laying out evidence, stripping it of its links to the self-interest of whoever gave it, ad separating what really happened from thousands of distorted and misleading testimonies.

The rendering of history’s final verdict was, until now, crippled because of eyewitnesses who radically changed their testimonies as many as three times as the years drifted by. Into this steamy cauldron of deceit, Marilyn herself emerges as a most unreliable witness during the weeks leading up to her murder. Her own deceptions, vanities, and self-delusion poured toxic accelerants on an already raging fire.

In the aftermath of the shattering events of August 5, 1962, as Marilyn’s nude body--the object of the desire of literally thousands of men--was wheeled in for voyeuristic doctors to examine and dissect, a legend was already being born. This new book from Darwin Porter will change, forever, how the world interprets the death and legacy of the most famous actress to ever emerge out of Hollywood.

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Darwin Porter has given us another gift: The biggest, juiciest, hottest icon of 20th-century icon, Marilyn Monroe.

In Marilyn at Rainbow’s End: Sex Lies, Murder and the Great Cover-Up (Blood Moon Productions) Porter brings his talent for linking the obvious to the obscure, his memory for the most microscopic detail to the most comprehensible headline. And, in choosing Monroe, Porter has chosen a greater than life contemporary figure who touched every one of us, some more intimately than others.

As always, the genius is in the detail. And Porter has all of them. Porter’s honesty could rip the skin off of any figure, and give the reader the reality of all he writes about. Lust and fear---with a little greed and a touch of egotism—motors this work. Marilyn’s climb—step by step, bed by bed (until she reaches the White House, Nikita Khrushchev and the heads of the Mafia)—is laid out in all its fantastic particulars. To be sure, there are other power mad fiends along the way, such as Sinatra, most of the Kennedy clan, Albert Einstein (!), sundry mobsters and monsters and politicians and pundits, all whom Marilyn used on her way up the ladder. Unfortunately, when you reach the tipity top of the ladder, the next step is down. And self-destruction. The more power you have, the more enemies you create; the more you know, the greater the danger. And Marilyn accumulated more power and knowledge than anyone else. That she would be murdered is obvious; the shock and surprise comes in how many people wanted her dead for so many reasons. Success in America comes with an awful price, and there really is such a thing as being too smart. Anyone who has ever believed the suicide theory must also believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa. The four-hour clean up after the body, not quite but pretty much dead, was discovered was clumsier than the Harlow clean up, with witnesses appearing and disappearing, stories changing and entire locations re-dressed for the occasion. At times, the cast of characters rivals any assembled by DeMille, with everyone from Peter Lawford to Robert Kennedy to a myriad of police officials. At other times, it was a very lonely place. It all depends on who you believe. With scrupulous research, Porter pretty much sums up the underside of American entertainment, political and criminal activities in middle of the twentieth-century. He does not paint a pretty sight, but Porter does present, with scathing honesty, the Monroe death lies and cover-ups, stopping just short of JFK and RFK. And for those who still believe that lone gunmen were responsible for the deaths of the Kennedy Brothers, is that the sound of sleigh bells on the roof?

Porter is fearless, honest and a great read. He minces no words. He wouldn't suggest that a certain star was caught in flagrante delecto with an unnamed canine; he would simply state that that star was seen being screwed by a dog. Zing! Right to the point. If the truth makes you wince and honesty offends your sensibility, stay away.

It’s been said that Darwin Porter deals in muck because he can’t libel the dead. Well, it’s about time someone started telling the truth about the dead and being honest about just what happened to get us in the mess in which we’re in. If libel is lying, then Porter is so completely innocent as to deserve an award. In all of his works he speaks only to the truth, and although he is a hard teacher and task master, he’s one we ignore at our peril. To quote Gore Vidal, power is not a toy we give to someone for being good. If we all don’t begin to investigate where power and money really are in the here and now, we deserve what we get. Yes, Porter names names. The reader will come away from the book knowing just who killed Monroe. Porter rather brilliantly points to a number of motives, but leaves it to the reader to surmise exactly what happened at the rainbow’s end, just why Marilyn was killed. And, of course, why we should be careful of getting exactly what we want. It’s a very long tumble from the top.
--Alan W. Petrucelli, THE ENTERTAINMENT REPORT, www.examiner.com, May, 13, 2012

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936003297
  • Publisher: Blood Moon Productions
  • Publication date: 6/16/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

In 1950, while a schoolboy, Darwin Porter was introduced to Marilyn Monroe by his mother, Hazel Triplett, a manager at Miami Beach's Helen Mar Hotel, where Marilyn was staying. Mrs Triplett had been instructed by a fabled B-movie star, Ronald Reagan, who was picking up the tab, to
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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)

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Table of Contents

Part One-THE MISFITS
Part Two-NIGHTMARE IN THE DREAM FACTORY
Part Three-LET'S MAKE LOVE
Part Four-TWILIGHT OF A GODDESS
Part Five-MARILYN AT RAINBOW'S END
Part Six-THE FINAL DAY (August 4, 1962)
Part Seven-THE MURDER THAT NEVER DIES
Part Eight-THE AFTERMATH
--AUTHOR'S BIO
--INDEX
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  • Anonymous

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    Save your money.

    I have read 117 books since buying my Nook. This one is the worst one of them all.

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    This was a book that i couldn't put down. Although it was somewh

    This was a book that i couldn't put down. Although it was somewhat unbelievable due to how Marilyn was described, it just seemed to outrageous to be true. Also there was a few typos in the book that i have noticed, for example on one it had said she was buried in April of 1962, when in fact she was still alive. it should have been August 1962 .

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