A New York Times Best Seller! Implicating Robert F. Kennedy in Marilyn Monroe’s murder, this is the first book to name the LAPD officers who accompanied him to her home, provide details about how the Kennedys used bribes to silence one of the ambulance drivers, and specify how the cover-up was aided by a noted pathologist’s lies.
Since Marilyn Monroe died among suspicious circumstances on the night of August 4, 1962, there have been queries and theories, allegations and investigations, but no definitive evidence about precisely what happened and who was involved . . . until now.
Here renowned MM expert Jay Margolis and New York Times bestselling author Richard Buskin finally lay to rest more than fifty years of wild speculation and misguided assertions by actually naming, for the first time, the screen goddess’s killer while utilizing the testimony of eye-witnesses to exactly what took place inside her house on Fifth Helena Drive in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood.
This blockbuster volume blows the lid off the world’s most notorious and talked-about celebrity death, and in the process exposes not only the truth about an iconic star’s tragic final hours, but also how a legendary American politician used powerful resources to protect what many still perceive as his untarnished reputation.
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About the Author
Jay Margolis is a noted Marilyn Monroe author and expert who graduated from the University of Southern California summa cum laude (and did so a year early). For his distinguished paper on African American reparations, Margolis became a Jesse Unruh Research Scholar. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Richard Buskin is a New York Times bestselling author and freelance journalist who specializes in film, music, television, and pop culture. His articles have appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world, and among the thirty nonfiction books that he has written are biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, Whitney Houston, and Sheryl Crow. A native of London, England, he lives in Chicago, Illinois.
Table of Contents
1 How Did Marilyn Monroe Really Die? 1
2 Marilyn's Close Friends Get Suspicious 9
3 Bobby Kennedy Brought Along One of His Two Long-time Personal Bodyguards to Sedate Marilyn in the Afternoon 15
4 A Surprise Evening Visit from Bobby Kennedy and Gangster Squad LAPD Partners Archie Case and James Ahern 25
5 Schaefer Ambulance Attendant James Edwin Hall Told the Truth 37
6 Hall, Liebowitz, Lawford, Newcomb, and Iannone Witnessed a Murder Not an Adrenaline Shot 47
7 The Soundman 61
8 Walt Schaefer's Involvement 63
9 Who the Hell Is Ken Hunter? 65
10 Famous Clients Were Commonplace at Schaefer Ambulance 69
11 The Men at Beverly and Western 75
12 The Santa Monica Hospital "Story" 81
13 Murray Leib and the Mysterious Car Washes 85
14 Detective Lynn Franklin Pulls Over a Very Drunk Peter Lawford 91
15 Detective Franklin Connects the Dots 97
16 Greenson's Motives for Killing His Patient 99
17 Does Greenson's Official Story Check Out? 113
18 Did Chief Parker Cover Up Bobby Kennedy's Tracks in Los Angeles? 121
19 Behind the Scenes at Marilyn Monroe's Funeral 129
20 Dr. Greenson Calls the Police to Say Marilyn Monroe Committed Suicide 137
21 The Greenson and Engelberg Agreement 139
The Kennedy Version
22 Was Lawford's Call to Ebbins a Cry for Help or Just a Really Good Alibi? 151
23 Bill Asher Also Claims Lawford Phoned Him in a Panic 159
24 Dolores Naar Claims Dr. Greenson Gave Marilyn Sedatives 161
Autopsy Report 203
Postscript Endnotes 320
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's been a long time waiting for the truth which we all knew RIP Marilyn
Very interesting read but the book version cut off alot of the quotes. ...bummer
Wow! What little girls do you know of have never learned the name Marilyn Monroe? Not many. Even as a little black girl, I was fascinated by this sex goddess I would never get to know. I believed she could have possibly been murdered, but it wasn't until I read this casebook that has finally put my doubts about her "probable suicide" to rest. Authors Jay Margolis and Richard Buskin officially give names to Marilyn's murderers: Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, his brother-in-law Peter Lawson, and Marilyn Monroe's psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson. This is a very believably account of the night of August 4, 1962 but it is also a very extraordinary account, as well. How could a very respected political figure organize and execute a murder plot such as this is beyond me. Why would he bother? There was so much a stake, you were a dirty dog, lie down over it. It is not an easy read, for the readers of this book will have to be patient and take into account all the versions that have ever come to play the night Marilyn died: her housekeeper, her housekeepers son-in-law, her publicist, her psychiatrists, her ex-husbands, her neighbors, ambulance attendants, etc. Marigolds and Buskin combines all the material ever written on Marilyn's probable suicide and piece them together for the reader so as to save us all the time perusing this subject matter for the last fifty-four years. After Marilyn had been beaten, subdued and drugged, being left unconscious for dead, Schaefer Ambulance attendants James Hall and Murray Leibowitz got her breathing normally and ready for transport to the hospital, if Dr. Ralph Greenson had not shown up and thrown a wrench--well, a needle--in to the plans, Marilyn would have lived beyond 36 years. Unbelievable. This book is written for the Monroe fans, criminologists, Kennedy political history scandal free-bee's everywhere. The last two chapters of the book entitled "Conclusion" and Postscript Case Confirmed: The Second and Third Shooters in The Robert Kennedy Assassination are entirely devoted to the connection Mariyn's acclaimed death and RFK's assassination. This book deserves a spot on your shelf amongst all the criminology, political history research texts that you own