Marilyn Monroe's death in August 1962, apparently a suicide, shocked the world. With fame, fortune, powerful friends and lovers, and the world at her feet, why would she have killed herself? Looking back at thousands of documents, some of them never published before, Matthew Smith argues strongly for a startling new version of events. His argument ...Read MoreMarilyn Monroe's death in August 1962, apparently a suicide, shocked the world. With fame, fortune, powerful friends and lovers, and the world at her feet, why would she have killed herself? Looking back at thousands of documents, some of them never published before, Matthew Smith argues strongly for a startling new version of events. His argument is based not only on these documents and on the complete forensic evidence, but also on the secret, confidential tapes Marilyn made for her psychiatrist in the weeks leading up to her death - tapes that portray a woman in charge of her life and looking forward to a busy, bright future. Here, from the transcripts of these tapes, are the most private thoughts of Marilyn Monroe.Read Less
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As interesting as this book is, I found it extremely difficult to keep track of the characters. It?s easy to remember names such as ?Greenson? (MM?s psychiatrist) or Engelberg (MM?s GP), but who are people such as Walter Bernstein, Bob Mitchum, ?Slatzer?, ?Otash?, and so on? Initially one really needs a description of them (e.g. the man with the fag, or limp, etc.). Later on the names have been used frequently enough for the reader to be able to place them, but it made it very difficult ? for me ? to keep track of what?s going on. Be that as it may, Smith managed to convince me that Monroe might not have committed suicide. The truth will however never be discovered as it was incinerated along with Monroe?s body in 1962, unless one of the accomplices opens his/her mouth.
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