9:17 pm - 12/28/2012

FBI examined theories about Marilyn Monroe's death and Communist ties, new files show

Newly unsealed FBI files regarding Marilyn Monroe show that officials were curious about differing theories about her death 50 years ago and also reveal new details about the agency's concerns about her political leanings.

The records were obtained by the Associated Press.

According to AP, the files don't provide new clues about her death in Bel Air but added: "Letters and news clippings included in the file show the bureau was aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe's death was a probable suicide."

Whether Monroe died by her own hand has been debated and dissected by books, documentaries, conspiracy theorists and Hollywood and Washington insiders alike for years.
Enough credence was given to the various reports that in 1982, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office reexamined the case.
The D.A.'s review concluded that "the cumulative evidence available to us fails to support any theory of criminal conduct relating to her death."

The Times investigated the questions surrounding Monroe's death in this story from 1985:

Through the years, questions have been raised about whether she was murdered because of her association with John and Robert Kennedy; the exact time the actress' body was discovered; where she got the pills that killed her; and why an ambulance was dispatched to the scene when official reports indicate that she was lifeless when found.

In 2005, The Times looked at what officials have learned about her final days.

The new FBI files also show the agency investigated her ties to alleged Communists in the years before her death.

"This situation caused considerable dismay among Miss Monroe's entourage and also among the (American Communist Group in Mexico)," the file states. It includes references to an interior decorator who worked with Monroe's analyst reporting her connection to Field to the doctor.

Field's autobiography devotes an entire chapter to Monroe's Mexico trip, "An Indian Summer Interlude." He mentions that he and his wife accompanied Monroe on shopping trips and meals and he only mentions politics once in a passage on their dinnertime conversations.

"She talked mostly about herself and some of the people who had been or still were important to her," Field wrote in "From Right to Left." "She told us about her strong feelings for civil rights, for black equality, as well as her admiration for what was being done in China, her anger at red-baiting and McCarthyism and her hatred of (FBI director) J. Edgar Hoover."

Under Hoover's watch, the FBI kept tabs on the political and social lives of many celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Charlie Chaplin and Monroe's ex-husband Arthur Miller. The bureau has also been involved in numerous investigations about crimes against celebrities, including threats against Elizabeth Taylor, an extortion case involving Clark Gable and more recently, trying to solve who killed rapper Notorious B.I.G.

The AP had sought the removal of redactions from Monroe's FBI files earlier this year as part of a series of stories on the 50th anniversary of Monroe's death. The FBI had reported that it had transferred the files to a National Archives facility in Maryland, but archivists said the documents had not been received. A few months after requesting details on the transfer, the FBI released an updated version of the files that eliminate dozens of redactions.

For years, the files have intrigued investigators, biographers and those who don't believe Monroe's death at her Los Angeles area home was a suicide.

A 1982 investigation by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office found no evidence of foul play after reviewing all available investigative records, but noted that the FBI files were "heavily censored."

That characterization intrigued the man who performed Monroe's autopsy, Dr. Thomas Noguchi. While the DA investigation concluded he conducted a thorough autopsy, Noguchi has conceded that no one will likely ever know all the details of Monroe's death. The FBI files and confidential interviews conducted with the actress' friends that have never been made public might help, he wrote in his 1983 memoir "Coroner."

"On the basis of my own involvement in the case, beginning with the autopsy, I would call Monroe's suicide `very probable,"' Noguchi wrote. "But I also believe that until the complete FBI files are made public and the notes and interviews of the suicide panel released, controversy will continue to swirl around her death."

Monroe's file begins in 1955 and mostly focuses on her travels and associations, searching for signs of leftist views and possible ties to communism. One entry, which previously had been almost completely redacted, concerned intelligence that Monroe and other entertainers sought visas to visit Russia that year.

The file continues up until the months before her death, and also includes several news stories and references to Norman Mailer's biography of the actress, which focused on questions about whether Monroe was killed by the government.

For all the focus on Monroe's closeness to suspected communists, the bureau never found any proof she was a member of the party.

"Subject's views are very positively and concisely leftist; however, if she is being actively used by the Communist Party, it is not general knowledge among those working with the movement in Los Angeles," a July 1962 entry in Monroe's file states.

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turi 29th-Dec-2012 02:42 am (UTC)
In conclusion nothing has been concluded
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 02:43 am (UTC)
Pretty much. Her death will most likely never be solved.
josiefier 29th-Dec-2012 02:44 am (UTC)
mjspice 29th-Dec-2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yep. ._.
maidenhell 29th-Dec-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
I will always believe she was murdered.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
me too. She definitely did not kill herself.
mankini 29th-Dec-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
yeah me too
itspokerface 29th-Dec-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
Me too.
dizzy879 29th-Dec-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if that was the case.
kidviciousdonna 29th-Dec-2012 03:50 am (UTC)
lazmy 29th-Dec-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
unmellow_yellow 29th-Dec-2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Same. Everyone's just too scared to really probe it because the government was probably involved.
luminaris 29th-Dec-2012 06:53 am (UTC)
for_serious13 29th-Dec-2012 02:49 pm (UTC)
me too
mjspice 29th-Dec-2012 03:45 pm (UTC)
oceanhue 29th-Dec-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
Can we move on from this event
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
idts. Still fascinating after 50 years. when will Grim Kardashian?
oceanhue 29th-Dec-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
What does Kim have to do with any of this? There are more meaningful things for people to be worrying over, besides a drunken whore with depression.
myhipusername 29th-Dec-2012 03:14 am (UTC)
i don't understand how they never came to a conclusion about her death and how she died
thetxbelle 29th-Dec-2012 03:21 am (UTC)
tbh this might sound crazy but like I said below, I think it's related to the Kennedy's and to some degree they've had influence over how it was handled.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
The LAPD messed the entire case up. The investigation was shit and they jumped to the conclusion that she killed herself before even a proper investigation. Her autopsy couldn't find anything.

Edited at 2012-12-29 03:24 am (UTC)
pineandapple 29th-Dec-2012 04:10 pm (UTC)
Plus some files disappeared misteriously.
thetxbelle 29th-Dec-2012 03:17 am (UTC)
The Kennedy men are some shady sleazy assholes, unless something new comes out I'll always believe they had something to do with her death.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 03:25 am (UTC)
yeah I think they had some involvement also.
pennyroyaltea 29th-Dec-2012 04:55 am (UTC)
i completely agree. i really believe that they had something to do with her death, idgaf if i sound crazy lol
itspokerface 29th-Dec-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I want to know what really happened to her. And now I'm going to spend the next 3 hours reading conspirancy theories
dubiously 29th-Dec-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Me too.
americandream17 29th-Dec-2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
and good links you read/found?
coffeenmorphine 29th-Dec-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
Distracted by the ladled on makeup in that pic.
freemywilly 29th-Dec-2012 04:07 am (UTC)
I never really liked that pic myself.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
I think it's the camera making the foundation look weird.
winter_lace 29th-Dec-2012 04:10 am (UTC)
Yeah... that's the worst photo of her I've ever seen
hotel 29th-Dec-2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
MTE, it's scary.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 07:54 pm (UTC)
The worst? Idts. There are thousands of pictures of Marilyn available online, some better and some worse. This image is a closeup of an aging star about to sing for JFK. I don't think many people are aware of what Marilyn looked like in 1962 (her last year alive) and it is what it is.
secura 29th-Dec-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
its the flash
itsontd_bitch 29th-Dec-2012 04:23 am (UTC)
I thought it was just an accidental overdose. I hate conspiracy theories.
lazmy 29th-Dec-2012 04:53 am (UTC)
there's no way it was an accidental overdose with all of the prolific people she was involved with/surrounded by
spiffynamehere 29th-Dec-2012 05:39 am (UTC)
pineandapple 29th-Dec-2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
It wasn't. They found no evidence of drugs in her liver, stomach, etc. They suspect it was injected.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 07:55 pm (UTC)
Her autopsy shows no sign of an overdose. You can view the autopsy online if you're curious.
poetic_daze 29th-Dec-2012 04:26 am (UTC)
let it go... also that pic of her is gross
prophecypro 29th-Dec-2012 04:32 am (UTC)
They probably investigated every celeb about communist ties at the time.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 04:37 am (UTC)
yeah they were investigating a bunch of them
spiffynamehere 29th-Dec-2012 05:40 am (UTC)
Seriously, hello? Everyone was dragged in for being a commie at that time. The fuck.
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 05:48 am (UTC)
The government was following her for being associated with communist amongst other things. J Edgar Hoover was crazy.
lazmy 29th-Dec-2012 04:51 am (UTC)
i just started watching her films a few months ago and she really was great on screen. i don't know much about her and i regret not getting into her work earlier.
boomboxrobot 29th-Dec-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
What have you watched so far? Niagara is my favorite from her filmography.
lazmy 29th-Dec-2012 07:03 am (UTC)
some like it hot and gentlemen prefer blondes
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 05:44 am (UTC)
YES! Her presence is amazing.
for_serious13 29th-Dec-2012 02:54 pm (UTC)

people can stfu saying she was useless or just pretty

she actually had talent. she wasn't the BEST actress but she was good
shmilez 29th-Dec-2012 04:59 am (UTC)
Someone on ONTD mentioned the book "The Empty Glass" in the last Monroe post and I picked it up from the library and it's really interesting so far (i'm only halfway) but it does bring up interesting conspiracy theories.
unmellow_yellow 29th-Dec-2012 05:02 am (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the rec!
tlcspice 29th-Dec-2012 05:45 am (UTC)
OMG gonna read that tbh
luminaris 29th-Dec-2012 06:58 am (UTC)
R.I.P to this Queen and I too think there's more to her death than it being "accidental"
slapband 29th-Dec-2012 07:31 am (UTC)
i never really cared about her either way but this outspoken fat woman in one of my classes had a legit standup argument with me about "MARILYN WAS A SIZE 18!!!!" until she was red in the face. now i just laugh when i see her.
manubibi 29th-Dec-2012 09:21 am (UTC)
I will honestly never understand why people love her. I hate pop icons that are only icons because people love them (and people love them because they're icons) so maybe that's it, I can't fit in
lazmy 29th-Dec-2012 09:41 am (UTC)
kind of a special snowflake opinion but if you can get over how overrated she is and get into her work you'll feel differently

manubibi 29th-Dec-2012 10:10 am (UTC)
Idk, I watched Some Like it Hot and she really didn't come across to me as a talented artist or whatever, she just seemed a regular girl to me; I don't get the fame surrounding her. But then again my standard for famous people is "you either are extremely talented or my money are wasted on you" imho
backincharge 29th-Dec-2012 11:46 am (UTC)
Because she died young and tragically. Plus there's so much mystery around her life and her death.

That's why people are still obsessed with the Kennedy's and always will be.
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