Today is the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death. Myths and hints of murder that still surround her final evening.
Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her bedroom on August 5th 1962 by her psychiatrist doctor Ralph Greenson. She was just 36 years old. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office ruled the death as "acute barbiturate poisoning" and "probable suicide". However many people including the first police officer to arrive at the scene of the death believed she was murdered.
For fifty years conspiracy theories on Marilyn's death have been rampant. Various people have been implicated in her death from the Kennedys to the Mafia to the FBI.
Like many an iconic figure who have gone to their graves young, the events leading up to Marilyn’s death are as mysterious, ambiguous and unclear as Marilyn herself. Many people supposedly visited Marilyn the day before she died - Bobby Kennedy, the FBI, a "mob boss" and Frank Sinatra's rat pack.
Official records tell us that Marilyn Monroe's death was "acute barbiturate poisoning." There was no further evidence of this though and it seems Marilyn wasn't given a post-mortem, or if she was then it wasn't recorded.
Basic standard procedures were not followed for some reason, records were not kept of her post-mortem - astonishing when you think how high profile a case this was. And then her organs were "thrown away".
Many camps have quashed the theory that Marilyn took her own life. Her psychiatrist had recorded many interviews with her that showed Marilyn to be positive and fairly optimistic. These were transcribed by a district attorney but then "lost".
Marilyn was looking forward to getting back to filming and she felt that her therapy had worked. What's more - Marilyn bought an expensive piece of furniture the day before she died. Apparently this is almost unheard of behaviour for someone who sees their life ending soon.
Marilyn Monroe would be 86 if she were alive today. Her death has been a subject of conjecture for the last 50 years but not surprising considering the key witnesses that fateful night changed their stories. Time of death has never properly been established. Suicide and murder have never been ruled out. We recall the theories, the rumours and the possibilities of Marilyn's last night.