On August 5 1962
On August 5 1962, Marilyn Monroe, born Norma Jeane Mortenson was found dead in her home, but to this day her death is a mystery. There are many factors in Marilyn’s life that were hard for her to deal with, she never had a place to call home, she never knew her father, but there were some theories on who her father was, and her mother was never there for Marilyn due to her spending most of her time in a mental institution. Marilyn was a beautiful actress and model who was very successful with her movie The Misfits in 1961 and The Seven Year Itch in 1955 and many more. Marilyn Monroe’s identity came to life when Lyon, from 20th Century Fox, remembered a stage actress from the 1920s whom he had long admired, a musical performer named Marilyn Miller. According to HowStuffWorks.com “He thought “Marilyn” would better suit Norma Jeane’s new, glamorous identity as a Hollywood starlet and she would take her family’s last name Monroe” (Susan Doll) that is how the Marilyn we know today was born. There has been a number of conspiracy theories surrounding Marilyn’s death, and one of the theories is that she was murdered by the Kennedy brothers, who Marilyn allegedly had affairs with. There is also a possibility she was murdered by the Mafia or the CIA to upset the Kennedy brothers. To this day, no one knows who really killed the young and beautiful actress Marilyn Monroe.
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson (later baptized as Norma Jeane Baker) on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. Marilyn had a rough childhood, Monroe never knew her father, and once thought Clark Gable to be her father, but there’s no evidence that he ever met or knew Monroe’s mother. Marilyn’s mother, Gladys Pearl Baker, was born May 27, 1902 and she worked as a film cutter at RKO studios, but her psychological problems prevented her from keeping the job. Since her mother was in and out of mental hospitals, Monroe spent much of her time in foster care and in an orphanage. In 1937, a family friend and her husband, Grace and Doc Goddard, took care of Monroe for a few years. The Goddards were paid $25 weekly by Monroe’s mother to raise her. At seven years old, Monroe returned to a life in foster homes, where she encountered sexual assault on multiple occasions, than later confessing that she had been raped when she was 11 years old. Luckily for Marilyn, she had a way out through marriage, and she wed her boyfriend Jimmy Dougherty on June 19, 1942, at the age of 16. By that time, Monroe had dropped out of high school at the age of 15.
With World War II underway, Dougherty joined the Merchant Marine in 1943 and shipped out to Shanghai a year later. With her husband overseas, Monroe found a job at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory. Monroe was working at this factory when she was “discovered” by photographer David Conover, who was photographing females working for the war effort. Conover’s pictures of Monroe appeared in Yank magazine in 1945. Impressed by what he saw, Conover showed Monroe’s photos to Potter Hueth, a commercial photographer. Hueth and Monroe soon struck a deal: Hueth would take pictures of Monroe but she would only be paid if magazines bought her photos. This deal allowed Monroe to keep her day job at Radio Plane and model at night. Dougherty still overseas, was not happy about Marilyn modeling. In July 1946, these pictures brought Monroe to the attention of casting director Ben Lyon of 20th Century Fox, who called Monroe for a screen test. Monroe’s screen test was a success and in August 1946, 20th Century Fox offered Monroe a six-month contract with the studio, having the option of renewing it every six months. When Dougherty returned, he was even less happy about his wife becoming a starlet which cause the couple divorced in 1946.
In 1949, Marilyn Monroe heard that the Marx brothers needed a sexy blonde for their new movie, Love Happy, she auditioned and got the part. Monroe’s small part in Love Happy allowed her to get noticed by producer Lester Cowan, who decided Marilyn would go on a five-week long publicity tour. Marilyn’s part in Love Happy also caught the eye of Johnny Hyde who was a major talent agent, Johnny was able to get Marilyn an audition at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer for a small part in Asphalt Jungle in 1950. In the year of 1952, Marilyn’s nude photos appeared and threatened her career, but later told the press that she posed for money during the time she was broke, she also explained how she never received a thank-you from the people who made so much money off her fifty-dollar humiliation. Over the years, Marilyn made her most famous movies, which caused her to become a major movie star: Niagara (1953), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), River of No Return (1954) and There’s no Business like Show Business (1954).
On January 14, 1954, Marilyn married Joe DiMaggio, who was a world-famous New York Yankee star baseball player. DiMaggio was ready to settle down and expected Monroe to settle down as well in their rented home in Beverly Hills, but Monroe had reached stardom and planned to continue acting and fulfilling a recording contract with RCA Victor Records. DiMaggio and Monroe’s marriage was a troubled one, which reached its boiling point in September 1954 during the filming of the now famous scene in (1955), a comedy in which Monroe had top billing. In this legendary scene, Monroe stood over a subway grate while the breeze from below blew her white dress up into the air. While excited onlookers whistled and clapped for more, director Billy Wilder turned it into a publicity stunt and the scene was shot again. DiMaggio, who was on the set, flew into a rage. The marriage ended shortly thereafter; the two separated in October 1954, after only nine months of marriage.
Two years later, Monroe married American playwright Arthur Miller on June 29, 1956. During this marriage, Monroe suffered two miscarriages, began taking sleeping pills, and starred in two of her most legendary movies, Bus Stop in 1956 and Some Like it Hot in 1959, she was later nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best comedy actress. Filmed in Nevada, the movie was directed by John Huston. During filming, Monroe became frequently ill and unable to perform. Consuming sleeping pills and alcohol, Monroe was hospitalized for ten days for a nervous breakdown. After the completion of the movie, Monroe and Miller divorced after five years of marriage, Monroe claimed they were incompatible. On February 2, 1961, Monroe entered Payne Whitney Psychiatric Hospital in New York. DiMaggio flew to her side and had her moved to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, where she also underwent gallbladder surgery and after convalescing, she began work on Something’s Got to Give, which was never completed. When Monroe missed a lot of work due to frequent illness, 20th Century Fox fired and sued her for breach of contract.
In August 5, 1962, at only 36 years old, Marilyn Monroe died at her Los Angeles home. An empty bottle of sleeping pills was found by her bed. There has been some speculation over the years that she may have been murdered, but the cause of her death was officially ruled as a drug overdose. There have also been rumors that Monroe was involved with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert around the time of her death. Monroe was buried in her favorite Emilio Pucci dress, in what was known as a “Cadillac casket”, the most high-end casket available, made of heavy-gauge solid bronze and lined with champagne-colored silk.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline Massachusetts. John became the 35th president in 1961, but before he could become president, he served in both the U.S House of Representatives and U.S Senate. John grew up with wealthy parents, his mother Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald, was a Boston debutante and his father, Joseph Kennedy Sr. was a successful banker who made a fortune on the stock market after World War I. John was the second oldest of nine siblings, his sister Eunice Kennedy was the founder of the Special Olympics, his brother Robert Kennedy was a U.S Attorney General and his brother Ted Kennedy was the most powerful senator is American History. Growing up John was a mischievous child, who did poorly in school.Young Kennedy attended a Catholic boarding school for boys in Connecticut called Canterbury where he excelled in English and History, but despite his poor grades, he continued onto an elite Connecticut preparatory school called Choate. Once John graduated from Choate, he spent one semester at Princeton, but later transferred to Harvard in 1936, where once again sticking to the same pattern where he excelled only in the classes he enjoys. After graduating Harvard, John joins the U.S Navy and was assigned to patrol a torpedo boat in South Pacific, but on August 2, 1943 his boat was rammed by a Japanese warship where two sailors died and John badly injured his back. While stranded, Kennedy led the survivors to a nearby island where they were rescued six days later, this earned John to receive the Navy and Marine Corps medal for ” extremely heroic conduct” and the Purple Heart.
Monroe’s alleged relationship with the Kennedy family factors in almost all conspiracy theories about her death. She was famously rumored to be sleeping with President John F. Kennedy, a rumor she helped create with the notorious sultry version of “Happy Birthday” that she sang to JFK two months before her death. But later rumors claimed she was also having an affair with JFK’s younger brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy. There are multiple parts of the theory on why Robert killed Marilyn, but the major part of the theory is that Robert Kennedy had her killed because Marilyn kept a diary that was filled with incriminating information and threatened to expose them.
A 78 year old man named Mr. Hodges, made an astonishing confession that he murdered Marilyn Monroe. Mr Hodges worked in the CIA for 41 years and had top level security clearances, he claimed that he was employed as a hitman to assassinate curtain people who were a threat to the security of the country. Mr. Hodges has also expressed that he has committed 37 assassinations between 1959 and 1972, his targets were journalists, union leaders and political activists. He claims that he has no regrets, he said she became a ” threat to the security of the country” and she had to be eliminated. The 78 year old was taken into custody by the FBI because they took Mr. Hodges confession very seriously,which led to them opening an investigation to verify his allegations. The most important witnesses, aside from Hodges, was his commanding officer James Hayworth who died of a heart attack in 2011, three other CIA assassins who were also dead and Captain Keith McInnis who went missing in 1968.