Marilyn's Last Words by Matthew Smith
Her Secret Tapes and Mysterious Death

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Marilyn Monroe’s death in August 1962, apparently a suicide, shocked the world. The coroner’s report stated that her death was due to a massive overdose of Nembutal capsules. But what about the discrepancies between the official report and the eyewitness accounts and memories of the people who were there at the scene of her death—friends, her housekeeping staff, police officers, and doctors? And what about the forensic evidence that disappeared between the time of her death and the coroner’s report being issued? Looking back at thousands of documents, many never before published, and interviewing dozens of sources, Smith argues strongly for a startling new version of events, as he paints a portrait of her day-to-day world toward the end of her life. The case he makes so convincingly is based not only on the documents and on complete forensic evidence, but also on the secret, confidential tapes Monroe made for her psychiatrist in the days leading up to her death—tapes that reveal a woman in charge of her life and her fate, a woman looking forward to a busy, bright future. Here, in her own words from the transcripts of the tapes, are the most secret thoughts of Marilyn Monroe.
 

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Matthew Smith has written extensively on the Kennedy administration and assassination and was consultant to the television program The Men Who Killed Kennedy. He is the author of Vendetta: The Kennedys. He lives in England
 
Published June 30, 2004 by Carroll & Graf. 328 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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As for Monroe’s tapes, they cover such unedifying topics as taking enemas and having sex with Joan Crawford, plus a few predictable comments about working with Laurence Olivier (“a great, great actor”) and the peculiar remark—perhaps Monroe was just being funny—that the Bible is “a good script.” ...

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Smith (Vendetta: The Kennedys ) insists that Marilyn Monroe's 1962 death was murder and goes to great lengths to prove it. Many prominent figures in the inves

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Smith (Vendetta: The Kennedys ) insists that Marilyn Monroe's 1962 death was murder and goes to great lengths to prove it.

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