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Title:
Marilyn's last words : her secret tapes and mysterious death
Author:
Smith, Matthew.
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Edition:
First Carroll and Graf edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2004.

©2003
Physical Description:
xix, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786713806
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Book

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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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Publisher's Weekly Review

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 investigation believed she was killed, though few went on record. From the forensic evidence suggesting she was drugged via enema to the massive discrepancies in the official reports, Smith meticulously builds his case. He sifts through thousands of documents, interviews and never-before-revealed confidential tapes Monroe made days before her death. Two suspects emerge: Robert and John F. Kennedy, and the CIA. Monroe had affairs with RFK and JFK, and Smith believes those liaisons led to her death. Learning she was prepared to "blow the whole damn thing wide open" (though it's unclear whether Monroe meant the affairs or the CIA/Mafia attempt to assassinate Castro), RFK came calling. Many believe he was the last official to see her alive. What's less known is that her house was bugged by the FBI and CIA. Smith contends the CIA, angered by the Bay of Pigs debacle, struck back against the Kennedys via Monroe. Smith's research is intriguing, but his reasoning specious. If the CIA wanted to implicate the Kennedys in murder, why make it look like suicide? And why is the family off the hook? This book's evident desire to exonerate them colors its thesis. Photos. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Smith (JFK: The Second Plot) adds to the murder conspiracy literature on Marilyn Monroe. Drawing on previous research as well as his own findings including transcripts of tapes that Monroe made for her psychiatrist just before her death he asserts that the movie star was happy and looking toward a bright future; he also argues that she planned to remarry Joe DiMaggio. Unfortunately, readers must wade through more than 100 pages of mostly plodding and repetitive prose before they can read Marilyn's actual words from the tapes (which make up only 30 pages). Though Smith presents some compelling evidence that Monroe was murdered, his theories about who murdered her and why seem far-fetched; Smith even ties in the conspiracy theories surrounding the deaths of both Kennedys. Not recommended, though heavy media coverage will probably drive requests. Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Free Libs., Salinas, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.