Cameras flashing, people yelling, dazzling gowns twirling around as if they had a life of their own; the world seemed to spin around as she took in the sights that were her life. Once the noise faded and lights dimmed Marilyn Monroe slowly closed her eyes and drifted into a peaceful slumber, sheltered from the outside world. She did not awaken from that slumber, however, and the story goes that on August 5, 1962, Monroe was found dead in her Los Angeles home. Yet, those who are curious of mind and admire Marilyn Monroe’s work find it curious that at the age of 36, a young woman full of life and the world at her fingertips died of an overdose suddenly one night. But the thought was lost in the grief the country shared in the loss of a beloved star. In the recent decades, conspiracy theories about her death have risen offering a unique perspective when comparing the case evidence. One of the many accusations that is most contended is that she was silenced by John and/or Robert Kennedy, with whom she allegedly had love affairs.
Another popular belief was that Monroe had been murdered by Jimmy Hoffa and mob boss Sam Giancana. Now, 55 years later, debate still swirls over what really happened, but the most logical explanation is suicide was the culprit. Hollywood, to the regular eye, is a place where dreams happens, the famous live lavishly, and are adorned with jewels, although, behind the tv screen, an unspoken truth lies. Celebrities construct personalities, ideologies, and beliefs into a false reality so that the public sees the facade.
Behind that mask, though, all their darkest fears quietly consume them inside out and no one hears the silent cries. By 1961, Marilyn Monroe was beset by depression, only finding comfort in the consistent care of her therapist; although that care only did so much. Towards her final months, Monroe still attended events and parties, but many “Witnesses describe her as angry, confused and clearly under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As tended to happen, everybody wanted to meet her, to share her magic, and as also tended to happen, Marilyn couldn’t cope with it.” (Langley, 2012). Her days in the spotlight were coming to an end as critics argued she was either too pale, thin, lifeless and the original blonde locks were ruined by bleach.
She couldn’t leave the house without having her makeup and hair artist get her ready for the day. (Langley, 2012)However, Monroe’s history of pain and desolation did not originate after becoming a well-known actress as well as a model, but from early childhood. Born to a single mother, who was frequently confined to an asylum, and growing up knowing nothing of her father, this persona of a lonely young girl haunted her for the rest of her life; installing an everlasting fear of being left alone in the world and a constant need for support from others (“Marilyn Monroe”, 2017). Psychological factors played a crucial role in the investigation of Marilyn Monroe’s death when determining that she committed suicide, but these facts were not enough to prove anything. Los Angeles police and detectives worked around the clock to figure out what Monroe’s schedule was, up to her last days and who she was with.
On August 4th, her last day alive, she spent the morning with photographer, Lawrence Schiller, discussing the possibility of publishing photos from a shoot taken during the filming of Something’s Got to Give. Present with her in the morning was the housekeeper and her publicist, who testified that she talked on the phone with friends, received a message from her massage therapist and signed for various deliveries throughout the day. It was confirmed that around 4:30 p.m., Dr. Ralph Greenson arrived at the house to conduct a therapy session with Monroe, where he found her drugged up and depressed. Before he left around 7:00 p.
m., he asked the housekeeper to stay overnight and keep Monroe company. Meanwhile Monroe retired to her bedroom, exhausted from the day, where she received a call from actor Peter Lawford. He had hoped to persuade her to attend his party that night, but after hearing her speak Lawford became alarmed as Monroe sounded like she was under the influence of drugs, and told him to: “Say goodbye to Pat, say goodbye to the president [Lawford’s brother-in-law], and say goodbye to yourself, because you’re a nice guy”, before drifting off (“Death of Marilyn Monroe”, 2018).
It is widely conversed that those last words spoken by Marilyn Monroe were her form of a suicide note, her words, and soul forever vanishing. Unnerved and concerned for the safely of Marilyn he tried calling her again but she would not reply, yet Lawford did not give up. He continued ringing others around to see if anyone was home to check in on the actress and was assured by her housekeeper that she was fine (“Death of Marilyn Monroe”, 2018).The dusky night lingered on when the housekeeper awoke, “sensing that something was wrong” (“Death of Marilyn Monroe”, 2018). Unable to open the door, she called Greenson, who suggested she should look through the window. She saw Monroe lying facedown on her bed, covered by a sheet and clutching a telephone receiver. A few days later an autopsy was conducted and “the toxicological analysis concluded that the cause of death was acute barbiturate poisoning, as she had 8 mg% of chloral hydrate and 4.
5 mg% of pentobarbital in her blood, and a further 13 mg% of pentobarbital in her liver. Empty bottles of these medicines were found next to her bed by the police. There were no signs of external violence on the body” (“Death of Marilyn Monroe”, 2018).
Tormented by her past and present issues, Marilyn Monroe felt as if she were against the world and couldn’t bear the suffering any longer.