As a long time fan of Marilyn Monroe, I couldn't pick this book up quick enough! And the contents haven't disappointed! Wow!! Talk about corruption everywhere and it has left me even more convinced that her death was murder and not a 'suicide' as originally framed.
The authors of this book had access to a number of hugely confidential police files, and the evidence is damming! Not only does it set out the events of that night clearly, through eye witness accounts along with crime scene evidence, it also looks closely at the diary entries by Marilyn herself and looks back at over her life, the highs and lows, and also looks at the goings on at LAPD over the years, alongside links to the mafia and those at the highest levels of Government. It seems that most celebrities and their houses were being bugged at the time and files kept on their behaviour.... just in case they were needed to be used against them!
And in Marilyn they had a prime target with her associations to so many in Hollywood and Washington. It really gives a damning look at the corruption at every level - from the Kennedys', to the police chiefs, the mob...... sleaze central!! I was staggered at the revelations and the research was comprehensive and exhaustive as no stone seemed to be unturned in wondering what DID happen that night, and why so many were so keen to cover up the reality and frame the scene to draw away attention from her close relationships.
There were so many red flags with this case at the time, and ever since. Telephone records going missing, issues with the autopsy not being thorough enough and evidence going missing, dodgy behaviour of people at the scene that night and why it took so long to call someone... the list goes on and this book does a wonderful job of putting the evidence all together and painting a very worrying picture of just how widespread the corruption was, and how this global superstar was seemingly 'too close for comfort' with those wanting more power and they wanted her out of the way.
Brilliantly researched and put together. One of those books that stun and shock, along make you feel very sad for this young woman who was seemingly used over all her career, even by many big names who seemed to have no compassion or care for her. It has made me think very differently about many 'star' names from the past and look at Hollywood in a very different light with the goings on documented throughout the book. A powerful book!!