An investigator into the drug overdose death of Marilyn Monroe 43 years ago Friday still is not convinced she killed herself.
US actress Marilyn Monroe, seen here a few weeks before she died in August 1962. Monroe did not appear suicidal and had very specific plans for her future in the days before she died of a drug overdose, according to tapes of a conversation with her psychiatrist heard by the local district attorney.(AFP/File)
John W. Miner, who investigated Monroe's death as a Los Angeles County prosecutor, claims Monroe's psychologist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, played him secret audio tapes made by the star during one of her therapy sessions shortly before her death. A key revelation of the alleged tapes, according to Miner, is that Monroe was not depressed and was actively planning for to become a serious, Shakespearean actress.
"Here is a person stigmatized by the diagnosis of suicide, when that is an absolutely wrong, false, erroneous diagnosis," Miner said.
Miner says he took careful, hand-written notes of the tapes and later produced a near-exact transcript. There is no proof Miner's claims are true, since Dr. Greenson is now dead and no one else claims to have heard the tape.
"You are the only person who will ever know the most private, the most secret thoughts of Marilyn Monroe," she allegedly told her doctor.
In Miner's transcript, Monroe discussed her plans to pursue Shakespeare.
"I've read all of Shakespeare and practiced a lot of lines. I am going to do Juliet first," Marilyn Monroe allegedly said on the tape. "Don't laugh. What, with what makeup, costume and camera can do, my acting will create a Juliet who is 14, an innocent virgin."
"No reasonable person could possibly think that the person who made those tapes killed herself," Miner said.
She also may have recorded her feelings about breaking off her romance with Robert Kennedy.
"There is no room in my life for him," she allegedly said. "I guess I don't have the courage to face up to it and hurt him. I want someone else to tell him it's over. I tried to get the president to do it, but I couldn't reach him."