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This version is from The Murder of Marilyn Monroe: Case Closed / by Jay Margolis Richard Buskin / Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing unless otherwise noted.
NOTE: Estimated times are indicated with a ~ symbol.
AUGUST 4, 1962
8:00 am: Eunice Murray arrives at Marilyn’s house. She is the housekeeper that Dr. Ralph Greenson hired.
Isidores Miller calls from New York. Murray assures Miller that Marilyn will return his call after she finished dressing.
Bobby and Peter arrive at Marilyn’s. Peter slips into her home to tell Mrs. Murray and Marilyn’s handyman Norman Jefferies (also Murray’s son-in-law) to get lost for an hour. Per Jefferies, Peter gives them money for Cokes and they leave in Jefferies’ pick-up. Per Peter, Marilyn offers Bobby some food she ordered from Briggs Delicatessen the day before: mushrooms, meatballs, and a magnum of champagne. Uninterested, Bobby says he’s here for one reason: to tell her she can’t contact him or his brother Jack Kennedy again. Bobby and Marilyn argue for several minutes before per Peter, Marilyn threatens a press conference to announce her affairs with both Kennedy brothers. Later per Sydney Guilaroff, he learned from Marilyn that Bobby had responded, “If you threaten me, Marilyn, there’s more than one way to keep you quiet.” Per Peter, Marilyn then impulsively takes a kitchen knife lying next to the tray of food and lunges at Bobby. Peter joins in to help. Bobby eventually knocks her down to the ground and kicks the knife away from her. During their typical Saturday afternoon bridge party, Marilyn’s next-door neighbor to the east at 12304 Fifth Helena Drive, Mary W. Goodykoontz Barnes, her guest Elizabeth Pollard, and two other ladies witness Bobby leave Marilyn’s. They see him run back to a white Lincoln convertible (which Kennedy borrowed from FBI agent William Simon whenever he visited Marilyn). Bobby Kennedy then retrieved one of his two long-time personal bodyguards Archie Case or James Ahern. From an upstairs window, they see Kennedy with Case or Ahern return through Marilyn’s courtyard back to Marilyn and Peter. The neighbors notice the man in the suit is carrying a little black case. Regarding Bobby, one of the card-playing ladies shouted to the others, “Look, girls, there he is again!” Then, while Peter and Bobby restrain her, Case or Ahern subsequently sedates Marilyn with a heavy intramuscular pentobarbital injection under her left armpit. While she’s temporarily stunned and immobile on the ground from the drugs, Bobby and Peter enter Marilyn’s home with the sole purpose of looking for her red diary, a potential basis for blackmail, where she documented highly sensitive political information. Bobby keeps looking while screaming, “Where the fuck is it?” but can’t find “it.” Peter meanwhile flips through Marilyn’s address book and calls Ralph Greenson to come over and tend to his patient. The psychiatrist agrees to be there within the hour. At this time, Marilyn musters enough energy to enter her house and furious that her privacy is being violated, screams and chases the men from her home. They leave without the diary.
Peter claimed he called Marilyn and that this time she begged off saying she was tired
~7:00- 7:15 pm
Lawford calls her dear friend, Peter Paul’s cousin, Joe Naar and his wife Dolores. Joe told Paul that Lawford informed him that Marilyn was not going to the party so no one needed to pick her up.
~7:00 – 7:15 pm
Joe DiMaggio Jr., son of baseball player Joe DiMaggio called Marilyn about his broken engagement to a girl in San Diego. DiMaggio Jr. said when interviewed that Monroe sounded cheerful and upbeat. Marilyn was happy that he broke off the engagement because he was too young to get married. DiMaggio was able to place the time because he was watching the 7th inning of a Baltimore Orioles and LA. Angels (Later the LA Dodgers) game being played in Baltimore. DiMaggio was stationed in San Diego and the game was being played in Baltimore. The 7th inning took place in Balitmore around 10:00 – 10:15 pm which would have made it around 7:00-7:00 pm California time.
Greenson leaves Marilyn’s. He goes home to prepare dinner at his residence of the actor Eddie Albert and his wife Margo.
Peter calls Marilyn to see if he can still get her to come to his party. Those at the Lawford’s a half-hour later: Joe and Dolores Naar, producer “Bullets” Durgom, and Lawford maid Erma Lee Riley.
Per Dolores Naar, Lawford calls the Naar’s and tells them not to bother picking up Marilyn because “she’s not coming.”
~7:30 – 7:40 pm
Per Greenson and Murray, Marilyn calls Greenson while he is shaving. He notes she is in high spirits because Joe DiMaggio Jr., broke off his engagement.
~ 7: 40– 8: 00 p.m.
Milt Ebbins alleges Peter phones him in a panic, worrying that Marilyn may have taken too many pills and that they should go over there. Ebbins says he warned him against it because he’s the President’s brother-in-law. Before going over there, Ebbins asks Peter to wait until he calls Mickey Rudin first. Ebbins later reaches Rudin at Mildred Wallenberg’s party.
~8: 00– 9: 00 p.m.
Sydney Guilaroff got a call from Marilyn who sounds better. She told him she had just met with her psychiatrist. Before ending the call, Marilyn relayed to Sydney she knows a lot of secrets in Washington, a reference to her red diary.
~ 8: 00– 9: 00 p.m.
Dress manufacturer and long-time friend Henry Rosenfeld calls Marilyn and he reports she sounded normal.
8: 00– 9: 00 p.m.
Peter’s friend Bill Asher claims Peter called him to see if he would go along with him to Marilyn’s house to find out if she was okay. Asher advised against it because Peter is the President’s brother-in-law and that maybe they should call “old man Joe” Kennedy to seek his advice.
Per the police report, Mickey Rudin called Murray who informed him that Marilyn was fine, which she was.
Per George “Bullets” Durgom, Pat Newcomb arrives at Lawford’s party. She wears what appear to be pajamas and a dark coat over it.
9:00 – 11:00 pm: Different Story
Murray, Norman Jeffries and Marilyn are relaxing and having a calm "family" evening eating Jiffy-Pop popcorn, drinking Pepsi-Cola and watching NBC Saturday Night At The Movies, The Day the Earth Stood Still. Marilyn had not taken any drugs or alcohol and was very happy, laughing and enjoying the movie. A half-hour before the movie was over, Peter Lawford, Bobby Kennedy and one or two men in black suits and sunglasses came in. Bobby said "hi," as they were all very close friends having spent so many Saturdays together. But Bobby said, "Hey Norm, be a pal and take Eunice for a walk, I need to talk to Marilyn alone for an hour or so."
~9:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Per Jefferies and an FBI agent interviewed by documentarian Keya Morgan, Bobby Kennedy and two men enter Marilyn's home. They instruct Jefferies and Mrs. Murray to leave. Bobby and the men then enter guest cottage
with the sole purpose of looking for Marilyn's red diary. They break into her large filing cabinet and make a loud ruckus.
NOTE: I personally wouldn’t believe anything Keya Morgan says since I have spoken to him myself and found him not to be creditable.
~9: 45 pm
At this time, Marilyn is busy in her main bedroom chatting happily on her private line with her friend and sometimes lover José Bolaños. Marilyn tells Bolaños to hold on a moment while she goes to investigate the noise. According to Bolaños, she doesn’t hang up but never comes back on the line.
~9: 50 pm
Marilyn storms into her guest cottage and she screams at Bobby. Case and Ahern throw her onto the bed, and per Bernie Spindel and Fred Otash, Bobby then shoves a pillow over her face to keep her from making noise.
Per Deputy Coroner’s Aide Lionel Grandison, Bobby Kennedy ordered Case and Ahern, “Give her something to calm her down.” Raymond Strait, who heard eleven hours of Otash’s bugging tapes, relayed to Joan Rivers, “It was horrible. You could hear the two men [Case and Ahern] talking to each other, saying, ‘Give her another one. Don’t give it to her too quickly’ and awful smothering sounds. After hearing those tapes, there’s no doubt in my mind that Marilyn was murdered.” A confidential source relayed to Jay Margolis, “There were needle marks behind her knees, the jugular vein in her neck, and bruises on her arms and back.”
Bobby had instructed Case and Ahern to give Marilyn injections of Nembutal to “calm her down.” After that didn’t effectively subdue Marilyn, Case and Ahern, stripped her of her clothes and using water and enema paraphernalia already available in the guest cottage bathroom along with Marilyn’s own Nembutal and chloral hydrate prescriptions, they forcibly administer to Marilyn a drug enema containing seventeen chloral hydrates and between thirteen to nineteen Nembutals to knock her out. Marilyn often took enemas daily and Bobby knew this.
10: 00 p.m.
From the guest cottage, right after the enema had been given to her, Marilyn grabs the phone, the public line, and makes her last call to best friend Ralph Roberts. She reaches his answering service. When told he’s out for the evening, she hangs up before lapsing into unconsciousness from the drugs.
~10: 20 – 10: 25 p.m. Someone calls Peter and tells him to get to Marilyn’s house, ordering him to hire a professional to remove any possible link with the Kennedys and the famous star.
10: 30 p.m.
Per Jefferies, Bobby leaves with Case and Ahern. After his second search for Marilyn’s red diary that day, Bobby is thoroughly frustrated that he, Case, and Ahern couldn’t find it despite more than a half-hour search.
~10: 30– 10: 35 p.m.
Jefferies and Mrs. Murray returned and they heard Marilyn’s dog, Maf barking in the guest cottage and they walk over. Per Jefferies and Mrs. Murray, they by their own independent accounts find Marilyn facedown leaning on the phone.
~10: 35– 10: 50 p.m.
Per Jefferies, a frighted Mrs. Murray takes the phone from Marilyn and calls an ambulance then calls Greenson who tells her to call Engelberg. Engrlberg claimed to the district Attorney’s Office in 1982 that he went to the house “immediately” upon receiving the call; however, he was double-parked so he had to move his car first. Engelbereg would later tell investigative reporter Sylvia Chase that when he called, it “must have been around eleven or twelve” and that an ambulance is pure imagination.” However, one-time Schafer Vice President Carl Bellonzi, Shaefer Ambulance attendant Edgardo Villalobos, and Schaefer nurse and sometimes attendant Ruth Tarnowski all confirmed to Jay Margolis that not only was an ambulance called to Marilyn’s house but Schaefer Ambulance driver Joe Tarnowski was the dispatcher on that call.
Villalobaos stated that he and his later driver Larry Telling first received the call at Beverly and Western, the main station, before the call was transferred to James Hall and Murray Liebowitz in Santa Monica, who were more realistically able to respond to the call as they were closer.
After Mrs. Murray phoned the ambulance and the two doctors, then per Jefferies, Peter Lawford and Pat Newcomb arrived together. Peter drove since Pat left her car at the Lawford’s.
Per Jefferies, Pat screams at Mrs. Murray. Jefferies says he then escorts Mrs. Murray into the main house. At that point, Mrs. Murray responsibly takes possession of Marilyn’s red diary (in the main bedroom) and one of Marilyn’s address books. She places them into her purse or basket of things. Then per Mrs. Murray and Jefferies, they wait in the living room and stay there until Marilyn is eventually declared dead in the guest cottage.
Per Strait, before arriving at Marilyn’s, a worried and hysterical Peter had called private eye to the stars Fred Otash to meet him at Marilyn’s house. Strait said, “Fred’s job was to clean the mess up . . . Fred was there as she was dying.”
Right after Mrs. Murray and Jefferies had left the guest cottage, Pat phoned the Hollywood Bowl. With his soundman, Otash arrives and Peter approaches them. Otash immediately assigns the soundman to the main house to remove all bugging equipment. Per twenty-four-year-old Jacobs press agent Michael Selsman and twenty-one-year-old Natalie Trundy, the person who phoned the Hollywood Bowl was Pat Newcomb. Per Natalie, an usher tells her boyfriend-at-the-time Arthur Jacobs, Marilyn’s publicist, that Marilyn’s “dying or on the point of death.”
Otash and Peter hurriedly take an unconscious Marilyn off the guest cottage bed. Per Strait, Peter “was just like a hysterical woman” and “Fred slapped the shit out of him” since they have to act quickly before the ambulance arrives on scene. Otash and Peter hastily remove the soiled sheets off the bed. Mrs. Murray is later told to do the laundry when the ambulance leaves.
After Marilyn is quickly cleaned and dried off from the expelled enema, Peter and Otash place Marilyn face up back on the bed. The linens used to clean and dry her off were easily accessible from a nearby linen closet down one of the guest bedroom hallways.
Finally, Peter and Otash dash to her main bedroom and grab the rest of Marilyn’s pill bottles and neatly stack them onto the bedside table in the guest cottage, which was according to Mrs. Murray, delivered that very morning. When they’re done, they slip out of the room and return to the main house.
Arthur Jacobs arrives at the scene but does not go into the guest cottage.
11:00 p.m. Different Story
Murray and Norman were in the neighbor's yard and they saw Lawford, Bobby Kennedy, and the two dark suited men run out of the house and jump into the car. They backed out into the street and took off fast while squealing tires! So they ran back into the guest cottage, and the door was cracked open. They found Marilyn lying face up, limp and lifeless on the bed. They were in shock! Eunice screamed, "No! No! No! I told you they would do this!" Norman checked for a pulse and breathing and there was none. They just stood there for a minute and were in disbelief.
~11: 00 p.m. 2ND STORY
Schaefer Ambulance attendant James Hall and his driver Murray Liebowitz arrive. Per Hall, Pat Newcomb is the first person he and his partner saw. From the outside, still hysterical, she screams at Hall and Liebowitz, “She’s dead! She’s dead! I think she’s dead!” When Hall asked her what’s the matter, Newcomb replied, “I think she took some pills.” Pat then directs them into the guest cottage where they find a naked Marilyn lying face up on the bed with her head hanging over the edge, still unconscious with no sheet or blanket underneath her. Hall noted no odor of pear from her mouth so Marilyn definitely did not orally ingest the seventeen chloral hydrates.
~11: 00– 11: 30 p.m.
With Liebowitz’s help, Hall drags Marilyn away from the guest room and into the hallway where there’s a hard surface. Next, Hall said he and Liebowitz dropped Marilyn “on her fanny,” taking credit for the bruise on the “left side of [her] lower back,” which Noguchi noted in his official autopsy report was “a very fresh bruise.” Hall therefore deduced years later, “Dead bodies don’t bruise. She was still alive.” Hall tells Liebowitz to get the resuscitator from the van. When Liebowitz returns, Hall puts an airway down Marilyn’s throat and per Hall, Marilyn’s color is coming back and Hall believes they can safely take her to the hospital. Hall then tells Liebowitz, “Get the gurney.”
11: 30 p.m. Personally told to me by family. Peter Paul’s cousin, Joe Naar told Peter that he received a call from Lawford asking Joe to go over and check on Marilyn. A few minutes later, Lawford called right back telling Joe not to go. Joe and his wife told Peter that the calls Lawford had made were very strange. Dolares believed it was to create an alibi.
11: 30 pm: Peter Lawford’s best friend, Joe Naar and his then wife Dolores claim Peter called (which would have only been from Marilyn’s house), asking Joe, who lived four blocks from Marilyn, to go over and check on her. Two minutes later, according to the Naars, Peter called right back telling them not to go. Dolores thought the two calls, so close to each other were “calculated to mislead us.”
~11: 30– 11: 45 p.m.
Before Liebowitz leaves the guest cottage to retrieve the gurney, suddenly Greenson arrives and says he’s “her doctor.” Greenson tells Hall to remove the resuscitator, which was in fact doing its job. Hall defers to him because he had always been told to never challenge an M.D. Per Hall, Greenson then takes a syringe with a long heart needle already attached to it out of his medical bag and tells Hall, “I’ve got to make a show of this.” Next, Greenson fills the syringe with a “brownish fluid” (Nembutal) from a pharmaceutical bottle. Hall then notes something peculiar about Greenson: “he had to count down her ribs— like he was still in premed school and had really never done this before.” This makes sense since he’s a psychiatrist who doesn’t normally deal with needles. As Dr. Greenson injects Marilyn in the heart, James Hall saw Peter Lawford and Sgt. Marvin Iannone enter the guest cottage. Greenson did not dilute the solution first making the shot lethal regardless of what’s in the syringe and the amount injected into the body. The five eyewitnesses to Marilyn Monroe’s murder by Ralph Greenson were Schaefer Ambulance attendant James Hall, Schaefer Ambulance driver Murray Liebowitz, Peter Lawford, Pat Newcomb, and Sgt. Marvin D. Iannone. Within minutes, Marilyn dies. In the early 1990s, Hall would identify the hysterical woman as Pat Newcomb and the man who comforted her as Peter Lawford. In 1992, to Detective Franklin, Hall identified the policeman as Sgt. Marvin D. Iannone. In 1993, Hall also identified him to Donald Wolfe. Per Officer Lynn Franklin, Otash said that at 11: 45 p.m. he “observed Sgt. Iannone, in uniform, in conversation with Peter Lawford.” Greenson then tells Hall he can leave because he’s going to pronounce her dead. For years, says Hall, he believed the solution was adrenaline in an attempt to save her but now Hall thinks the shot was intended to murder her. Greenson’s brother-in-law and Marilyn’s attorney Mickey Rudin would later claim on a recorded interview that he arrived sometime before midnight and that Greenson was the one who called him to say Marilyn was dead.
~11: 45– 11: 50 p.m.
Marilyn’s next-door neighbor to the west, Abe Charles Landau, arrives home with his wife Ruby Landau and they see several cars parked up the narrow street including a limousine, a police car (per Hall and Otash, Sgt. Marvin Iannone’s), and an ambulance (Hall and Liebowitz’s). Per Jefferies, not long after Marilyn’s death, plainclothes officers orchestrated the “locked room” story. They broke the window Greenson would later claim to police he had to break in order to enter Marilyn’s bedroom yet the movie star’s inside doors, not including the front and back doors, had no operable locks many years before she owned the house. Next, the principals at the scene move the pill bottles and Marilyn’s body to the main bedroom, and lay her face down on the bed to disguise needle marks through the process of postmortem lividity.
AUGUST 5, 1962
Near the intersection of Robertson and Olympic Boulevards, Beverly Hills Detective Lynn Franklin pulls over an inebriated Peter Lawford in his Lincoln Continental sedan with the headlights off going 70– 80 MPH with Greenson in the front seat and Bobby Kennedy in the backseat. Not eager to give Peter a ticket with Bobby in the backseat, Detective Franklin gives them proper directions to go to the Beverly Hilton Hotel since Peter, drunk and hysterical, was driving in the opposite direction heading toward downtown Los Angeles. At the time of the stop, Franklin said he did not correlate Bobby Kennedy with Marilyn Monroe as news of her death was still hours away.
~12: 30– 2: 00 a.m.
Bobby takes a helicopter from the Lawfords’ to Los Angeles International Airport, boards a private plane, and is flown back to San Francisco.
4: 25 a.m.
Norman Jefferies, Pat Newcomb, Mickey Rudin, and Hyman Engelberg are all at the scene when Greenson calls the police reaching watch commander Sgt. Jack Clemmons. In Greenson’s own words (from a newspaper article on August 5, 1973), he claims to have said he wants to “report the death of a person, a sudden and unexplained death” while Clemmons says Greenson told him his star patient had instead committed suicide, not an accidental death as Greenson allegedly told his family.
4:30 a.m. Different Story
Police are called and arrive shortly after. The two doctors and Murray are questioned and indicate a time of death of around 12:30 am. Police note the room is extremely clean and the bed appears to have fresh linen on it. Murray was washing sheets when they arrived. Police noted that the bedside table has several pill bottles, but there is no sign of a glass of water or any other liquid in order to take the medication. Monroe was known to gag on pills even when drinking something to take her medication. Later a glass is found lying on the floor by the bed, but police claim it was not there when the room was searched.
When Clemmons arrives, he talks to a sarcastic Greenson, a frightened housekeeper (Mrs. Murray), and a depressed Engelberg. Greenson tells Clemmons that Marilyn committed suicide. Greenson points to the empty bottle of Nembutal, which he implies speaks for itself. According to his initial suspicions, Clemmons believed Marilyn was murdered and that her body had been moved. He asserts she did not die face down on the bed in the soldier’s position: her arms at her side and her legs perfectly straight. Clemmons would later reflect that Marilyn had been placed that way to disguise needle marks. He also found it strange how Mrs. Murray was running the laundry after Marilyn’s death. During this time, Jefferies, Newcomb, and Mickey Rudin hide in rooms Clemmons later admitted he didn’t search, including the guest cottage. Clemmons reflected he should have looked since he had noticed quite a few cars in Marilyn’s courtyard.
Per the 1982 District Attorney’s Report, Clemmons notifies Sgt. Robert E. Byron of Marilyn’s death.
5:40 a.m. Different Story
The undertaker Guy Hockett arrives and notes that the state of rigor mortis indicates a time of death between 9:30 pm and 11:30 pm. The time is later altered to match the witness statements.
Sgt. Marvin Iannone dismisses Clemmons from the scene.
~5: 45 a.m.
By the time Detective Sgt. Byron arrives, he notes Greenson is no longer at the house but places Pat Newcomb on the scene. Had Greenson still been there, he surely would have been hounded by reporters and couldn’t have conceivably escaped their photographs, none of which have survived. Westwood Village Mortuary employees Guy Hockett and his son Don arrive. The elder Hockett notes that rigor mortis is advanced and places Marilyn’s death roughly between 9: 30 to 11: 30 p.m. on August 4.
6:00 a.m. 1st Story
Murray changes her story and now says she went back to bed at midnight and only called Dr. Greenson when she awoke at 3:00 am and it was at that time that she noticed the light was still on. Both doctors also change their stories and now claim Monroe died around 3:50 am. The police note Murray appears quite evasive and extremely vague and she would eventually change her story several more times. Despite being a key witness, Murray leaves to Europe and is never questioned again.
6:30 am 2nd Story
Lawford rang President John F. Kennedy's private Oval Office telephone. When he picked up, Peter said "its done.
~6: 00– 6: 30 a.m.
Per reporter Joe Hyams, the Hocketts strap Marilyn into a gurney then lift the gurney into their Ford Panel truck and drive away.
~6: 30– 7: 00 a.m.
Per Jefferies and Mrs. Murray, before the police seal the house, they notice that Pat Newcomb doesn’t want to leave. Per Jefferies, he sees Pat “looking through drawers and going into Marilyn’s bedroom. She had spent Friday night at the house and perhaps she was looking for something she left there. The police had to control her . . . They had trouble getting her out of the door.” That’s because she was looking for the red diary that Jefferies a day later said he saw in Mrs. Murray’s possession, the same diary that Bobby Kennedy couldn’t find the night before.
Note: On Monday, August 6, Jefferies will witness Mrs. Murray give the red diary and one of Marilyn’s personal address books to a driver for the Coroner’s Office before executrix Inez Melson arrives. After a day at the Coroner’s Office, per Deputy Coroner’s Aide Lionel Grandison, the red diary was gone.
~8:00– 8:45 a.m.
Per Deputy Coroner Robert Dambacher, he and his partner Cletus Pace transferred Marilyn Monroe’s remains from the Westwood Village Mortuary back to the Coroner’s Office in downtown Los Angeles.
Dr. Thomas Noguchi will perform the autopsy overseen by Deputy District Attorney John Miner. Noguchi noted what he later considered strange observations, "The stomach is almost completely empty. The contents is [sic] brownish mucoid fluid. The volume is estimated to be no more than 20 cc. No residue of the pills is noted. A smear made from the gastric contents and examined under the polarized microscope shows no refractile crystals.. . The contents of the duodenum is [sic] also examined under polarized microscope and shows no refractile crystals. The colon shows marked congestion and purplish discoloration." Thomas Noguchi at first notated needle marks on Marilyn's body, but in a later revision of the autopsy report, Noguchi had handwritten "No needle mark, 'which contradicted his initial findings. A confidential source relayed to Jay Margolis, "There were needle marks behind her knees, the jugular vein in her neck, and bruises on her arms and back." In addition, according to Allan Abbott, Noguchi also found a needle mark under Marilyn's left armpit. Last, there was the needle mark to the heart, which apparently 'was never included on any of the autopsy reports, especially the "official" one.
Bobby Kennedy attends Mass in Gilroy, California, with his wife Ethel and four of their children at St. Mary Parish.
Noguchi completes the autopsy, signing his report on Marilyn Monroe, reluctantly declaring her death a "probable suicide."
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