FBI examined theories about Marilyn Monroe’s death, files show


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Newly unsealed FBI files regarding Marilyn Monroe show that officials were curious about differing theories about her death 50 years ago and also reveal new details about the agency’s concerns about her political leanings.

The records were obtained by the Associated Press.

According to AP, the files don’t provide new clues about her death in Bel Air but added: ‘Letters and news clippings included in the file show the bureau was aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe’s death was a probable suicide.’


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Whether Monroe died by her own hand has been debated and dissected by books, documentaries, conspiracy theorists and Hollywood and Washington insiders alike for years.

Enough credence was given to the various reports that in 1982, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office reexamined the case.

The D.A.'s review concluded that ‘the cumulative evidence available to us fails to support any theory of criminal conduct relating to her death.’

The Times investigated the questions surrounding Monroe’s death in this story from 1985:

Through the years, questions have been raised about whether she was murdered because of her association with John and Robert Kennedy; the exact time the actress’ body was discovered; where she got the pills that killed her; and why an ambulance was dispatched to the scene when official reports indicate that she was lifeless when found.

In 2005, The Times looked at what officials have learned about her final days.

The new FBI files also show the agency investigated her ties to alleged Communists in the years before her death.


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