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There is not “a bare suspicion” that Marilyn Monroe was murdered, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner declared in a memo to the Board of Supervisors. “As public prosecutors, we cannot support a grand jury investigation concerning matters of historical interest by artificially cloaking them in the guise of a criminal inquiry,” said Reiner, confirming his previous public stance that any new probe of Monroe’s 1962 death would merely be “a pretend investigation.” The actress was found dead in her Brentwood home Aug. 4, 1962, of an overdose of barbiturates. Then-coroner Thomas Noguchi ruled her death an apparent suicide, as did an investigation by the district attorney’s office 20 years later.


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