Marilyn Monroe Was In The Middle Of A Kennedy ‘Power Struggle’ When She Died Claims New Podcast

It has been 57 years since Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death, yet her passing still inspires new conspiracy theories every year. Investigators originally deemed her death a suicide – she was discovered in her bedroom surrounded by empty prescription bottles – yet many people suspect foul play was involved. While fans continue to speculate about what really happened, a new podcast suggests that the starlet was in the middle of a Kennedy power struggle when she died.

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Inside Marilyn Monroe’s tragic death

The 12-part podcast, The Killing of Marilyn Monroe, explores Monroe’s secret life away from the cameras, from her multiple affairs with former presidents and celebrities, to her encounters with mob bosses. By the time she passed away, podcast host Jackie Miranne argues that some of the country’s most powerful men were using Monroe as a pawn against each other. Afraid that Monroe would eventually break her silence, one of these groups decided to silence her forever.

“By the time of her death, Marilyn Monroe was at the center of a deadly power struggle between President Kennedy, brother Bobby, the mafia, and J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI,” Miranne shared. “The woman who had used her sexuality to hold sway over men her whole life had become a pawn in their schemes against one another.”

According to OK Magazine, the podcast acquired new inside sources and conducted its own investigation into Monroe’s death. Based on the investigation and new sources of evidence, the podcast creators concluded that Monroe’s death was not a suicide.

The podcast, which premiered Aug. 19 and continues every Monday night, also claims to know why the killers have not been charged with Monroe’s murder – at least not yet. Fans will have to tune in to find out what kind of evidence supports the theory about Monroe’s death and determine if she really was murdered or not.

Everything we know about Marilyn Monroe’s final days

The official report states that Monroe passed away because she overdosed on barbiturates in the evening hours of August 4, 1962. The starlet was discovered in her house in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood. The last people to see Monroe alive were her publicist, Patricia Newcomb, a photographer named Lawrence Schiller, her psychiatrist, Ralph Greenson, and her housekeeper, Eunice Murray.

Police suspected that Marilyn Monroe’s death was suicide because of the drugs in her system and her history with mental illness. In the years leading up to her death, Monroe suffered from substance abuse and dealt with a number of different mental issues.

On the evening of her death, Monroe’s psychiatrist asked her housekeeper to keep a close eye on her. Late in the night, Murray discovered that Monroe had locked her bedroom door. She attempted to see what was going on by looking through the outside bedroom window, where she noticed that Monroe appeared passed out.

Murray immediately called Greenson for backup, who broke into Monroe’s bedroom and discovered her lifeless body. Murray did not give any indication that someone else was in the room with Monroe during the night of her passing, though that has not stopped the conspiracy theories from surfacing.

Who killed Marilyn Monroe?

If we put the original investigation aside and entertain the various theories surrounding Monroe’s death, several suspects emerge. One of the earliest theories involves an affair between Monroe and the attorney general at the time, Robert F. Kennedy.

As the story goes, Monroe used the affair to gain leverage over Kennedy, who decided to kill her to protect his public image. This theory was first popularized by an anti-communist named Frank A. Capell, who thought Kennedy was a communist.

There is also a theory that various government agencies plotted to kill Marilyn Monroe. This includes the FBI and the CIA. The theory argues that one of these agencies used Monroe – and her alleged affair with Kennedy – as a means of blackmail against the family. Things eventually got out of hand and resulted in Monroe’s untimely death.

It should be noted that there is little evidence to back up these claims. In fact, the district attorney in Los Angeles launched a full investigation in the 1970s to determine if Monroe had actually committed suicide. The investigation did not uncover any evidence that would suggest an outside force had anything to do with the actress’s death.

Fans can tune in to The Killing of Marilyn Monroe podcast every Monday for new updates.