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The Woman Who Knew Too Much
“I don’t care if there’s panther piss in it--
as long as it makes me feel good.”--
John F. Kennedy
Today was the 51st anniversary
of Marilyn Monroe’s death by suicide.
It is also President Obama’s 52nd birthday.
It was in May 1962, after being warned to stay away,
that MM showed up at Madison Square Garden
for JFK’s 45th Birthday gala celebration, and
sang the most famous breathy sexy version of
Happy Birthday on record, in front of the guests
and the media; later
at the After Party, the White House photographer
snapped dozens of images of MM & JFK together,
the negatives & prints of which were confiscated;
but yesterday a famous 1 out of 10 framed print
of MM, JFK, RFK, & Harry Belafonte surfaced
and sold at an art auction for $23,000.00.
Less than two months after that event
MM was found dead in Brentwood, then
JFK was assassinated in Dallas the next year, &
RFK was assassinated in LA a couple years later;
Death was a popular dance partner it seems.
JFK first met MM as a Hollywood starlet in 1951,
three years before he married Jackie in 1953.
They met again at a social event in 1956.
Shortly following her divorce of Arthur Miller,
on the rebound from an affair with Frank Sinatra,
she met the Kennedy brothers in early 1962
at the home of Peter Lawford.
She started having affairs with both of them.
RFK really fell hard for her charms, but Monroe
had set her sights on JFK, screwing him in
bathtubs in Lawford’s home, at her own house,
& several times in Palm Springs.
The Affair sent serious ripples through the halls
of power--Hoover started an FBI file on MM--
Sam Giancana started a Mafia file on her.
Most people think that unwittingly, Monroe
bedded down with dangerous people in
a very deadly game. The Love she felt
for Jack Kennedy probably cost her life.
Monroe confided to friend, actress Terry Moore,
that she could imagine herself as the next First Lady.
Jackie’s marriage had long been on shaky ground.
She complained that JFK always “Went too fast, and then
fell asleep”, while the White House spin doctors spread
vicious rumors that Jackie was an ice queen, totally frigid.
In a drugged-out stupor, Monroe called Jackie, and informed
her of the details of the affair, & of her intentions to become
the next Mrs. Kennedy--”That’s great,” Jacqueline replied,
“ You move in, I’ll move out, and you can deal with all
Always tolerant of JFK’s varied infidelities, with the likes
of Angie Dickinson, still this time Jackie became angry,
calling Monroe “ A sick slut, a loose cannon,” who could
obliterate their marriage, JFK’s reputation, and hold
Jackie up to public ridicule.
There is no doubt that Marilyn Monroe was indeed
a “disturbed woman”, in and out of several psychiatric
clinics for borderline personality disorder, and a severe
addiction to barbiturates & alcohol.
One dark day in the spring of ’62, Monroe was notified
by the Justice Department & the White House
that her relationship with the Kennedy brothers
constituted a national security risk, and she was
being forced to “cease all contact with the Kennedys.”
The weekend before her death, she met with Joe DiMaggio
at Lake Tahoe, and they talked about getting remarried.
Her nude body was discovered dead by her maid on
August 5, 1962.
“Hollywood killed her,” said DiMaggio.
Oh, Joe, I think it might have been a bit more complicated
than that. I believe it was the same collusion, the same
gang of political & criminal thugs that first protected
JFK, and then turned on him like a pack of Rotweillers
the very next year, the moment he supported
the Civil Rights movement.
Then some of that murderous pride had late
night rendezvouses with Hendrix, Morrison,
& Janis Joplin. Who ever said fame & power
were safeguards against calamity?
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