The Cover-Up Begins, “a Hollywood Hush-Hush Job” Dorothy Kilgallen, Aug 16, 1962

To understand how the conspiracy theorists have made such compelling cases for wrong-doing in the death of Marilyn Monroe it’s necessary to go back to the very beginning. Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the first reporters to publicly question the official version of events. Here’s her column from mid August 1962, just about a week and a half after MM’s death.

Dorothy Kilgallen’s Broadway

Marilyn’s Housekeeper? Look Again
Miss Kilgallen NEW YORK

Marilyn Monroe’s best friends think Peter Lawford’s memory must have slipped a bit during his interviews after her death. They don’t understand how he could have been very close to her and seen only the sunny side of her nature — never, the brooding, frightened, uncertain side. They also have it figured out that Peter talked to her over the telephone after Joe DiMaggio Jr., not before, as Peter indicated when he blithely told the investigators that she sounded sleepy, but otherwise perfectly fine. Missed a Bet One chum of Marilyn’s said:  “The reporters out in California missed a bet in accepting the identification of Eunice Murray as a ‘housekeeper.’ If she’s just a plain ordinary housekeeper, I’m a circus acrobat. • “Why didn’t the press ask her where she’d kept house before, and for whom? “I think they’d find out she was a personal friend, an interior decorator, and that she had moved in at the request of one of Marilyn’s doctors with instructions to stick close and not let Marilyn out of her sight. ‘Too Miserable’ “Marilyn was too miserable to be allowed to lock herself in a room with a lethal dose of nembutal.” The same friend added: “You can wager a small sum that Mrs. Murray, by now, has sold her ‘exclusive’ version of the tragedy to a national magazine. She certainly didn’t tell much to the reporters. “For instance, she told them ‘Marilyn seemed disturbed after the last telephone call. When she went to her bedroom she really was depressed. . . .’ No Reasons “But Mrs. Murray never explained what Marilyn did or said to convey the impression that she was disturbed and depressed. “And If Marilyn was very disturbed and depressed at 8 p.m., why did Mrs. Murray wait until 3 a.m. before checking on her? “If she was just a ‘housekeeper,’ why would she be checking on her employer at all, prowling around at three o’clock in the morning-looking for a light under the door? She should have kept to her own quarters, not gone snooping and speculating. A Different Slant ‘ “Of course, if she was an unofficial bodyguard to Marilyn, it was something else again. “But that ‘psychological inquest’ they’ve been holding is a big joke—although a sad one—when any good cop could ask a few questions and get the picture. “What this case needs Is facts, not theories, and the facts could be ascertained by asking the right question of Mrs. Murray, Marilyn’s doctors, and the coroner. Need Truth “Of course that ‘last’ person to talk to Marilyn on the phone would be a great help If he’d tell the truth, but I think we both know who he was and I think we both agree he won’t tell the whole truth. “So poor Marilyn’s death is liable to remain a mystery, quite unnecessarily, because Hollywood puled another of its hush-hush jobs. “If this same sad thing had happened in Cincinnati the facts would have been given out and it would have been all over in a few days. The Case of… .”But this is California, and nobody has stopped talking about it because it wasn’t handled in a clear-cut manner. In the land of Perry Mason, Marilyn’s death has become The Case of the Prowling Housekeeper.'” 


Publication: The Salt Lake Tribune
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Issue Date: Thursday, August 16, 1962
Page: Page 9