Candle in the Wind
August 5, 1962: Norma Jeane Mortensen dies in her bedroom in Brentwood, California, USA from an overdose of the sleeping pill Nembutal. She was found by her housekeeper, Eunice Murray and she was buried at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles, California, plot #24.
There were several legends built around her death at the young age of 36. Unexplained details of the death center around her state of dress – she was nude – and the fact that she was clutching a telephone. Some conspiracy theorists have supposed that it had something to do with President John F. Kennedy. Some maintain that her death was accidental. Others contend that it was a willful act of suicide.
Funeral arrangements were made by her ex-husband. She was wearing her favorite Emilio Pucci dress of a beautiful green and holding a bouquet of pink teacup roses. There were only 30 people at her funeral as her ex-husband made it impossible for anybody to attend who he thought had contributed to her death.
The case of her death was reopened in 1982. The results were essentially the same, stating there was no evidence of foul play. However, it was concluded that the initial investigation was mishandled and there were several breaches of protocol. The scene was not secured, evidence was lost or contaminated, and it seems that perhaps the body was moved post-mortem. All lab work and tissue samples were lost soon after the close of the initial investigation. Who is this Ms. Mortensen? The sex kitten, silver screen idol, Marilyn Monroe.
“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.” – Don Herold
“The truth never arrives neatly wrapped.” – Thomas Powers
“People could survive their natural trouble all right if it weren’t for the trouble they make for themselves.” – Ogden Nash
“Reality leaves a lot to the imaginations.” – John Lennon
Also on this day, in 1888 Bertha Benz took the world’s first road trip – by car and without roads, per se.