New book casts doubts over cause of Monroe’s death

Updated: Aug 02, 2012, 15:48 PM IST

Washington: A US author has tried to solve a mystery that has baffled people for many years through his new thriller - whether Marilyn Monroe committed suicide or was her death an accident.

According to the new issue of People magazine, guest writer J.I. Baker – author of ‘The Empty Glass,’ a new murder thriller that is based on her death – uses his research and fresh reporting to explore the truth.

On August 5, 1962, Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood estate.

Toxicology reports showed high levels of drugs Nembutal and chloral hydrate in her bloodstream, and her death was ruled as a “probable suicide.”

But her body wasn’t turned over to medical examiners for more than five hours after it was discovered.

Forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht said that he has “a strong suspicion she might have been injected,” given the lack of the pill residue found in her stomach.

The not-yet-tested tissue samples went missing, along with her phone records.

And there were speculations if Jack and Bobby Kennedy, with whom she was reportedly having affairs, were involved.