Bombshell Tapes May Reveal New Marilyn Monroe Mystery
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 10:24 AM
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Did Marilyn Monroe take a mystery trip aboard Frank Sinatra's private jet the very weekend she died? A trip during which she spent an intense night at the singer's retreat with mobster Sam Giancana? That's one of the suggestions made on the recently disclosed tapes featuring a close confidante of Monroe's -- who was also one of the most famous stylists in history.
The legendary screen star's passing on Aug. 5, 1962, remains, arguably, the most mysterious and controversial death in Hollywood history. While the "official" version of her untimely death was "probable" suicide, many researchers, journalists, historians, criminologists and avowed conspiracy theorists have speculated over the years and reached different conclusions.
These range from accidental overdose to premeditated murder to almost everything in between, co-mingled with a cast of stars and supporting players including John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Peter Lawford, Joe DiMaggio and Frank Sinatra, along with a host of mobsters and other assorted hangers-on.
We may never know if RFK and Lawford visited Monroe the night she died or whether she died en route to the hospital and then allegedly was secretly transported back to her home. And just when it seemed all the facts were in about how Monroe spent her much-analyzed last 24 hours, along comes a voice from the grave -- with a shocking revelation.
For me, this story started several weeks ago, after I received a note from Jeff Platts, a 60-year-old sales consultant from Southern California. He'd seen a copy of a book I wrote, "Marilyn Monroe Dyed Here: More Locations of America's Pop Culture Landmarks." Her name in the title brought back a special family memory and compelled him to reach out.
His note read in part, "My uncle's name was George Masters and he was Marilyn Monroe's personal hair stylist and makeup artist for a number of years leading up to her death. He traveled with her extensively. I have some audio cassette recordings of phone conversations he and I had shortly before his death in 1998. I haven't listened to the tapes since they were recorded so I don't remember exactly what's on them, but I thought you might be interested in checking them out."
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