Anthony Summers's biography points an accusation on how the Los Angeles Police Department made inquiry on her death.
William H.Parker, head of the police usually very respected, was suspected to have helped to hush up the phone conversations tapes of Marilyn, some done the night before the tragedy (either to protect Robert Kennedy, or to possibly blackmail him later), to have kept secret a statement of Robert Kennedy to the police, and made the investigation file about Marilyn's death disappeared.
Police staff involved in the investigation :
- head of the police : William H.Parker.
- intelligence officer responsible of the file : James Hamilton.
- inspector : Thad Brown.
- first police officer on the scene : Jack Clemmons ().
- statement drew up by R.E. Byron.
DEATH REPORT OF MARILYN MONROE.
Death was pronounced on 05/08/1962 at 3.45 AM.
Possible accidental, having taken place between the times of 8/4 and 8/5/1962, 3.35 AM at residence located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, Rptg.Dist.814, Report # 62-509 463.
Marilyn Monroe, on August 4, 1962 retired to her bedroom at about eight o'clock in the evening; Mrs Eunice Murray of 903 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, Calif.,
Dr Engelberg made the statement that he prescribed a refill for this about two days ago and he further stated there probably should have been about 50 capsules at the time this was refilled by the pharmacist.
Marilyn Monroe, on August 4, 1962 retired to her bedroom at about eight o'clock in the evening; Mrs Eunice Murray of 903 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, Calif.,395-7752, CR 61890, noted a light in Miss Monroe's bedroom. Mrs Murray was not able to arouse Miss Monroe when she went to the door, and when she tried the door again at 3.30 AM. When she noted the light still on, she found it to be locked. Thereupon Mrs Murray observed Miss Monroe through the bedroom window and and found her lying on her stomach in the bed and the appearance seemed unnatural. Mrs Murray then called Miss Monroe's psychiatrist, Dr Ralph R.Greenson of 436 North Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, Calif., CR 14050. Upon entering after breaking the bedroom window, he found Miss Monroe possibly dead. Then he telephoned Dr Hyman Engelberg of 9730 Wilshire Boulevard, also of Beverly Hills, CR 54366, who came over and then pronounced Miss Monroe dead at 3.35 AM. Miss Monroe was seen by Dr Greenson on August 4, 1962 at 5.15 PM., at her request, because she was not able to sleep. She was being treated by him for about a year. She was nude when Dr Greenson found her dead with the telephone receiver in one hand and lying on her stomach. The Police Department was called and when they arrived they found Miss Monroe in the condition described above, except for the telephone which was removed by Dr Greenson. There were found to be 15 bottles of medication on the night table and some were prescription. A bottle marked 1 1/2 grains Nembutal, prescription #20853 and prescribed by Dr Engelberg, and referring to this particular bottle,
Description of deceased : Female Caucasian, age 36, height 5.4, weight 115 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, and slender, medium build.
Occupation : actress.
Probable cause of death : overdose of nembutal, body discovered 8/5/1962 at 3.25 AM.
Taken to County Morgue - from there to Westwood Mortuary.Report made by Sgt R.E.Byron, # 2730, W L.A. Detective Division.
Coroner's office notified. The body was removed from premises by Westwood Village Mortuary.
(8/5/1962 11 AM WLA hf - J.R.Brukles 5829).
Upon reinterviewing both Dr Ralph R.Greenson (Wit #1) and Dr Hyman Engelberg (Wit #2) they both agree to the following time of their actions.
Dr Greenson received a phone call from Mrs Murray (reporting person) at 3.30 AM, 8-5-1962 stating that she was unable to get into Miss Monroe's bedroom and the light was on. He told her to pound on the door and look in the window and call him back. At 3.35A Mrs Murray called back and stated Miss Monroe laying on the bed with the phone in her hand and looked strange. Dr Greenson was dressed by this time, left for deceased residence which is about one mile away. He also told Mrs Murray to call Dr Engelberg.
Dr Greenson arrived at deceased house at about 3.40A. He broke the window pane and entered through the window and removed the phone from her hand.
Rigor Mortis had set in.At 3.50A, Dr Engelberg arrived and pronounced Miss Monroe dead. The two doctors talked for a few moments. They both believe that it was about 4A when Dr Engelberg called the Police Department.
A check with the Complaint Board and WLA Desk indicates that the call was received at 4.25A. Miss Monroe's phone GR 61890had been checked and no call cells were made during the hours of this occurrence. Phoned number 472-4830 is being checked at the present time.R.E.Byron 2730, 8/6/1962."
Reports dated August 10, 1962 of the re interviews of Milton Rudin, Eunice Murray, Joe DiMaggio and Joe DiMaggio Jr, to estimate the time of the phone calls sent and received from Marilyn's home; it's mentionned that Peter Lawford, having left Los Angeles, couldn't have been interviewed.
Seals on the door
window broken by Greenson