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Marilyn Monroe: A Case for Murder

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It is one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century. How did Marilyn Monroe die? Although no pills were found in her stomach during the autopsy, it was still documented in the Los Angeles coroner's report that she had swallowed sixty-four sleeping pills prior to her demise. In Marilyn Monroe: A Case for Murder, biographer Jay Margolis presents the most thorough in ...more
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Published August 1st 2011 by
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There are so many books about Marilyn Monroe and Marilyn Monroe's death that it can make you dizzy trying to decide which one to read. Not only are there serious researchers who have dissected and examined Marilyn's life and death, but anyone who remotely knew her has written a book, too. So, why did I read Jay Margolis' book? First off, it was recent, published in 2011, which appealed to me in the far from the heat of the moment publications. Secondly, Margolis researched the subject for five y ...more
Brigetta Barone
Jul 03, 2015 Brigetta Barone rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Poorly organized

This book is so poorly written; I bought it because I read that it was well researched. Even if that is true, the information is presented in a confusing, sometimes contradictory mish mash of a mess. Bad, bad book.
Sep 15, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok
Very disjointed and repetitive.
Apr 20, 2012 Katy rated it it was ok
Shelves: marilyn-monroe far it's very interesting. The people the author name as knowing the real circumstances of Marilyn's death, were indeed friends with her at the time, the interviews are compelling, and his research seems to be quite thorough. We'll see how I feel about it at the end. Certainly is an intriguing read.

OK, now that I've finished , I can say I'm a bit disappointed. This was a lot of previously transcribed interviews and portions of books on Marilyn's death that came out as far back as the late
Megan Conravey
Mar 22, 2012 Megan Conravey is currently reading it
So far, this book is very interesting. It's backed up by analyses of the circumstances surrounding Marilyn's death combined with interviews from those who knew her best. I can't wait to finish reading it.
Aug 06, 2013 Gloria rated it liked it
It is a very slow, dry read. Interesting but dry
Dec 07, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liked it.

It was very informative, well written. A good read. Told the story well, was easy to understand. Would read it again.
May 02, 2012 Robbie rated it really liked it
took me a long time to read this. it does repeat a lot but very good once I got into it. I always knew she had been murdered.
Aug 14, 2016 Stephanie rated it it was ok
Very well-researched, very poorly compiled. There wasn't really any segue between narratives and accounts, and some details felt gratuitously thrown in.
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Jay Margolis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California and became a Jesse Unruh Research Scholar for his paper on African American Reparations. He spent five years researching how Marilyn Monroe died. This is his first book.
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