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April 20, 2006
�48 HOURS MYSTERY� HAS OBTAINED NEVER-HEARD-BEFORE AUDIO TAPES THAT REVEAL NEW DETAILS ABOUT THE NIGHT MARILYN MONROE DIED
Eyewitness Accounts are Part of Investigation into Whether the Screen Icon was Murdered
FBI Documents Indicate Marilyn was a Potential Security Risk
On August 4, 1962, John F. Kennedy was president and the stunning news out of Hollywood was that superstar Marilyn Monroe had apparently taken her own life. But, was that the whole story? 48 HOURS has obtained hundreds of pages of never-before-seen documents as well as audio taped interviews from the Los Angeles District Attorney�s office that shed new light on what may have happened the night Monroe died. The internal files have been closed for 24 years. Peter Van Sant reports for 48 HOURS MYSTERY: �The Marilyn Tapes� to be broadcast Saturday, April 22, at a special time, (8:00 �9:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
In 1982, amid public outcry concerning allegations of conspiracy and a cover-up following Monroe�s death, the Los Angeles District Attorney was forced to re-examine the evidence. Using the California Public Records Act, 48 HOURS filed a petition and obtained 309 pages of internal documents and approximately five-and-a-half hours of audio taped interviews with key sources. Included are accounts from eyewitnesses believed to be in Monroe�s bedroom the night she died.
In one interview, Dr. Hyman Engelberg, Monroe�s personal physician, describes the moment he entered Monroe�s room for the last time:
DR. ENGELBERG: �She was sprawled over the bed and she was dead�I took out my stethoscope � and listened to make sure her heart wasn�t beating�.�
INVESTIGATOR: �How long after you arrived did you call police?�
DR. ENGELBERG: �I cannot be absolutely specific. Maybe a half-hour.�
INVESTIGATOR: �Was there a reason why there was a delay of half-an-hour or do you consider it was a delay?�
DR. ENGELBERG: �We were stunned. We were talking over what happened.�
Dr. Engelberg is also heard telling the investigator he prescribed only one of the two sedative drugs that the Los Angeles County Coroner said killed Marilyn:
DR. ENGLEBERG: �I knew nothing about Chloral Hydrate.�
INVESTIGATOR: �So you wrote her prescription for Nembutal only.�
DR. ENGELBERG: �That was it. It�s the only prescription I wrote.�
A top forensic pathologist, Dr. Steven Karch, tells 48 HOURS the toxicology report is �incomplete� and the investigators� reports contain �inconsistencies.� He tells correspondent Van Sant that investigators should not have ruled out murder. ��I would classify this as an undetermined cause of death,� said Karch.
The tapes reveal that the investigation also looked into a sensational accusation that Marilyn was injected in the heart the night she died.
The broadcast also examines Monroe�s reported involvement with President Kennedy, and his brother, Robert Kennedy, then the U.S. Attorney General. Newly released FBI documents headed �Marilyn Monroe: Security Matter,� indicate she was considered a potential security risk.
Among those interviewed for the program include former Assistant District Attorney Mike Carroll, who headed the 1982 investigation, and speaks about it in depth for the first time.
The report also includes interviews with Playboy Magazine founder Hugh Hefner, former Monroe co-star Tony Curtis, and Monroe�s close Hollywood friend, Jeanne Carmen.
48 HOURS MYSTERY: �The Marilyn Tapes� is produced by Nancy Kramer, Taigi Smith and Chris Young. The associate producer is Anthony Venditti. The senior producer is Judy Tygard and the executive producer is Susan Zirinsky.