Fifty years ago, the reporter and gossip columnist Florabel Muir, who was known for covering both Hollywood and Underworld figures, published a New York Daily News column that was one of the first indications that something suspicious had happened to Marilyn Monroe—something more than murder. Here’s what she wrote:
“Strange ‘pressures’ are being put on Los Angeles police investigating the death of Marilyn Monroe,” sources lose to the probers said last night.
“Police investigators have refused to make public the records of phone calls made from Miss Monroe’s home last Saturday evening, hours before she took an overdose of sleeping pills. The police have impounded the phone company’s taped record of outgoing calls. Normally in suicide probes here, the record of such phone calls would have been made available to the public within a few days.
“The purported pressures are mysterious. They apparently are coming from persons who had been closely in touch with Marilyn the last few weeks.”