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From Thomas Noguchi’s memoir, Coroner: “On [the morning of Monroe’s death] I discovered something strange. [Chief Coroner] Dr. Curphey had telephoned the office early to leave me a message. The note on my desk read, ‘Dr. Curphey wants Dr. Noguchi to do the autopsy on Marilyn Monroe.’ A more senior medical examiner would normally have performed the autopsy. And yet Dr Curphey had made a unique call on a Sunday morning assigning me to the job.”

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Initially, Marilyn Monroe’s housekeeper, Eunice Murray, claimed she became alarmed when she noticed a light under Monroe’s door around midnight. Despite the fact that Monroe was a chronic insomniac—midnight was hardly late for her—Murray claims she panicked, and called…not the police but rather Monroe’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson.

When Greenson arrived at the hacienda, he, too, found Monroe’s bedroom door locked. He went outside, looked through the bedroom window, and saw the actress lying nude on the bed under rumpled bedclothes. She looked “peculiar,” he said. He broke the window with a poker from the living-room fireplace and climbed inside. She was clutching the phone. “She must have been calling for help,” said Greenson, who later called the actress’s physician, Dr. Hyman Engelberg.

But why would Monroe have been calling for help when she knew the housekeeper was right next door? Even stranger, Murray, Greenson, and Engelberg didn’t call the cops until 4:35 a.m. When asked why, they said they had to get permission from the publicity department at 20th Century Fox, where Monroe was making her last film, Something’s Got to Give.

The whole scenario was upended the following morning, when the L.A. Times reported that all the players had mysteriously changed their stories—specifically the time:

Mrs. Monroe’s body was discovered after her housekeeper and companion, Mrs. Eunice Murray, awoke about 3 a.m. and saw a light still burning in the actress’ room.
 But the bedroom door was locked. She was unable to arouse [sic] Miss Monroe by shouts and rapping on the door, and immediately telephoned Miss Monroe’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson.
 Dr. Greenson took a poker from the fireplace, smashed in a window, and climbed into the Monroe bedroom. He took the telephone from her hand and told Mrs. Murray, "She appears to be dead."
 He called Dr. Hyman Engelberg, who had prescribed the sleeping pills, and pronounced her dead on his arrival at the house a short time later.
 Dr. Engelberg called police at 4:20 a.m. and two officers arrived in five minutes.

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