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How the mystery surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s death forced cops to reopen the case 

The responding officer who found Marilyn Monroe’s dead body in her apartment was just one of the many people who believed the actress died under mysterious circumstances and eventually prompted authorities to reopen her case. 

Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe, premieres its final episode on Sunday on the Fox News Channel, and will explore how former officer Jack Clemmons believed that the ‘scene seemed staged’ when he arrived on August 5, 1962.

Gary Vitacco-Robles, author of ‘Icon’, explained that Clemmons never documented the allegations he made concerning the possibility that something was off about Monroe’s death. 

Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe, premieres its final episode on Sunday on the Fox News Channel, and will explore how former officer Jack Clemmons believed that the ‘scene seemed staged’ when he arrived at Monroe’s apartment on August 5, 1962

Footage from an interview years after the actress committed suicide shows Clemmons describing how her body had been ‘placed’ on the bed she was discovered in. 

Footage from an interview years after the actress committed suicide shows Clemmons describing how Monroe's body had been 'placed' on the bed she was discovered in

Footage from an interview years after the actress committed suicide shows Clemmons describing how Monroe’s body had been ‘placed’ on the bed she was discovered in

Most notably, Clemmons highlighted that he had not observed any cups in the room that could have alluded to the fact that Monroe had reportedly taken dozens of pills to kill herself. 

A photograph of the scene does show a cup believed to have been part of a series of 12 that the star purchased in Mexico. Vitacco-Robles noted that the collector who now owns the ‘vessels’ reported that one was missing, believed to have been taken in by police for evidence. 

The docu-series also highlights that Clemmons noted that he saw housekeeper – Eunice Murray – washing something in the washing machine when he arrived, which he noted as ‘suspicious’. 

‘The implication is that she was destroying evidence,’ Vitacco-Robles explained. ‘As the first responding officer, he did not further investigate what she was washing. He also did not issue any reports regarding this suspicion. 

Most notably, Clemmons highlighted that he had not observed any cups in the room that could have alluded to the fact that Monroe had reportedly taken dozens of pills to kill herself.

Most notably, Clemmons highlighted that he had not observed any cups in the room that could have alluded to the fact that Monroe had reportedly taken dozens of pills to kill herself.

A photograph of the scene does show a cup believed to have been part of a series of 12 that the star purchased in Mexico. The cup was reportedly taken by police

A photograph of the scene does show a cup believed to have been part of a series of 12 that the star purchased in Mexico. The cup was reportedly taken by police

‘A full inventory of Marilyn’s estate was completed at the time of her death. A washer and dryer are not indicated in that inventory.’ 

Clemmons’ credibility was drawn into question, however, when he was forced to resign from the LAPD in the 1960s after he and three others claimed that Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel had been involved in a homosexual sex act. 

The officer’s claims hit their mark and have been used to support countless theories about Monroe’s death, decades later. 

The docu-series also highlights that Clemmons noted that he saw housekeeper - Eunice Murray - washing something in the washing machine when he arrived, which he noted as 'suspicious'. The implication was that she was hiding evidence

The docu-series also highlights that Clemmons noted that he saw housekeeper – Eunice Murray – washing something in the washing machine when he arrived, which he noted as ‘suspicious’. The implication was that she was hiding evidence

The theories helped elevate the mystery and status of Monroe, inspiring countless fans to emulate the actress. 

‘When Marilyn died the fandom took over,’ the docu-series states. ‘Sex sells that’s a fact and people love to believe there was more going on.’ 

20 years after her body was found, the increased awareness surrounding Monroe pushed the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to ask for an investigation into the details of her death.

The Los Angeles district attorney finally opened a threshold investigation to determine if there was enough evidence to treat Monroe’s death as a homicide in August of 1982. 

Clemmons' credibility was drawn into question, however, when he was forced to resign from the LAPD in the 1960s after he and three others claimed that Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel had been involved in a homosexual sex act

Clemmons’ credibility was drawn into question, however, when he was forced to resign from the LAPD in the 1960s after he and three others claimed that Republican Senator Thomas Kuchel had been involved in a homosexual sex act

But his theories helped elevate the mystery and status of Monroe, inspiring countless fans to emulate the actress

But his theories helped elevate the mystery and status of Monroe, inspiring countless fans to emulate the actress

The question is how many of the reports have been romantic speculation without any substance and fact, California District Attorney John Van De Kamp said at the time. ‘We thought it was a good time, now that all of this is coming out, to just find out what is there. To accumulate it, review it and if necessary report back to you on it.’ 

Investigators spent three and a half months looking into the evidence and conducting additional interviews to see if they could find any indication as to what happened with Monroe. 

Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe also includes interviews with biographers Keith Badman and Charles Casillo and features digitally re-mastered versions of original film reels of footage following the actress’s death. 

The final episode of Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe premieres this Sunday, September 1 at 8PM/ET.  

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