It focuses on her travels and associations, searching for signs of leftist views and possible ties to communism. One entry, which previously had been almost completely redacted, concerned intelligence that Monroe and other entertainers sought visas to visit Russia that year.
The file continues up until the months before her death, and also includes several news stories and references to Norman Mailer's biography of the actress, which focused on questions about whether Monroe was killed by the government.
For all the focus on Monroe's closeness to suspected communists, the bureau never found any proof she was a member of the party.
All this time later, 50 years after her death, Marilyn Monroe still makes headlines. That's a star. The FBI investigated her because? The coverage wants you to know because she might have been a Communist. But it was also because of her involvement with certain men.
Everyone assumes that the file will tell them something about her death -- or the press coverage thinks so. The Los Angeles Times adds:
According to AP, the files don't provide new clues about her death in Bel Air but added: "Letters and news clippings included in the file show the bureau was aware of theories the actress had been killed, but they do not show that any effort was undertaken to investigate the claims. Los Angeles authorities concluded Monroe's death was a probable suicide."
The files currently public end a month or so before her death.
So they really can't 'provide new clues about her death' and it's less than honest for the paper to immply otherwise.
And the Inquistr notes:
Marilyn Monroe may be “drifted into Communist orbit” before her death, according to unredacted portions of an FBI file kept on the blonde bombshell. In 1956, a New York Daily News reported told the FBI that an anonymous caller claimed the actress was somehow at least loosely linked to Communism.
The informant also maintained that Marilyn Monroe’s marriage to Arthur Miller was a sham, merely a coer up for the “cultural frontman for the Communist Party.” According to the unredacted FBI files, funds from Marilyn Monroe Productions was being filtered to the political party.
So someone from the New York Daily News tipped the FBI off?
Wouldn't you love to know who?
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