On August 5, 1962, the mysterious death of one of the most popular Hollywood stars, Marilyn Monroe, shook the world.

A Fascinating Historical Look Into Marilyn Monroe's Death

At approximately 3:00 a.m., Marilyn’s housekeeper, Eunice Murray, noticed Monroe’s bedroom light was on and the door was locked.

Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom.

A Fascinating Historical Look Into Marilyn Monroe's Death

Police entering Marilyn Monroe’s bedroom.

A Fascinating Historical Look Into Marilyn Monroe's Death

The empty bottles of medicine found next to Marilyn’s bed by the police.

She immediately called Monroe’s psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, on whose advice she looked in through a window and saw Marilyn lying facedown on her bed, covered by a sheet and clutching a telephone receiver.

The living room of Marilyn Monroe.

The living room of Marilyn Monroe.

Pills found on Marilyn’s living room table.

After Dr. Greenson arrived, he entered the room by breaking a window and found Marilyn Monroe dead. At 4:25 a.m., the Los Angeles Police Department got called into the scene.

The corpse of Marilyn Monroe is removed to the morgue on a stretcher by a police officer.

After a brief investigation, the LAPD concluded that Marilyn Monroe’s death was “caused by a self-administered overdose of sedative drugs and that the mode of death is probable suicide.”

One of three morgue shots taken by a famed photographer Leigh Wiener.

Leigh reportedly bribed the morning guards with a couple bottles of scotch so they would let him into the morgue, where the body of the actress laid.

Leigh’s son, Devik, revealed that his father had also taken post-mortem shots of naked Marilyn, but never revealed the location of the films.

One of two official post-mortem photos of Marilyn Monroe from the Los Angeles Police Department files.

One of two official post-mortem photos of Marilyn Monroe from the Los Angeles Police Department files.

Despite the coroner’s verdict, people are still offering numerous conspiracy theories about what really happened to Marilyn Monroe.

This photo gallery originally appeared in Behind the Tape Photobook, along with nearly a thousand more exclusive crime scene photos.
WARNING: THE PHOTOBOOK ISN’T FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

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