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Thank you for the link to Miner's article. Miner's account reveals an anomaly involving his official role in the investigation immediately following the death of Marilyn Monroe.

Miner now says "It must be concluded from the medical evidence alone that Marilyn Monroe was killed by person(s) unknown". Miner does not say that he had reached that conclusion simultaneous with the autopsy, But we can surely assume that he had considered homicide to be at least a possibility when he was asked to inquire about what light Dr. Greenson could shed on the drug overdose that killed his patient.

Miner's meeting with Greenson came about because Miner was fulfilling his official duty to investigate a possible homicide. Given that the fatal drug was known to be nembutal, it would have been logical to consider Greenson, the physician closest to Marilyn in her final hours, as a possible suspect.

But Dr. Greenson was an old pal of Mr. Miner and Mr. Miner entered a secret agreement that he would conceal his knowledge of tape recordings that provided a priceless insight into the state of Marilyn's mind near the end of her life. If the tapes provided such powerful evidence that Marilyn was not a suicide, as Miner now says, then only accidental self-overdose remained, short of homicide. On the available evidence there was no way yet to distinguish between negligent and intentional homicide. Either way, Dr. Greenson was elevated to the status of most crucial witness in a case in which it was logical to consider him a suspect.

Greenson was a Freudian psychiatrist, who sometimes strayed from Freudian orthodoxy. He was considered brilliant in his day, according to Miner.

Hollywood fashions have changed, and a movie star today who consulted a Freudian analyst would be laughed out of town. Experimental psychology has made huge advances in the past five decades and has exposed much of Freudian therapy as having no scientific basis.

But only Greenson's conclusionary opinions as a Freudian analyst -- not the vital evidence he had in his possession and in his memory -- made it into the official record in the case, it seems. His professional opinions carried little weight even then, but the tape recording, had it been known, might have prevented a verdict of "probable suicide" from being rendered.


Miner does not say who gave him the authority to suppress evidence (evidence that could have been subpoenad by Miner) directly relevant to the drug overdose that took Marilyn's life. It is very nice that Miner agreed to protect his old buddy Greenson, loyalty is a virtue we can all admire, but it has its limits. Miner also owed a prior and higher duty to the people of California and Los Angeles to bring to light any evidence bearing on Monroe's overdose. Somehow he decided, during his meetig with Dr. Greenson, to take his loyalty to The People, those who paid his salary, on a 30-year Sabattical.

Is anybody at the LA Times making an issue of this?

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