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BOOK REVIEW: "UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe" by Dr. Donald R. Burleson

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Book suggests Marilyn Monroe knew about UFOs and was killed because she planned to expose the truth.
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BOOK REVIEW: UFOs and the Murder of Marilyn Monroe by Donald R. Burleson, Ph.D (Black Mesa Press) 2003/2011

In less than 100 pages, Roswell, N.M.-based ufologist Dr. Donald R. Burleson makes a strong argument that the Kennedy brothers conspired – and succeeded – in having their mutual lover and beloved blonde bombshell and actress Marilyn Monroe murdered in order to prevent her from revealing top secret information about the existence of UFOs.

Marilyn Monroe and UFOs?

Yes. Apparently on August 3, 1962, the day before the 36-year old’s untimely death (official report was suicide by an overdose of pills), a CIA document (acquired via wiretap and featuring alleged references to secret group "Majestic 12") focusing on Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortensen) was allegedly sent to appropriate officials – presumably to Attorney Gen. Robert F. Kennedy and Pres. John F. Kennedy – addressing the issue of Monroe’s knowledge of the crash and retrieval of a flying saucer in the New Mexico desert in the 1940’s.

Writes Burleson: “Marilyn knew about Roswell. The document suggesting as much is dated ‘3 August 1962,’ and the next day Marilyn was dead.”

As Burleson explains, Monroe had been increasingly upset about the distance the Kennedy brothers were putting between themselves and her. Promises were made, allegedly by RFK, that he would divorce his wife and marry her. She was getting increasingly angry and was known to have a “little red book,” a diary, that contained information about the “pillow talk” she had between her and the Kennedys during their frequent trysts, including at the Santa Monica beach house of RFK’s brother-in-law and Rat Packer Peter Lawford.

Apparently, Marilyn Monroe was aware of not only the crashed Roswell saucer, but of JFK’s plans to kill Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

But why didn’t she keep quiet? Burleson writes that RFK went to her Brentwood, California home and demanded she keep quiet and not hold a planned press conference two days later to “tell all” she knew about the Kennedys, whom she felt had betrayed her.

Clearly, the U.S. government could not have the very popular screen star and sex symbol spilling the beans on their secrets, particularly in the midst of the Cold War and the burgeoning Space Race against the Soviets. Marilyn was now a “wild card” and had to be silenced, writes Burleson, who dedicates the book to Monroe.

It’s a theory you don’t hear much about, but the CIA document detailing concerns about Monroe and a refererence to an Air Force general known for investigating UFOs gives one pause.

A fascinating and quick read. 

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