Fifty years have not lessened the skepticism of suspicion over the death of Marilyn Monroe at the age of 36, but there are technological advances in the decades that could change the outcome of the investigation over the case. Of course if the case is opened again.
DNA, a more sophisticated electronic recording, the data bank of drugs and other technological advances could help investigators to get more information than they are getting on August 5, 1962, when Marilyn Monroe’s death, exactly 50 years ago.
Whether those devices can refer to a different conclusion is still in question. Currently, Monroe is the final conclusion of death due to barbiturate poisoning suicide.
“The good news is that we are more advanced than 50 years ago,” said Max Houck, a forensic consultant and author of “The Science of Crime Scenes.” “The bad news, we are still trying to put this technology in an appropriate context,” he said.
Monroe’s death shocked the world and immediately led to speculation that he died of a cruel plot, rather than just suicide. These theories originated from the 35-minute pause between the time of Monroe declared dead by doctors and when the police arrived, there was also an incomplete recording of the call, and never performed the test toxins in the digestive system.
Attention is also focused on the possibility of a diary containing state secrets Monroe taken from his room, or whether he was murdered after revealing embarrassing secrets about President John F. Kennedy or his brother, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.
Investigation by the Office of the Attorney General of Los Angeles 20 years after Monroe’s death found no evidence of conspiracy to murder, even though it appears likely theory that Monroe was killed after an accidental overdose.
Attorney-General’s report also includes the conclusions of the expert bodies who say that, “despite the advances in technology procedures -1982 -, in all likelihood, will not alter the conclusions reached 20 years ago.”
Internet, digital imaging, and laboratory testing of more sophisticated means Monroe’s death, if it happened today, will undergo a more detailed forensic examination. Houck said that the important parts of the investigation will remain unchanged, including the need to interview witnesses, have access to the scene, and document the appearance of the scene.
“As an archaeologist, you will try to reconstruct the past,” he said.
In the case of Monroe, the first policeman who came to the scene said he saw domestic washing machine at home using it a few hours after the death of the actress. Attorney-General’s report also states that in 1982 there were 15 bottles of medicine looks at the scene, but only eight are listed in the report.
“In cases of public concern, there is a tendency to not follow standard protocols,” said Houck, who is actually an error. “Since you will be publicly monitored.”
Although Monroe’s autopsy report include a count of the drugs taken from his bedroom, investigators can now perform a deeper analysis of these prescription drugs. Bank data or state database allows investigators to monitor the prescriptions given to patients and their secret alias. Personal data are also frequently examined doctors, seeperti well as in the case of the death of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Brittany Murphy, and Corey Haim.
In the case of Monroe, reports the prosecutor noted there was one doctor giving a drug that can not be found.
Investigators in several cities and even now already have a scanner the size of a toaster to direct documenting the scene, so it can be directly reconstructed in 3D how likely it happened. If the tool is in the Monroe died, then this tool may give a relationship between the location of the bodies found with various other important objects, such as telephone and her medications.
The collection of more accurate fingerprint can also assist in the investigation of cases Monroe, said Dr. Victor W. Weedn,
Chairman, Department of Forensic Science at George Washington University in Washington, DC
DNA evidence the police collected the ordinary could be useful if there is a possibility that the drugs are misused or mixed by someone else, Weedn said the DNA test experts in death investigation.
According to Houck, the greatest advances that can be used by investigators to solve cases like Monroe is a digital imprint of the star: telephone records, email, SMS, tweets and other online activities. All that now plays a major role, says Houck.
Monroe phone records are incomplete, shows only outgoing calls but did not record incoming calls, according to prosecutors in 1982. “This can not happen now,” says Houck.
Besides all that progress, autopsy technique was not changed dramatically since the death of Monroe.
Only the dimensions of the report (Monroe’s autopsy report is printed on paper rather than legal size paper 8 ½ x 11 inches now) are different, but the autopsy report after the death of celebrities alike. There is a description of how the condition of his body when found, a detailed picture of his body – is there a piece of surgery, the completeness of the organ, and others – and the record of the drugs were found at the scene.
“We, forensic pathologists often talk about how we are relying on old methods,” Weedn said. He also said that the same basic autopsy procedures for centuries.
New technologies such as CT scans are available for the body, but this is beyond the reach of most budgets and expert forensic medical examiner’s office, Weedn said.
Attorney general’s investigation of medical examiner Dr. noted. Thomas Noguchi is conducting an autopsy to Monroe’s body, including the examining body with a magnifying glass to check for traces of a syringe.
Unfortunately, toxicology tests, which has developed since 1962, much less in the case of Monroe.
Samples of the stomach and intestines Monroe destroyed before being tested for illegal drugs, said Noguchi in 1983 published his memoirs titled “Coroner”, and he realized that this fact could lead to alternative theories about the death of Monroe.
“Various theories murder will appear in an instant – and survive to this day,” said Noguchi.
Although there are unanswered questions, the photographer Lawrence Schiller does not believe there is a murder in this case. Schiller knew Monroe in his last days and has just launched his memoir, “Marilyn & Me: A Photographer’s Memories.”
“Is there a conspiracy to kill him? No. I think not,” he said in an interview recently. He saw Monroe mixing champagne and pills and drugs often forget what he had to drink, says Schiller.
“Did he forget he’s a drug that has been drinking that night, for me it is very likely,” rather than the various other conspiracy theories.
Schiller said he did not know that then, when he was aged 23 years, that Monroe was at its lowest point. “Monroe was a very lonely in the last days of his life,” said Schiller.
Prosecutor’s office agreed. “The investigation and examination of documents we found no credible evidence supporting the murder theory,” as stated in their report.
According to Weedn, although investigators deaths across the country have been trained better than 1960, these offices are often considered low budget. Policy makers “have to realize that what we do is for the living,” he said.
In the case of Monroe, this expression is very precise, with several generations of people are still curious about Monroe’s death and try to find answers to many possible scenarios.