MARILYN Monroe’s press aide is the last surviving secret keeper who may still be able to shed light on her final tragic hours, the late star’s biographer has claimed.
Journalist and author Anthony Summers wrote the popular book, Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, and his research for the project has now been turned into a Netflix documentary.
Marilyn’s tragic death in 1962 has resulted in many conspiracy theories over the yearsMichael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Publicity agent Pat Newcomb was like sister to the late star, according to reports
He spoke to more than 600 people for the book, and many of his revealing interviews feature in the film – The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes.
While the author is confident Marilyn accidentally overdosed on pills, he claims there is still one close friend who could answer questions about the day she died – her loyal former press agent, Pat Newcomb.
The then-39-year-old star was discovered dead in her bed in her Brentwood apartment in LA on August 5, 1962, hours after she allegedly had an argument with her lover, Bobby Kennedy.
While Anthony does not feel a new investigation into her death is necessary, he feels there are still a lot of unanswered questions about her passing.
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“Unless there are official documents still withheld, stored away somewhere, I do not think a fresh investigation into Marilyn’s death would lead anywhere now,” he exclusively told The U.S Sun.
“[But] one person still alive who has never spoken openly about Marilyn Monroe’s last day and death is her press aide, Pat Newcomb.
“I emphasize ‘openly’ [because] I met with Newcomb before my book was first published [in the 1980s] and spoke with her as recently as last year.
“She always been courteous – yet told me little or nothing at all about the actress’s relationship with the Kennedys and the events of her last hours.
“Newcomb has said two things, one, that my book gets things about right, and two, that she herself has ‘forgotten’ the details.”
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But Anthony speculated: “I thank her for the first comment and do not believe her memory is as shaky as she claims.”
Margot Patricia “Pat” Newcomb Wigan is now 92 and lives in Los Angeles, according to property records.
Research shows in her early career she worked for Pierre Salinger, a former press secretary for Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and was hired by the agency of Arthur P. Jacobs to represent Marilyn in 1956.
In 1960, she became the star’s full-time publicist until her death, and many have compared their relationship to that of “sisters,” with the icon reportedly giving her the nickname “Sybil”, for sibling rivalry.
The U.S. Sun reached out to Pat Newcomb for comment, but did not hear back.
Anthony spoke to many of Marilyn’s friends, colleagues in the film industry and even private investigators allegedly hired to spy on her amid her rumored sexual relations with Bobby, and his brother, President John F. Kennedy.
His research suggests a cover-up, not a murder, and he believes handlers were sent to her home to hide any evidence of her links to the brothers, as her death made international news.
Anthony’s book and documentary appear to confirm Marilyn died of an overdose, but the Pulitzer Prize finalist has questioned for years when exactly she passed away.
He found convincing evidence the star died hours before the ‘official time of death report,’ which gave handlers time to remove evidence of her relations with the brothers.
Asked about recordings of Marilyn and the Kennedys still existing, Anthony suggested they may have been destroyed sometime after Bobby Kennedy’s death.
He told The U.S. Sun: “As I report in the book, at least some of the recordings made of Marilyn Monroe with the Kennedy brothers allegedly survived as late as 1968 when Robert Kennedy was running for the presidency.
“Plans to make them public were at an advanced stage in June that year, six years after Marilyn’s death – when Robert Kennedy was assassinated.
“If compromising tapes survive still, I think we would know it. They would still be worth a small fortune.”
He went on: “I did speak to some former FBI agents while working on my book GODDESS, but spoke to most of them on ‘background’ only, did not cite them by name.
“The weirder FBI documents I cited – such as the bizarre file with the title ‘MARILYN MONROE SECURITY [COMMUNIST]’ – were totally blacked out by the censor when I first saw them.
“With the passing of time they’ve been released – and readers can see them in the latest edition of my book GODDESS.”
During his research in the 1980s, Anthony spoke to West Coast psychiatrist Dr. Ralph Greenson’s widow, Hildi, who allowed him to see some of the summaries of Marilyn’s mental condition that he left behind after his death.
He feels they may still have more information about Marilyn’s links to the Kennedys, but insists there is no truth to the conspiracy theory Greenson murdered the star.
“I think Dr. Greenson had knowledge of events on the night Marilyn Monroe died – evidence not of murder but evidence compromising to the Kennedy brothers,” he told The U.S. Sun.
“Dr. Greenson’s son Danny told me he just did ‘not feel comfortable telling me what his father had told him.
“But not feeling comfortable about sharing what Greenson told his family is a far cry from having covered up information about the murder.”
He added: “The testimony we have does suggest she was frantic, angry with the President’s brother – Attorney General Robert Kennedy – because he was severing her connection to the Kennedys.
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“Marilyn had said she had slept badly the previous night, and may have fatally overdosed by mistake.”
The newest edition of Anthony Summers’s book, Goddess: The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe, is available here on Amazon.
Anthony Summers first wrote the Marilyn Monroe biography GODDESS in the 1980s
Newcomb, now 92, stood by Marilyn for many years and was of her closest confidants
Marilyn Monroe stands between Robert Kennedy (left) and John F. Kennedy at a party