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The stomach is almost completely empty. The contents is brownish mucoid fluid. The volume is estimated to be no more than 20 cc. No residue of the pills is noted.
A sedative suppository might have been administered on the advice of Monroe's psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, as a sleep aid and as part of Greenson's larger project to wean his patient off barbiturates.
The colon shows marked congestion and purplish discoloration.
How many capsules did Dr. Curphy [the head coroner] feel Marilyn swallowed?
In his question and answer session with the press he stated she would have had to swallow approx. 47 Nembutal and 17 Chloral Hydrate capsules.
Did Dr. Noguchi agree with this?
To an extent yes he did. In an interview for Omni magazine Dr. Noguchi [who is a certified toxicologist] stated "Monroe's liver actually had a level of stored barbiturates three to four times that of her blood. Yet
her blood level was high enough -- equivalent to about forty or fifty capsules of regular-strength sleeping pills. For the average person, ten to fifteen are potentially lethal."
Wow, that is a lot of capsules. Did they find a lot of capsules still undigested in her stomach?
There were no traces of either drug in her stomach.
Well I have heard that during drug overdose autopsies they don't find any capsule residue sometimes. Can this be?
Yes, it has happened. Except when they found no traces of pill residue, they tested the 20 cc's [just less than a shotglass] of mucoid fluid found in her stomach under a polarized microscope and found no trace
of any refractive crystals from either drug. The polarized microscope is still the type of microscope used today to detect drug crystals. So no capsule residue and not even a trace of any of the crystals.
Well how do you know this isn't common?
Joseph Mato who is a toxicologist at the LA County Coroner's Office has stated:
"With death through oral ingestion, the concentration of drugs would be highest in the stomach when compared to stomach levels resulting from intramuscular or intravenous ingestion". "It is nearly impossible for a subject to die precisely at that moment when the entire medication would be absorbed beyond the stomach".
Let me get this straight...Marilyn's blood level had nearly 4 times the amount of drugs to kill her yet they could not prove where these drugs came from or they didn't even try to prove it. She would have had to swallow twice as many capsules as a non tolerant person to get the amount of drugs found in her system so there is no way she could have accidentally swallowed just a few too many capsules. She could not have swallowed a few at bedtime, woke up forgetting she already took her
bedtime medication and swallowed a few more. There was way too much drugs in her system for this to have happened. If she would have wanted to kill herself and swallowed all of the Nembutal she could find and all but 10 of her Chloral Hydrate, with this amount she would have died long
before the entire amount had completely digested past her stomach and completely past her small intestine. So in simple terms it would have taken so many capsules to kill Marilyn that there should have been a lot of drug crystals found in her digestive system. No crystals means she did not swallow the drugs that killed her.
A neighbor who lived next to Monroe's bungalow testified that she saw Robert Kennedy and two other men enter the house the night of MonroeMonroeMonroe's death around 7pm, and one man was said to be carrying a black medical bag. Although subsequent examinations did not reveal injection marks, the fatal drug combination could have been administered rectally through an enema bag. This would explain the lack of drinking water and the lack of identifiable pills in Monroe's stomach and intestines.
While every theory has its believers, it is most commonly held that
whatever truly happened on August 4th, 1962, it wasn't suicide. An
overwhelming propensity of evidence suggests that Marilyn did not die by
orally ingesting sleeping pills. The scene of death appears to have been
tampered with and important tissue samples from the autopsy
mysteriously dissappeared, among other odd occurrances. There is very
strong evidence that the circumstances surrounding Marilyn's death were
covered up for some reason. The theories continue to be debated to this