Section 19

A Closing Thought or Two

We can all agree, I assume, that our world is an imperfect one. In a perfect world, I would now end this philippic with a shattering finish and offer a piece of evidence which would incontrovertibly prove to the remaining and intractable doubters, prove beyond their unreasonable doubt, that Marilyn Monroe committed suicide. If I only possessed and could reveal a never before discovered suicide note, a note clearly explaining the why, a note explaining everything. Unfortunately, I do not have such a note; however, before I present my thoughts and opinions about that essential but missing explanatory note, allow me to present a closing thought or two.

Pete, the Brother-in-Lawford

Like the shadow of Cal-Neva Resort, the long and sinewy shadow of a thin man falls across the death of Marilyn Monroe, that of Peter Lawford, otherwise known to the former Detective Lynn Franklin as Pete. Peter Earnest Sydney Lawford was actually born an Aylen, his conception the result of an extramarital affair between his actual father, Lieutenant General Sir Sydney Turing Barlow Lawford, KBE, and May Sommerville Bunny, Pete’s mother. At the time of Pete’s birth, his mother was married to Captain Dr. Ernest Vaughn Aylen, one of Lieutenant General Law­ford’s officers. May eventually confessed to her husband that the son she delivered in 1923 on the 7th of September in London was not his progeny. Her confession led to divorces for both her and Lieutenant General Lawford. After their divorces were finalized in September of 1924, Pete’s mother and his father married; Pete was a year old. By all accounts, Pete’s childhood was bizarre.

Peter Lawford, known also as The Thin Man for his portrayal of the suave and debonair private eye, Nick Charles, was not overlooked in the preceding text, not completely anyway. Textually, he appears here and there when the situation or the circumstances so dictated that he must. I did not forget that Pete was married to Pat Kennedy, sister to John and Robert, or that Marilyn was exceptionally friendly with Pat, or that Marilyn allegedly spent a considerable amount of time in the Lawford’s company. All of that is contained within the preceding text. Even so, I confess that I had, and have, a difficult time accepting much of the testimony that has been placed in the mouth of Pete Lawford. One of Pete’s biographers christened him the man who kept the secrets, the Kennedy’s secrets that is.