Section 14

A Few Murder Orthodoxies

8And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. 9And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? 10And He said, What hast thou done? The voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto Me from the ground (Genesis 4, King James Version).

Since Cain murdered his brother that day in that Biblical field, every type of gruesome murder has been committed by every type of depraved and brutal murderer, thereby creating a mountain of corpses of unimaginable and staggering size. Over the millennia, human beings have been bludgeoned to death, stabbed to death, shot to death, smothered and choked to death, poisoned and drugged to death. The methods employed by murderers to end the lives of their fellow human beings have been many and diverse; and they might even be perversely called imaginative. In Marilyn’s case, and for which there is an obvious reason, her murderers’ imaginations apparently were limited: she was poisoned and drugged to death by barbiturates. How the murderers introduced into her body the physician prescribed poisons that killed her, the exact deployment mechanism, is the only contention among the conspiracists who reject suicide, accidental or intentional, as the mode of Marilyn’s death.

Four methods for introducing the barbiturates into Marilyn’s body were available to her purported murderers: forced oral ingestion, hypodermic injection, rectal infusion by enema or rectal infusion by suppository. Considering the difficulty the murderers would have encountered attempting to force an oral ingestion of a large quantity of capsules, it is reasonable to discount that method and remove it from their available options; consequently, Marilyn’s murderers must have used injection, enema, suppository or a combination thereof. Regardless of the murderers at whom the conspiracists point their collective accusatory and boney fingers, most favor hypodermic injection as the method used to introduce the barbiturates into Marilyn’s body. Several conspiracists favored a combination: an injection to render Marilyn unconscious and then during this unconscious state, the murderers finish her off with a barbiturate laced enema or a fast acting barbiturate infused suppository of the type, they contend, only available from the MOB. Only one conspiracist of which I am aware offered a differing murder method: suffocation with a pillow. However, nothing revealed by Marilyn’s autopsy indicated asphyxiation. Marilyn was not suffocated.