Section 16

Behind Marilyn's Closed Bedroom Door

Once Marilyn entered her sparsely furnished and cluttered bedroom on the evening of August the 4th, did she shut the bedroom door and then lock it? Even regarding what should have been, or should be, an indisputable fact has been, and still is, disputed―even hotly debated. Eunice Murray testified to Sgt Jack Clemmons that Marilyn’s bedroom door was locked on the morning of August the 5th, testimony collaborated by Dr. Greenson; but then, three decades later, Donald Spoto asserted that Marilyn could not have locked her bedroom door because the door’s locking mechanism was not functioning. According to Spoto, none of the locks fitted on the interiors doors in Marilyn’s hacienda functioned properly, a fact confirmed for Spoto by Marilyn’s secretary, Cherie Redmond. Spoto also asserted that Marilyn invariably left her doors unlocked: doing so was actually a habit with her, a habit further ingrained by Marilyn’s miserable experience inside the walls of Payne Whitney Clinic. Pat Newcomb collaborated what Spoto asserted as did Ralph Roberts and Rupert Allen: Marilyn did not lock doors.