Marilyn, Joe Kennedy, and ‘The German’

Photo by David Hoyt Hastie

Fifty years after her death, Marilyn makes the front cover of US scandal sheet, the National Examiner. Their ‘new’ story is that she was murdered by mafioso, including Frank ‘The German’ Schweihs, at the order of the president’s father, Joseph Kennedy. (This seems somewhat unlikely, as Joe had recently suffered a  debilitating stroke and was then incapable of speech.)

The mobster’s daughter, Nora Schweihs, denied this long-standing rumour last year on the axed reality show, Chicago Mob Wives. She is now writing a book, Marilyn Monroe: Murder Cover-Up, and says dramatically, ‘My father didn’t take his secrets to the grave, he gave them to me!’

This conspiracy theory was, in fact, first mooted in Milo Speriglio and Adela Gregory‘s 1992 book, Crypt 33, now available on Kindle.

Marilyn and the Chicago Mob Wives

Nora Schweihs – currently starring in TV’s Chicago Mob Wives – is the daughter of Frank Schweihs, who was alleged to have been involved in bringing about Marilyn’s untimely death by authors Milo Speriglio and Adela Gregory, in their 1993 book, Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe – The Final Word.

Here’s what Nora has to say about those rumours:

“They say he was a hit man and committed murders. My dad was never convicted of the things they accuse him of doing. The whole Marilyn Monroe story is just hearsay. My father taught me ‘never believe anything you don’t hear or see yourself.’ I live by that.”

Read this article in full at Starcasm

And here’s an extract from a review of Crypt 33 by MM expert David Marshall, author of The DD Group:

“Here’s the deal. While the book does not supply any final answers, it is a good primer on Marilyn’s death and the various theories as well as the various suspects. Reading it as a novice, I would imagine that it would be quite a revelation. Reading it after immersing myself in everything I could find regarding the night of August 4, 1962, I see nothing new here at all…Who these two detectives interviewed or saw or investigated in their five years remains as mysterious as the events of August 4. The bottom line to this or any Monroe book is simple: Can we trust any author to tell us Marilyn’s thoughts or present a full conversation with no source notes?”

You can read David’s review in full here