Murders made to look like suicides and accidents. Classified government documents fallen into the wrong hands. Stolen diaries; some of them burned and shredded for fear of what, one day, they might reveal. Powerful people with dangerous agendas. Famous faces. The Feds prowling around. Hollywood conspiracies. CIA agents keeping watch. Frightened people with secrets to hide. Wild sex. Drugs. Crazy parties and flowing booze. And, an incredible story of UFOs, aliens, Roswell, Area 51, Flying Saucers, and the death of a beautiful, but tragically scarred, icon. Her name was Marilyn Monroe. All of the above can be found in the pages of my new book, Diary of Secrets: UFO Conspiracies and the Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe. Of course, combining Marilyn, UFOs, aliens, murder and more into one heady mix is bound to provoke controversy to a significant degree. To say the very least. Many of you here at Mysterious Universe will know the bones of this story - a story that first surfaced in 1994 and that grew a year later. Since then, it has never really gone away.
The man who broke the story was Milo Speriglio, a now-deceased author and private detective. And he broke it by revealing (in a press-conference) what was said to have been a "leaked" Central Intelligence Agency document. The contents of that controversy-filled document suggested Marilyn was being wiretapped by the CIA - and that, in 1962, the Kennedy brothers (John and Robert) had secretly shared with Marilyn top secret material on UFOs, plots to kill Fidel Castro, and plans for an invasion of Cuba. The story continues that Marilyn had carefully and deeply detailed all of this in her long-gone, missing diary. The document is dated August 3, 1962, one day before Marilyn was found dead. The inference is that Marilyn was killed because of what she knew of Roswell, Area 51 and so on. That's quite a story. Some say that's all it is: a story and nothing else. Others in the UFO field are absolutely sure that the story and the document amount to the real deal. As for me? Well, I have carefully and quietly followed the story since it first surfaced. And, now, I've got to the point where I think it's time to share with everyone all of the material I have found, most of which has never been made public before.
Certainly, one of the most intriguing developments was my discovery that the CIA quietly opened a file on Milo Speriglio and monitored his research, writings and more - all on Marilyn, of course. I managed to get the file under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. Additional files surfaced, such as the FBI's file on Dorothy Kilgallen (a journalist who died under controversial circumstances, in 1965, while she was investigating the JFK assassination of November 22, 1963), and whose name appears in that controversial CIA document. Nineteen-Ninety-Five was the year in which the U.S. UFO magazine – edited and published for a long time by Don and Vicki Ecker – splashed the story of the document across the pages of their publication. The Ecker’s were prompted to give the story page-space following a then-recent press-conference put together by Milo Speriglio - one of the most important characters in this overall story, and who was briefly mentioned earlier. The reason for his importance? Along with UFO researcher Timothy Cooper, Speriglio was the only other one who had access to the document, itself. Anyone else who had the document at that time was working with nothing else but a second- or third-version of it.
So far as can be determined, the FBI first opened a dossier on Marilyn in 1955. Specifically, in August of the year. You may wonder why. Midway through the month, the Bureau created a document with the title of: Visit of Soviet Farmers to the U.S., 1955. To the absolute annoyance of the FBI, staff at the Soviet Embassy in the United States had just then invited Marilyn to come along to a party "in honor of the Soviet Agricultural Delegation," that was making a trip to the U.S. The Russian connection continued. On August 19, Marilyn did something amazing, taking into consideration the Cold War concerns that existed at that time. She applied to get a visa to travel to the Soviet Union. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was hardly pleased. Hoover made sure his agents shared the bad news with a handful of U.S. agencies. The list includes the Department of State (specifically, its office of the Director of Security), the office of the Attorney General, and the CIA. This document is highly important. It was the first, confirmed piece of evidence showing the CIA was taking an interest in Marilyn’s activities. For decades, the agency denied it possessed any records on Marilyn. Today, we know better.
A portion of the FBI's lengthy file on journalist Dorothy Kilgallen (Nick Redfern)
I should stress that Diary of Secrets was not written to specifically uphold the UFO angle against any other side of the story. This is very much a "warts and all" type affair. Much of the investigation was done on the road, checking in and out of motels, meeting with people who could help (so they said...). In doing so, I crossed paths with highly credible sources who knew of the "UFO-Marilyn-document" story years before Milo Speriglio was on the scene. But, to demonstrate that the story is a very controversial one, I have to admit I also came across whistleblowers with their own agendas, fantasists, hoaxers, outright liars and those who clearly knew a lot, but who were reluctant to say too much. Then, there was the matter of Cold War-era shenanigans and the Soviets. Did they have a strange connection to that enigmatic document? Were the "bodies" referred to in the "Speriglio document" (as I call it in the book) really aliens? Or, was there another possibility? What about a hushed-up, and very early, Soviet space flight before that of Yuri Gagarin and that went disastrously wrong? Is that what the document was referring to? Or, is the document nothing more than a well-crafted hoax? Questions like those crossed my path over and again. This is just the beginning of Diary of Secrets, a book that gets right to the heart of the most important question of all: was Marilyn Monroe killed because of what she knew about UFOs and aliens?