Episode 344:

Hypothetical Rearview Mirror

The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe


The Survival story of Brazilian pilot Antonio Sena


Episode 344: Hypothetical Rearview Mirror

This week, Georgia and Karen cover the mysterious death of Marilyn Monroe and the survival story of Brazilian pilot Antonio Sena.

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The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe

The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe Notes:

Header Image Source: Photo by pure julia on Unsplash

Other Images: 

Marilyn Monroe (Jasper Chamber, Alamy via Esquire)

Marilyn Monroe with Robert F. Kennedy (left) and John F. Kennedy (back to camera) (GL Archive, Alamy via Metaflix)


"The responding officer who found Marilyn Monroe's dead body in her apartment was just one of the many people who believed the actress died under mysterious circumstances and eventually prompted authorities to reopen her case. 

Scandalous: The Death of Marilyn Monroe, premieres its final episode on Sunday on the Fox News Channel, and will explore how former officer Jack Clemmons believed that the 'scene seemed staged' when he arrived on August 5, 1962.

Gary Vitacco-Robles, author of 'Icon', explained that Clemmons never documented the allegations he made concerning the possibility that something was off about Monroe's death. 

Footage from an interview years after the actress committed suicide shows Clemmons describing how her body had been 'placed' on the bed she was discovered in. 

Most notably, Clemmons highlighted that he had not observed any cups in the room that could have alluded to the fact that Monroe had reportedly taken dozens of pills to kill herself. 

A photograph of the scene does show a cup believed to have been part of a series of 12 that the star purchased in Mexico. Vitacco-Robles noted that the collector who now owns the 'vessels' reported that one was missing, believed to have been taken in by police for evidence. 

The docu-series also highlights that Clemmons noted that he saw housekeeper - Eunice Murray - washing something in the washing machine when he arrived, which he noted as 'suspicious'. 

'The implication is that she was destroying evidence,' Vitacco-Robles explained. 'As the first responding officer, he did not further investigate what she was washing. He also did not issue any reports regarding this suspicion..."

— Source: Daily Mail article by Matthew Wright

The Survival story of Brazilian pilot Antonio Sena

The Survival story of Brazilian pilot Antonio Sena Notes:

Header Image Source: Photo by Karsten Würth on Unsplash

Other Images:

Antonio Sena (via Evaristo SA, Getty)

Aerial view of the Amazon rainforest (Pulsar Imagens, Alamy)


"Antonio Sena was 3,000 feet in the air, 242 kilometres from the nearest town, with nothing but the rainforest stretching around him in all directions, when his plane's engine stopped cold.

It was supposed to be a four-day trip, ferrying 600 litres of diesel fuel from the town of Alenquer to a gold mine called California, tucked away in the Maicuru reserve. The spot was so isolated that Antonio needed a practice run the day before to locate the airstrip.

He wouldn't normally agree to work with the so-called garimpeiros -- wildcat miners who doubled their production last year, profiting off the pandemic's price spikes in precious metals.

Flying for them is technically legal, but their mining operations are not.

With little repercussion from the Brazilian government, the garimpeiros destroy an area equivalent to 10,000 soccer pitches every year, a sizable puncture to the earth's lungs. The mercury used to separate gold seeps into rivers and food chains, a poison that last for years.

And then there's the risk.

In a decade as a pilot, Antonio had navigated dust storms in Chad and downpours in Brazil, but he'd never said yes to the miners. He'd heard too many stories like that of Clinger Borges do Valé, who walked away from 11 garimpeiro flights, only to see three of his brothers lost to the same business.

But the pandemic closed Antonio's restaurant and reduced commercial flying hours. For 10 hours of work, he could make enough to pay some bills, roughly $BRL 3,000 ($750).

Now, Antonio was not flying but gliding, hearing the rush of wind where the whirr of an engine should be. The gauges showed no fuel flowing.

He took a deep breath, called mayday on his radio and tried twice to revive the small aircraft.

Then he began looking for the safest place to crash-land in the densest jungle on earth..."

— Source: ABC Australia article by Emily Olson and Sarah Ferguson

Georgia's Episode Sources

  1. Vanity Fair, “What Separates Netflix’s New Marilyn Monroe Documentary From the Rest” by Julie Miller 
  3. Daily Mail, “REVEALED: How cops investigating Marilyn Monroe's 'suicide' were forced to REOPEN the investigation when they were hit with mounting conspiracy theories - including claims of MURDER, mafia revenge and CIA assassination plots” by Matthew Wright
  4. TIME, “The Sneering Documentary The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe Reveals More About Us Than the Star” by Stephanie Zacharek
  5. LA Times, “James Dougherty, 84; Was Married to Marilyn Monroe Before She Became a Star” by Dennis McLellan  
  6. LA Times, “Why Marilyn Monroe’s sudden death still evokes mystery, questions 60 years later” by Noah Goldberg
  7. LA Times, “Marilyn Monroe Mystery Persists: 23 Years After Her Death, Questions Continue to Generate Controversy” by Robert Welkos & Ted Rohrlich
  8. LA Times, “FBI examined theories about Marilyn Monroe’s death, files show” by Shelby Grad
  9. Associated Press, “New FBI files on Marilyn Monroe reveal lefty pals, little on death”
  10. "FBI Records: Marilyn Monroe Main File”  
  11. “FBI Records: Marilyn Monroe ‘Cross’ References”
  12.  "FBI Records: Marilyn Monroe” 
  13. Autopsy Files, “Marilyn Monroe Death Certificate & Autopsy Report”
  14. Reader’s Digest, “Bombshell: Documents Throw New Light on Marilyn Monroe’s Death” by Anthony Summers 
  15. NBC News, “Marilyn Monroe mystery lingers” by Dan Abrams 
  16. All That’s Interesting, “22 Marilyn Monroe Facts That Reveal The Woman    Behind The Hollywood Icon” by Kaleena Fraga 
  17. Medium, “The Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe” by Jacob Wilkins  


Karen's Episode Sources

  1. ABC Australia, “Antonio Sena's plane crashed in the Amazon rainforest. The next 36 days made him Brazil's hero” by Emily Olson and Sarah Ferguson 
  2. AFP News Agency, “Pilot survives 38 days in Amazon jungle after crashing his plane“
  3. New York Times, “His Plane Crashed in the Amazon. Then Came the Hard Part.” By Manuela Andreoni
  4. AFP “Brazilian pilot survives 38 days in Amazon after crash”
  5. CE Noticias Fianancieras English, “‘Papa, Tango, India, Romeo, Juliett is falling’: the story of the smuggler who crashed and survived more than a month in the Amazon”
  6. El Pais, “A odisseia do piloto perdido 38 dias na Amazônia” by Naiara Galarraga Gortázar
  7. CE Notificas Fiancieras English, “Hungry, I watched what the monkeys ate, says pilot who spent 36 days in the jungle”
  8. New York Times, “The Illegal Airstrips Bringing Toxic Mining to Brazil’s Indigenous Land” By Manuela Andreoni, Blacki Migliozzi, Pablo Robles and Denise Lu
  9. Associated Press, “Is the Amazon really ‘the lung’ of planet Earth? No, it’s more like our sink.” By Anna Jean Kaiser
  10. Brittanica, “What Happens to Earth If the Amazon Rainforest Is Completely Burned?” by John P. Rafferty
  11. BBC, “Amazon Rainforest: Highest deforestation rate in six years” by Malu Cursino
  12. WWF, “Inside the Amazon”
  13. National Geographic Kids, “10 Amazing Amazon Facts”
  14. Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center,  Coronavirus Cases, Brazil
  15. The Nature Conservancy, “The Amazon is our planet's greatest life reserve and our world's largest tropical rainforest.”
  16. Greenpeace, “Brazil and the Amazon Forest”