The story made headlines around the globe: Marilyn Monroe, the world's most celebrated starlet, had apparently committed suicide.
But many who knew her didn't believe she'd take her own life, and as the 50th anniversary of her death at age 36 approaches, her tragic end remains shrouded in mystery.
In the new issue of PEOPLE, guest writer J.I. Baker – author of The Empty Glass, a new murder thriller based on her death – uses his research and fresh reporting to explore the truth. On August 5, 1962, Monroe was found dead in the bedroom of her Brentwood hacienda.
Toxicology reports showed high levels of Nembutal and chloral hydrate in her bloodstream, and her death was ruled a "probable suicide." But why wasn't her body turned ove...