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No, a CIA agent didn't just admit to murdering Marilyn Monroe

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Did a retired CIA officer recently admit on his deathbed that he murdered Marilyn Monroe? Nope. It’s all part of a stupid hoax from fake news site World News Daily Report.


The story was picked up by conspiracy theory aficionados InfoWars, among a host of other sites. But as Snopes points out, the image used at the top of the World News Daily Report story doesn’t show a CIA agent by the name of Normand Hodges. The photo actually comes from a 2014 article in The Guardian about ill prisoners.

Consider this your daily reminder that basically everything on the internet is fake until proven otherwise.


Image: Marilyn Monroe on the set of “Something’s Got To Give” in 1962 via AP

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Nevertheless, it is pretty much a given that there existed some people, some very powerful people, who may have believed that Ms. Mortenson needed to be silenced, and certain circumstances surrounding her death played into that narrative.