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I have accepted the fact that I live in a country where my government will kill (or throw in jail forever without a trial) anyone who misbehaves enough. The definition of that misbehavior depends on those in key positions of power. Your own fame and power are no protection. We should all know and accept this as fact. I wish I knew this a bit earlier.
Now we know they killed Marilyn. Some say MLK was another, as was JFK himself.
A 78-year old retired officer of the CIA, Normand Hodges, has made a series of astonishing confessions since he was admitted at the Sentara General Hospital on Monday. He claims he committed 37 assassinations for the American government between 1959 and 1972, including the actress and model, Marilyn Monroe.
Mr. Hodges, who worked for the CIA for 41 years as an operative with top-level security clearances, claims he was often employed as a hitman by the organization, to assassinate individuals who could represent a threat to the security of the country.
Trained as both a sniper and a martial arts expert, Mr Hodges says he also has significant experience with more unconventional methods of inflicting harm upon others, like poisons and explosives.
The elderly man claims he committed his assassinations between August 1959 and March 1972, at a time when he says “the CIA had its own agenda“. He says he was part of an operative cell of five members which carried out political assassinations across the country. Most of their victims were political activists, journalists and union leaders, but he also claims that he killed a few scientists and artists whose ideas represented a threat to the interests of the United States.
Mr. Hodges says that Marilyn Monroe remains unique among his victims, as she is the only woman he ever assassinated. He claims he has no regrets, however, as he says that she had become a “threat for the security of the country” and had to be eliminated.
“We had evidence that Marilyn Monroe had not only slept with Kennedy, but also with Fidel Castro” claims M. Hodges. ” My commanding officer, Jimmy Hayworth, told me that she had to die, and that it had to look like a suicide or an overdose. I had never killed a woman before, but I obeyed orders… I did it for America! She could have transmitted strategic information to the communists, and we couldn’t allow that! She had to die! I just did what I had to do!”
The 78-year old man was placed under custody by the FBI, which is taking Mr Hodges’ confession very seriously and has opened an investigation to verify his allegations. The investigation might be very complicated, however, as very few written files are available on such secret activities and most of the actors implicated in the various cases are already dead.
The most important witness in the story after Mr. Hodges himself, his alleged commanding officer, Major James Hayworth, died of a heart attack in 2011. Two of the other three “CIA assassins” identified by Mr Hodges are also dead, and the last one, Captain Keith McInnis, went missing in action in 1968 and is presumed dead.
The method was described as well:
Mr Hodges claims he entered her room while she was sleeping and injected her with a massive dose of chloral hydrate (a powerful sedative), mixed with Nembutal (a short-acting barbiturate), causing her death.
I still don’t understand why they didn’t just feed her disinformation if the concern was just about her spreading information to the enemy. There was more to the story, of course.
“Marilyn Monroe called Jackie Kennedy at the White House and confessed she was having an affair with her husband, to which the First Lady responded ‘that’s great… I’ll move out and you’ll have all the problems,’ according to an explosive new book.” Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2384446/JFK-book-Marilyn-Monroe-confessed-affair-Jackie-replied-great-Ill-problems.html#ixzz3ZleAiml0
Marilyn was found dead August 5, 1962. We may never know if perhaps Kennedy himself said something to someone like, “Take care of this for me.” or perhaps it was Jackie. Image was very important back then and people in positions of power were assumed to have superior moral character. We know now that this is a myth, that despite advertising to the contrary, our great leaders are just as mortal and just as morally disturbed as any random person on the street.
In October 2006, under the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released thousands of pages of previously classified documents. In 2007, writer Philippe Mora discovered a three-page report among the papers titled Robert F. Kennedy that discussed Monroe’s death – which would later be included in the FBI index under Marilyn Monroe.
Written by an unnamed former FBI agent working for the then-California Governor Pat Brown, it details Kennedy’s affair with Monroe and claims Kennedy had promised Monroe he would divorce his wife and marry her. However, after Monroe realized he had no intention of doing so, she made threats to make the affair public. The report claims to silence Monroe, who had a history of staging publicity-seeking fake suicide attempts, she was deliberately encouraged to do so again but was this time allowed to die.
Was Normand Hodges a good soldier who followed orders? If you are an agent given an illegal order to kill an American citizen, your duty is to uphold the US Constitution to which you swore an oath. Your duty is to report the illegal order to a higher authority. If there is no higher authority, you do a Snowden and go to the press. Blow the whole thing open and hopefully cause a reform to restore checks and balances. He probably feared for his life. He was probably watched closely so he couldn’t smuggle her away to some safe location. It is likely he would have been killed if he didn’t kill her. The whole thing is messed up.
“Think about this. More than 211,000 homicides committed since 1980 remain unsolved – a body count greater than the population of Des Moines, Iowa.” – link
How can my species survive extinction with such ruthless deception built in to everything we do?