This week I reached out to Nick Redfern to talk about his new book, Diary of Secrets: UFO Conspiracies and the Mysterious Death of Marilyn Monroe. I’m pretty sure that putting Marilyn Monroe’s name on the cover is a good marketing ploy and it’s not as if there hasn’t been rumors about Marilyn, UFOs and JFK. Maybe he did tell her something about alien visitation… or maybe not. It depends. I thought this would be a good way to also mention my book, UFOs and the Deep State. Afterall, we were both writing about the same thing, more or less. You can listen to the show here:
Nick suggested the book was part investigation and part travelogue, meaning that he was telling the story of his investigation into the connection between Marilyn and the Deep State and what she might have known about UFOs and by extension, Roswell. Nick mentioned that she knew Dorothy Kilgallen and her connection to a UFO crash tale that supposedly came from Lord Mountbatten. That story has been floating around the UFO world for a long time and there has been no confirmation that it was true.
There is an alternative to this, however. It wasn’t her knowledge of UFOs and the connection to the British lord that got her killed. It was what she knew about the connection between JFK and the mob. You can read about that here:
In fact, from what Nick said, it might be that little he uncovered during his search was true. He mentioned Lee Israel, a successful writer in the 1960s and 70s, who found herself without much of an audience in the 1990s. When she needed cash, she resorted to forging documents. I wrote about her a while back and you can read it here:
That also took us, briefly, to the fiasco of CBS News’ report on then President George W. Bush’s service with the Air Guard at the time of the Vietnam War. This was about forged documents and how these things can be created without the detailed knowledge of the situation. You can read about that here:
While Nick and I do discuss, briefly, MJ-12, we both have come to the same conclusion about it. But Nick had experience with Tim Cooper who received thousands of pages of documents relating to MJ-12. Again, that is ground that has been covered, but then Nick provides more information about it. Once again, we have documents that can’t be traced to a government source. Cooper got them from a guy named Cantwheel, who got them from someone else. So many fakes have been dropped on the UFO community with such lame provenance. That should be the giveaway.
Nick, I think, had some fun with the book, explaining how he got information, who he interviewed as he traveled around, and he got to poke at a mystery that has confused us all for decades. If nothing else, his insight into these mysteries, even if unresolved, should be of interest.