Lionel Grandison's family moved into Pacoima in the 1940's. He graduated from San Fernando High School in 1957. He lived on Montford St. in 1962, while investigation the Marilyn Monroe case for the LA County Coroner.
Previously unreleased photos, notes, and documents from Lionel Grandison’s private Marilyn Monroe scrapbook, including his family life in Pacoima.
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Memoirs of a Deputy Coroner: The Case of Marilyn Monroe presents a compelling new account of the official coroner's investigation into Marilyn Monroe's death. This real-life story is based on a memoir written by the deputy who officially investigated Marilyn's case and signed her death certificate.
In 1962, Lionel Grandison was a Deputy for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. A graduate of San Fernando High School in Pacoima, he had married his high school sweetheart who gave birth to his three kids. Arriving to work that fateful Sunday morning, Monroe's death would change his life forever. Discover fascinating new details about what transpired at the L.A. Coroner's Office and how the massive cover-up he witnessed unfolded.
Never has Marilyn Monroe's story been told through the eyes of somebody who participated in the official investigation. Discover fascinating new details about what transpired at the L.A. Coroner's Office and how the cover-up unfolded. His explosive memoir exposes a far-reaching web of deceit surrounding Marilyn's death.
Grandison, then 22-years-old, had the responsibility of gathering all available reports and evidence for the investigation. During his inspection, he witnessed revised medical results, and files hidden from the public. However, his complaints went ignored by his superiors. He was also the last public official to possess and examine Marilyn's secret diary, which arrived at the office with personal property recovered from her house, then later vanished. The book revealed startling facts about Marilyn's secret involvement with powerful men and organizations. It suggested she found herself playing a high-stakes game, which may have gotten her killed.
The disappearance of the diary was just another one of many strange mishaps that plagued Grandison's investigation of the Monroe case. But nothing could have prepared him for what was still to come. After signing the death certificate, he would get set up and formally charged with a crime. His story has been the subject of numerous documentaries and TV specials over the years.
In 1982, Grandison would lead the charge to reopen the Marilyn Monroe investigation and clear his name. He would testify before the County Board of Supervisors, who would request a Grand Jury investigation. His efforts to see justice for one of Hollywood's biggest legends made him an unsung American hero who stood up, no matter the cost.
Author Lionel Grandison Jr. delivers a powerful look at his father's life and memoirs. This special edition volume features 17 previously unreleased photos, notes, and documents from Lionel Grandison’s private Marilyn Monroe scrapbook, including his family life in Pacoima. See previously unreleased photos of the 22-year-old coroner's deputy and secretive FBI notes and documents he catalogued over the years.