New Book from Crystal Jackson will detail "The Marilyn Monroe Connection" to Pacoima

Author-producer Crystal Jackson with her father Samir, formerly named Lionel Grandison

Author Crystal Jackson and her father Lionel Grandison,  who signed Marilyn Monroe's death certificate in 1962

In 1962, Hollywood actress Marilyn Monroe died at her home in Brentwood, California. The coroner's office ruled her death a "probable suicide." Over the years, numerous stories have surfaced about this controversial case. However, most people don't know that the most fascinating Marilyn Monroe story connects to the small town of Pacoima, California. That it was a San Fernando High School graduate that signed her death certificate and the price he paid for saying something was wrong.

Lionel Grandison, whose family moved to Pacoima in 1952, was the coroner's deputy assigned Monroe's case and signed her death certificate. Grandison, who graduated from San Fernando High School in 1957, was also the last public official to see Marilyn's diary.

Now his daughter, respected author and historian Crystal Jackson, has released a gripping new novel detailing her father's transcendent story and tragic experience with the Marilyn Monroe case. During a recent interview, she spoke about him.

"My dad passed away on January 6, 2021, from COVID, and I really miss him a lot," said Jackson. "He spent a lifetime trying to tell the world the truth about her case. But I never really wanted to get involved because I saw first-hand the pain it caused him and my mother. He lost his family, his job, and nearly his life."

Lionel Grandison's story has been seen and heard around the globe. He has appeared on numerous television shows and in national magazines. 1982, he was the subject of an official District Attorney's Inquiry into Monroe's death.

"What really happened to Marilyn Monroe, I don't know, but evidence shows there should have been an inquest at the very least. Not to mention that a big Hollywood studio, shady doctors, and horny politicians were all involved," added Jackson.

Jackson, who has written several screenplays, is currently writing another based upon her new book.

"It's about sharing his incredible story with the world. My dad was a young, vibrant, Black 22-year-old coroner's deputy with his whole life ahead of him. But when he arrived to work that fateful Sunday morning on August 5, 1962, everything changed," said Jackson.

Last year, Crystal Jackson released her biographical fiction novel, "Not Colored." The book follows the journey of three generations of African American women through their racial triumphs and struggles.

"In my book, Not Colored, I touched on the trauma Marilyn Monroe's case caused my mother and father. However, in my new book, readers will discover the real man my dad was and what actually happened at the coroner's office. But, more importantly, the devastation he faced in the aftermath. I'm carrying this torch for him now, and the best way to do that is tell his story."

Crystal Jackson's new book, "The Marilyn Monroe Connection" is scheduled for release on February 1, 2023.  The town of Pacoima has great stories, and this one is no exception.


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