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The Investigation Team

Scott Bonn – Consultant and Team Investigator
Expert in Criminology and Suicide

bios-ScottDr. Scott Bonn is Professor of Criminology at Drew University in Madison, NJ. He is also a critically acclaimed author, public speaker, media expert and commentator. Professor Bonn examines and explains criminal behavior and the complex motivations of criminals. He offers insights into various types of crime, including white-collar, organized crime, bullying, domestic violence, sexual assault and serial homicide.

Dr. Bonn has made an extensive study of suicide which is dramatically on the rise in the U.S. The tragedy of suicide has touched his life personally and he will offer important new perspectives on this growing social problem in his forthcoming book titled Suicide is the New Murder: Anger Turned on Oneself.

His expert commentary frequently appears in the popular news media, including The Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Headline News Network, WSJ Live, and Huff Post Live. He writes a popular crime blog for PsychologyToday.com titled Wicked Deeds that has attracted nearly one million readers and he appeared as expert analyst in the A&E documentary The Long Island Serial Killer.

Professor Bonn is not your average academic. He combines expert knowledge with a media insider’s perspective into news and entertainment from his twenty-plus years of senior-level corporate experience. As such, he has unique insights into the agenda-setting powers of corporate leaders, politicians and the news media.

He is the author of Mass Deception: Moral Panic and the U.S. War on Iraq, a critically acclaimed book on propaganda, terrorism and war crime from Rutgers University Press (2010). His most recent book, Why We Love Serial Killers: The Curious Appeal of the World’s Most Savage Murderers, from Skyhorse Press (2014) is receiving rave reviews and is selling robustly around the world.

Professor Bonn received a Ph.D. in Sociology (Criminology) at the University of Miami. He received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice at San Jose State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism at Kent State University. He teaches courses in criminology, sociology of deviance, media and crime, and criminal justice.

As to why you are interested in the Marilyn Monroe case?
As a criminologist, Marilyn Monroe is fascinating to me because her death remains one of the biggest mysteries and possible “whodunits” of all time. As a former media executive, Marilyn is also incredibly interesting because she is one of the most important popular culture icons in U.S. history. Her allure is timeless.

 

Darrell Connerton – Consultant and Team Investigator
20 plus years’ experience working for the Department of Defense

bios-DarrellWorking for the Department of Defense for 20 plus years, Mr. Connerton was assigned to Several Departments and Agencies including the Weapon Systems Division. Now working for Riverside County Board of Supervisors 3rd district Mr. Connerton handles all law enforcement issues, and those issues pertaining to the office of the District Attorney, Probation Department, Defense Attorneys Office, Gang Task Force, and Human Trafficking. Worked as consultant, and was an actor, for the film Olympus Has Fallen starring Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler.

As to why you are interested in the Marilyn Monroe case?
I was alive when she passed and, like most people, I want to know the real truth regarding her death.

 

Ricky Jones – Consultant and Team Investigator
28 years’ experience in Law Enforcement, Government Private Operations

bios-RickyConsultant to law firms and the film industry, Mr. Jones has performed investigations against organized crime and gangs in Los Angeles as an outside investigator. He has also worked with law enforcement terrorism and narcotics. He not only has worked in law enforcement for decades, but has been trained as a weaponless defense instructor, small arms instructor, FBI Certified Sniper Instructor, FBI Range Master Instructor, Narcotics Training (special division), he has also has specialized in crisis intervention, crisis negotiations certified (Israel) and held positions in executive management US Government. Mr. Jones has worked as a consultant on such films as Olympus Has Fallen starring Morgan Freeman and Gerard Butler and The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington.

As to why you are interested in the Marilyn Monroe case?
I found interest in the Marilyn Monroe case because there are so many unanswered questions, also the many classified documents pertaining to her life and death. I feel that there is a need to have a fresh pair of eyes review without an agenda to the outcome except for the truth.

 

Owen “Skip” McOmber – Consultant and Team Investigator
16 plus years’ experience working in law enforcement and 13 years as LAPD

bios-OwenOwen “Skip” McOmber is a proactive law enforcement professional for over 16 years. Working with extensive experience in patrol operations, various detective assignments, officer training and high level (Chief of Police) staff positions, including being assigned to the 1984 Olympics for anti-terrorist response as a member of special LAPD Counter Assault Team (Automatic Weapons Squad). Other responsibilities within the law enforcement included coordinating all manpower and response plans for large events occurring in the city, updating standing plans for riots, major civil disturbances and natural disasters as well as provided liaison with LAPD Metropolitan Division and the US Secret Service for dignitary protection requiring LAPD personnel re-deployment.

As to why you are interested in the Marilyn Monroe case?
The Monroe case has intrigued me for decades. Too many unanswered questions and rumors from fellow Detectives. As a former Homicide Detective, an opportunity to take another look at this case is compelling.

 

Dr. Wecht – Medical-legal and Forensic Pathology Consultant

bios-WechtDr. Wecht has served as a medical-legal and forensic pathology consultant in civil and criminal cases since 1962. He has been consulted by both plaintiffs’ and defense attorneys in civil cases, and by both prosecutors and defense attorneys in criminal cases in jurisdictions throughout the United States and abroad.

Being an expert in Forensic Medicine, Dr. Wecht has frequently appeared on several nationally syndicated programs discussing various medicolegal and forensic scientific issues, including medical malpractice, drug abuse, the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, the death of Elvis Presley, the O.J. Simpson case, and the JonBenet Ramsey cases. His expertise has also been utilized in high profile cases involving Mary Jo Kopechne, Sunny von Bulow, Jean Harris, Dr. Jeffrey McDonald, the Waco Branch Davidian fire, and Vincent Foster.

 

Dr. Reef Karim – Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist

bios-reefReef Karim is truly a man of diverse talents. Dr. Reef is an accomplished double board certified medical physician as well as a writer / actor / comic. Using both sides of the brain, he not only helps others but also finds creative ways to inform and entertain.

Dr. Reef Karim is a leader and pioneer in the fields of general psychology/mental health, relationship therapy and addiction medicine. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience, a Senior Attending Physician at the UCLA Medical Center and the founder and medical director of The Control Center in Beverly Hills, a cutting edge, integrated outpatient treatment center for chemical dependency, behavioral addictions (sex, love, gambling, shopping, food, fame, internet/gaming addictions) and relationship therapy.

Dr. Reef has been called “a medical messenger in a pop culture world” as his medical and psychological expertise centers on the world of sex, drugs & relationships.

Additionally, Dr. Karim is a Published Research Scientist in the fields of Behavioral & Chemical Addictions with articles in the International Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Addiction Medicine and other prestigious journals.

 

Gary Vitacco-Robles – Renowned and Best-Selling “Marilyn” author, Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor

bios-garyGary Vitacco-Robles is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and National Certified Counselor in practice in Tampa, Florida. He holds a master’s degree in Counselor Education from the University of South Florida.

For twenty-one years, Gary has provided trauma-focused treatment to children and families who have survived sexual & physical abuse or neglect and has treated youth with sexual behavior problems. He is also both the chairperson and a founding member of a sexual abuse intervention network. Since 1986, Gary has served as an advocate for both survivors of trauma and individuals managing their major psychiatric disorders. Gary is currently employed by a behavioral health organization as a program manager for both child and adult outpatient services. He has been a mental health provider in the Tampa Bay area since 1986.

Gary is the author of Cursum Perficio: Marilyn Monroe’s Brentwood Hacienda/The Story of Her Final Months and ICON: The Life, Times, and Films of Marilyn Monroe, Volumes One and Two. Released in 2014, ICON has been critically acclaimed as the most comprehensive and definitive biography of the actress.

Born in New York to a warm Italian family, Gary now lives on Florida’s Gulf Coast and has been happily married since 1990.

 

Leslie Kasperowicz – Marilyn Expert, Writer and Co-Founder of the global fan site, Immortal Marilyn

bios-leslieLeslie has been studying the life of Marilyn Monroe for 25 years. She has been working with Immortal Marilyn since 1998 to protect and preserve Marilyn’s memory and promote the truth about her life. She has also been an integral part of the Goodnight Marilyn radio show’s investigation team for the last the last three seasons.

Born in Winnipeg, Canada, Leslie Kasperowicz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Winnipeg in 1999, majoring in psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. She now resides in Portland, Oregon with her husband and children, where she works as a freelance writer.

 

Marijane Gray- Marilyn Expert and Immortal Marilyn Staff Writer.

bios-marijaneA fan of Marilyn Monroe for over twenty years, Marijane Gray has been a staff writer for ImmortalMarilyn.com since 2011. She has also assisted authors and journalists with research about Marilyn. In 2010 she created a page where she helps collectors authenticate, appraise and sell Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. She has also been an integral part of the Goodnight Marilyn radio show’s investigation team for the past three seasons.

Marijane has spent decades researching and studying the life of Marilyn Monroe. Through her work with Immortal Marilyn and several other groups, she has become known as a trusted source and scholar while working to dispel misinformation and protect Marilyn’s memory.

 

April VeVea- Marilyn Expert, Immortal Marilyn Contributing Writer and Best-Selling Author

bios-aprilIn 2006, at 16, I fell in love with her while reading The Bombshell Manuel of Style. After reading about nearly every star of the Golden Age of Hollywood, I found myself drawn to Marilyn. There was something about her radiance, her kindness, and the reality that she was an actual person. I quickly rushed onto Amazon and purchased Donald Spoto’s Marilyn Monroe. I soon discovered that there was so much behind the glamorous facade. There was intelligence. There was heartbreak. There was strength. There was Marilyn! She has also been an integral part of the Goodnight Marilyn radio show’s investigation team for two seasons.

Now, after 10 years of fandom, I find myself seeking the truth. I find that there are so many lies about her and I have made it my goal to set the record straight and show people the real Marilyn. I run MarilynADayInTheLife.com as well as a member of Immortal Marilyn’s staff. April released a book on August 5, 2016 called, “Marilyn: A Day in the Life” that is a comprehensive timeline of her life.”

 

 

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