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Santa Monica Man Admits Strangling Waitress

  Dec. 23, 1960, Mirror  

Dec. 3, 1960: Gerald "Frenchy" Fernandez admits strangling Susan Kilgore, whose body was found outside the Wind and Sea Tavern, 101 Broadway, Santa Monica. Her clothing was "disarranged" and Fernandez says he killed her when she "resisted his advances."

Kilgore had a drinking problem and had been married three times, according to her mother. She was 24.

Darryl Zanuck couldn't believe Marilyn Monroe was really singing in the rushes for "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," so he had her sing for him, Maurice Zolotow says in "The Real Marilyn Monroe."

  Dec. 3, 1960, Monroe  

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