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The Night the Devil’s Disciple Met the Ghost of Marilyn Monroe During a Dark of the Moon Ritual

The Night the Devil’s Disciple Met the Ghost of Marilyn Monroe During a Dark of the Moon Ritual

By Brad Steiger and Sherry Steiger

Artwork Ricardo Pustanio


Bob Slatzer met Norma Jean (alternately Jeane) Baker in the summer of 1946. As a correspondent for an eastern newspaper, he was writing some stories on major movie celebrities. Norma Jean was a young model trying to get work by making the rounds. She had begun using the name Marilyn Monroe, but had not yet legally changed her name.

One day as they were each waiting to see prospective clients in the lobby of Twentieth Century-Fox Studios, Norma Jean and Bob struck up a conversation and made a date for later that evening. Thus began a long relationship that Slatzer claimed led to their brief marriage in 1952.

Norma Jean had landed only minor appearances in a couple of films in 1947, but by the time audiences began to notice the actress in two popular 1950 films, All About Eve and The Asphalt Jungle, Fox had decided officially and legally to rename her Marilyn Monroe.

According to Slatzer, when Darryl F. Zanuck, the czar of Fox, learned of their marriage, he put pressure on his budding sex symbol to get a divorce. Zanuck was about to give her star billing in Niagara with Richard Widmark, and he intended to spend a lot of publicity dollars transforming Marilyn Monroe into the next Hollywood Love Goddess. Fans don’t worship at the altars of cinematic sexual fantasy figures if they find out they are married--especially to writers who are not big name authors.

Slatzer resolved not to stand in Norma Jean’s path to fame. He accompanied her to Mexico where they held a small ceremony on a beach and burned their wedding certificate. Slatzer told us that Marilyn remained his closest friend, and he felt that the two of them maintained a special relationship until her death in 1962.
Since her passing, many strange things manifested in his life.

"I began to notice that particular odors would suddenly become apparent in my home, seemingly out of nowhere, " he said.

The first time he remembered this occurring, the pungent smell of roses filled the air in the room. He looked all around but saw no flowers. He even opened his patio door, but no odor of roses drifted in.

Bob knew the smell of roses. He used to grow roses as a hobby and had worked his way through college by working in a funeral parlor. This particular rose smell was funereal, different from a floral shop or a garden smell.

The phenomenon began to occur periodically, sometimes twice a week, sometimes once a month. If other people happened to be in his home, they wouldn't smell a thing. This occurred about sixteen or seventeen times from about 1963 until about 1981; then just as mysteriously as it came, the funereal scent of roses went away.

In 1973, Bob told us that he had participated in a ritual that had actually caused Marilyn Monroe's spirit form to materialize in front of witnesses.

He had met Anton La Vey, the controversial High Priest of the Church of Satan in San Francisco, and his wife at the home of a movie studio publicity man in Los Angeles. During their conversation, he learned that La Vey was fascinated with Marilyn Monroe.

"We socialized for dinners and such over a period of about two years," Slatzer said, "then Anton contacted me and told me the following: About every eleven years astrologically, a cycle would repeat itself and the 'dark of moon' would come back on Saturday, August the 4th, just as in 1962 when Marilyn had died. La Vey needed some­one who knew Marilyn very well to help manifest her."

Bob agreed to La Vey' s making all the arrangements and picking him up about 10:30 P.M. La Vey had received permission from the then-current owner of Marilyn's home to be there. Although she would be closing the gate, they were welcome to sit in the cul-de-sac.

[We (Brad and Sherry) have visited the former home of Marilyn Monroe, and its location is such that if an interloper were to intrude, there would be no place to run and hide without scaling a six-to-seven ­foot fence on either side. The car with Slatzer and the La Vey was positioned against the gates, looking out.]

Marilyn Monroe's House. "Marilyn's last home, where she allegedly committed suicide, was located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood.

Marilyn Monroe's House. "Marilyn's last home, where she allegedly committed suicide, was located at 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood.

Bob detailed his memory of that night for us:

I was sitting in the front seat on the passenger's side with Anton; his wife was in the backseat. From inside the car gazing at the night, it was like looking out into a tunnel, with a perfect line of vision, as each side of the street was dark. We were completely alone.

Anton had a tape recorder with prerecorded songs from Marilyn's pictures. At about 11:45 P.M., he turned it on a little more than audible. He also had a very weak penlight that he held down low by the steering column, and he began reading something he had written. It was sort of like tongues or a chant or something. I didn't recognize it.

About 12:15 A.M., the night was still. Not one single blade of grass was moving. The leaves on the eucalyptus tree by the corner of the house were still. All of a sudden, a terrific wind came up!

The tree seemed to have an isolated wind blowing on it. It looked as if it were in a hurricane for three or four minutes, yet nothing else on either side of the road was moving. It looked as though the wind was blowing toward us; but we didn't feel it in the car at all.

Then from out of nowhere (I didn't even turn my head or blink, and I have twenty-twenty vision)--this woman appeared! It was just like somebody set her there.

She had on white slacks with a little black-and-white, splash-pattern top, little white loafers, and I could see a shock of blond hair. She started walking toward the car. I had goose bumps all over!

The real ghost of Marilyn Monroe

Then my second thoughts were from my journalist's mind. I wondered if this was a setup by Anton. I knew he had been in town for a couple of days, but I didn't think he'd do anything like bring in a double. He seemed too intense and serious about his work, and he didn’t seem to be that kind of person.

So all we had was the light of the night, so to speak, and this figure began walking slowly toward the house--or it seemed toward our car since we were sitting in the driveway in front of the house.

I asked Anton if he wanted to turn a light on. He sort of tapped me on the knee to keep quiet! I noticed that he was sweating profusely.

The figure came slowly toward us and stopped about thirty feet in front of the car.

Anton had dimmed the music a little and finished his chant when she was about halfway to us.

All of a sudden, she veered off to our left. There used to be a big tree there, and she just stood there, almost as if she were made of cardboard, with kind of a wooden look, but the figure was highly. Recognizable as Marilyn Monroe!

Then I really became a believer! She was so real!

Anton's wife exclaimed something. I looked around at her. She had practically turned white and looked almost petrified!

Anton? Well, his breath was taken, I can tell you that!

Marilyn hesitated for a minute, her hands clasped. It didn't ap­pear that she was looking directly at our car, but she seemed to be looking at an angle past us. It appeared to me as if she was looking past the gates, as if she wanted to enter the gates and go in but didn't want to pass the car.

Then she turned to her left and slowly started to walk down the middle of the boulevard.
She was about halfway when I said to Anton, "Turn the lights on." He said no and appeared as if he was frozen and stuck in a fixed position.

Anton had the car doors and inside lights rigged so that they would not interfere when the doors were opened. I had the door ajar so in case I wanted to get out, the door would not make a disturbing noise when opened.

By now, Marilyn was about three-fourths of the way down the street. Without saying anything to Anton, I decided to get out. I was going to walk after her.

I took off and walked as fast and as quietly as I could.

When I was about one hundred and fifty feet away from her, she turned, and as she turned, walked to the middle of the street ­and vanished into thin air! I saw this happen with my own eyes!

I noticed a little ditch where water was coming down from drain­age ditches. The ditch on either side of the street was about two and a half feet wide.

When I had hurriedly walked through the water, I noticed that my footsteps left imprints on the other side. The apparition, or Marilyn, had been taking short, small, measured footsteps on the other side of the road. There were no other footprints.

If the "being" had stepped over or walked across the water, it would have made a very noticeably different movement from the small steps it had been taking.

I'm not saying she walked on water, but if even her heels had touched the water or walked through it, there would have at least been a dripping of water.

Almost simultaneously upon my noticing that phenomenon, Anton and his wife came up to me with a couple of flashlights, and their additional light further proved that my original examination and observation was true.

Anton said that he was shaken by the whole experience. He begged off dinner, saying that he was completely drained and that he had no appetite. All he wanted was to go back to his hotel, take a shower, lie down, and go to sleep.

Bob Slatzer told us that he had repeated the story of the materialization of Marilyn Monroe only to one person besides psychic-sensitive Clarisa Bernhardt and that was to the well-known author Norman Mailer.

"He's interested in these types of things," Bob said. "To him; I said, 'Norman, I'm only telling you this because I know you are into things like this a little, and you are not a disbeliever.' When I got through telling it to him, Mailer (who died in November 2007) said, ‘I do not disbelieve it. I do believe these things--and that is quite a strange experience!'

Clarisa, who has long been a good friend, recently confirmed the account that Slatzer gave us of the materialization of the ghost of Marilyn Monroe during the dark of the Moon ritual on August 4, 1973.

“Yes, I remember Bob sharing that experience with me as clear as if it was yesterday,” Clarisa said. “I was delighted that he felt comfortable speaking with me about it.”

Anton La Vey

Anton La Vey


Anton La Vey, the author of such works as The Satanic Bible (1969) and The Satanic Rituals (1972), died on the day before Halloween in 1997.

Bob Slatzer

Bob Slatzer

Bob Slatzer would later write The Marilyn Files (1992) and The Life and Curious Death of Marilyn Monroe (1974). He died on March 28, 2005.



About Brad Steiger

Steiger was born on 19 February 1936 in Fort Dodge, Iowa, to a mother and father who were farmers. He claims to have lived "in a haunted house with thumps, bumps, doors opening and closing, and men and women walking around all night in period costume. 

Brad Steiger


Steiger claims to have written his first book when he was seven years old, and has published 162 books with over 17 million copies in print, including the biography of Rudolf Valentino, later made into a feature film by British director Ken Russell. From 1970-1973 Steiger wrote a weekly newspaper column, The Strange World Of Brad Steiger. He has authored over 2000 newspaper columns.


Brad Steiger Official Web Site Visit It Here Now: "www.bradandsherry.com"

Brad Steiger: Official Web Site

Personal life and beliefs
Steiger is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, a former model. He is a former high school teacher, and college instructor. He began writing when he was a school teacher in his native Iowa when he had writings published in Fate Magazine and other publications. Throughout the 1960s Steiger co-wrote 22 books with other writers. Steiger claims to be politically independent, and cynical of politics. He lists his political heroes, however, as Jonathan Swift, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. When asked about individuals he admired, Steiger listed Ralph Waldo Emerson, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, William James, Fredric W.H. Myers, Rudolf Steiner, Sir William Crookes, and Mario Lanza as those he would have liked to have met.

In an online interview with Dan Schneider, Steiger claimed to be an 'Emersonian transcendentalist,' and summed up his philosophy this way:

I believe humankind is part of a larger community of intelligences, a complex hierarchy of powers and principalities, a potentially rich kingdom of interrelated species, both physical and nonphysical. I believe that humankind’s one truly essential factor is its spirituality. The artificial concepts to which we have given the designation of sciences are no truer than dreams, visions, and inspirations. The quest for absolute proof or objective truth may always be meaningless and unattainable when it seeks to define and limit our Soul, which I believe is eternal, evolving higher, seeking to return to the Source from whence it came. I believe that technology plays a far smaller role in the lives of nations than the spirit, for the essence of humankind is its intellect and its Soul. Machines, associations, political parties, and trade balances are but transitory realities that must ultimately wither, decay, and come to nothing. The only lasting truths are Soul, imagination, and inspiration.

Brad And Sherry Steiger Official Web Site.

Steiger and his wife are also animal lovers and believers in animal rights. Steiger claims, "We are appalled by any mistreatment of animals—chemical testing, dogfights, rooster fights, bull fights. We must learn to respect all living things if we are to survive with dignity as a species. I doubt if I could live for any length of time without a dog. Fortunately, my wife and children feel the same. We are all dog owners. Dogs are our connection with nature and the Earth Mother.

Brad and Sherry Steiger

Brad and Sherry Steiger


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Otherworldly Affaires: Haunted Lovers, Phantom Spouses, and Sexual Molesters from the Shadow World BY BRAD STEIGER


THE GREATEST POWER OF ALL Of all the forces that move men and women, none is more powerful than that of love and sexual desire. This primal impulse apparently extends into the other world and is responsible for some of the most astounding chapters in the literature of psychic phenomena. Here are amazing yet absolutely true stories of - apparitions of lovers seen at their moment of death, - jealous lovers who have sought vengeance from beyond the grave, - sexual molesters from the other world, - warnings and advice from lovers who have passed over, - passionate liaisons between psychic mediums and their contacts, - seducers from UFOs, and even more extraordinary tales. Originally published as HAUNTED LOVERS, this book contains a multitude of actual case histories, many of which were recorded here for first time. BRAD STEIGER has been writing about the paranormal for more than four decades, during which he has produced more than 160 books on the subject. He regards this work, which was certainly ahead of its time, as one of his best books on the paranormal.