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Marilyn Monroe's Half Brother - Robert Kermit Baker RARE

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Published on Mar 7, 2013

Date of birth : November 10, 1917, Venice, California.
Date of death : August 16, 1933, Pineville, Kentucky.

Robert Kermit called Jackie.
Norma Jeane half-brother.

Born from the union between Gladys Pearl Monroe Baker and John Newton Baker.
Brother of Berniece Baker Miracle

When he was young, he had an accident; one July 4th, he put a firecracker in a Coke bottle which burst at his face; he lost his right eye.

1921 : aged 3 and a half, Robert hurt himself again. Gladys and Jasper were in the car with their children; they were travelling from California to Kentucky, to visit Jasper's mother who lived in Flat Lick. They drove in a convertible. Robert was seated on the back with Berniece, aged 2. Jasper and Galdys were arguing. Gladys was looking at Jasper and Jasper at the bending road. Robert fall from the car and his hip was injured.
He grew up with a hitching leg.

May 1923 : his parents divorce was pronounced; Jasper brought the children, Berniece and Robert in his native Kentucky; for a while, Gladys visited them irregularly then, lost sight of them.
Robert kept hitching reffering to his car fall in 1921. Jasper brought him to the hospital in Louisville where the doctors trapped his leg in a plaster.

Jasper regularly travelled through the State to Louisville to keep a watch on Robert health condition.

After 2 years, Robert condition grew better but he kept a leg shorter than the other. However, the treatment had to continue.

Robert alternated his sporadic stays between Harlan and the examinations in Louisville. He wore a large bandage on his leg which had to be changed often.

Jasper took his family to live in Middlesboro and Robert went back home, where he would stay (Jasper made Robert go out of the hospital against the doctors opinion).

The health condition of Robert made worse and his kidneys couldn't bear the infection; he died on August 16,

© Peter Sneyder 2013 • All Rights Reserved.

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