Did Bobby Kennedy Murder Marilyn Monroe? The Truth Behind the LAPD File’s Shocking Claims
The tragic death of the legendary actress Marilyn Monroe still amazes people 60 years later. The Hollywood siren died of a drug overdose on August 4, 1962, at the age of only 36. Although an investigation found her death a suspected suicide, conspiracy theories have ruled it for decades, with people speculating that she was murdered. And her alleged affair with former President John F. Kennedy was also brought into conversation about her life, struggles and unfortunate death.
However, the latest book by Douglas Thompson and Mike Rothmiller makes a more shocking claim, backed up even by secret Los Angeles Police records. The book, entitled “Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe,” names JFK’s brother Bobby Kennedy as the alleged killer of Monroe. In addition, it was found that Bobby himself poisoned Monroe’s drink while actor Peter Lawford witnessed the entire episode. Co-writer Mike Rothmiller, who happens to be a former Los Angeles police officer, claims that Monroe was murdered to protect the Kennedy clan.
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Did Bobby Kennedy Kill Marilyn Monroe?
The video in which Monroe sensually sings “Happy Birthday Mr President” for JFK just a few months before her death is etched into American history forever. She wore a revealing rhinestone dress covered with sequins and delighted a shocked audience with her singing, with a voice that quivered with eroticism. In fact, her performance was described by a journalist at the time as “love for the President in front of 40 million Americans”. In the front row, JFK can be seen next to his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy.
At the event, Monroe was greeted on stage by actor Peter Lawford, who is remembered as the person behind her to whom she presented her luscious ermine cloth after seductively removing it. What is not known to many is that Lawford was part of the Kennedy family since he was married to JFK’s sister Pat. According to Rothmiller’s book, Lawford later confessed to witnessing Bobby’s murder of Monroe.
American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) in front of her home in Englefield Green (Evening Standard / Getty Images)
Robert ‘Bobby’ Kennedy was the US attorney general at the time and was often seen with his presidential brother JFK. At JFK’s 45th birthday gala, organized 10 days before his actual birth date on May 29, Monroe was offered almost as a gift to the young president. According to the new book, at the post-gala party in a New York penthouse suite provided by a Hollywood studio boss, she danced five times with JFK’s brother, Bobby, the US Attorney General. But she went with President Kennedy and went down a basement hall and a private elevator to his suite in the Carlyle Hotel next door. She returned to California the next day, “reports DailyMail.
That same week, Monroe reportedly received a call from Lawford. He made the call from his home on Hyannis Port’s Kennedy Compound. His message to Monroe was brief and brutal – she was ordered never to see the president again and she must never try to contact him. Monroe mysteriously died within less than three months of the call.
Marilyn Monroe’s “Happy Birthday Mr. President” dress will be on display at Christie’s auction on August 13, 1999 in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Getty Images)
According to Rothmiller’s bomb claim, Lawford collapsed and confessed to the murder 20 years later. However, the story was never made public as it was tactically suppressed from all levels. Rothmiller himself decided to remain silent for decades, fearing for his own life and the well-being of his family. However, four decades later, he decided to make the shocking claim while taking the necessary precautions.
As a 27-year-old young, dynamic LAPD detective, Rothmiller once had the chance to access files with the names of famous personalities. When he took out JFK’s folder, he reportedly found that he was linked to Monroe’s folder as well as many mob bosses. Unable to make discreet photocopies, the former policeman claims he made notes from the files. Under the bundle of files he found one labeled “Confidential” with the title “Marilyn Monroe’s Diary”. He thought it was her original diary, the “little red book,” which the actress kept referring to. Now comes the most shocking part.
The day before her death, on August 3, 1962, Monroe is reported to have remarked: “Peter said Robert will come tomorrow. I don’t know if he’s coming. ”Throughout her diary, Monroe had viewed Bobby Kennedy as someone deeply in love with her and even leaving his wife, Ethel, to marry her. In the meantime, Bobby Kennedy was externally celebrated as the ideal family man and in 1962 was honored as “Father of the Year”. He was a married man with seven children.
John F. Kennedy at his Georgetown, Massachusetts home with his brother Robert in 1955 (Three Lions / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
In her diary, Monroe reportedly wrote: “Bobby is gentle. He is listening to me. He’s nicer than John … Bobby says he loves me and wants to marry me. I love him. John didn’t call. Bobby called. Frank invited me to the lodge. He said it would be fun. He said I should never mention Sam at the lodge. He’s a mafia. “Here she meant Frank Sinatra by ‘Frank’ and Sam happened to be Sam Giancana, the leader of the Chicago mob at the time.
In a later entry she wrote: “You are not calling back. Bob and John used me. I told Peter they were ignoring me. I will not take this. I will tell everyone about us. “In another shocking post she mentions the actor Jose Bolanos and says,” I told Jose I was going to tell the world about you. You used me. I’m not a whore. Jose said don’t tell anyone about it dangerous. “
Around mid-July 1962, about a month before her death, Monroe reportedly performed an abortion on Bobby’s orders. The new book reveals a dark side of Bobby, a far cry from the intellectual politician he was perceived to be. He was reportedly having regular drunken orgies with choir girls and prostitutes at Peter Lawford’s house. In these narrow circles he was even notorious as a “gripper”.
Peter Lawford (1923-1984) British actor and his wife Pat Kennedy (1924-2006) (Photo by Central Press / Getty Images)
Rothmiller gathered all the connecting information after one of his accidental visits to Hugh Hefner’s Playboy mansion in 1982. There he met Peter Lawford and it struck him immediately that Lawford was possibly the last living person to see Monroe on her evening death. The policeman chatted with the actor and left him his business card. A week later Lawford called him paranoid. After the two had secretly met in a park on Sunset Boulevard, it slowly opened up for the night.
Rothmiller countered Lawford after first telling the official version of her death. According to DailyMail, the actress was raped while drunk by Sam Giancana at Frank Sinatra’s box party. She was later sexually assaulted and even photographed in full positions for safekeeping as potential blackmail material. The next day, Sinatra yelled at her publicly, strictly warning her not to reveal her affair with the Kennedy brothers.
But the Hollywood icon was not silenced by alleged threats, abuse or violence. Lawford said he accompanied Bobby to Monroe’s house on the day she died to get her diary. When Monroe lost his temper and started waving a kitchen knife to Bobby, Lawford appeased her and escorted Bobby out. The two men returned later that evening when a major brawl took place.
Monroe seemed dazed from the influence of some drugs or drinks when Lawford and Bobby visited her that evening. She fought with Bobby over and over again; the situation often escalates into a physical confrontation. Lawford later calmed her down on the sofa while Bobby overturned her drawers in search of the “little red book”. When Bobby reportedly kept losing his temper, Lawford begged him to leave before the neighbors called the police.
Around this time Bobby went into the kitchen and appeared to be stirring a glass of water with a spoon while he poured something into it. Lawford thought it was a sedative but was snapped at by Bobby when he asked. Shortly afterwards, Bobby Monroe asked, “Drink this, you’ll feel better.” She complained about its unpleasant taste, but allegedly finished the drink at Bobby’s insistence. When she lay back, visibly dazed and numb, the two men searched her house for the diary but couldn’t find it.
Actress Marilyn Monroe poses for a portrait lying on the lawn in Palm Springs, California in 1954 (Photo by Baron / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)
Soon her voice seemed weak and her words indistinct before the signs of life vanished from her and her complexion grew waxy. When Lawford panicked, Bobby asked him to leave her there and then left the house. As they were leaving, plainclothes LAPD detectives appeared at the door. Lawford later claimed they found and saved her diary and also disposed of the glass Monroe drank from whatever Bobby had offered.
The book goes into more details about Monroe’s death, autopsy reports, and Bobby’s alleged involvement. Rothmiller also reveals that Lawford’s confession almost cost him his life in August 1982. Less than weeks after Lawford told him “what really happened,” an armed man on a motorcycle opened fire on him with a semi-automatic pistol. Rothmiller was hit in the back and side and suffered spinal damage that he barely survived.
Lawford died of alcoholism in 1984. Rothmiller admits that he always believed in his confession, which he also believes to be the truth behind Monroe’s death.
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