Documents that belonged to the late Fred Otash, a private detective in Hollywood, reveal information about Marilyn Monroe’s final hours and her relationships with President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby.
The files, discovered 51 years after Monroe’s death, tell of the blonde bombshell feeling “passed around like a piece of meat” between the Kennedy brothers.
Fred Otash’s documents were discovered by his Colleen after being found in a suburban storage unit.
According to Otash, who died in 1992, Monroe had a sexual relationship with the Kennedy brothers and complained about being “passed around like a piece of meat”.
Otash, who had installed bugging devices in Marilyn Monroe’s Los Angeles home, has long been derided by Kennedy admirers for his claims to have listened to a tape of Monroe and JFK in bed together.
The notes give a detailed account of his bugging activities and exactly what he heard.
Shortly before his death, Otash revealed, “They were having a sexual relationship … but I don’t want to get into the moans and groans.”
In his notes, Otash said, “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”
The private detective recorded that on August 5 1962, Marilyn had a violent argument with the Kennedys and felt she had been treated badly.
His notes sated, “She was really screaming and they were trying to quiet her down. She’s in the bedroom and Bobby gets the pillow and he muffles her on the bed to keep the neighbors from hearing. She finally quieted down and then he was looking to get out of there.”
Otash found out later that Marilyn Monroe had died.
Otash, a former Los Angeles detective, had set up his own bureau in Hollywood where he worked as a fact checker for a celebrity gossip magazine called Confidential.
Otash died in 1992 and his career was turned into a novel by James Ellroy called “LA Confidential”.
The negative portrayal of Otash in Ellroy’s book persuaded Colleen to search through her father’s old records and make some of them public.
Colleen said, “I was very aggrieved. [I thought] : what can we do to stop [Ellroy] from taking my father’s life and turning it into just a horrible fictional depiction?”
A red filing cabinet that contained Otash’s most sensitive material was removed from his apartment by his lawyer after he collapsed from an apparent heart attack. Its contents were never seen again.
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