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article imagePrivate Investigator: 'I listened to Marilyn Monroe die'

By Eric Morales     Jun 10, 2013 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Notes from the files of legendary private investigator Fred Otash's files show he apparently heard Marilyn Monroe die during a violent fight with Robert Kennedy.
Files belonging to private investigator Fred Otash claims that both President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby, the nations Attorney General during the early 1960's had a sexual relationship with actress Marilyn Monroe according to The Hollywood Reporter. The documents were discovered by Colleen Otash the daughter of the private investigator, who died in 1992.
The famed Hollywood private investigator also claims to have listened to Marilyn Monroe die through a bug he installed in her Los Angeles home, after a violent argument with the Kennedy's.
"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 states in his files.
It was only later that Fred Otash claims to have learned that Marilyn Monroe had died following the argument he recorded on August 5th in 1962.
Otash had worked for Hollywood Research Incorporated, which did investigating work for the notorious gossip magazine of that day, Confidential.
Fred Otash had claimed that he had recorded President Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe having sex, after bugging the home of the Kennedy's brother-in-law and actor Peter Lawford.
"It's stupid to sit here and deny that these things are true. Yes, we did have (Lawford's house, where the trysts took place) wired. Yes, I did hear a tape of Jack Kennedy (expletive) Monroe. But I don't want to get into the moans and groans of their relationship. They were having a sexual relationship period."Otash is quoted as saying.
It is important to note that according to White House records from the Kennedy administration, on the day that Marilyn Monroe died President and Mrs. Kennedy were both vacationing in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The Kennedy family went to Catholic mass, visited the homes of the Shriver's and Ted Kennedy as well the first family also went sailing. However the records from the White House give no indication of Bobby Kennedy's whereabouts.
Robert Towne based Jack Nicholson's character in 1974's Chinatown in part on Fred Otash. Crime novelist and author of L.A. Confidential James Ellroy spoke to Fred Otash at length before his death, and didn't have very kind words for the former private eye.
"He was a con artist, bullsh--er," insists novelist James Ellroy. "He did a lot of bad things, revealing secret details, mostly sexual in nature, about the lives of celebrated people, causing them to endure personal shame, emotional hardship, financial privation and doing this for a living. He was always talking about bugging Peter Lawford's beach pad and getting the goods on Kennedy. He told me Jack was a two-minute man. But I did not trust him not to dissemble. I got what I could, and he died."
Fred Otash's daughter Colleen states it was Ellroy's harsh criticism of her father that caused her to look into his records.
"I was very aggrieved," Colleen Otash said. "I thought: what can we do to stop him from taking my father's life and turning it into just a horrible fictional depiction?"
When Fred Otash collapsed and died of an apparent massive heart attack his attorney removed a red filing cabinet from the private investigators apartment, the contents of which have never been seen from again.
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