Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy’s Final Hours Documented

Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy got into an argument on the day that Monroe died, according to new files released in the past week.
Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy’s Final Hours Documented
Visitors look at Alfred Eisenstaedt's "Marilyn Monroe, Hollywood, USA, 1953" during the "Life. I grandi fotografi" (Life. The great photographers) exhibition at the auditorium on April 30, 2013 in Rome. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)
Jack Phillips

Marilyn Monroe and Bobby Kennedy got into an argument on the day that Monroe died, according to new files released in the past week.

A notorious private eye’s files were released to the public that shedding light on Monroe’s connection with former President John F. Kennedy and his brother Sen. Robert Kennedy, claiming he “listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”

He did not elaborate on how she died. The most widely accepted theory of her death was an overdose of barbiturates and was likely a suicide. Monroe became increasingly difficult to work with and unreliable in her later years.

The documents, published by The Hollywood Reporter, belonged to Fred Otash, a private detective based in Hollywood. His daughter, Colleen, uncovered the files in a storage unit.

Otash, who died in 1992, said that on Aug. 5, 1962, Monroe had an argument with Robert Kennedy. “It was a violent argument about their relationship and the commitment and promises he made to her,” he wrote.

“She was really screaming and they were trying to quiet her down,” his notes added.

He added: “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 claimed that Monroe had a sexual relationship with both Kennedys.

“Marilyn wanted a mini-phone listening device,” Otash said in his notes, and said that he spied on Monroe when she was giving him money to install recording equipment to tape her phone calls.

“The microphone was a wristwatch,” he wrote to her. “You could also put a suction cup on the phone. Later on, she wanted a sophisticated system put in her house. We wired up her phone because it started looking stupid with a suction cup.”

He said that he learned about her death only after an associated told him hours later. In 1985, he told the Los Angeles Times that actor Peter Lawford told him to “do anything to remove anything incriminating” from the home where he spied on Monroe.

Otash is said to have been the inspiration for the private investigator played by Jack Nicholson in the 1974 classic film “Chinatown.”

His files also include accounts of Judy Garland removing pills and alcohol from her Beverly Hills apartment after she separated from her husband.

“I didn’t see any purpose of getting involved. . . . I’m not being paid. I’m not writing a book. I’m not making a point. If I wanted to capitalize on my relationship in this matter, I would have written my own book,” he told the Times in 1985 on not making his activities public.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X: