1964: FBI file links Kennedy to Monroe’s death

BOBBY KENNEDY’S affair with the screen idol Marilyn Monroe has been documented, but a secret FBI file suggests the late US attorney-general was aware of – and perhaps even a participant in – a plan “to induce” her suicide. The detailed three-page report implicates the Hollywood actor Peter Lawford, Monroe’s psychiatrist, staff and her publicist in the plot. The allegations suggest the 36-year-old actress, who had a history of staging attention-seeking suicide attempts, was deliberately given the means to fake another suicide on August 4, 1962. But this time, it is suggested, she was allowed to die as she sought help. The document, hidden among thousands of pages released under freedom-of-information laws last October, was received by the FBI on October 19, 1964 – two years after her death – and titled simply “ROBERT F KENNEDY“. It was compiled by an unnamed former special agent working for the then […] Read More

2007: How Bobby betrayed Marilyn

March 17, 2007 The FBI‘s secret account of the actress’s death suggests an eye-popping conspiracy, writes Philippe Mora. HISTORY is a continuum but there are various events you can put a pin in that have a huge effect on the future. The world changed forever for a generation after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, followed a few years later by the murders of his brother Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. The strange prologue to these turning points is the death of Marilyn Monroe. Despite thousands of books, films, reports and stories in all media, these tragic events remain a source of unanswered questions for pop culture and for serious scholars. The best history comes from primary documents from the time that offer a contemporary snapshot, not filtered by passing decades. Last October the FBI released thousands of documents from its 20th century files under the […] Read More