The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe
by Mike Rothmiller; Douglas Thompson
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Pub Date 08 Jul 2021 | Archive Date 20 Jul 2021
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“In life [Marilyn] could be anybody or anything you wanted her to be. Her ending came when she became trouble.” Mike Rothmiller knows who killed Marilyn Monroe - it was Bobby Kennedy, and in this book he will tell you how he knows that she was silenced to prevent her going public with details of her affairs with the Kennedy brothers. In 1978, working as a detective in the LAPD’s OCID (The Organized Crime Intelligence Division), Rothmiller had access to thousands of index cards relating to restricted files containing information on notable figures in America, not all of whom would have been seen as criminals - actors, TV newsreaders, sportsmen from Muhammad Ali to Michael Jackson. Eventually he came to an index card for President John F. Kennedy, cross-referenced with his brothers Bobby and Ted, Rat Pack actors Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford (who plays a large part in events) and, of course, Marilyn Monroe. Before her death, Marilyn had long been a “person of interest” for the authorities due to the kind of people she was linked to. After encountering a bedraggled and boozy Lawford during a tour of the Playboy Mansion, Rothmiller contrives to interview him some weeks later. The details of this conversation, and the “truth” about Marilyn’s death resulting from it, are being presented in this book for the very first time. Also, many of JFK’s hitherto unknown sexual shenanigans are being made public within these fiery pages due to them being filmed or bugged by the OCID at the time. Once JFK’s Presidential nomination was announced, all of these details were suppressed and Marilyn’s days were numbered. This book, written by Rothmiller with Douglas Thompson, is, basically, sleaze-city. Thanks to irresistible scene-setting, a world of mobsters, corrupt politicians and Hollywood sex parties is vividly brought to life. Bedrooms are bugged, phones are tapped. It is unputdownable in the most delicious way, but for all that it never loses sight of the tragedy of Marilyn Monroe, who was ostensibly abused by the Kennedys; indeed, by many people. Despite the enduring legend of the Kennedys, their true personas are laid bare in this book. There are many passages in the book that some may find upsetting - the abusive treatment of Marilyn sometimes beggars belief. The evidence presented is compelling, but whether one believes it or not, noted figures such as the Kennedys, Frank Sinatra, and especially the easily-intimidated Peter Lawford don’t come out of it very well. This book starts out as a titillating thrill but becomes progressively more tragic. You will learn some things that you’d probably rather not know, but it is well-written and timely. Like a car-crash, this book is hard to stop looking at.
Who knows whether the theory promulgated in this book is correct it cannot be denied that this is a riveting and unsettling read. Laying bare the sleaze and depravity of Los Angeles in the 60s. Nobody really comes out well particularly the Kennedy's. The evidence of Bobby Kennedy's guilt in Marilyn Monroe's tragic death provided is cogent and Mike Rothmiller makes a convincing case for his guilt given the way he came about the evidence but this is ultimately a sad book dominated by unpleasant and crooked individuals many of them in positions of influence and power.
Did Marilyn Monroe kill herself or was she murdered by Robert Kennedy as the author Mike Rothmiller proposes.? His theory is one of many that surrounds her death. In his new book, he lays out the background and his theory as well as those of others. Robert Kennedy was in the area of her home at the time of her death. Over the years, his alibi has been shredded. He had the motive. The affair he had with Monroe, preceded by the one she had with his brother, then Pres. Kennedy is pretty common knowledge albeit protected by the Kennedys and their supporters. He had the means. The times, were different then. In this narrative, Rothmiller lays out the corruption of the law enforcement in charge of investigating her death and all those who were monitoring her while she lived and those that feared what she knew, Monroe had the ability to topple Camelot and the Kennedy dynasty by going public and she was threatening to do just that.. Through his access to private secret files and tapes, Rothmiller exposes many of that era, including the mafia. It was a time where women were exploited and treated as mere pleasure machines in the male=dominated world of that time.. Hoover's involvement in monitoring for control of anyone that might need to be silenced is also a part of this book. Martin Luther King's well-documented sexual exploits are also included. The book is racy. The actions of politicians and popular people of the 1960s are explored in depth. What they did and with whom is written about. If you are interested in getting anywhere near the truth about the Kennedys, Monroe, or Hollywood this book is one you won't want to miss. If you like scandal, corruption, and conspiracy theories it is a must-read. Can the claims be proven? Probably, but will they be? In a world that seems determined to topple heroes, they just might be. I was taken with the book. It has been a while since this mystery has been explored. Maybe it is time to finally open the can of worms that is the murder of America's most revered sex symbol and her lovers and killers. Thanks to #Bombshell#Netgalley for the opportunity to read and give an honest unbiased review of this book.
I've always been fascinated by Marilyn Monroe and the mistery of her death. This is a hard, tough read from which no one comes out well: the Kennedys, society, politics, the system. Corruption is everywhere and is acceptable, as is the appalling treatment women get. Eye opening, but tough. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
This is an awesome new book on Marilyn Monroe’s death. I’ve read several other books about her and of course I had to add this to my knowledge base on her. It’s written by a man who was part of LA’s OCID, and had access to their secret files. He found the file on Marilyn and it included a copy of her “lost” diary. The book give a lot of background on the LAPD and the chiefs who ran it from its beginning, and also on the local mobsters of the era. A wonderful read on the whole situation with Marilyn and those she was involved with, and the people around her. Advance electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, authors Mike Rothmiller & Douglas Thompson, and the publisher.
This book wrecked me. I only knew a few things but now I am absolutely obsessed with learning more. I think the authors presented this information in such a great way that it flowed nicely.
I wish to thank NetGalley and Ad Lib Publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and reviewed it. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If you like true crime stories this is an absolute MUST READ for you. It is the fully documented story of how Robert Kennedy killed Marilyn Monroe in her home on August 5, 1962. The proof is in Marilyn’s diary, LAPD secret files, phone records, police photos, wire taps, bugs place in the homes of Marilyn, Peter Law ford, Frank Sinatra, crime bosses and all the way to the White House where John Kennedy and Robert planned to deal with Marilyn before she could expose them for what she knew they were. The book starts and the beginning and builds the evidence piece by piece and interview by interview. Mike Rothmiller at the time was a member of the OCID, Organized Crime Intelligence Division of the LA Police Department. It deals with police corruption, gang interest, Big name stars and starlets, and Marilyn’s marriages. Nothing is left out. I simply could not put the book down and find it amazing that all of this has stayed hidden from sight for all this time. Until now, when the majority of those involved have died. How can you not believe this book with all the evidence he brings to light. I guarantee you this story will stay with you long after you have closed the book. I will never forget it.