Did Robert F. Kennedy conspire to murder Marilyn Monroe?

A three page FBI reported dated October 19, 1964, that was recently unearthed through the Freedom of Information Act claims the Bobby Kennedy conspired to set up Marilyn Monroe’s August, 1962 suicide with the help of her friend the actor Peter Lawford, her therapist, and both her secreatry and maid. Kennedy was supposedly having an affair with Marilyn and she threatened to expose it if he didn’t leave his wife for her. It’s a bit too complicated and there are too many different people and factors that needed to come together to make ithis story believable:

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”.

Marilyn in BedIt was compiled by an unnamed former special agent working for the then Democrat governor of California, Pat Brown, and forwarded to Washington by Curtis Lynum, then head of the San Francisco FBI. Despite a disclaimer that it could not be sourced or authenticated, it was considered important enough to immediately circulate to the FBI’s five most senior officers, including director J. Edgar Hoover’s right-hand man, Clyde Tolson.

The report was in effect buried for decades as a classified document, and even the released version contains censored sections. Never before mentioned despite thousands of articles, books and documentaries about her death, it details aspects of Kennedy’s on-and-off affair with the movie star, including sex parties and a lesbian dalliance, as well as her emotional departure from 20th Century Fox and descent into depression.

Critically, it raises an alleged conspiracy, apparently overseen by Lawford, for Monroe to unwittingly commit suicide with the drug Seconal, a barbiturate used to treat insomnia and relieve anxiety. The document gives no precise reason why she would be killed but hints it may be linked to her threats to make public her affair with Kennedy, as other conspiracy theories have previously claimed. It states in part: “Peter Lawford, [censored words blacked out] knew from Marilyn’s friends that she often made suicide attempts and that she was inclined to fake a suicide attempt in order to arouse sympathy.

“Lawford is reported as having made ‘special arrangements’ with Marilyn’s psychiatrist, Dr Ralph Greenson, from Beverley Hills. The psychiatrist was treating Marilyn for emotional problems and getting her off the use of barbiturates. On her last visit to him he prescribed Seconal tablets and gave her a prescription for 60 of them, which was unusual in quantity especially since he saw her frequently. On the date of her death … her housekeeper put the bottle of pills on the night table. It is reported that the housekeeper and Marilyn’s personal secretary and press agent, Pat Newcomb, were co-operating in the plan to induce suicide.”

It goes on to say that on the same day, Kennedy had booked out of the Beverley Hills Hotel and flown to San Francisco where he booked into the St Charles Hotel, owned by a friend. “Robert Kennedy made a telephone call from St Charles Hotel, San Francisco, to Peter Lawford to find out if Marilyn was dead yet.”

Lawford called and spoke to Monroe “then checked again later to make sure she did not answer”. The document claims the housekeeper, Eunice Murray, who had been hired by the actress on the advice of Dr Greenson, then called the psychiatrist.

“Marilyn expected to have her stomach pumped out and get sympathy for her suicide attempt. The psychiatrist left word for Marilyn to take a drive in the fresh air but did not come to see her until after she was known to be dead.”

Officially, the actress was found by Murray in the early hours of August 5, naked on her bed lying on top of her telephone. The others are now dead, too.

There have been rumors for decades that the Kennedys were involved in Marilyn’s death as she was said to have had affairs with both John F. Kennedy and brother Bobby, and there were suspicious circumstances surrounding her death. It could be true that the Kennedys murdered her, but the whole scenario sounds a bit convoluted to me. Somehow her therapist gave her extra pills, the maid set them out for her, and then they counted on the fact that she would take them and just made sure to be scarce when she needed help. If all that is true, it relied on Marilyn to do the deed and no one actually killed her.

The origins of the report are suspect. It has no sources and is said to come from an “unnamed former special agent” in California but surfaced in J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI office. Hoover hated Robert F. Kennedy and would likely have done anything to discredit him. Attorney General Kennedy forced Hoover to focus on organized crime at a time when he thought Communism was a bigger threat to society. Hoover was notorious for collecting incriminating information on people that threatened him, including civil rights leaders and rock stars. It seems a little too convenient for internal FBI documents to have pinned Marilyn’s suicide on the younger Kennedy in a bizarre scenario that remained consistent with the facts at the scene.

The date on the FBI report further suggests a vendetta against Bobby Kennedy as it was was received on October 19, 1964, just a month after he stopped serving as Attorney General under Lyndon Johnson. (His brother the president was assassinated on November 22, 1963.) The Attorney General oversees the FBI. They must have been cautious not to put out such a negative report about Hoover’s boss during his reign, but were quick to pin Marilyn’s death on him after his departure.

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated on June 4, 1968, after winning Democratic presidential primaries in South Dakota and California. Palestinian extremist Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of the younger Kennedy’s murder and is serving a life sentence without parole. Sirhan maintains his innocence and evidence at the scene may suggest that another shooter was present. Suspicious circumstances surrounding the deaths of Robert F. Kennedy and his older brother, John F. Kennedy, have led many people to doubt the official versions of their deaths. Much like Marilyn’s suicide, nothing about the deaths of the Kennedy brothers seems quite as cut and dried as reports make out.

We will probably never really know what happened to Marilyn or the Kennedys, and this might just be another conspiracy theory about the death of one of Hollywood’s greatest legends.

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  1. Pecarrie says:

    Wouldn’t be farfetched.
    Men will do anything to hide their actions, because their such chickens when it comes to fessing up to the truth about themselves. Their no super-people; they make mistakes and are immoral just like any woman could be.
    Huge pity it means they wouldn;t think twice to freaking MURDER someone, but it’s happened thousands of times before.
    These guys have just GOT to see beyond these social dictates of men as somehow ‘above things’ and then this wouldn’t happen.

  2. Carol says:

    This theory sounds a bit too complicated to be plausable. We’re never gonna know for sure but I think it’s more likely Jack killed her over things he shouldn’t have told her and her friendship with Castro.

  3. celebitchy says:

    I haven’t researched this much, so if you have more information about it Carol please comment with it. That is an interesting story.

  4. m.a. says:

    I read once that there were no traces of pills found in her stomach, during the autopsy, which is odd, because there should have been if she had swallowed enough to kill herself. I have read a lot about her death and it’s so full of weird coincidences and left out details and things, that who knows what could have happened? In my opinion, though, it looks like SOMEONE is covering up SOMETHING, because it’s all just too sketchy. Anyway, thanks for posting about this, it’s always an interesting discussion.

  5. Carol says:

    You have to take any info you find with a grain of salt but I saw a really comprehensive show on her recently. It’s a fairly new series called Unsolved History and they really tear apart an event and investigate why things could have or couldn’t have happened a certain way. They don’t make any judgement calls, it’s pretty much here are the facts, what do you conclude from them. They went into something I hadn’t seen much about before, her friendship with Castro. The fact that she had a thing for powerful men is well known and it’s a known fact she made several trips to Cuba. She had been to there shortly before she died. She was likely having an affair with him but he’s aparently more or a gentleman than the Kennedys and hasn’t said. Jack Kennedy was rumored to have told her too many things about his plans for many things, including Cuba. She had mentioned things she shouldn’t really know about government matters on other occasions and they pretty much had to have come from Jack. The possibilty is that he was afraid she would repeat something he had told her to Castro and compromise national security. I have seen many shows investigating her death and this actually sounds the most plausable but who knows. Jack also wasn’t very happy that she had kind of traded him in for his brother so it would have been easier to come to the conclusion to get rid of her. She supposedly liked Robert better.

  6. gwc says:

    for a ‘dumb blonde’ she had alot of clout. plus, this is a 40+ year old theory.

  7. sabine says:

    I am a longtime fan and by many concidered an expert on Marilyn Monroe.(I have advised on published works on Marilyn and i am also available thru “experts.com”). This ‘latest news’ has more holes in it than swiss cheese.
    Somebody here said that marilyn couldn’t have died from an oral overdose because of the empty stomach. This needs to be cleared up once and for all. Drugs disolve in the stomach within minutes, they do not need time to digest, especially in a habitual user. The liquid drugs then move to the intestines within about an hour. Often the person is still alive, probobly comatosed, while this is happening. This is what happened to Marilyn. She bought the drugs that killed her on her own and the next day they were found in her system. It’s no big mystery.
    People try to make it sensational and involve other People (such as the Kennedys) to lay blame or make money. Unfortunetly the public eats it up.
    You really have to know Marilyn’s Life up close to understand what really happened.

  8. sabine says:

    One more thing…i think when Anna Nicole Smith recently died i think they also said that her stomach was empty….but i bet she died from a drugoverdose just the same.
    An empty stomach means absolutely nothing.

  9. celebitchy says:

    There’s a lot of food for thought here. Thanks for letting me know. I have been interested in the suspicious deaths of the Kennedys but didn’t really research Marilyn’s death up until now. I quite easily found a Marilyn corpse picture and was kind of shocked by that.

    Anyway she may have died of a regular suicide as the last two commentors mentioned, and a lack of pills in the stomach doesn’t signify much, I guess. There seems to be more at play than that, though, but I don’t believe this complicated report that there were a bunch of different people who set up her suicide.

    If she was involved with Castro, though, I could see a motivation for murder. I remember reading that JFK’s unwilingness to have Castro murdered in a secret CIA plot is what ultimately got him assassinated, but I read that years ago and the details are hazy.

    This stuff is way too fascinating.

  10. Viv says:

    Dark Side of Camelot, by Seymour Hersch. Food for thought.

  11. true story says:

    hey if you want to know about a kennedy related murder….read about chipaqquidick (sp) . Ted Kennedy was drunk and drove his car into a lake leaving the girl he was with to drown in there all by herself…with absolutely NO attempts by him to rescue her at all. he just left her there for dead. Senator Ted Kennedy is a Dog.

    Ted kennedy’s son was drunk driving within the last year and had an accident by the capitol building….do you think he got busted for DUI? um, nope. just sent home.
    another kennedy raped a woman and got off scott free as well.
    Its really something that men who may have high social aspirations are really tyrants in personal life.
    Kennedys get away with murder figuratively and literally.

    (i’m not sure about Marilyn, though..sadly she had a lot of personal problems, and i think that she comitted suicide….the men around her may have treated her like dirt, but i am not convinced that there was some larger conspiracy there.)

  12. sabine says:

    Hi…i remember the Ted Kennedy incident. Well, i wouldn’t call it murder. Ted and his female “friend” drove into a Lake and the reason why Ted didn’t rescue her was because he was shitfaced. He caused the accident in the first place. Besides that, he was once again cheating on his wife. But i wouldn’t call it “murder”. It was an accident and he was at fault, for sure.
    He’s not one of my favorite guys in the world.

  13. Jeane says:

    I’m not sure I believe this theory, but I do not believe she committed suicide.

    Friends of Marilyn have said that she was doing better during the weeks before she died. There are rumours that she wanted to break with some people in her life that had a strong hold over her, like dr Greenson and the Strasbergs. She was reconciling with her friend, photographer Milton Greene and was to remarry DiMaggio the following week.
    It is also known that she had plans to change her will right before she died.

    The details of her death are very shady and it’s obvious someone was (is) trying to cover up.