MARILYN Monroe was poisoned by US President John Kennedy’s BROTHER Bobby – who gave her drinks spiked with drugs, claims an ex-LAPD cop.

In a sensational new book, former detective Mike Rothmiller reveals evidence that Bobby Kennedy killed blonde bombshell Marilyn was hidden in the Los Angeles Police Department archives for six decades.



For six years, Rothmiller served in the LA police force’s shadowy Organised Crime Intelligence Division and uncovered its darkest secrets.

In an exclusive first interview he tells the Sun Online how a chance encounter at Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Mansion led to confirmation that Robert Kennedy – who was US Attorney General, the country's highest ranking law officer – POISONED Marilyn at her California home in August 1962.

It's the astonishing story of how Kennedy allegedly killed Monroe – the world’s most famous actress – to silence her from revealing her sexual affairs with President Kennedy and his brother Robert.

Rothmiller’s revelations are told in ‘Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Killed Marilyn Monroe’ to be published on Thursday, July 8.

Talking to the Sun Online Detective Rothmiller alleges:

  • Despite decades of denials, Robert Kennedy DID visit Marilyn’s Los Angeles home to warn her to ‘shut up’ about her affairs with him and Jack Kennedy.
  • They had a fight and Bobby Kennedy searched the house to find her diary.
  • Kennedy then plied her with a drugged drink and she was dead by the time he left the house.
  • Officers from LAPD’s Intelligence division DID cover up the crime, making Marilyn’s murder look like suicide.
  • LA cops stole her diary, photo-copied its dynamite contents detailing her affairs with both Kennedys.



From his home in Arizona, Mike Rothmiller, told The Sun how he first discovered secret police dossiers on Marilyn Monroe’s death in the LAPD Intelligence archive in 1978.

In those files, Detective Rothmiller also uncovered copies of Monroe’s diary in which she wrote down her intimate thoughts and the times she had sex with the Kennedy brothers.

He says: “When I went into that unit I had no idea what was in there, nobody in the police department does except the guys who work there and the Chief of Police.

“Since 1932, detectives – who were not allowed to make any arrests – compiled hundreds of thousands of files.

"Those reports could be one paragraph or 1,000 pages.

“I was curious and started coming across famous names.

"I thought this was interesting. Why are they in files? Why was the President in a file in the Organised Crime unit?

“So I would go and find the reports and I would just start reading them.

“There were files on three Kennedys – the President, the Attorney General and their brother Edward.

"Those files were linked to others, just like a huge spider’s web.

“I found Marilyn Monroe’s name linked to them.

"If you see something about a President or any major entertainer you are going to pull that file and you are going to want to read it.”

Those files revealed how LAPD had Marilyn under surveillance – installing listening bugs at her house in Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, and tapping her telephone.

OCID also kept secret files on Marilyn’s friend and neighbour, British-born actor Peter Lawford, star of the original Oceans Eleven, who was the Kennedys' brother-in-law.

Deaths of Marilyn Monroe, JFK and Bobby Kennedy

Marilyn Monroe died in 1962. The Hollywood legend was just 36-years-old.

There have been several conspiracy theories that her death was a murder, but it was officially ruled as a drug overdose after empty bottle of sleeping pills were found by her bed.

She dazzled the world as one of the biggest sex symbols of the 1950s and her legacy still lives on today.

US President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in 1963 in an assassination which shocked the world.

Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, as he travelled in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza.

Shortly after, Lee Harvey Oswald, a 24-year-old self-proclaimed Marxist, was arrested in a nearby cinema after police hunted a killer of one of their fellow officers.

He denied shooting anybody, claiming to reporters that he was a "patsy".

Later Oswald was accused of shooting the President dead with his $21 mail-order rifle from a window of the sixth floor of a nearby school textbook warehouse.

He was later killed by Jack Ruby, who later died in jail, in 1967.

US Presidential hopeful Senator Robert 'Bobby' Kennedy was shot and killed by a lone gunman five years after his brother John was also assassinated.

He was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968.

Bobby was shot three times by Palestinian-born Sirhan Bishara Sirhan and died the following day after failing to regain consciousness.

Rothmiller remembers: “Over a period of a month I read the intelligence dossiers on Marilyn and on the Kennedys, especially surveillance reports of when Jack and Bobby were in town.

“Their reports showed Robert Kennedy and Peter Lawford were under surveillance by the LAPD the day Marilyn died.

“Like everybody else I thought Bobby Kennedy wasn't in Los Angeles that day and yet the reports were showing that he was.

“And there were photographs attached to the reports in the main file of Lawford and RFK.

“It started to click what had really gone on. I was 90 per cent convinced that what was said officially about her death was not true.

“Working in intelligence, we had access to the Playboy Mansion and could take people there.

"It was better known than the White House and Hugh Hefner allowed us to do it.


“Over the years I took intelligence officers from various countries who wished to see women running around there in bikinis and naked, but it was always very, very quiet and the only bunnies that were around were actual rabbits that ran around the grounds.

“In 1982 I set up a tour for my buddy, his girlfriend and my wife.

"I walked into this little room and here’s this security guy watching TV. He looked familiar but I couldn’t place him.

“Then he looked at me. It was a very haggard and scruffy Peter Lawford.

“I'm not sure if it was alcohol or drugs or a combination but he was pretty well out of it.

"And he is just staring at this black and while TV in front of him and so I said 'hello' to him and he just kind of nodded and I put one of my business cards in to his shirt pocket.

“About three days later, I received a call in the office from a Mr Lawford.

"He’d obviously sobered up, found my card, saw it was Organised Crime Intelligence and thought ‘what the hell is this?’

“I think he called out of curiosity and maybe some fear too.

"During our conversation he asked me a few times if I was with the CIA. Why would he be thinking that or even asking that?

“I told him I wanted to talk to him as soon as possible about some things that happened in the past but I didn’t tell him what it was.

"I set up a meeting immediately in a park in Los Angeles.

“I went up there, waited for him, waited and waited and I thought he was going to be a no-show and then I saw him, slowly walking through the park looking around and I went out and met him.

“We took a seat on a bench. He was very cautious.

"I told him about the Playboy Mansion and again he wondered if I was with the CIA. I said ‘no, no, not the CIA’.

“I told him I wanted to hear his story about the night that Marilyn died.

"He just went with the scripted version that LAPD helped him with way back then, which everybody had heard.

“So I said, ‘I don’t believe that’. Then I started laying it out.

"I said ‘Peter, I have seen the surveillance photos of you and Robert that day. I know Marilyn’s house was bugged and that your phones were tapped’.

“He started getting visibly nervous. So I said, ‘don't tell me this line of bulls**t when I know differently because I have read the transcript of what you were talking about. I said, ‘I know Bobby was there’.

“I just started hammering him with details. We had been on the bench for about 30 minutes when finally he got p***ed off and he stood up.

"I thought he was going to leave.

“At that stage the only thing I could do was move it from an interview to a hostile interrogation, even though I couldn’t handcuff him or arrest him for anything. He wasn’t a prime suspect.

“I stood up face-to-face and just laid it out what could happen because he was talking to me.

"There were people who would not be happy with him talking to an Intelligence guy about this.

“And that set some wheels spinning in his head. What those wheels were I don't know but it was very apparent that I’d got to him.

“He got very nervous and then he sat down almost like he was getting ready to cry.

"Finally, he just said, ‘what do you want to know?’

“At that stage I knew he had crossed over. Something I’d said broke his resistance.

“He started to open up about the heavy burden he’d been carrying for 20 years.

“I’m not a psychologist but carrying that burden for so long pushed him into drugs and alcohol. I think it ruined him.

“Had he ever disclosed it to anybody before then? Probably not.

"That’s why it was so difficult for him. Maybe there’s a priest somewhere he confessed to who kept it quiet but I don’t think so.

“Certainly he wouldn’t have discussed it with his friends or his wife or girlfriends because that’s not what people do when they are keeping huge secrets that could come back and harm them.

“I was taking him back to that dark place in his mind and now he couldn’t ignore it and he just let it out.

"When he was telling what happened, I was thinking 'my god, what am I actually hearing here?'"

Sitting on the bench in Beverly Hills Park, Lawford explained that in the days leading up to Marilyn’s death, Jack and Bobby Kennedy refused to return her phone calls.

Marilyn threatened to go public about her affairs with the most powerful men in the world.

If she wasn’t brought under control, the Presidency was in danger.

On August 4, 1962, Bobby secretly travelled from San Francisco to southern California by private aircraft.

Lawford picked him up at the airport and twice drove him to Marilyn’s home.

On their second visit, that fateful Saturday evening, Marilyn, alone in the house, answered the door and almost immediately the situation became heated when she accused Bobby of treating her like a whore.

Kennedy slammed her to the floor, screaming profanities and grabbing her flailing arms by the wrists.

Lawford didn’t remember the exact words but recalled Kennedy screaming something to the effect of “You’d better shut your mouth.”

Marilyn struggled free of his grip and slapped him, enraging Kennedy to the point where Lawford believed Bobby was about to strike her.

Peter grabbed Kennedy from behind, pulled him away and helped Marilyn to her feet.

Hysterical, she sat on the sofa while Bobby stormed out of the room and began searching through cabinets and drawers in the other rooms – looking for Marilyn’s diary and any other items linking the sexy star to the Kennedys.

Later, Lawford found Bobby in the kitchen, putting something into a glass of water.

Kennedy told Marilyn: "Drink this, you’ll feel better."

At first she refused but, with Lawford’s coaxing, she took a drink and immediately remarked on the unpleasant taste.

Lawford said Kennedy told her: “Finish it. Hurry up.’

Marilyn drank it while they searched the other rooms. When they returned to the living room, Marilyn hadn’t moved from the sofa.

She was leaning back with her head tilted backward. Her voice was a whisper, slurred and completely unintelligible.

She mumbled a couple more unintelligible words. She didn’t appear to be breathing and her complexion was waxen.

Mike Rothmiller believes the clear liquid Kennedy gave Marilyn contained a top-secret drug invented by the CIA.

Close to tears, Lawford told Rothmiller: “Bobby grabbed my arm and said, ‘Leave her’. He pulled me toward the front door.”

With Kennedy standing behind him, Lawford opened the door to be confronted by two men who he assumed they were detectives or CIA agents.

For a moment he thought his life and the world of the Kennedy Camelot was crashing to an end.

Kennedy grabbed Lawford’s arm and as they passed the men, Kennedy only glanced at them and continued. No words were spoken.

"But Marilyn!" Lawford protested. He looked back, saw the men enter Marilyn’s home and close the door.

Bobby ordered Lawford to take him to the airport, while the LAPD Intelligence men covered up Kennedy’s crime and made Marilyn’s death appear like suicide, which is what the world would later be told.

Lawford sat in silence as a tear ran down his cheek.

To console him, Rothmiller rubbed his shoulder and asked: “When you left Marilyn, did you believe she was dead?”

Rothmiller remembers: “He began to cry and nodded, yes. Then, in almost a whisper, he said, ‘They didn’t need to do this.’

“I believed Lawford. I saw his pain. ‘Did you know why there was a delay in calling the police after you left her?’

“He shrugged, shook his head and softly said, ‘I’m not sure’. He paused and added, ‘I heard it was to give him enough time to fly to San Francisco’.’’

“Was the delay to establish his alibi?’ He simply nodded. Yes.

“As Lawford ended his story, it was even more apparent that telling it had taken a heavy toll.

“He was emotionally and physically drained. His trembling hands wiped away the tears trickling down his cheeks.”

After they parted, Rothmiller returned to his car pulled out a legal jotter and wrote three pages of notes of their conversation, which he has held in a safe for nearly 40 years.

Peter Lawford, who was married to the Kennedy's younger sister, Pat, died in 1984 – two years after confessing to Mike Rothmiller.

So why is the ex-LAPD cop telling this story now?

Rothmiller, who is now 70, says: “After I left the LAPD I went into private industry, which doesn’t like its senior executive attracting media interest. I am now retired.

“Also, if I’d told this story earlier, I don’t think anybody would have accepted it because the Kennedys were untouchable.

"Today we know much more about them and the things they got up to.

“It is a part of history that has to be known. The truth has to be out there and history needs to be corrected even just for Marilyn’s memory.”

BOMBSHELL MARILYN MONROE DIARY REVELATIONS

IN the LAPD Intelligence archives, Mike Rothmiller found around 70 faded Xerox copies of pages from Marilyn Monroe’s diary, which Peter Lawford claimed Bobby Kennedy was desperate to find.

The diary contained entries for 1962, but not all of the pages were dated.

Some of those entries – including details of her sexual relations with President John F. Kennedy, as well as Robert Kennedy, and the information they told her during intimate moments – would have destroyed the President and the Attorney General.

Marilyn wrote: “The President and I made love last night for the first time. He is wonderful and kind. Today he sent me two dozen red roses and chocolates!”

Another entry read: “John called, he wants to see me again. He’ll have me picked up and taken to the hotel.”

She noted that President Kennedy suffered pain. At least once she mentioned helping him remove a back brace before they had sex.

Marilyn was disappointed that JFK engaged in minimum physical foreplay – if any – before they had sex, and it was over.

She wrote: “We just kiss and have sex. I wish it was more but it’s not… John just lies there, and I get on top of him to make love.”

Another, printed in capitals and underlined several times says: “JOHN IS A SELFISH LOVER!”

Robert Kennedy and Marilyn first had sex while Bobby was staying in Los Angeles with the Lawfords.

The entry reads: “Bobby and I made love at Peter’s. He wants to see me again. This is our secret."

In another entry, Marilyn confided: “Bobby is gentle. He listens to me. He’s nicer than John. Bobby said he loves me and wants to marry me. I love him.”

But when the brothers refused to take her calls, Monroe jotted down: “They are not calling back. Bob and John used me.

"They used me… I told Peter they’re ignoring me… I’m not going to stand for that. I’m going to tell everyone about us.”

Ominously, the last thing Marilyn wrote in her diary was: “Peter said Robert will come tomorrow. I don’t know if he will.”

Ex-Detective Rothmiller suspects undercover cops from the Police Department’s Intelligence Unit found the diary at the time they staged the murder scene to look like a suicide.

He says: “There is no proof in the intelligence documents at all who got the diary, where it came from.

"If Kennedy did find her diary, he would have immediately destroyed it, and he would certainly never have provided a copy to Organised Crime Intelligence Department or anyone else.

“Captain James Hamilton, Commanding Officer of OCID, was one of the two officers who arrived as Bobby and Peter Lawford were leaving Marilyn’s house.

“I suspect he is the one that found it and made a Xerox photocopy of it, which is what is in the files.

“Knowing what Hamilton was doing I would not be surprised if he gave the diary to LAPD Chief, William H Parker.

“It may have ended up in the hands of Robert himself because Hamilton was a long-time friend of both brothers, before Jack Kennedy was even elected.”

  • Bombshell: The Night Bobby Kennedy Murdered Marilyn Monroe, by Mike Rothmiller and Douglas Thompson is published by AdLib on Thursday (July 8), price £8.99.

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