Rumor: Private eye 'listened to Marilyn Monroe die' in 'secret' tapes

Newly surfaced 'secret' tapes shed light on Marilyn Monroe's last night alive, 51 years after her death.

UNCONFIRMED: As always, consider the source

Fred Otash is a notorious figure in Hollywood. The former private eye who died in 1992 was long considered one of the most "morally flexible" people in Los Angeles. He even served as the inspiration for Jack Nicholson's character in "Chinatown."

Now Otash's daughter, Colleen, says she has explosive new tapes that her father kept hidden away. Tapes that she says may hint that former presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy had a hand in the death of Marilyn Monroe.

Otash had reportedly installed bugging devices in Monroe's Los Angeles home. And according to the Daily Mail, Colleen uncovered a stash of tapes in a suburban storage unit owned by her father. There, in his notes, Colleen said her father wrote “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die.”

Related: Marilyn Monroe biography

Monroe was found dead on Aug. 5, 1962. Her death was officially labeled a suicide by way of overdose, though many, including the first police officer who found her, believed that she'd been murdered.

Otash's notes claim that on that same day, he heard Monroe screaming while having a violent argument with the Kennedys (The Daily Mail does not state which Kennedys, but it is implied that it was John F. Kennedy and Bobby Kennedy). “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,” the Mail reports Otash as writing.

Considering Monroe's death is one of the most hotly debated conspiracy theories of all time, these new revelations are likely to stir up a lot of old dirt. The only problem: everyone involved, whether it be Otash, Kennedy or Monroe herself, is already deceased.

MSN News' attempts to reach Colleen Otash have thus far been unsuccessful.



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