Fred Otash was a private eye in old Hollywood — Robert Towne says he was one of the guys Towne drew from when he wrote the Jack Nicholson character in “Chinatown” — whose daughter Colleen recently revealed 11 boxes of Otash’s tapes, notes and records that have been sitting in storage in Los Angeles for decades. They’ve now been shown to the Hollywood Reporter in a widespread expos�.
Otash says he listened to Monroe having sex with John F. Kennedy while he was watching performer Peter Lawford‘s Malibu house.
“When the original Lawford house was wired, Monroe was not part of the plan,” Otash says in the files. “It was to find out what the Democrats were up to on behalf of Howard Hughes and Nixon. Monroe became a by-product.”
Otash says he was also conducting surveillance on the day Monroe died, saying he taped an angry confrontation between Monroe, Bobby Kennedy and Lawford just hours before her death.
“She said she was passed around like a piece of meat. It was a violent argument about their relationship and the commitment and promises he made to her. She was really screaming and they were trying to quiet her down. 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,” Otash writes in his notes.
He also writes, “I listened to Marilyn Monroe die,” though he did not know it at the time. He only knew she was dead when Lawford called him later and asked him to remove any incriminating evidence from her house. The alleged tapes have since disappeared.