HE WAS only married to Marilyn Monroe for nine turbulent months, but Joe DiMaggio,
the reclusive US baseball legend, vowed he would never forgive the Kennedys for her death.
Now, four years after his own demise, the man immortalised by Simon and Garfunkel in
the song Mrs Robinson appears to have his revenge.
A new book, written by his long-time lawyer and close companion
Morris Engelberg, reveals he really did believe the Kennedy clan killed Monroe.
"They murdered the one person I loved,"
DiMaggio confided to Mr Engelberg.
Officially, Monroe, who allegedly enjoyed affairs with both John Kennedy, the US
president, and his attorney general brother, Robert, committed suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills in 1962.
But rumours she was killed by the Kennedys because she knew too much about the political dynasty’s Mafia links
and was threatening to go public to get back at Robert for dumping her have persisted ever since.
DiMaggio, who organised
Monroe’s funeral and, for the next 20 years, had white roses delivered to her grave twice a week, refused to talk publicly
about what he thought happened. However, he appears to have sanctioned his memoirs to come out after his death.
Yankee Clipper, as he was known, claims to have read the Hollywood star’s diary after her death.
journal disappeared shortly afterwards but, according to the book DiMaggio: Setting the Record Straight, the star of The Seven
Year Itch had apparently noted her conversations with Robert Kennedy about CIA plans to poison Fidel Castro with the aid of
the Chicago gangster Sam Giancana, and the government’s investigation into union leader Jimmy Hoffa’s Mafia links
Monroe met the Kennedys through Peter Lawford, their British brother-in-law, and is believed to have passed on Robert’s
pillow talk to Frank Sinatra, who in turn reported to Giancana.
Engelberg and co-author Marv Schneider tell how Monroe
spoke to DiMaggio’s son, Joe Jnr, on the night she died saying she wanted to set the record straight.
she spoke with RFK [Robert Kennedy] three or four times a week and he told her about the work he was doing," the book reveals.
"He mentioned which mobsters they were going after. Marilyn would pass on some of those tidbits to Sinatra, according to Joe
DiMaggio shed no tears when the Kennedys were assassinated. According to the book, which contains a foreword
by Henry Kissinger, DiMaggio believed "they got what they deserved".