The Godfather actor Gianni Russo is making some major claims about the circumstances surrounding Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious death.
In a recent interview with The New York Post, Russo alleged that the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy was behind the beloved Hollywood icon’s passing at the age of 36 on Aug. 5, 1962. The actor, who played Carlo Rizzi in the classic mob film, has been promoting his new memoir, Hollywood Godfather: My Life in the Movies and the Mob, in recent weeks. Written alongside retired NYPD lieutenant Patrick Picciarelli, the book, which further delves into Russo’s claims, was published on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
“It had to be Bobby,” Russo, 75, alleged to the publication. “No one else would kill her. The mob would not have done it. They liked her. She was that party girl. Give her a couple of pills, a couple of drinks and she’ll f**k everyone.”
Readers will most likely already be aware that Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the age of 50 on June 5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. According to Russo, he allegedly plotted Monroe’s death to keep her long-rumored affair with his brother, then-president John F. Kennedy, from going public. JFK, of course, was later assassinated while riding in a motorcade with beloved wife Jackie Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on Nov. 22, 1963. He was just 46 years old.
Reports of JFK’s alleged extramarital affairs have been heavily documented for decades. However, the former president’s most infamous alleged romance was with Monroe herself, who famously serenaded him with her performance of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” in 1962.
Russo has claimed that the mob planned to film Monroe having a threesome with the political brothers in order to, as the Daily Mail put it, blackmail JFK “into invading Cuba and returning the island’s casinos to organized criminals.” However, Russo alleged that Monroe threatened to leak the mob’s plans to the press after JFK was a no show, which reportedly led RFK to orchestrate her death. “A guy known as The Doctor — a killer for hire and an actual MD; he had done major hits for the mob — injected air into the vein near Marilyn’s pubic region,” Russo told The New York Post. “She died of an embolism, but it looked like drugs to the coroner.”
After this story broke, Russo shared a screenshot of it on Instagram. While urging his followers to “please read and share,” he also plugged his and Picciarelli’s podcast, The Hollywood Godfather Podcast.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Russo has publicly made claims about Marilyn Monroe. In 2005, he boasted The New York Times about supposedly sleeping with the actress, while also dishing on his alleged connection with the mob. More recently, he told The New York Post that the two shared an on-and-off affair which apparently began when she was 33 and he was just 16 years old.
In June 2016, Russo celebrated what would have been Monroe’s 90th birthday on Instagram. “This was the last weekend of your life that we spent together. I will never forget you! Happy birthday,” he captioned a black-and-white snapshot of the two together, which The New York Post recently noted had been taken by Chicago crime boss Sam Giancana at the CalNeva Lodge in 1962. It was there that the mob allegedly planned to film the scandalous video in question and later blackmail JFK.
While speaking with the publication, Russo claimed that the photo had been “taken three days before she was found dead” at her Los Angeles home.
As Nicki Swift previously reported, Marilyn Monroe’s cause of death was officially listed as “acute barbiturate poisoning” due to “ingestion of overdose,” according to her autopsy report. Both the pop culture legend’s physician and the medical examiner who performed the autopsy believed her death to be a suicide (via The Telegraph).
However, multiple conspiracy theories have surrounded Monroe’s untimely passing for decades. This isn’t even the first time it’s been suggested that she was murdered over her reported romance with JFK, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Nor is Russo the first of Monroe’s exes to claim to know the truth behind her alleged murder. As reported by People, the actress’ ex-husband and baseball player, Joe DiMaggio, later told his biographer, “I always knew who killed her, but I didn’t want to start a revolution in this country. She told me someone would do her in, but I kept quiet.”