for Slatzer, Spoto found out that
Monroe was in Beverly Hills that day on a shopping spree and she
signed a check dated October 4th to pay for the articles she
purchased (Spoto p. 227). Since Slatzer says that the pair left
for Mexico on October 3rd and stayed for the following weekend,
this demolishes his story.
But despite his fabrications, in 1974 Slatzer turned his article
into a book entitled The Life and Curious Death of Marilyn
Monroe. It went through at least three printings, including a
mass paperback sale. Besides his "marriage" and his "continuing
friendship" with Monroe, the other distinguishing aspect of the
book is its similarity to Capell's work. The first line is:
"Bobby Kennedy promised to marry me. What do you think of that?"
Slatzer, as if reading the Hoover/Angleton memo, saw her "diary."
One of the things in it is a mention of "Murder, Incorporated."
When Slatzer asks his "ex-wife" what that meant, Marilyn replies
on cue: "I didn't quite understand what Bobby was saying. But I
remember him telling me that he was powerful enough to have
people taken care of it they got in his way." Another entry is
about the Bay of Pigs. Slatzer says that Marilyn told him that
Jack let Bobby handle "the whole thing" because JFK's back was
sore that day etc. etc. etc. The whole book is a continuation and
refinement of the Capell hoax.
But Slatzer got away with it. Today he still appears on talk
shows and videos (e.g. Marilyn, the Last Word ) as Marilyn's
former spouse. In 1991, he actually sold his story to the ever
gullible ABC. They made a film of his tall tale: Marilyn and Me.