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A Kennedy-Sinatra Rumor Revived

The FBI released a trove of material from its files on Edward M. Kennedy, much of it focused on threats against him and his family.

But buried in the thousands of pages of material is mention of a rumor that the Mafia, working with associates of Frank Sinatra, conspired to catch Kennedy, his brother Robert and brother-in-law Peter Lawford in compromising situations at a New York party.

In releasing the files, the FBI said in a press release today: “In the convoluted rumor, both Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe were to be involved. The FBI did not consider the rumor solid, and no other mention of it appears in the file, suggesting that the informant did not supply any corroboration to the story.”

We’ll see if the rumor makes its way into History’s miniseries “The Kennedys.”

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