Fred Otash Detective Bureau
Ad, November 1960
Fred Otash was a very famous private detective of the 1960's that most
of the known Hollywood celebrities used. Upon the death of Marilyn Monroe,
Peter Lawford called this man. This is an ad that appeared in November
1960 entertainment magazine section of the newspaper. Note that his name
in his trade name is spelled Fred Ostash and not Fred Otash at the bottom
of this ad. This is likely a typo and Otash, we are sure, complained about
ad from the same time period with his agency name spelled correctly
the same ad as the first one at the top of the page with the corrected
typo in the ad! We don't know for sure but I would bet that Otash
this ad for free as a result of the typo that appeared in the first
ad. There is one
big problem! This ad also has a typo! It states at the top that
"it's important to choose
your investor with as much care as you choose a doctor or lawyer."
It should state investigator and not investor.
Fred Otash ad from the 1960's. Otash did a lot of advertising.
Otash's name pops up
in a great deal of published works as footnotes giving or confirming various
details on subjects such as underworld activity, illegal bugging, Marilyn
Monroe's murder, J Edgar Hoover and the Kennedy assassination. His name
is mentioned and referenced as a source in the following published works:
• Davis,J. Mafia Kingfish.
A book about the mafia and the assassination of JFK
• Giancana,S.& C. Double Cross. 1992 (297, 316)
Another book about the assassination of JFK
• O'Toole,G. The Private Sector. 1978 (223)
A book about private security and investigation
• Scott,P.D. Deep Politics. 1993 (227)
A book about conspiracy in government
• Summers,A. Official and Confidential. 1993 (258)
a book about J Edgar Hoover
• Vankin,J. Whalen,J. The 60 Greatest Conspiracies. 1998 (100)
Another Conspiracy book
• The Monroe Conspiracy
A book about the death of Marilyn Monroe
It is apparent the man was
well connected in certain circles. From reading the above referenced books,
one will find that Otash had inside knowledge about the mafia, insider
workings of "deep " politics, and the bugging of Marilyn Manroe
as well as inside knowledge about her death.
Fred Otash was also an FBI informant for a while. In 1961, Otash sent
out a flyer advertising The International Directory And Almanac which
was a listing directory for private investigators, adjusters, repossessors,
collection agencies, credit reporting houses and patrol services. He implied
in his advertising that the directory was endorsed by the FBI and had
the cooperation of J Edgar Hoover. Below is a copy of the letter that
was sent out .
Otash got in a slew of trouble
with the FBI and the federal government for false advertising, using the
FBI director's name and using the name United Nations. His status with
the FBI as an FBI informant was dropped. His California license was revoked
and he then moved to New York. He has, of course, his own extensive FBI
files regarding these matters and others. You can read his FBI files made
public by clicking
here. You can also read his appeal for the the issue concerning his
California license been revolked by clicking
A Photo Of Fred
Otash From 1976 And His Book That Was Published In 1976
In 1976 his book, Investigation
Hollywood: Memoirs Of Hollywood's Top Private Detective was published
by Henry Regnery Company. Otash is rumored to have been one of the investigators
who keep a physical and electronic surveillance on Marilyn Monroe in the
months before her death. However, his book does not reveal anything about
it. He does claim in his book, that after Kennedy became President, the
FBI confiscated files he had on the Kennedys. His book has revealing information
on many stars from his case files including, Frank Sinatra, Frankie Avalon,
Errol Flynn, Judy Garland and many others.
Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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