The Alleged Helicopter Flights

Milo Speriglio offered a scenario in Chapter 20 of his literary effort in which Robert Kennedy left the Bates ranch discreetly in an automobile and boarded a chartered helicopter. He then flew south to Santa Monica Beach where the chopper landed on August the 4th late that morning: he had scheduled a late afternoon meeting with Marilyn. However, Speriglio contradicted himself in Chapter 27 of the same book: he asserted that the helicopter arranged by Peter Lawford landed at Culver Field, not on Santa Monica Beach.

Donald H. Wolfe provided another scenario for us to consider in Chapter 6 of his literary effort. The author noted that a mere three-hundred and sixty miles separated Los Angeles and Gilroy, California. Robert Kennedy, Wolfe asserted, could have traversed that distance easily. The trip south required a ten minute helicopter jaunt to either San Jose or the nearby Naval Air Station followed by a fifty minute airplane flight to Santa Monica Airport. Including another ten minute helicopter jaunt to Fox’s heliport, where the attorney general landed regularly while he was negotiating with Fox to produce a movie based on his book, The Enemy Within; and including the five minute automobile commute to the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Robert Kennedy could have traveled from Gilroy to Santa Monica in a mere one hour and fifteen minutes.

Anthony Summers reported that the attorney general arrived in Southern California by helicopter and landed in an open field near Fox’s Stage 18. This convenient field was often used by helicopters which serviced the Beverly Hilton Hotel. According to Summers’ sources for this travel scenario, one an unnamed police officer, the other a former Fox employee, Frank Neill, each of which offered Summers unspecified fragments of the preceding scenario, Robert Kennedy arrived in Los Angeles during the early afternoon.

C. David Heymann reported, in Chapter 20 of his dubious literary work about Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio, that the movie star demanded a complete accounting from Robert Kennedy. She wanted to know why he had abandoned her; and the attorney general was now ready to account for himself. He flew to Los Angeles early Saturday morning, August the 4th, and took a helicopter from the airport to the Fox lots where his brother-in-law met him. They drove to Lawford’s beach house in Santa Monica.

Peter M. Wright, in his strange literary effort, Coroner’s Cold Case #81128: Marilyn Monroe, offered yet another scenario for Marilyn fans and for his readers to ponder. Accordingly, Robert and Ethel Kennedy, minus their four children, checked into the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on August the 3rd without traveling to the Bates’ ranch; and Wright then asserted Robert Kennedy and his brother-in-law, hovering in a chopper, landed at Fox’s Stage 18 late in the afternoon on the same date. Wright did not deign to explain the how of Robert Kennedy’s arrival by helicopter or the how of Lawford’s inclusion in a helicopter flight from San Francisco: brother and brother-in-law just magically arrived.

Donald Wolfe’s account of Robert Kennedy’s Los Angeles arrival stated that the attorney general’s helicopter landed at a heliport whose ownership Wolfe credited to 20th Century-Fox; however, Anthony Summers’ asserted, or his sources did, that is, that Kennedy’s helicopter landed in an open field near a 20th Century-Fox stage. That difference seems slightly odd: why would one helicopter pilot land his whirlybird at a heliport and another pilot land in an open field if a heliport was available? At any rate, truthfully and obviously, not one of the preceding accounts explained or clearly stated, not with any detail or specificity, just how Robert Kennedy flew to Los Angeles on August the 4th and certainly do not explain nor clearly state, with any detail or specificity, just how he returned to Gilroy, specifically to the Bates ranch and specifically unnoticed.

The Helicopter Log