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JFK Document Dealer Charged With Fraud

March 17, 1998| From Associated Press

NEW YORK — A document dealer was arrested Monday on charges he forged papers supposedly proving President John F. Kennedy had an affair with Marilyn Monroe.

Lawrence Cusack III was charged with mail and wire fraud.

Court papers said Cusack defrauded dozens of investors around the country of up to $7 million by selling them ownership shares of letters and notes purportedly written by Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Monroe.

He provided author Seymour Hersh with documents purportedly showing that John Kennedy bought Monroe's silence about the alleged affair by setting up a trust for her mother.

The documents initially formed the basis for a chapter in Hersh's book, "The Dark Side of Camelot," but Hersh deleted the chapter before publication last year after their authenticity was challenged.

ABC News, which was producing a documentary based in part on Cusack's papers, hired experts who concluded they were forgeries.

Cusack claimed to have 700 documents about the Kennedys, Monroe and mob boss Sam Giancana.

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