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Marilyn Monroe Exhibit Exposed As $8.75 Million Lie

“Marilyn Monroe-the exhibit” on the Queen Mary opened its doors to the public on November 11, but it had already been denounced as a fraud the night before at a press preview.


(Marilyn Monroe “scared and shocked” in 1949 for a Life magazine photo shoot by Philippe Halsman for “Eight Girls Try Out Mixed Emotions” article. Photo courtesy of the Mark Bellinghaus collection.)


Robert W. Welkos
, a prominent Los Angeles Times writer, was given a personal tour that night by collector Mark Bellinghaus, who pointed out the blatant and clumsy attempts at deception. Welkos laughed, shook his head, rolled his eyes in wonder – yet did nothing, said nothing, to warn readers and the tens of thousands of visitors who would plunk down an outrageous $22.95 each to be admitted to the exhibit.

Mr. Welkos’s first article, written before the press opening, gave a warm handshake to Robert W. Otto, the owner of the dubious Marilyn collection. In his first article about the exhibit, on 11/11/05, the Los Angeles Times withheld the facts and proof against the exhibit that was delivered first-hand. Welkos had come to Bellinghaus’ home days before the opening of the exhibit and seen the real hair rollers of Marilyn Monroe.

And for two hours he was shown photo-documented memorabilia of the legend from some of her Puccis to the amazing cape she wore in The Prince And The Showgirl , even the last piece Marilyn Monroe wore alive (as described by Eunice Murray in her book ) – a white terrycloth bathing robe.

For two hours Bellinghaus shared his collection with this reporter, only to be portrayed as a scoffer, a jealous collector and quoted out of context. That is outrageous and not acceptable.

We were still hopeful when we saw the question mark placed behind the name of Marilyn Monroe in the first article’s headline. But Otto made one outrageous claim after another and people seemed to believe him – it’s scandalous that the Estate of Marilyn Monroe is backing up his ridiculous tales.

We approached the Times the first day of the exhibit and gave them solid proof of fraud — including the now infamous 1974 hair curlers — but a follow-up, and a warning, were never printed. Welkos failed in his two articles about the exhibit to point out the scam and crime that the public is facing.

There are, however sincere and truth-hungry journalists with guts who do report about real scandal, and who try to warn the public about them. The Los Angeles Independent newspaper ran a cover story by Mary Frances Gurton headlined “Expert: Marilyn Show Memorabilia Fake.”

When she called the Queen Mary to verify that the curlers were no longer on display, Ms. Gurton was given the brush-off, again.

She just released her latest update, and again, cover-story, that was published on 4/5/05 and is titled “Marilyn Memorabilia Furor Deepens.” Kudos to Mary Frances.

Isn’t it telling enough that Mr. Otto would not comment – again? He now has his press agent answering for him. Who does he really think he is? Leonardo Di Caprio?


(Photo: Real hair curlers of Marilyn Monroe, and yes, with real hair of Marilyn Monroe, with Christie’s and Julien’s tags attached to them. Originated from the Estate of Marilyn Monroe, owned by Anna Strasberg. Sold at auction in June 2005, five month before the hoax exhibit opened its doors in Long Beach. Why did Otto not buy those? Courtesy of and owned by The Mark Bellinghaus collection)


(Photo: Fake hair curlers of Marilyn Monroe, and yes, with fake hair attached to them. Maybe the hair originated from one of Otto’s dolls from the “doll salon“? Identical 1974 Clairol hair setters are available on eBay for a starting bid of $0.01! After Bellinghaus’ blog success across the Internet, even Entertainment Tonight edited out the crazy psychic (James van Praagh) with those hair curlers and the other crap he was authenticating as Monroe’s. To pull an item — as they did in early March — does not mean that it never existed. On the contrary. To remove this highlight of the exhibit may as well mean the “final blow” of this scandalous sham. Photo courtesy of Mark Bellinghaus)

We went on our own to Long Beach — to the Police Department, to the Mayor’s office, to the City Attorney’s office — but no one had time for us, no one had answers. The standard answer we got was that they had no jurisdiction over the Queen Mary. It is a leased property and apparently answers to no man, no legal authority. How can that be? What if somebody shot somebody on the Queen Mary? Tough luck, we suppose. Maybe they could drag the body off the ship and dump it in the parking lot: would the City Attorney or Police Department be interested then?

Four months later, on 3/23/06, The Los Angeles Times printed a toothless story on collecting Marilyn memorabilia, without a single word of warning about the fraudulent show. The fake hair rollers that Mr. Bellinghaus reported to Mr. Welkos the first day into the exhibit – not even mentioned.

But it’s obvious that Robert W. Welkos had read Mark’s first article, (which Mark forwarded to him), and mined it for inspiration and topics for his story. Read Mark’s story and compare to Welkos’ article.


(Photo: “Up close and personal” is not a promise, a it is nightmare, an obscene threat, in this case. Any ordinary garage sale could have the same effect – just cheaper! Ad courtesy of The Los Angeles Times.)

The Times feature ended with a quote from Mark Roesler, the head of CMG licensing, who answered the allegations of fraud by saying, “You always have jealous fan club members and collectors who question such things. It goes with the territory,” which outraged fans and collectors all over the world – the very ones who are paying for Roesler’s silver Ferrari with the “JDean” license plate. Not a smart move, Mr. Roesler: “Pride comes before the fall.”


(Photo: Is this the new hot trend for this summer, men with purses? Tres chic. And after the “Brokeback Mountain” success, very possible. Our model here is the famous and powerful lawyer, Mark Roesler, who successfully turned Marilyn Monroe into a “bag lady.” We are waiting for the Marilyn Monroe toilet seat to be released … with her signature and portrait on the lid of course – nothing would amaze us anymore. Article courtesy of the Brazilian magazine Jornal do Brasil – Roesler, of course, also has an office in Brazil. The article was headlined Dinhero, Portuguese for money … wonder why?)


(Photo: Oops – didn’t we just see that very same MM-on-tiger-background bag in Roesler’s arm? Yes, indeed – but this time it is behind glass and on display on the “$8.75 million exhibit” on the historic ocean liner in Long Beach. The bobble head Marilyn on top must be made of pure platinum. But no, it is just another ordinary eBay find. But good enough as a throne for a display case … if anybody still has doubts that the star lawyer is “in” with Otto and the rest of the hoaxers, reality checkup lights are flashing! Photo courtesy of Mark Bellinghaus)

Mark Bellinghaus attacked the bogus exhibit in a blog sensation – it got the biggest, most passionate reaction in the 4-year history of blogcritics.org. Mark stirred up a hornet’s nest.

The show is still there … still lying and stealing from the paying public, with many tourists and local fans being pranked, stepping into that open trap. The fraud is reaching the $1 million mark, from admission fees and sponsorshipby companies like Pepsi-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Toyota of Long Beach – plus CMG Worldwide, who is also an official sponsor. This scam is scheduled to tour the world for the next 12 years, visiting more than 39 cities, if they are not stopped right now!


(Photo: Real! How many opera glasses would be needed by a super busy movie star who only lived to age 36? Here are two of hers – real ones, if we can believe Anna Strasberg and her stored treasures. These two opera glasses were sold on September 20th, 2001 at Christie’s in Beverly Hills, both together for only $1,293. But Otto wasn’t the buyer of those! Courtesy of Christie’s)


(Photo: Fake! Another so called “highlight” from this attempt to recreate a Christie’s auction. These fake MM opera glasses were also on the ET show with James van Praagh who acted like it was funny to look through them and be scared. We did not find it funny at all. We would find it funny, if his followers and believers finally would accept the truth: That he is a CHARLATAN. Unless these people can prove the exact authenticity of their pieces, we have to believe that almost ALL ITEMS, like the removed hair curler, the shiny red dress, or the blond Some Like It Hot wig, that ALSO HAS BEEN PULLED FROM THE RUNNING EXHIBIT due to Bellinghaus’ first article – and 98.9% of the claimed Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, are FAKE!)

Mark’s first story was called “Marilyn Monroe’s Memory Defrauded in Long Beach – The Truth is Here.” MSNBC.com’s “Clicked” column has already compared it to RatherGate, so shall we call this scam our Marilyn/Enron?

BIG LIE #1

Robert W. Otto announced to the press that his Marilyn collection is worth $10 million. But Mark Roesler, of CMG licensing, says he appraises the collection at $8.75 million—but where did they get those outrageous figures? And since when is he an APPRAISER? Watch the CMG Webcast (of October 8, 2004), in which the two men discuss the tacky collection spread out before them: Otto does his goofy grin routine, but Roesler shows little interest and seems to be clueless as to the items’ value – several times he even asks Otto for the value of this or that item: How much is this worth? Mary Frances Gurton of the Los Angeles Independent newspaper was told by Felton Hyche, VP of QM special events, that no independent appraisal of the collection had been made. So again we ask – where did Roesler get that outrageous $8.75 million figure? He can’t appraise, so he must have taken Otto’s word for it.

We agree with the comment from Roger Richman, the lawyer who started the fight to protect the rights of deceased celebrities, and the first lawyer to handle the Marilyn Monroe estate. In the 12/04 issue of Los Angeles magazine, Richman refuted Mark Roesler’s me-first claims, calling him “a liar and a dwarf and a scumbag.”

We know that Otto bought most of the entire collection from June DiMaggio, Joe Franklin, and from fraudulent eBay sellers. There’s not one authentic movie costume on display – so please tell the world, tell us where to look for the million dollar items!

Serious Marilyn collectors put the value of the collection – the few genuine pieces, plus the mass-produced dolls and crappy collectibles, the bottles of wine, the vintage magazines with Marilyn covers – at $20 to $30 thousand dollars. That’s a long way to $8.75 million!

Or did we miss a closet full of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President dresses,” in one of the tacky corners of the exhibit? And speaking about dresses… the pink gown that they are displaying is NOT from the movie “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes“. As Robert W. Welkos told us when we walked together through that creepy exhibit. Otto admitted that at least to Welkos!


(Photo: Kitsch as Kitsch can. Cheapness behind glass. Why? What do they really think. That someone would steal this? And why are the costumes then not behind glass, literally dropped on the floor and in front of the feet of the visitors in awe! Or more in shock? Go on eBay – the MM clay mask goes for as low as $2.99 (or less). Create your own exhibit. Follow Otto&Co, and scam the world. You’ll be rich in a heart beat. Call the Queen Mary and have your own exhibit!)

It’s one thing to be the “center of media attention for a night, but it’s another to tour with a fraudulent exhibit for years to come. Ticket sales are close to reaching the million dollar mark. We are demanding an investigation. These people have gone too far!


(Photo: The people who are supposed to protect her brought Marilyn Monroe only agony. Strange, the wig that Marilyn is wearing on this picture, is owned by Mark Roesler, the only item he bought in ’99 at Christie’s. He also drove up the price for MM’s piano, that was bought by Mariah Carey for $662,500 – through shill bidding. This way he made his boss, Anna Strasberg a little fortune, while she was looking down at the bidding crowd with a glass of champagne in her hand. Making $13,405,785 in a day and a half! Also very telling is that this real wig is not on display in Long Beach. Photo courtesy of The Mark Bellinghaus collection)

BIG LIE #2

If Otto’s crappy collection is the real thing, then why are items (as much as five different ones so far) being taken off display? Pulled!

• The now-famous hair curlers are gone. Self-promoting psychic James Van Praagh prominently fondled Marilyn’s hair curlers on TV — and apparently communicated with her — but it was easy for Mark Bellinghaus to establish that the curlers were manufactured 12 years after her death. In the interest of “refreshing” (as they called it), the Queen Mary exhibit, the cowards hid the curlers. Gotcha!

• When Entertainment Tonight rebroadcast its episode featuring Van Praagh, the silly old fraud had been completely edited out!


(Photo: REAL! A signed autograph book page inscribed: “To Dorothy Warmest Regards Marilyn Monroe” . In times of heavy eBay fraud, these real autographs are almost impossible to find. Courtesy of and owned by The Mark Bellinghaus collection)

• A newsletter from CMG highlighted another item from the show: a fishing tackle box said to contain a “Happy fishing” note from Marilyn to Giuseppe (Joe). The box on display is closed … but the note is reproduced in the CMG newsletter and it’s large enough to clearly show that it’s definitely not Marilyn’s handwriting.


(Photo: FAKE! Absolutely and without the slightest doubt. Shocking, what these people are trying to pass off as Marilyn Monroe’s memorabilia, attached to the tales of June DiMaggio and Robert W. Otto. Photo courtesy The Indianapolis Star)

The Marilyn exhibit started out in Indianapolis, in the CMG headquarters and home to chairman and CEO Mark Roesler and his army of lawyers. The show stayed there from December 2004 and continued January 17th of 2005. Admission was $25. Apparently the creators of the hoax exhibit had no problems with the show until they went looking for more victims . . . when they tried to bring it to Marilyn’s hometown, Los Angeles.

Donelle Dadigan, founder and President of the Hollywood History Museum , told us of her adventure with Roesler, Otto, and Co. The Museum agreed to display the exhibit, and spent $50K to have it shipped to Los Angeles. Donelle sought to insure the exhibit, and Otto assured her that Roesler would do so … but then SURPRISE – Roesler did not agree, he would not verify or appraise the junk! He’s many other things, but he’s not stupid. They became concerned that there wasn’t a single photo to document or authenticate any item.


(Photo: FAKE! A piece of 70′s luggage. Definitely not Marilyn Monroe’s! The golden MM monogram is Otto’s standard explanation, for the fake “MD” coat, the fake June-jeans, the fake jewelry and all the other dubious junk, that was never even made when Monroe was alive.)

• When the Museum started unpacking, they suspected fraud: they found 3 different pairs of shoes in three different sizes; luggage manufactured after MM’s death; a girdle with a J.C. Penny tag, etc. “That really got us jumping up and down, feeling someone was trying to pull a fast one on us,” said the museum’s attorney George G. Braunstein, who initiated legal action to get their money back.

Johnny Grant, Hollywood’s so-called honorary mayor, was friends with Marilyn and accompanied her to Korea where she sang for the troops, so he quickly spotted her USO identification card in the would-be exhibit as being a cheap photocopy. Just like the marriage certificate that is on display. Ouch!

• Rudely rejected by Hollywood, the Marilyn Monroe carpetbaggers moved on to Long Beach.


(Photo: Queen Mary display case full of worthless thrift store trash. Brand new satin gloves, MM engraved mirrors and stupid wannabe Marilyn Monroe memorabilia. Disastrous and sickening to watch this. Outrageous how these amateurs portray Marilyn Monroe. She was not a dumb bimbo who would have rhinestones attached to anything she owned. Roesler, Otto & Co created a Monroe freak. Photo courtesy of Mark Bellinghaus)


BIG LIE #3

The fantasies of June DiMaggio, who has built a career (?) claiming that she’s Joe DiMaggio’s niece, without a single photo showing her with Marilyn Monroe or with Joe DiMaggio.

But she’s not giving up. We absolutely proved her a liar, when she claimed, in her 12/05 Playboy story, “As I was riding along with my uncle Joe to Marilyn’s funeral.” Mary Jane Popp (June’s partner-in-crime) is NOW stating that June never said that . . . that she was referring to the funeral of another family member. Yeah, right!
But we still have our witness to Marilyn’s funeral, pallbearer Allan Abbott, who stood at the door of the chapel, checking off names against the guest list given him by Joe DiMaggio.


(Photo: 8/8/62 Daily News article that names the specific shows and no-shows of people at Marilyn Monroe’s funeral. NO JUNE DIMAGGIO! And an information on the side: Lee Strasberg is always credited for the wonderful Eulogy–that one was written by poet and MM close friend Carl Sandburg, who put his heart into the last words for Marilyn Monroe. Lee Strasberg read it and acted it out. We know the words, it is on tape as well. The last song played for the legend: “Somewhere over the rainbow.” Courtesy of the Mark Bellinghaus collection)

June now also says that she retrieved her pizza pan from Marilyn’s home several days later, not on the night she died. Whatever. And who is going to believe her after she changes her stories like a chameleon changes its colors.

Were Marilyn and Joe DiMaggio to remarry? June says she has the marriage license. But how could they? Joe was still a good Catholic, and Marilyn was still Jewish: she never reconverted after her marriage to Arthur Miller.

Also:
Marilyn had made reservations again at a Hotel in Mexico for September 15, to see boyfriend Jose Bolanos. During her first trip to Mexico in early 1962, where she met Bolanos, and where she bought Mexican furniture and many other artifacts for her Brentwood hacienda, she also made a $1000 donation to the Institute for Needy Children. There were rumors that she might adopt a Mexican baby.


(Photo: Angelina Jolie does what Marilyn wanted: to adopt a baby. The Daily News article, 8/8/62 regarding the reservations for September 15, 1962 and the adoption rumors. Courtesy of the Mark Bellinghaus collection.)


(Photo: Hand in hand, a radiant and stunningly beautiful Marilyn in March of 1962, with the last love of her life in tow–26 year old Mexican heart throb, screenwriter (“La Cuccaracha“) and director Jose Bolanos. The two had many ideas and plans for the future. This was 44 years before “Demi & Ashton“! Marilyn was 9 years his senior–she was always ahead of her time. It is believed that Jose made one of the last phone calls to her Brentwood home before she died. At last, Marilyn seemed to have found some love and happiness in her so tragic, sad and super short life. We still can feel the wonderful energy between them, just looking at them together. What a great couple they were. Marilyn booked a Hotel in Mexico City for September 15th (Mexican Independence Day). That should be enough fact, for June DiMaggio to shut up forever. Can anybody picture Joe DiMaggio asking Marilyn to marry him again, after those photos of Marilyn and Jose went around the world? Marilyn and Joe were friends, that’s all. Marilyn lived a new life! That’s all. Photo courtesy of the Mark Bellinghaus collection)


(Photo: Celebrating her Golden Globe win. Marilyn Monroe enjoying the moment and the company of Jose Bolanos who is lovingly kissing her shoulder. Courtesy of The Kim Goodwin collection)

Mrs. Popp has announced that June’s long-awaited “biography” will be published on June 1st, which will be Marilyn’s 80th birthday — another shameful move from these exotic birds — to honor a legend with another “book of a million little lies!”

Will this be the next Oprah/Frey book controversy? No way, we’re dealing with amateurs here.


(Photo: It is easy to track Marilyn Monroe memorabilia! This stunning silver gown Miss Monroe is wearing is owned by collector Greg Schreiner, and the white fox fur stole is owned by and part of the Mark Bellinghaus collection. That stole was one of MM’s trademarks, as she would wear it for several movie premieres and in the movie How To Marry A Millionaire.” We know where most of Miss Monroe’s items went. Even after Christie’s ’99 auction. The collectors circle is small and not a jealous one, and people know each other or of each other. Until very recently, we never heard the name Robert W. Otto, at all! However, Mr. Bellinghaus witnessed Otto and Roesler being together at the historic Christie’s auction in 1999. Otto himself did not win one lot there. Photo courtesy of the Mark Bellinghaus collection.

BIG LIE #4

• The greed of Anna Strasberg. The advertising and promotion for the QM show prominently features Marilyn’s likeness and signature – which means The Estate of Marilyn Monroe, i.e., Anna Strasberg, is involved, that Anna is getting her share of the $22.95 admission fee.

• We will remind you of the May 14, 1994, Odyssey auction which offered Marilyn’s personal items from a trusted business associate, of Marilyn’s (Inez Melson), who had later passed them on to a relative (Millington Conroy).

Anna Strasberg successfully sued to stop that auction, claiming the items legally belonged to her. She performed for a packed courtroom, tearfully swearing and promising that she would never, never sell any of Marilyn’s belongings. And the judge took her word for it. But you might say that Anna lied under oath: eleven years later (on June 4, 2005), Anna Strasberg sold those very same items at a Julien’s auction in Los Angeles. For one item alone — Marilyn’s personal phone book — Anna took home $90,000.
The Wall Street Journal, on April 10, 2006, quotes Roger Richman on Mrs. Strasberg’s business philosophy as “keep making money.”
Mrs. Strasberg’s own lawyer William Wegner, says: “Anna thinks about and handles Ms. Monroe’s imgage from the moment she wakes up.”


(Photo: The Marilyn Monroe phone book, which sold for $90K in June 2005. It was acquired in an Oscar-worthy performance by actress Anna Strasberg. Anna’s place in the history of MM is nothing be proud of. Mrs. Anna Strasberg: Shame on you! Courtesy of Julien’s)

Susan Strasberg (1938-1999), daughter of Lee and Paula, is one of the sadder figures in this drama (see Patricia Bosworth’s 2/04 Vanity Fair story). Susan’s daughter Jennifer has recently started legal action against the Estate of Marilyn Monroe – i.e., Anna Strasberg. Stay tuned for details about the “evil stepmother” who immediately put Marilyn’s belongings onto the auction block after Susan Strasberg died of cancer in 1999!

Susan’s brother John Strasberg says that he and his late sister Susan were close to Ms. Monroe, but were disinherited by their father Lee and never received any of the Monroe earnings. “I am not sure I would want any of it” John says. “I find it sad that people who never knew Marilyn continue to profit from her, and in the lowest form possible.”

• The Mark Bellinghaus masterpiece has been saved for last: Mark bought the domain names – it’s legal, read the Julia Roberts case – for Mark A. Roesler
(MarkARoesler.com), Anna Strasberg (AnnaStrasberg.com), Robert W. Otto (RobertWOtto.com), and June DiMaggio (JuneDiMaggio.com). Click on any of those names and it will take you directly to … the Mark Bellinghaus website, which spells out the whole ugly Roesler/Strasberg/Otto/June DiMaggio affair.

The idea was to put the shoe on the other foot, to change the viewpoint, to ask this squalid quartet: “How does it feel to have your name taken over and used by someone who has no respect for you – the way you are doing with Marilyn Monroe? Exactly the way you are doing with Marilyn.”

He also bought the domain MarilynMonroeScam.com and the very easy to remember:mmfraud.com, which has already been mentioned on podcasts and many other fan sites all over the world. THANK YOU ALL! Please check out Melinda Mason’s “My Marilyn” podcast. The power of the new blog media has found it’s first big victory, a triumph, that has all the ingredients to make it to the mainstream media and to be a huge success.

• CMG gives lip service to its roster of stars and celebrities by creating fan clubs around the world. That’s hardly enough. Roesler’s Web site features his Rules for Success – but it’s missing one important word: RESPECT! Roesler and Co. must show more respect for the immortals it represents, to MARILYN and to the dead.

• THIS JUST IN! Mark has officially been threatened with legal action from CMG regarding the domain of Roesler (you can find the official letter on his Website), which claims they win every case. Well, there’s a first time for everything. And they’ve never dealt with someone like Mark Bellinghaus.

• This article will no doubt also take on a life of its own, so we will probably update, as there’s news coming in daily – stay tuned.

We need to keep the public updated, about scandals surrounding the scandal.

Like for example, if you log on to the Roesler website, you find him talking about the great things he has done, giving money for a hospital room for victims of sexual assault (he put a big plaque with his own name on the wall of that room!). But what this man is withholding in his webcast interview is, that staff writer Peter Annis from THE NOBLESVILLE LEDGER.COM reported on March 20th:
“Roesler donated proceeds from a Marilyn Monroe exhibit at CMG’s headquarters in December.”

We find it “wonderful,” that someone scams the public for lots of money, then “donates” some money he makes from that crime for a good cause (to honor his dead sister and himself) and puts a plaque on the wall. On that very plaque, Mr. Bellinghaus found the “A” for Mr. Roesler’s middle name, and then bought the available domain.

We are ready to explain this to any judge. His domain, and the other ones were bought in good faith and to warn the world of the doings of and about all of them, but most important Anna Strasberg and Mark A. Roesler!

So, Mr. Roesler’s clients are immortal, and now he wants to be too?

We find this detail very telling for and about this man.
Another suggestion for his “RULES FOR SUCCESS” on his website: Tell the truth, always, have respect for the people you represent, especially Marilyn Monroe, and close that criminal exhibit, now!
Do these characters who are involved in this, seriously believe that they are getting away with it?

Happy belated 80th birthday Mr. Hugh Hefner! We find it very sad, that you have kept so quiet about all this – we know that Mark Roesler is also your lawyer. We just find it very sad that you recently apologized to Jessica Alba, but what about the nasty interview and the nastier picture of Marilyn that Playboy published? Are you now going to rest next to Miss Alba, instead next to Miss Monroe some day? We just wonder.

After his first story, Mark Bellinghaus received thousands of emails from upset fans of Marilyn Monroe from all over the world.

One email especially gave him great hope. A young girl, still in high school, who does not seem to know the brutality of showbiz, and who want to become the next Marilyn Monroe, wrote:”I pray for you and your mission every night. For the defense of Marilyn who I love so dearly, and believe you me, the truth will always come to light!”

We believe her and we are not going to disappoint her, or Marilyn Monroe.


(Photo: Courtesy of The Kim Goodwin collection, the black cashmere turtleneck sweater that Miss Monroe is wearing on this photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt, is owned by and part of The Mark Bellinghaus collection)


An actress is not a machine, but they treat you like a machine. A money machine.
Marilyn Monroe

Mark Bellinghaus, actor turned collector and authority on Marilyn Monroe; and
Ernest W. Cunningham, author of The Ultimate Marilyn, and he stands 100% behind Mark Bellinghaus’ investigation and findings.

The opinions expressed in this column are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Blogcritics.org.

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  • Usona Chastain

    Also: several bloggers have asked about where the fake show may go next. Do you think they would be crazy enough to go ANYWHERE? Could they take a chance to going to a country where people might now have heard about them.
    But thatg would mean finding a country that has never heard of our sweet Marilyn Monroe — can anybody think of such a country?

  • Usona Chastain

    VERY IMPORTANT POINT!! I mean the one about using your credit card statement to prove you paid money to get into the show. I wouldn’t have thought of that.
    PS: and you’re being nasty when you refer to the “fabulous doll salon” – right? I’m 37 years old, I wouldn’t spend a nickel on a doll, Marilyn MOnroe or not. I stopped playing with dolls when I graduated from college.

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Maybe on another planet, indeed. but on this one that seems impossible.
    And: as I mentioned before. Let them travel wherever they want, if they are asking for another lawsuit, fine! That is their problem indeed.
    I am just glad that they listened to our former “witness” that woman who sold all those fakes, and some even to Otto himself, as when she suggested in my first blog that Otto just should be given the chance to “refresh” the display and pull out some obvious and fake ones. They did just that and that made the whole scandal and scam OBVIOUS! So: Thanks to HHH, who even wrote this anti-Mark-blog and compared me to Hitler at some point. She was really one of the thriving powers to sink that ship full of rats and rat shit! LOL

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Some people really love those dolls and I understand that. What I do not understand is that people would charge to show those dolls to the public and charge a horrandous amount for just that!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Did you know that Jane Russell turned 85 today?
    I met her 10 years ago and she was absolutely fit and fun. MM would be somehow like that, if she were alive. Jane Russell was fond of Marilyn and vise versa.

  • Usona Chastain

    Mark, I just saw your refrence to Jane Russell — she’s just such a wonderful person! I’ve never heard her say a single negative thing about Mariyn. Have you? From what I hear Jane Russell tried to help her. Did you ever read about how Jane invited Marilyn to the Bible-reading sessions she had in her home? As I remember, Marilyn went only once, but Jane Russell never nagged her, never told her she was going to hell.Unlike some people who have TV shows and demand that people send in money to buy their way into heaven–and these are the same people who collect race horses and jet planes!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    You are correct on that one of course. No, I never heard Ms. Russell say a bad word at all.
    She is so wonderful and down to earth in private. She has still this beauty that some people keep until they leave us forever.
    Talking about leaving, I am sorry I have two lazy dogs which sleep all day and unless I walk them, they will not exercise, so I need to go right now, but I am looking forward chatting with you soon again. Now, since it is the beginning of summer, the days are getting shorter again, can you believe that?
    The years are running like water under the bridge.
    We all are going to die some day–but only a few will meet Marilyn. The other ones will meet Robert Slatzer, June DiMaggio and Jeanie Carmen, Tony Curtis, Adolf Hitler etc. At the Hell Inn, where the stay is an eternal nightmare with phony interviews and fake MM items. Yuck!
    Bye and FRIENDS THROUGH MARILYN!

  • Usona Chastain

    Clare refers to “Mister Cunningham”.
    I understand that he prefers “ERnest” or “Ernie” or “Ernesto” or “Hey you!”

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    As the sun is fading out and the night is near; that is news to me, but I certainly will ask him if those are his nicknames. I like Ernest, as of Hemmingway. lol
    Or as of Honest, of course.
    Talk to you soon again, Bye.

  • Usona Chastain

    One final comment: “The days run away like wild horses over the hill” — who said that? Bukowski?
    Maybe, I’m not sure. You could look it up.

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Checking in–sorry but I had to go; don’t know for sure, as I love Bukowski but am not sure if that is one of his poems.

    On another note: Too bad that the team USA is out already! They played so strong and well against Italy. Well, hopefully in four years it will go better and the support will be stronger, too.
    FRIENDS THROUGH MARILYN AND SOCCER!
    (On Sunday May 12, 1957, Israel Hapoel played an American all star soccer team and Marilyn Monroe kicked out the first ball for them.)

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    AHA!
    The well known Roesler website finally pulled the very telling interviews from its website. Too late! They are saved and will be the most amazing and entertaining evidence. Mark Roesler who does not seem to have a single clue how much this or that thrift stor item is worth, asking Otto over and over that this or that is and how much it is worth, but then was quoted in the Los Angeles Times “appraising” the most ridiculous MM collection EVER at a whopping $8.75 MILLION!
    A lawyer–as powerful as him, committing FRAUD, that is the stuff successful news are made of.

    Here is a link –please check it our for yourself–the June DiMaggio, Robert W. Otto and Mark Roesler and Mary Jane Popp is still there – and you gotta check it out, before that is pulled–as well!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Do you guys remember this one?
    I wonder what happened–did some shocking lawsuit jeopadize that AWARD? Would be interesting if the FAMOUS CMG and their even more famous leader who believes in “territory” actually received one of those….has anybody some info on that one? The awards were haded out yesterday, and if Roelser got one, that would mean that crime is being awarded.

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    …and REWARDED!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Here is some info from the latest Christie’s auction in NYC from this morning:

    A 1942 letter from Norma Jeane to her half sister Bernice Miracle sold for $20,000 (hammer price and without the buyers premium)

    A script for “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” sold for only $8,000 (hammer price)

    The famous white ermine coat (prominent from pictures by Milton Green) sold for $42,000 (hammer price)

    The black Misfits dress (two pieces) sold for $55,000 (hammer price)

    Another address book from the legend sold for $26,000!

    Who says that nobody cares for Marilyn Monroe anymore?!

  • http://www.booklinker.blogspot.com Deano

    Just out of curiosity at the seemingly endless stream of commentary on this subject, I looked at the cumulative comments for this particular thread…..

    Mark, you have supplied 401 out of 717 comments on this particular thread. Just for brevity’s sake, I would recommend that you might consider posting a new relevant article on the subject rather then continuously updating in the comments, it would make the content of the original posting more readable and timely, given that it was posted back in April and you seem to be adding new info to it on a daily basis.

    This is just a suggestion, mind, I’m not a blogcritics editor, just an occasional contributor and reader, so do what you want.

    Be advised that having 401 comments, from yourself seems a trifle…narcisstic. It makes it appear that you are mostly talking to yourself…. or artificially keeping this article on the front page of Blogcritics Comments section by obsessively posting to it.

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Thank you for your “well meant” comment [Edited]. I can give you a direct answer if you email me through my URL–but posting without a working URL or none at all–I am sorry, that is just too obvious.

    In Germany there is a saying: “As you shout into the woods–it will echo to you.”

    [Edited]

    FREINDS THROUGH MARILYN! :)

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Hey “Deano”! I just clicked on your URL, what happened, it just disappeared, is that what you understand as fair and correct and non-narcisstic? [Edited]

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    [Edited]

    Could it be that some jealous input made you post those ugly comments?
    I have brought down a $60 to $80 MILLION FRAUD–just with a blog story. Can you repeat that, dude?
    Prove it.
    [Edited]
    And if this is Mr. Otto in a last desperate try to spill poison; man–remeber how they celebrated you on November 11th on the Queen Mary? Those were the moments to remember. But there is enough evidence now that you all might just go where you all belong to: J-A-I-L!
    FRIENDS THROUGH MARILYN AND AMERICAN JUSTICE!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Here is some important evidence that the woman who attacked me on my first blog and tried to take my credibility actually sold to Robert W. Otto! Now we know that she had a hidden agenda all along. She tried to protect her own fakes she passed on to Mr. Otto. He also bought many items from well known forgers who were kicked off eBay after a short life as sellers–as for example the seller named: “Hollywoodstudio”
    Here is the feedback from the seller (HHH).
    Great/Friendly Transaction! This member is an asset to ebay! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
    Seller love-lola ( 179) Nov-10-03 08:30 3355289433

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    This is the About me page from that seller (Frank Warren), who I met at the 1999 auction in NYC and who proudly told me that Mark Roesler was dating his sister. I did not know about his ability and talent to make MM look alike dresses–which some of them he obviously sold to Robert W. Otto! It is an easy to follow trial that was left during Otto’s craze for MM memorabilia. He also purchased that famous “Happy Birthday -back up dress” from Warren.
    The proof for that particular transaction is in existence, too.

    Just read this and get your own impression of the kicked off eBay seller who worked closely together with Otto in providing the exhibit “highlights”.
    That is why no serious and known collector knew about and of Otto!

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Here is the About me discription:
    (and I thought I was the only one with bad English–but that guys is American!)

    bookmark hollywoodstudio
    welcome to hollywoodstudio custom made replica haloween ball gowns perfect for wedding princess prom and celebrity lookalikes such as marilyn monroe madonna princess cinderella prince beuty &beast sleeping beauty prince for ren … fantasy wedding costumes brides maids we have made some of the best replica celebrity lookalike costumes and gowns in the world our work can be seen in life magazine film tv vidio we work with all th ebig legends in the lookalike world santa helpers xmas angels you name it … we custom make it please bookmark for halloween any size ??? please call mon -fri 10 am -10pm ny time thanks for reading about me page note marilyn monroe glitter gown allmost sold out so use buy it now this gown sold out last haloween $149.99 so use buy it now if you cant see the photo please email me at hollywoodfinds thanks god bless the usa

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    I am really amazed that this guy even knew how to spell her name–MM’s of course! LOL

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Oh and here is another “famous” seller who sold to Otto and who attacked us on the first blog–wonder why?!

    Great communication and prompt payment. Thank you.
    Seller thehollywoodcloset ( 324)
    no longer a registered user Jun-08-04 12:25 Private

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

    Here are two feedbacks from Frank Warren for Robert Otto who literally give away the scam!
    Have you ever heard of a Marilyn Monroe tag sale?!
    There are more of course–we can not wait to see the authenticity that Otto is showing with his items. Our experts wonder which tests they really might stand up to.

    marilyn tag sale aug 4th-7th ny mm mannequins gowns hollywoodfindsathotmail.com
    Seller hollywoodstudio ( 36)
    no longer a registered user Jul-17-04 21:00 Private

    great person to deal with god bless you a+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Seller hollywoodstudio ( 36)
    no longer a registered user Jul-17-04 20:57 Private

  • Usona Chastain

    I am appalled that someone would go to the trouble to count Mark’s contributions to his blog. What frigging difference does it make? what does it prove? Mark’s blog brought attention to a crime in progress — to an outrageously phony collection of junk — and to the bums making money off it. There is now a lawsuit against them and they’ll surely lose. Say what you will about his spelling, the world knows about the fraud largely through his efforts. You can’t equate it with the discovery of an AIDS cure, but it’s sure meaningful to a lot of people — the people who hold Marilyn dear. Perhaps you need to get a life, Mr. Beano. Why not go for a drive and count the out-of-state license plates — something important.

  • Alton from Atlanta

    I’ll always remember how Mr. Otto dismissed Mark as a “blogger” — and you could read the contempt in his voice. It’s probably stretching, but you might think of the signers of the Declaration of Independence as America’s first bloggers.

  • Alton from Atlanta

    Yes, Alton, that’s probably stretching. But a lot of people think that Americans are losing some of those freedoms guaranteed in the Declaration of Independence. I hope I don’t have to spell out names.

  • Usona Chastain

    OOPS! The machine messed up! – #730 is from me, Usona from downstate!

  • http://www.booklinker.blogspot.com Deano

    Okay. Mark, you might just want to tuck your paranoia back into your pocket for a few minutes…

    I have no idea what all your babbling regarding Brokeback Mountain is and bluntly could care less. As for your questioning my identity, feel free to take a gander at any of the 80+ articles and reviews I have contributed to the Blogcritics site for a glimpse of proof of my identity, you can find me in the contributors list.

    As for your particular post, kudos if you revealed a fraudulent memorabilia display! Personally I don’t worship at the Temple of the Dead Celebrities but whatever turns your personal crank – it is none of my affair.

    My point, if you had bothered to read it was that your continual commenting on your own article reads to a casual observer as either a). self-absorbed narcissim, or b). pointless comment flogging (or deep paranoid pyschosis).

    If your goal is to become the digital equivilant of the crazed, spittle-flecked mumbling old man who rides the uptown bus and talks to himself, then go right on posting more comments. If you have something new or relevant to your subject matter, you should honestly consider doing a new updated news post so that anyone who might be vaguely interested in the subject could get to the point without wading through 700-odd repetitive comments you’ve made to yourself.

    Oh, and Usona, I’m not “counting his contributions to his own blog” I am counting his comments on his Blogcritics post. I’m starting to think that neither you nor Mark actually understand what a blog actually is. If he would like to actually set one of his own up, I recommend blogger at http://www.blogger.com.

    I am also not commenting on the validity of his post or questioning any of his claims etc. I am commenting on his superflous and endless stream of comments. This is comment commentary.

    It should also be noted that Blogcritics is a community of contributors and in the three years I’ve been haunting the site and contributing I’ve never seen anyone comment this frequently on their own article.

    I think you need to get a new hobby.

  • http://www.markbellinghaus.com Mark Bellinghaus

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  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    In fact Deano if you’d like a preview of that image just click my URL!

  • Usona Chastain

    I think it is a dirty shame that so much ugliness and hostility has been provoked by Mark’s efforts to protect Marilyn Monroe, and to protest the scam exploiting her. I am a regular reader of this blog because — for whatever reasons — Marilyn Monroe is meaningful to me as she is to countless others — she’s not a “Dead Celebrity.” I’m sure that Mark and I and other fans would not recognize themselves in the “crazed, spittle-flecked mumbling old man who rides the bus and talks to himself.” You’re insulting an awful lot of people.

  • http://absent-mind.blogspot.com/ Jet in Columbus

    No, the dirty shame is that that Mark brings all of this on himself.

  • Usona Chastain

    Bringing WHAT on himself? Shame and disgrace and embarrassment? Nonsense! What he is bringing on himself is a place in the history books as the man who exposed a fraudulent exhibit, and stimulated legal action against the bums responsible. There are several hundred books on Marilyn Monroe and the next several hundred books that are written will include Mark’s name and story as the man who did something about the bullshit! YOU and millions of others won’t know about it, but millions more certainly will.

  • Usona Chastain

    A brief PS to my comment above:
    do you know the story from the Southern Poverty Law Center — of the African American woman who sued the Ku Klux Klan for killing her son — and she won! She was awarded the only collateral the bums had — their headquarters building. I get the feeling that Mr. Jet would have accused the woman of being excessive, of being too much.

  • blair

    hello mark, we followed up with the latest postings and we can not understand what this guy is saying. you warned not only us and saved us hard earned money, but a lot of other people, too.
    please don’t let people insult you. you know better what you have done for us and we will always thank you for it. you defended marilyn and that is why he is so anry i guess.
    but we are happy that we found your blog on time, before we would have gone to this ship in long beach and lost our money.

  • johAn grimmius

    to 738
    please stay with the subject of this blog and do not make silly remarks which has nothing to do with the mm subject we are talking about.

  • Usona Chastain

    Yesterday, I asked WHAT is the “dirty shame” that Mr. Jet writes about — and WHAT is it that Mark is bringing on himself?

    [Usona, we've decided to drop that topic as it wasn't leading anywhere healthy. Thanks. Comments Editor]

  • Sarah Cruz

    Hi Mark! Well, thank goodness my computer is up and running again. Funny how much we rely on these things. I still remember the days when there were no PC’s, cable TV or VCR/DVD’s.

    I was catching up on some of your blog….I didn’t know you had some of your Marilyn collection on display at the Hollywood Museum. I think that is awesome!! That gives those of us who love Marilyn a TRUE opportunity to view some of her items. How long will they be there??

    Also, much congratulations to you, Ernest and any one else who helped to massively spread the word on the fake exhibit. “The love of money is the root of all evil.” I think we all know who really LOVES money (as opposed to really loving Marilyn)!!

    Well, going for now. Hope you, Marilyn and Monroe are doing well!

  • Mark Bellinghaus

    To all and the rest of the faithfull followers of this historic blog. I wasn’t able to post for a while; no not due to the soccer world cup…lol. Some important news just got in:

    Blogcritics made it possible. The lawsuit that was filed, several months after the release of the first Marilyn Monroe fraudulent exhibit blog story must have created the beginning downfall of the star of the nominated for two LIMA awards. As on several websites recently announced, the CMG did not get any award at all!
    First category was: Overall Best License of the Year
    And the winner was on June 22ned 2006 in NYC: Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith (Lucasfilm Ltd.)
    The other category was: 2005 Best Film, TV & Entertainment Brand License: It is important to point out that Dora the Explorer (Nickelodeon) won–over Marilyn Monroe! Why? Well, the lawsuit was filed on May 26, 2006 and must have changed some decissions, of course that is just my own opinion, but could also be the reason for the embarrassing win.
    Another one of my own opinion: This surely marks the downfall of a lawyer who profiled himself in th famous OJ Simpson trial.
    The Otto/Roesler videos have now been pulled completely from the Roesler website, but do not worry–they ALL have been saved and will be the big hit in the court room, when Mark Roesler stumbles around and asks the self proclaimed “Monroe historian” how much this or that is worth and then months later has the nerve and guts to put an official pricetag of $8.75 million dollar on the junk without class and (glass) the items literally were thrown on the floor–and anybody could have just picked them up and taken them home. But we will find out if there was also an insurance on those fake items, as it smells like insurance fraud on top of everything.

    Sorry for not answering your comments, please come back and post your opinnion. The fun is just beginning and the case will truely be revealing and very interesting.

    FRIENDS THROUGH MARILYN!

  • truth and justice

    Nice deflection since you just lost your case. Treble damages (amount to be determined) and return of the name.

  • Usona Chastain

    Hi Mark, good to have you back! I saw a small story in the paper about the Marilyn lawsuit. It didn’t have your name but I assume this is what y ou’ve been fighting for all these weeks. Congratulations! Will the case be on TV? I’m sure you’ll let us know when it’s on. Keep up the good work.

  • Usona Chastain

    I hope it’s OK that I’m writng a second comment but I wanted to keep it separate in case someone is counting.
    It seems to be that there are two kinds of people writing these comments on this blog. The first ones are Marilyn people – who thank you and admire you for what you’re doing, speaking out for her, trying to protect her from the grave robbers.
    Then there’s seems to be another group that’s creeping around, trying to make trouble, trying to find skeletons in closets. They’re scarier than grave robbers so be careful. I just know that Marilyn would love you for what youre’ doing. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!

  • http://iramency.blogspot.com Cindy

    Kudos for Mark for his extraordinary work in telling the truth about what’s really happening. It personally makes me ill to think Marilyn is only worth made-in-china produced crap when in fact she deserves so much better.

  • friend88

    Hey Mark!!
    it’s your long lost friend Mike from Michigan.
    We used to hang back in the late 90s.
    We lived on Havenhurst.
    Used to call eachother “Creepy”
    Ring any bells?
    How do I get a hold of you?