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JFK files: CIA ‘set up first date’ between King Hussein of Jordan and Hollywood starlet

The CIA encouraged a Hollywood starlet to sleep with Jordan’s King Hussein during a visit by the monarch in 1959, leading to a relationship which reportedly resulted in a child who later bludgeoned his mother to death.

The extraordinary saga was revealed in documents that were part of the investigation into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and were recently declassified by President Donald Trump.

Memos showed that in 1959 the CIA recruited a fixer who worked for Howard Hughes, the reclusive billionaire, to provide “female companionship” for the Jordanian king on his visit to the US to discuss aid to his country.

King Hussein, who was 23 at the time, was referred to in CIA documents only as a “foreign head of state” but the dates in agency memos corresponded to a two-stop visit he made to Los Angeles and New York.

A CIA memo read: “The foreign official was especially desirous of female companionship during his Los Angeles visit and it was requested that appropriate arrangements be made through a controlled source in order to assure a satisfied visit.”

A young King Hussein of Jordan

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The “controlled source” was Robert Maheu, a former FBI agent turned private investigator in Los Angeles, who then contacted a “prominent Los Angeles attorney and Hollywood figure”.

That led to the young king meeting the actress, Susan Cabot, at a Hollywood party.

Cabot was a rising Hollywood starlet who had recently starred in the film Machine-Gun Kelly opposite Charles Bronson, and various B-list science fiction movies.

According to the documents she was told by CIA agents: “We want you to go to bed with him (King Hussein).”

She was initially reluctant but, after meeting him at the party, told agents she was “quite taken” with the king and found him “charming”.

Timothy Scott Roman

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Their relationship became public and was reported in newspapers at the time.

According to CIA memos the king liked Cabot and “wished to meet with her during his stay in New York City”.

Agents rented a house in Long Beach, New York which was then used as a “confidential meeting place”.

Cabot was brought there by a CIA agent and the king visited her nightly for four nights.

Cabot later had a son called Timothy Scott Roman, who was adopted and took the name of another man she married.

In 1986 Roman was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after beating Cabot to death with a dumbbell in Los Angeles.

Susan Cabot

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He was initially charged with murder and, at his trial, it was revealed that Cabot had received $1,500 a month from the Keeper of the King’s Purse in Amman, Jordan.

Roman had been born a dwarf and took injections “derived from the pituitary glands of cadavers,” eventually growing to 5ft 4ins, the court heard.

His lawyers called him a “failed human experiment” and said the drugs had caused his aberrant behaviour. They also argued that Roman acted in self defence.

King Hussein, who was married four times, died in 1999 after ruling Jordan for 47 years.

The three pages of CIA documents relating to the king and the actress were believed to have found their way into files on the Kennedy assassination because of the fixer Maheu.

The year after King Hussein’s visit the CIA contacted Maheu, who died in 2008, as they they sought help with a plan to assassinate Fidel Castro.

Those investigating the assassination of President Kennedy later looked into whether there was a Cuban link.

Article Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/01/09/jfk-files-cia-set-first-date-king-hussein-jordan-hollywood-starlet/

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