Monte Kim was a journalist with the Los Angeles Times in the early 1960s. He later served as a spokesman for district attorney Arno Conklin from 1962 until 1968, after which he went into public relations on his own.
After the death of Johnny Fox, Kim discovered a link between the dead pimp and the D.A. Conklin, and intended to write a story on it. He contacted Gordon Mittel, who instead offered Kim a job as Conklin's spokesman in exchange for Kim's cooperation in rewriting the story to hide Fox's past. Kim agreed, and on 30 September 1962, he published an article entitled "Campaign Worker Victim of Hit and Run."