In 1955 Rometsch fled to West Germany. Her first marriage ended in divorce. Her second marriage was to Rolf Rometsch, a sergeant in the West German air force. On 6th April 1961 she arrived in the United States with her husband who had been assigned to his country’s military mission in Washington.
According to John Simkin, while living in Washington she became a regular visitor to the Quorum Club. This was a private club in the Carroll Arms Hotel on Capitol Hill that had been established by Bobby Baker. As Baker pointed out in Wheeling and Dealing its “membership was comprised of senators, congressmen, lobbyists, Capitol Hill staffers, and other well-connected who wanted to enjoy their drinks, meals, poker games, and shared secrets in private accommodations”.
In 1961 Bill Thompson, a close friend of President John F. Kennedy, met with Baker. According to Anthony Summers (Official and Confidential: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover) Thompson asked Baker if he would arrange a meeting between Romesch and Kennedy. Baker later said that: “He (Kennedy) sent back word it was the best time he ever had in his life. That was not the only time. She saw him on other occasions. It went on for a while.”
Bobby Baker, who served prison time for tax evasion, says Ellen Rometsch pleased JFK so much that he thanked him for hooking them up. But she was deported when then Attorney General Bobby Kennedy found out about her and wanted to avoid a scandal, Baker says.
Where is Ellen today? We don’t know if she’s is even alive. If she is, she would be 77 years old. What an interesting and scandalous interview she could give!