On 5th June 1968, after Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy won the Democratic presidential primary in California. He stood the podium, in the ballroom and spoke to a beyond-capacity crowd of over 1800 supporters at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
Kennedy was then shot as he passed through the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. The official account maintains that he was taken out by a lone, demented gunman Sirḥān Bishāra Sirḥān. However many question remain about the assassination and the following investigation. Like in his brother assassination there is plenty of evidence to prove that the shooting was not a ‘crazed’ lone gunman but a pre-planned and well-coordinated assault.
With no secret service protection for presidential candidates in those days, The LAPD was ordered to stay away from the hotel. Security was provided by a Los Angeles security company. Kennedy was guarded by unarmed Olympic decathlete champion Rafer Johnson and football tackler Rosey Grier.
In Kennedy’s death had an enormous effect on American politics. Americans lost a high level critic of the Vietnam War and a defender of Civil Rights. Kennedy’s assassination virtually gave the 1968 Presidential election to Richard Nixon, a man who was eager to keep the Vietnam War going.
More than four-fifths of all Americans are convinced that they haven't been told the truth about President John Kennedy's assassination. Far fewer are aware that the investigation into Robert Kennedy's death was just as flawed and corrupt.
Bobbie was the academic of the family, graduating from Harvard with a degree in law. But in 1959 he abandoned his law degree to concentrate on his brother's Presidencies campaign. Bobbie was appointed Attorney General, he ran a campaign against organised crime, targeting on Jimmy Hoffa. Civil Rights for black American became another campaign issue for him. 20 minutes before he was shot he announced his plan for withdrawal of troops from Vietnam.
Senator Robert Kennedy died at 1:44 on 5th June 1968, In California. Immediately after the shooting Police arrested Sirḥān Bishāra Sirḥān a Palestinian with a smoking gun. Kennedy’s last words were is everyone OK?
While leaving the campaign, Kennedy stopped to shake hands with the kitchen workers. There were 77 people in the Pantry that night and all of them disagree with the official story.
Sirḥān was always in front of Robert Kennedy, however, the shots that killed Kennedy were fired into the back of his head at point blank range. In Sirḥān’s apartment, there was a note to kill Kennedy because of his support for Israel. The handwriting in the notepads at Sirḥān house was different to his normal handwriting.
The Bullets: Dr Thomas Noguchi performed the autopsy on Robert Kennedy. He determined that RFK had been shot three times, all from the rear at a steep upward angle, with powder burns indicating that the fatal shot was fired from 1 or 2 inches away. The autopsy revealed “three gunshot wounds in Robert Kennedy's body, one behind the right ear, a second near the right armpit and a third 11/2 inches below the armpit wound. A fourth bullet missed his body but pierced the right rear shoulder of his suit coat. All bullets entered from the right rear, at fairly steep upward angles and in a slightly right-to-left direction.”
Sirḥān Sirḥān had an eight shooter .22 calibre revolver. He was standing in front of Kennedy the whole time he was shooting he was metres away from Kennedy. Five other people were wounded in the shooting. Bullets were removed from the walls and ceiling of the pantry. There were as many as thirteen bullets shot that night, Sirḥān could not have shot them all.
Don Schulman, a runner for KNXT-TV in Los Angeles, also reported seeing a gun other than Sirḥān's. He'd been standing behind Kennedy as he walked through the pantry and had seen a security guard fire three times. Immediately after the shooting, Schulman reported his story on the radio and insisted that Kennedy was shot three times. Even though the early media reports and crime--scene witnesses generally asserted that the Senator was hit only twice, Schulman stuck to his story. The autopsy proved him right.
Evidence shows that a second shooter had shot Kennedy three times, from no more than 3 inches away. The LAPD did not investigate these three bullets they were determined that Sirḥān had shot Kennedy, and they weren’t prepared to investigate any further.
A security guard, Thane Eugene Cesar had a weapon with the same calibre as the bullets Kennedy was shot with, and was right behind Kennedy when the shooting began. Even though he admitted drawing his gun and many witnesses reported hearing shots from more than one weapon, no one ever asked to examine Cesar gun.
Cesar himself had worked at Lockheed and Hughes Aircraft, both of which had extensive connections with the CIA. Even more strikingly, three prominent CIA officials—George Joannides, David Sanchez Morales, and Gordon Campbell—have been identified as present at the Ambassador Hotel.
Bradley Ayers, an Army captain assigned to the CIA at JM/Wave in Miami from May 1962 to December 1964, had met all three and identified them in film footage from the Ambassador Hotel. Gordon Campbell had even been Ayer’s case officer while he was working for the agency.
JM/Wave was the codename for a major secret United States covert operations and intelligence gathering station operated by the CIA from 1961 until 1968.
When the subject of the Kennedys came up in a late-night session with friends in 1973, Morales launched into a tirade that finished: "I was in Dallas when we got the son of a bitch and I was in Los Angeles when we got the little bastard."
There was evidence that 12 bullets were recovered from the kitchen area, given Sirḥān shot eight bullets there are four bullets unaccounted for. With that evidence the LAPD still refused to change their original story.
There are multiple indications that the CIA was involved. A hypnotist named William Joseph Bryan, was on the radio suggesting the assassin was probably “mind controlled” before Sirḥān had been identified as a suspect. Bryan later boasted to several hookers that he worked for the CIA and had hypnotized Sirḥān.
It is at least possible that Sirḥān and his accomplices did stalk RFK, but that the highly suggestible Sirḥān had been hypnotically programmed to block memory of the shooting and his associates.
Two people were seen escaping the hotel, boasting that they’d killed the candidate. The LAPD harassed the witnesses, who’d seen these two people, to change their stories. Evelle J Younger, Los Angeles District Attorney said it was a “straightforward” shooting. In fact, everybody in the pantry said the events were different to what the law was saying. The LADP ignored, destroyed, cover up this evidence.
The LAPD’s destruction of evidence related to the crime was not subtle. It destroyed the ceiling panels and door frames from the pantry on the grounds they were “too large to fit into a card file” and burned some 2,400 photographs, including those taken by 15-year old Scott Enyart, who was standing on a table and took three roles of film. They also destroyed the photos from the back of Robert Kennedy’s head.
Coroner Nogughi was told to keep his evidence secret. Unable to gag Noguchi the Los Angeles Authority fired him alleging misconduct in the Kennedy investigation. He sued and got his job back but by the time he did, the evidence had been destroyed.
In the hours before the shooting eleven people noticed a tall man and a girl in a polka-dotted dress. The girl in a polka-dotted dress had been seen, by a number of witnesses, at the Ambassador Hotel with Sirḥān, in the weeks leading up to the assassination. They had even been seen in the pantry area. If Sirḥān was brainwashed, then it is possible that she was his handler.
On 1st June, three days before the primary, Dean Pack was hiking with his son in the Santa Ana Mountains when they came upon a young man who resembled Sirḥān, shooting a pistol in the company of a girl and another man. The three were quite hostile.
At a little, before midnight a witness saw tall man and a girl in a polka-dotted dress enter the Pantry from the parking lot to the second floor, of the hotel. When the man started to shoot, a witness said “They are getting away” the couple came out the way they came in and on the way they ran into eyewitness Sandra Serrano a young Kennedy worker was taking a break out on a balcony.
The couple were shoutings "We shot him. We shot him.” When Serrano asked who they meant, the girl replied "Senator Kennedy." An LAPD Paul Sharaga who was first on the scene where he was met by two delirious women who had also seen the young couple and verified the statement given by Sandra Serrano. Another witness, Evan Freed, also saw the girl in the polka dotted dress.
LAPD officer Sharaga, was told the same thing about tall man and a girl in a polka-dotted dress, by an elderly couple in the parking lot behind the hotel. Sharaga immediately put out an APB. The girl was described consistently by most of the witnesses: dirty blond hair, well-built, with a crooked or "funny" nose, wearing a white dress with blue or black polka-dots. There were many other witnesses to the polka-dotted dress girl, in the hotel and in the company of Sirḥān in the weeks prior to the assassination.
Sharaga was told by a superior to cancel the APB because a senior officer said he didn’t want to make a conspiracy out of it. The missing evidence included the memo of Paul Sharaga, he had enough presence of mind to retain the original mimeograph.
There was other eyewitness testimony of a second shooter. Dr. Marcus McBoom who saw a man with a partially-concealed pistol in his hand, running from the pantry. Photographer Evan Freed, one of the polka-dotted dress girl witnesses, swore out an affidavit in 1992 that he had seen a gunman, not Sirḥān, shoot RFK from behind. Freed's account matched Robert Kennedy's autopsy report.
Enrique Hernandez, who conducted polygraph exams for SUS (Special Unit Senator), was among the most aggressive police officers. Sgt Hermandez tried to get Sandra Serrano to recant her statement however, it didn’t work.
There was also the question of the bullets in the guns fired. Sirḥān’s gun contained eight bullets yet there were twelve bullets found. Identifying a gun by its bullets is as reliable as matching fingerprints. The evidence showed that the bullets that killed Kennedy were not shot by Sirḥān’s gun but from another gun.
Sirḥān’s lawyer, Grant B. Cooper, didn’t help Sirḥān, not all evidence was shared with Sirḥān's lawyers. Even the autopsy report, whose conclusion of point-blank shots from the rear would seemingly exonerate Sirḥān of Kennedy’s actual murder, was not given to the defence until they had already stipulated Sirḥān's guilt.
The Defence, introduced the evidence of the second gun, however, no-one noticed not even the judge, and Defence counsel didn’t proceed with the evidence. So the trial went on.
The door frames, which according to many witnesses had bullets embedded in them, were not admitted into evidence in that trial. Other evidence, including photographs taken in the pantry by Scott Enyart, were not produced as evidence.
Sirḥān complained to the judge about how his lawyer, Grant Cooper, wasn’t defending him properly however the judge threatened to restrain him if he didn’t shut up. Cooper stipulated that the bullets that hit Kennedy came from the gun of Sirḥān, contrary to the evidence he had previously provided.
Cooper failed to mention the evidence about the three bullets. He also failed to mention the discrepancies in the witnesses’ statements. He convinced Sirḥān to admit guilt, but by diminished responsibility. Another witness, LAPD Criminologist DeWayne Wofler, even testified that the bullets fired at RFK had come from an entirely different gun.
Sirḥān's later attorney, Lawrence Teeter, uncovered evidence that Sirḥān's lead trial lawyer, Grant B. Cooper, was compromised. Cooper was on one of the defence teams in the Friar's Club scandal case, a defendant in which Johnny Roselli. Roselli was an influential mobster for the Chicago Outfit who helped that organization control Hollywood and the Las Vegas Strip. In the early 1960s.
One day grand jury papers were found on Cooper's desk at counsel table, possibly planted there, perhaps by Roselli himself. Cooper faced a potential indictment over this incident, which could be grounds for disbarment, and the matter was left pending for the duration of the Sirḥān trial. Afterwards, Cooper was let off with a $1000 fine.
Cooper, having had just finished representing the CIA’s contact with organized crime, Roselli, may have been why he was so accommodating with respect to his client’s guilt. One way to insure a patsy will be convicted is to have your own man represent him.
To this day, even under hypnosis, Sirḥān does not remember the incident. Sirḥān was most likely a victim of MK Ultra experiments. He recalls "being led into a dark place by a girl who wanted coffee", then being choked by an angry mob. Defence psychiatrists conclude he was in a trance at the time of the shooting and leading psychiatrists suggest he may have been a hypnotically programmed assassin.
Criminalistics professor Herbert MacDonnell had signed an affidavit in 1973 stating that a bullet removed from RFK's neck, could not have been fired from Sirḥān's gun.
What would be the reason for Robert Kennedy to be assassinated; Robert Kennedy had accumulated many powerful enemies during his career. He was the enemy of the CIA, he and his brother, John had planned to pull the CIA apart. Due to his efforts as Attorney General he had made serious enemies of organized crime bosses. He also planned to end the war in Vietnam, which would not have sat well with the Military Industrial Complex. He was possibly going fire J Edgar Hoover as head of the FBI. He was also likely to continue with his brother’s plan to charges against Lyndon Johnson.
Given the fear that Kennedy's achieving the Presidency could induce any of them, it is not at all clear who the ultimate sponsors of Sirḥān and his accomplices might have been.
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