Sirhan Sirhan, Acting Alone, Shoot Senator Robert Kennedy?
claim: A smoking .22 Revolver was wrested from the hands of Palestinian
Sirhan Sirhan who was later charged with Kennedy's murder, but he wasn't close
enough to fire the gun shot at the back of Kennedy's ear...
Updated 12 June 2006
It seems odd that Secret Service and Los Angeles police weren't there, despite
the fact that a major political figure was exposed to some 2,000 people in the
course of an evening.
Sirhan Sirhan shot from the front. The first doctor on the scene, Stanley Abo,
discovered a hole behind Bobby's head, below the right ear.
Central Receiving, doctors found the wound behind the ear and powder burns around
it, which indicated that the shot that struck Kennedy was fired at an extremely
close range (estimates of 1-1.5 inches).
Sirhan Sirhan could not possibly have fired the shot behind Bobby's ear.
at Good Samaritan uncovered two more wounds on Kennedy - one in the right armpit
and another several inches down. )
In Sirhan Sirhan's pocket, when he was arrested after the shooting, there
was an article in which Bobby Kennedy had expressed a pro-Israeli position. Sirhan
Sirhan was a Palestinian, newly at war with Israel at this time.
In Sirhan Sirhan's room, at 696 East Howard, Pasadena, police found (without a
search warrant), amongst other things, a scribbled note which read "RFK must
quotes from his diary are, apparently, as follows:
F. Kennedy must be assassinated before June 5, 1968,"
determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more (and) more of an unshakeable obsession
must be sacrificed for the cause of the poor exploited people."
The autopsy, having clarified what bullet actually killed Bobby, also created
had been 8 shots, four fired at Kennedy. But five people had been wounded in the
attack (Elizabeth Evans, Ira Goldstein, Paul Schrade, Irwin Stroll and William
Weisel.) Therefore, because this seemingly showed at least 9 shots, and only 8
cylinders in Sirhan's gun, a second gunman theory began...
LAPD's DeWayne A. Wolfer, chief criminalist of the Scientific Research Division,
issued a bullet-accountability report that, in summary, reads:·
#1 struck Senator Robert F. Kennedy behind the right
#2 passed through RFK's right shoulder pad and struck
campaign aide Paul Schrade in the forehead.
#3 entered RFK's back inches below the top of the
#4 entered RFK's back, about one inch below bullet
#3, but exited the senator's body through the right front chest.
#5 struck Ira Goldstein in the right rear buttock.
#6 passed through Goldstein's pants leg, struck the
cement floor, and, ricocheted onto Irwin Stroll's left leg.
#7 struck William Weisel in the left abdomen.
#8 reflected off the plaster ceiling to strike Elizabeth
Evans in the head.
to this list: It is impossible to trace this number of bullets with any accuracy.)
The mystery of the woman in the polka dot dress.
least two witnesses told police that Sirhan Sirhan, before he assassinated Kennedy,
spoke to a woman in a white dress and either black or purple polka dots.
is further alleged that a witness saw a man who looked like Sirhan Sirhan walking
into the room with a woman in a polka dot dress.
this woman and another person was hear to say "We shot Kennedy!" (heard
by police sergeant Paul Sharaga who did not arrest them because he was not fully
aware of what had happened earlier. The couple disappeared.
LAPD explains away the confusion by saying that the people said "They shot
Kennedy" not "We shot Kennedy". Police have never attempted to
trace the woman in the polka dot dress.
of the witnesses, Vince DiPierro, seems to have recanted his evidence later in
woman, Valerie Schulte, was in the right position at the event to have been the
woman in the polka dot dress. However she does not know
A possible suspect behind the murder was Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa whom Bobby
had sent to prison.
fellow prison inmate claims that Hoffa had said to him, on May 30, 1967:
have a contract out on Kennedy. And if he ever gets in the primary or gets elected,
the contract will be fulfilled within six months."
denies he ever said that.|
At his trial, Sirhan said, in his own defence, to start with that he could not
remember anything, he was intoxicated. Later he was to claim that he could have
gone temporarily insane with rage after Kennedy's comments about Israel.
A couple of weeks following the trial, the Los Angeles Free Press ran a story
that claimed there was photographic evidence of a second gunman.
evidence was a photo of two bullet holes in a wooden divider between sets of swinging
doors. But, as the eight bullets had already been accounted for, this pointed
to more than one gun men.
the police had removed the doors on June 28, 1968, 10 months before this story
ran. The evidence had been destroyed.
police spokesman seems to have made comments to the effect that these were, indeed,
bullet holes. But after investigation it was felt that the holes meant nothing.
Who was the second gunman? He would have to have been behind Kennedy to shot him
at point blank range.
had a suspect: Thane Eugene Cesar, the Ace Security guard, who was holding the
senator's right elbow and remained virtually half-beside him, half-behind him
in the procession through the pantry, Cesar was in a position to shoot Kennedy
during the commotion.
had denounced the Kennedy's in the past. He carried a .35 revolver, but he did
own a .22 revolver, the type used to kill Kennedy.
has a very strong defence: He had been called in at the last minute that night,
he volunteered details of the .22 revolver, he was happy to be questioned and
passed a polygraph.
The case files were released twenty years after the assassination, on April 19,
1988. But there were significant omissions, including pictures and x-rays of the
bullet marks in the pantry door frame. Mysterious, the evidence of 7 forensic
experts has gone missing.
Thirty years after
the assassination, Sirhan Sirhan continues to claim his innocence.
attorney makes the claim that Sirhan had been hypnotised and 'programmed' to commit
the assassination, like a 'puppet'.