RFK 1925-1968 - What Really Happened?
Based on everything I've read, the propaganda we have received through the news media is, as usual, not the complete truth. RFK was setup. Most likely, Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted killer, is innocent (a 'manchurian candidate'?) and security guard Thane Cesar is guilty, along with many others who all got away with murder, in my opinion.
40 years after RFK's death, questions linger
Michael Taylor, San Francisco Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
(06-02) 20:11 PDT -- The assassination was over in a few seconds. In the photograph of that moment, Bobby Kennedy, his eyes open and glazed, lies on his back on a hotel pantry floor, his head cradled by a busboy dressed starkly in white - a tableau that seems almost angelic were it not so brutal.
Less than 26 hours after being shot early on June 5, 1968, right after winning the California presidential primary, Kennedy was dead. He was 42.
Three major assassinations rocked America in the 1960s. Two of the assassins - Lee Harvey Oswald, the killer of John F. Kennedy, and James Earl Ray, who shot Martin Luther King Jr. - are dead. But Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F. Kennedy 40 years ago this week in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, is living out his days in the California state prison at Corcoran. He is 64 and has never fully explained what happened that night other than to say he can't remember it.
Sirhan was a seemingly unremarkable man. He was a Palestinian who was raised in the Middle East until he was 12, when his family settled in Southern California. Before the Kennedy assassination, he held a series of menial jobs and at one point worked at the Santa Anita racetrack and had hoped to be a jockey.
After Los Angeles police found his diary, in which he had written, "RFK must die," investigators concluded that he was angry about Kennedy's support for Israel and somehow had tied the assassination date - he wrote that Kennedy must be killed "before 5 June 68" - to the one-year anniversary of the Six-Day War.
Open and shut
Los Angeles police, who declined Monday to comment on their investigation, deemed the assassination an open-and-shut case - Sirhan did it by himself. Independent investigators who have looked at the case over the years, however, suggest otherwise.
"The interesting thing is how under-examined the Robert Kennedy assassination is, compared to President Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.," said David Talbot of San Francisco, author of "Brothers," a book that looks into Robert Kennedy's own investigation into his brother's death and his conviction that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy.
"Bobby remains the unknown territory," Talbot said. "But even if you look at it minimally, there are questions that come to mind."
-- Sirhan fired his .22-caliber revolver from a few feet in front of Kennedy, according to police, yet Los Angeles County coroner Thomas Noguchi reported that the fatal shot was fired less than one inch from Kennedy's head, behind his right ear. Of the four shots fired at Kennedy, all came from the rear. None of this was raised at Sirhan's trial because his defense was based on the theory that he suffered from "diminished capacity" rather than on any challenge of prosecutors' evidence.
-- Sirhan's revolver held eight rounds; a radio reporter's tape recording of the shooting has sounds of what one audio expert describes as 13 shots. Sirhan never had a chance to reload before bystanders tackled him. Two of the sounds on the tape are what forensic experts call "double shots," which means two shots so close together that they couldn't have come from the same revolver.
-- Several witnesses saw a security guard just behind Kennedy draw his revolver, and one reported seeing him fire it.
-- Over the years, Sirhan has told investigators who interviewed him in prison that he was in a hypnotic trance during the shooting and can't remember it at all. He said he could not remember writing, "RFK must die." He did not respond to an interview request for this story.
Night of celebration
On the night Kennedy was killed, the hotel ballroom was filled with supporters celebrating his victory in the California primary and looking to the Democratic convention in Chicago. The last thing Kennedy said from the ballroom podium, just after midnight, was, "My thanks to all of you, and now it's on to Chicago, and let's win there."
In the pantry, as Kennedy moved through the crowd, he was surrounded by friends, including Paul Schrade of the United Auto Workers, labor chairman for Kennedy's campaign.
"All of a sudden, I got hit in the head by a bullet," Schrade said. "I shook violently. I thought I was being electrocuted. When I came to, I was on the floor."
Schrade was one of five people besides Kennedy who were hit by bullets. For the past 33 years, he has been investigating the shooting.
Mystery bullet hole
Unlike the JFK assassination, which created an outdoor crime scene in Dallas sprawling from the grassy knoll to the Texas School Book Depository, the shooting of Robert Kennedy happened in a confined space. Stray bullets ended up buried in walls and the ceiling, where they could be tracked down.
1962 photos of Bobby Kennedy, Edward Kennedy and John Kennedy.
In photos, police investigators can be seen circling what they later said was a bullet hole in a ceiling panel, behind where Sirhan fired. For Sirhan to have shot into that panel, he would have had to "either turn around or the bullet would have to have made a U-turn," said Philip Van Praag, a retired electrical engineer and audio expert who co-authored a book about the case.
Then there was the mystery of the woman in the polka dot dress. According to witness Sandra Serrano, the woman fled from the hotel kitchen with an unidentified man, shouting, "We shot him, we shot him." When a bystander asked who got shot, the woman said, "We shot Kennedy." Other witnesses reported seeing the woman, though it is not clear whether they heard the comment.
In a new film about the assassination, "RFK Must Die," Irish documentary maker Shane O'Sullivan asked Serrano about what happened later. She said Los Angeles police spent hours trying to convince her she was wrong in what she saw, and she finally gave in. Forty years later, however, she told O'Sullivan that her original version was correct.
'I don't remember'
In fact, the iconic polka dot dress is also something fixed in the mind of Sirhan himself.
William Turner, a retired FBI agent who wrote a book about the case, says he interviewed Sirhan in prison in 1975.
"He told me, 'I don't remember anything after the woman in the polka dot dress asked me for coffee, and heavy on the cream and sugar,' " said Turner, who lives in San Rafael. "He said he had amnesia from that time until he was overpowered in the pantry after the shots were fired. He said, 'I must have done it, but I don't remember.' "
Turner thinks Sirhan was "hypno-programmed to shoot" and that he was a real-life Manchurian Candidate - the fictional brainwashed dupe whose controllers want to assassinate a presidential candidate. Turner suspects the same villains as do the JFK conspiracy theorists - "organized crime and, predominantly, people from the CIA."
Van Praag and a fellow investigator, former American Academy of Forensic Scientists president Robert Joling, don't subscribe to any one conspiracy theory, but they are convinced more than one gunman was involved. The two have written a book about the killing, whose title, "An Open and Shut Case," is a dig at the police investigation.
Van Praag, a former senior instructor in commercial audio-video systems for Ampex Corp., analyzed a tape recording of the killing made by a Polish radio reporter. He said he heard 13 shots over five seconds and was able to isolate the sounds well enough to say that two different weapons were firing during those five seconds.
Guard passed polygraph
One of those weapons, according to the documentary, "Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination," which ran on the Discovery Times Channel a year ago, could have been held by Thane Eugene Cesar, the security guard who was near Kennedy.
Dan Moldea, who wrote a book, "The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means and Opportunity," said he thought for years that "Cesar had done it." But in 1987 he persuaded Cesar to undergo a polygraph examination that the former guard "passed with flying colors," Moldea said.
"He's being accused of murder all over the place," Moldea said, adding that he is now Cesar's protector and would be willing to "bring him forward" if authorities ever reopen the case.
In fact, reopening the case is not a far-fetched idea.
Joling says an "independent panel of forensic scientists" should be created to "reinvestigate this matter on all the evidence." The case "should be resolved in a truthful, factual and honest presentation," he said.
"Let the chips fall where they may. That way, at least, the American people will know that somebody without a stake in the outcome made this finding."
Online and on screen
Documents and other information about the Robert Kennedy assassination can be found at these Web sites:
A new documentary, "RFK Must Die," will be screened at 9:20 tonight at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th St., San Francisco.
Another documentary, "Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination," ran on the Discovery Times Channel last year and can be found on YouTube.
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Simple Facts about the Robert F. Kennedy Assassination
- Powder burns on Kennedy's clothing reveal that all three of his wounds were from a gun fired from 0 to 1-1/2 inches away. And yet, all witnesses claim that Sirhan's gun could not possibly have done this, for not one person places Sirhan's gun that close, and according to the general consensus Sirhan's gun never got closer than three feet away.
- Sirhan's gun could hold only eight bullets. And yet, seven bullets were dug out of bodies. an eighth bullet was traced through two ceilings into airspace, and two more bullets were identified as lodged in the door frame of the pantry by both LAPD and FBI personnel (the fresh bullet holes were even labeled as such on their photographs). Inexcusably, the door frames were burned, the Los Angeles Police Dept. claimed no bullets were found lodged in the "bullet holes", and two expended bullets (inexplicably dug out of wood) were soon found in the front seat of Sirhan's car. The LAPD then destroyed their records of the tests that had been done on the "bullet holes" in the doorframe.
- Three bullets were found in Robert F. Kennedy, and a fourth grazed his suit jacket. The upward angle of every shot was so steep as to be much closer to straight up than horizontal (80 degrees). And yet, all witnesses claim Sirhan's gun was completely horizontal for his first two shots, after which his gun hand was repeatedly slammed against a stem table (and now so far away from Kennedy that any errant shots of such upwardness would have been twenty feet high before reaching Kennedy, as opposed to entering Kennedy's backside as they did).
- The four bullets which touched Kennedy all hit on his back right side and were traveling forward relative to his body. Kennedy was walking towards Sirhan, his body was always facing Sirhan during the shots, and afterwards he even fell backwards before saying his last lucid words, ("Is everyone all right?") - at each and every moment facing toward Sirhan. It is impossible for bullets out of Sirhan's gun to have hit Kennedy's backside and been traveling forward unless Kennedy was almost entirely turned around.
Obviously Sirhan shot at Kennedy, but it is clear someone else was firing too. And once a second assassin is established, this adds far more than just another lone individual to the murder gang (because of the way many powerful branches of government instantly swung into action to protect the second assassin). Indeed, any second assassin virtually proves that powerful branches of U.S. Government were behind the murder itself - not only because of their stiff resistance from the get go, but because of their ongoing, coldly calculated, and otherwise inexplicable manipulation of evidence for keeping Sirhan as the singular decoy/patsy.
When a powerful branch of government commits such a murder, it only makes sense if it's top people are involved (along with as many others as needed in going downwards toward the more hands-on, lower chain of command). The branches involved in the RFK assassination are at minimum the LAPD, FBI, CIA, & Military Intelligence with deepest roots in the Pentagon. And if indeed such a group coordinated the murder of the next President of the United States, it is hard to imagine that other power centers of the U.S. would have been dangerously left out of the decision as well: such power hubs as the Federal Reserve (with it's control over money itself), the largest media puppeteers, the controllers of oil, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the outgoing and incoming Presidents. One can very rationally go further and deduce that the most viciously aggressive foreign power hubs were also (bondingly) involved in this age of New World Order global partnership (yet as bystanders in terms of this very American murder).
More to consider: On Jun 2, 1968, Sirhan was identified as entering Kennedy's Campaign headquarters on Wilshire Blvd. Larry Strick asked Sirhan if he needed help, and Sirhan pointed directly at Khaiber Khan and replied "I'm with him." Khaiber Khan is pronounced "K(eye)ber" Khan - perhaps the greatest world-wide secret agent at the time. Supposedly, when Sirhan pointed at Khan, Khan was a brand new Kennedy volunteer worker, which lasted June 1 - 4, a total of four days. In the extreme highest levels of the CIA, Khaiber Khan was a very leading figure when the U.S. toppled the government of Iran by taking out Iran's most powerful person (this was in 1953, when Mossadegh was replaced by a more corrupt Shah of Iran). When questioned about Sirhan, Khaiber Khan gave misleading responses that were more like decoys. U.S. intelligence then quickly left him alone, concentrating instead on inexplicability hounding innocent witnesses & tearing to shreds what they simply saw.
Thane Cesar was a security guard who was pressed up against Kennedy's back right side and was holding Kennedy's right arm in his left hand as Sirhan jumped out and fired his first two shots at Kennedy from several feet away. Don Schulman, the only eyewitness to correctly see that Robert Kennedy had sustained three bullet wounds, not two, saw this guard pull his gun and ostensibly fire back at Sirhan, Thane Cesar's bow tie, knocked off and lying near Bobbie Kennedy as he died, seems to have been in the exact spot where the gun needed to be located that delivered the fatal bullet moving up and forward into Kennedy's brain: pressed up tight to Kennedy's back right side, and neck high. Thane Cesar owned a .22 (the caliber of Sirhan's gun), but said he sold it before the assassination. Then he said he sold it after the assassination. Then the gun was stolen from the new owner.
Immediately following the assassination, a police All Points Bulletin was put out for a shapely, well-built woman in a polka dot dress (and the man with her) - based on a married couple who reported them fleeing the scene, the female suspect with a smile on her face, and who excitedly stated "We shot him." The APB was quickly canceled by the highest echelons of the LAPD, and all information taken down about these eye witnesses disappeared (one can only imagine if the witnesses themselves soon disappeared). Sandra Serrano was on the back stairs at assassination time. She saw Sirhan walk up the stairs with a polka dot woman and another man, and later saw the polka dot woman & man coming down the stairs alone and the woman saying "We shot him!" However, Captain Lynch would later claim he was on the back stairs at the time and that no one was there (and thus Sandra Serrano is a liar and an un-credible witness in the eyes of U.S. intelligence.) Even so, a remarkable number of people still claim that a polka dot woman "appeared to be with Sirhan " just prior to the assassination.
On June 4, the day leading up to the just-after-midnight assassination, Sirhan signed in at a firing range and was soon accompanied by a man and a shapely well built woman, according to the range master of the gun club. What a lead!, for not only did they share the a gun and a rifle between them, but the range master distinctly heard the woman say to Sirhan "Goddamn you, you son of a bitch, get out of here or they'll recognize us" (as Sirhan helped her with her gun). Later, in what seems like a case of imposters following orders, a topless bar waitress would voluntarily come forward and provide a thoroughly discredited explanation: she and her husband had innocently met Sirhan at the range and traded weapons between 4 & 5 o'clock. But this contradicted the reports of the 37 other gun club witnesses, and who indicate the coupled pegged to Sirhan arrived just after 11:00 AM and were not at the range between 4 and 5. Without this crucial explanation by the topless bar waitress, logical common sense would tell us a wider assassination network was involved (solely based on "firing range facts", let alone others such as: the teamwork between Khaiber Khan & and Sirhan; the obvious and instant sabotage (on all fronts) by U.S. Intelligence and the LAPD; Sandra Serrano's unmistakable accounts of close teamwork between Sirhan and the Polka Dot Woman/& man; the one-inch-away powder burns; the number of bullets; the upward angle of the bullets; the forward movement of the bullets in Kennedy's body). Take note that the topless bar waitress was familiar with many LAPD officers. Because the topless bar waitress came forward voluntarily, she most assuredly is not the real polka dot woman who was in different attire at the firing range, for no assassin network of this magnitude would offer up faces that must stay hidden merely for the sake of gaining a flimsy excuse. It's clear the topless bar waitress is a decoy (probably having no direct links to the polka dot woman at the range), but still a spectacular lead toward links with other levels of the assassination network. And finally, the range master was fired on June 16, and as usual, U.S. intelligence then focused it's power on destroying the crucial witness, as opposed to pursuing leads.
Sirhan thinks that he acted alone, and yet what Sirhan "thinks" isn't important at all if an additional assassin network was in place. Priority attention should be on the assassination network, not on some of Sirhan's most bizarre mental states. But let's look at the fascinating area of Sirhan's mind nonetheless. He cannot remember the assassination at all. It's as if a segment of memory was entirely erased. Until after the shooting the last thing he remembers is having coffee with a woman. He also wrote about killing RFK in trance-like states called automatic writing. Interestingly, all of the trance-like states are a group of memory segments that are entirely erased as well - even under hypnosis, he can't remember a thing about them.
As a jockey, Sirhan received a head injury in 1966, and as a result may have become one of the most deeply hypnotizable people in the world. An interesting theory is that the CIA found this out when Sirhan later explored many "mind control" groups, and that the CIA also tested this possible "hypno-patsy" beforehand as to the depth they could erase his memories.
In 1968, 400 pound Bill Bryan was said to be the "evil genius" of hypnotism, the most powerful person in his field. Supposedly "hypno-seducing" up to a dozen women a day and also working for the CIA, he bragged that the Boston Strangler & Sirhan were amongst his clients. Combining special drugs and hypnotism, would it be possible to implant the Strangler's unshakable fits of killing obsession so as to cause a triggered fit in someone else? Indeed, in Sirhan's automatic trance-writing that he can't remember, he repetitively wrote "Pay to the order of one hundred thousand dollars" and "My determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more the more of an unshakable obsession" and "Salvo Di De Salvo Die S Salvo" (Albert Di Salvo, the Boston Strangler). But no matter what the causes of Sirhan's trances and erased segments of memory, and despite his claims that he acted alone, the evidence of his teamwork with Khaiber Khan and the Polka Dot Woman, along with the overwhelming certainty of another gun pumping the fatal shots into Robert F. Kennedy from behind, prove that Sirhan did not act alone, and played the decoy patsy for an assassination network that clearly extends to the very heights of U.S. power.
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RFK Autopsy: More magical ballistics
The official diagram of Robert F. Kennedy's gunshot wounds, inflicted by a .22 caliber pistol at point-blank range froom the rear, according L.A. coroner Thomas Noguchi, who noted broad splotches of gunpowder residue around each entry point on RFK's jacket, behind his right ear, and in his hair.
The problem is that all witnesses in the crowded pantry of the Ambassador Hotel placed Sirhan Sirhan, the convicted assassin, in front of RFK, and no closer than 3 feet. In his 1983 autobiography, Coroner Noguchi stated: "Until more is precisely known … the existence of the second gunman remains a possibility. Thus, I have never said that Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy."
But another man in the pantry pulled a .22 pistol that night—security guard Thane Eugene Caesar, who happened to be standing immediately behind RFK when Sirhan started shooting. RFK pulled his clip-on tie off as he fell. Caesar has told multiple lies about his possession of the .22 pistol he carried that night, and the circumstances under which he drew the pistol.
Most researchers and others familiar with the case, including Dr. Eduard Simson-Kalls, chief psychologist at San Quentin Prison, believe that Sirhan was a hypnoprogrammed assassin or patsy, and may have been shooting blanks that night.
The Polka-Dot Woman identified?
Several witnesses testifed to the LAPD about seeing an attractive brunette woman, about 5/3"–5'5", wearing a white dress with dark polka-dots, in the pantry speaking with Sirhan immediately before the shooting. She and another male companion, a tall, slender male wearing a gold-colored shirt or sweater, promptly fled the pantry after the shots, where they were seen by 5 witnesses outside the building, the woman gleefully exclaiming "We shot him!" Asked whom she meant by witness Sandra Serrano, and also by an elderly couple only identified as the Bernsteins, the polka-dot woman answered, "Senator Kennedy."
The LAPD tried to suppress this information, but it was soon making national headlines. It has been speculated that this mystery woman may have been Sirhan's handler, triggering the hypnotic programming that launched his attack. She has remained an enduring mystery for almost 40 years, but writer Carl Wernerhoff may have solved it, lifting clues from Jack Nelson's book, Terror in the Night:
Three weeks after the RFK assassination, two KKK terrorists were ambushed in a joint FBI-ADL sting operation. Two Klan informers/agent provocateurs persuaded the pair, Tom Tarrants and Kathy Ainsworth to bomb the home of a prominent Jewish businessman in Meridian, Meyer Davidson. They had participated in a previous bombing of a Jewish synogogue in Meridian. Kathy Ainsworth, an attractive elementary school teacher by day, was killed instantly in a hail of bullets from FBI agents and local police. Her companion, Tom Tarrants, miraculously survived numerous wounds, and was sentenced to 30 years, but gained early release in 1976.
The case is unusual in that it appears to have been orchestrated at the highest levels, by J. Edgar Hoover, as a "clean-up operation"—as one of the Meridian officers in the ambush later told Tarrants after his parole. They were both supposed to die that night. Neither Tarrants nor Ainsworth had killed anyone prior to this, while numerous other Klansmen were known to have commited multiple murders, including the notorious Sam Bowers, and would seem to have been more likely candidates for extra-judicial execution.
Wernerhoff speculates that Ainsworth was the polka-dot woman (physically, a perfect match to eyewitness descriptions), and her tall companion in the gold shirt was Tom Tarrants. They were targeted for elimination (almost) only 3 weeks after the RFK hit, when the "polka-dot woman" legend became the subject of national obsession, and may have led to her eventual discovery.
Wernerhoff's complete argument (also a good introduction to the RFK case), can be read here: Who Was the Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress?
Scott Enyart's stolen photos
A 15-yr. old high school student in 1968, Scott Enyart was standing slightly behind Kennedy when the shooting began and snapped photographs as fast as he could. As Enyart was leaving the pantry, two LAPD officers accosted him at gunpoint and seized his three, 36-exposure rolls of film. Later, he was told by Detective Dudley Varney that the photographs were needed as evidence in the trial of Sirhan Sirhan. The photographs were not presented as evidence but the court ordered that all evidential materials had to be sealed for twenty years.
In 1988 Scott Enyart requested that his photographs should be returned. At first the State Archives claimed they could not find them and that they must have been destroyed by mistake. Enyart filed a lawsuit which finally came to trial in 1996. During the trial the Los Angeles city attorney announced that the photos had been found in its Sacramento office and would be brought to the courthouse by the courier retained by the State Archives.
The following day it was announced that the courier’s briefcase, that contained the photographs, had been stolen from the car he rented at the airport. The photographs have never been recovered and the jury subsequently awarded Scott Enyart $450,000 in damages.
This is but one more episode in the LAPD's epidemic of "lost" or destroyed evidence in this case. It is believed that Enyart's suppressed photos might have recorded Thane Caesar in the act of shooting RFK, or other evidence contradicting the official whitewash.
The most thorough presentation of the RFK case online is Lisa Pease's two-part essay: Sirhan and the RFK Assassination
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16 These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.Revelation 21
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.Revelation 22
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.