Skip to comments.40 years after RFK's death, questions linger
Posted on 06/03/2008 7:54:27 AM PDT by SmithL
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.
Los Angeles police, who declined Monday to comment on their investigation, deemed the assassination an open-and-shut case - Sirhan did it by himself.
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Like why did Clinton choose to bring it up, now?
Go up to the library at Dartmouth College. You’ll find everything you want to know.
I guess she is just another example of a desperate housewife.
There are some who consider this an opening salvo of jihad.
“...a tableau that seems almost angelic...”
If the victim were an oil corporation executive, an officer of a lumber company or just a garden variety, white Christian male conservative, I doubt that in the eyes of the LeftMedia propagandists that the “tableau” would have seemed “angelic”.
He is a muslim. He killed an infidel who was a supporter of Jews who have the gumption of living on "muslim" land and not as slaves...
Wasn’t Sirhan a Christian?
I don’t know...I thought Sirhan was a muz.
From the article:
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.
How old was Hillary then?
“Sirhan was born in Jerusalem to Christian Palestinian parents and was raised in the Maronite Church. In his adult life however, he made several religious conversions, joining Baptist and Seventh-day Adventist churches, and dabbled in the occult.”
-from Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirhan_Sirhan
The article does go on to say he was very upet by RFKs support for Israel....
“Go up to the library at Dartmouth College. Youll find everything you want to know.”
Please explain your reference - I’m not getting it.
Because the war on terror has been waged on American soil for 40 years whether we WANT to fight the enemy or not.
His parents were Christian, he was rised Christian, but they say he started getting into the occult, I translate that to Islam, but who am I? Sirhan is reported to want to kill Kennedy for his overwealming support for Israel, which would have trumped any religious beliefs.
RFK was murdered by the same people that organized and carried out the murder of JFK. The bullet that killed RFK was shot from a gun several inches from his head and Sirhan Sirhan shot from at least 6-12 feet away. JFK was killed by bullets shot from a guns used by experts not by Oswald who the Russians reported couldn’t shoot with any degree accuracy at all.
We the People will never know who those shadowy people are because no one is talking. The people who could talk are now dead. And they died under strange circumstances.
Interesting concept, I didn’t know that either Sirhan or Oswald were Muslim.
I for one don’t think there is any question that he is dead.
This article spins all the conspiracy garbage but leaves out one little fact. There were dozens if not hundreds of witnesses who saw Sirhan do it and the gun was taken out of his hand afterward. There is no room for doubt. These conspiracy nuts are the stupidest people imaginable with the possible exception of people who believe them.
An intriguing angle on RFK’s assassination:
1. Lincoln was elected president in 1860, Kennedy in 1960. 2. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were elected president after each had unsuccessfully sought to get the vice presidential nomination of their party - Lincoln in 1856, Kennedy in 1956. 3. Both Lincoln and Kennedy had served in the U.S. House of Representatives - Lincoln elected in 1846, Kennedy in 1946. 4. The man Lincoln defeated to become President, Stephen Douglas, was born in 1813. The man Kennedy defeated to become President, Richard Nixon, was born in 1913. 5. Both Lincoln and Kennedy, while in their thirties, married a pretty, sophisticated twenty- four-year-old brunette who spoke French fluently. 6. Both Lincoln and Kennedy had sons who died during their presidency - Lincoln’s son William dying at the age of eleven, Kennedy’s son Patrick dying two days after his birth. 7. Both sought equality for blacks but their efforts failed during their lives, the seeds only bearing fruit shortly after their deaths, in Lincoln’s case with the abolition of slavery by the Thirteenth Amendment, in Kennedy’s case with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 8. Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln. Contrary to a commonly held belief, Lincoln’s secretary was not named Kennedy. Lincoln’s main secretary was John G. Nicolay. His only other secretary was John Hay. 9. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were murdered on Friday. 10. Both were shot in the head. 11. Both were seated at the time they were shot. 12. Both were shot once in the head. 13. Both were shot by assassins who were to their right rear. 14. Both Lincoln and Kennedy’s wives were seated next to them at the time they were shot. Mrs. Lincoln was seated to Lincoln’s right, Mrs. Kennedy to Kennedy’s left. 15. Each wife, after her husband was shot in the head, cradled his head in her lap. 16. Both Lincoln and Kennedy were in the presence of another couple, and in each case the man was also wounded by the assassin. (Connally by gunshot, Major Henry R. Rathbone when Booth stabbed him as Rathbone lunged at Booth after Booth shot Lincoln). 17. Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater. Kennedy was shot in a Lincoln limousine (manufactured by Ford Motor Company). 18. Though both Lincoln and Kennedy were shot in the head, which normally causes immediate death, neither died instantly, and feverish efforts to resuscitate them were made by several physicians, both presidents responding with increased though weak pulse before expiring. 19. On the day he was killed Lincoln said there were those who wanted him dead: “If it is to be done, it is impossible to prevent it.” On the day of Kennedy’s murder he told Jackie and an aide how easy it would be for someone to shoot him from a “high building with a high powered rifle, and there’s nothing anybody can do.” 20. Unlike 99 percent of the population, both presidential assassins, John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald, were known by their three names. (It is frequently stated that Booth was born in 1839, and Oswald in 1939, but Booth was born in 1838). 21. Both Booth and Oswald were shot and killed before they were brought to trial. 22. Both Booth and Oswald were killed by one shot from a revolver. (Nearly all Lincoln- Kennedy coincidence lists say that “Lincoln’s assassin, John Wilkes Booth, shot Lincoln in a theater, then fled to a warehouse. Kennedy’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald shot Kennedy from a warehouse and fled to a theater.” But Booth fled on horseback to the Maryland home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who treated Booth’s broken left leg. Booth was shot to death by a Union sergeant while in a burning barn in Virginia twelve days after he shot Lincoln). 23. Both Lincoln’s and Kennedy’s successors were named Johnson. 24. Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson, was born in 1808, and Kennedy’s successor, Lyndon Johnson, in 1908. 25. Both Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson were southern Democrats. (Oswald was from a southern state but Booth was from Maryland, a border state which was part of the union during the Civil War). 26. Both Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson had served as United States seantors. 27.The names Lincoln and Kennedy each contain seven letters. 28. The names John Wilkes Booth and Lee Harvey Oswald each contain fifteen letters. 29. The names Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson each contain thirteen letters.
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