Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has said he doesn’t believe Sirhan B. Sirhan, the 24-year-old Palestinian man convicted of killing his father Bobby Kennedy in 1968, had carried out the assassination and believes a second shooter did it.
In an interview with The Washington Post published this weekend, Kennedy said he had spent months reviewing autopsy results, police reports and interviewed witnesses who were there when his father was gunned down on June 6, 1968 in Los Angeles, California.
He told the newspaper that he also met 74-year-old Sirhan incarcerated in the massive Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, a California state prison complex in the desert outside San Diego.
“I went there because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence,” said Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and the third oldest of his father’s 11 children. “I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country. I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.”
He said that after his research and his meeting with Sirhan after all this he found out that he did not kill his father, but there was a second gunman who carried out the assassination.
Kennedy, now 64, was just 14 when he lost his father. He said he doesn’t know if his involvement in the case will change anything, but he wants a reinvestigation of the assassination.
Bobby Kennedy served as US attorney general from 1961 to 1964 and a Democratic senator for the state of New York from 1965 until his assassination in June 1968, when he was a leading candidate for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.
He was assassinated five years after his brother, President John F. Kennedy, was gunned down in Dallas, Texas, and two months after civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee.
The President’s Commission on the Assassination of Kennedy, known unofficially as the Warren Commission, was established by former President Lyndon B. Johnson in November 1963 to investigate the assassination of JFK.
The commission’s final report concluded that former US Marine Lee Harvey Oswald acted entirely alone in assassinating the president.
However, many independent researchers, including American writer and journalist Stephen Lendman, are unconvinced by the official government account and argue that Oswald was part of a conspiracy to kill the charismatic 46-year-old president.
They believe the CIA murdered President Kennedy, Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King.
“Sirhan Sirhan is still alive, in prison. He had nothing to do with the killing of Bobby Kennedy. Lee Harvey Oswald had nothing to do with the killing of Jack Kennedy. The CIA killed Jack Kennedy,” Lendman told Press TV in October last year, referring to the 35th president of the United States.
“And Kennedy was not shot twice from behind as the official report said. He was shot at least four times, from the front and from the back. And there was a bullet hole in the windshield of his limousine, and that was covered up, rather poorly, but it was covered up,” he noted.
Lendman said that Oswald “was set up” and then “he was assassinated. He was assassinated by Jack Ruby, who was eliminated also.”
“And the moral of that story is: ‘dead men tell no tales,’” he observed.