Who Killed Bobby?: The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy

Who Killed Bobby?: The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy

by Shane O'Sullivan


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On June 5th, 1968, at L.A.'s Ambassador Hotel, Robert F. Kennedy celebrated his victory in the California Democratic primary with a rousing victory speech anticipating a successful run for the presidency. Moments later, gunshots shattered that dream. The police quickly apprehended Sirhan Sirhan, who the world believed had single-handedly masterminded the shooting. But in Who Killed Bobby? Shane O'Sullivan makes a stunning case that will fundamentally alter the way the public views Bobby Kennedy's death.
After an autopsy, LA County Coroner Thomas Noguchi concluded that the deadly shots had been fired from an inch behind Kennedy's right ear, but not a single witness placed Sirhan this close; most placed his gun several feet away, and in front of the senator. Moreover, Vincent Di Pierro, along with several other witnesses, saw Sirhan with a girl in a polka-dot dress in the pantry, exclaiming, "We shot him. We shot him." O'Sullivan presents new interviews with key witnesses the LAPD browbeat into changing their stories.
He also presents a damning case against Sirhan’s psychological state. Sirhan repeatedly scrawled "RFK Must Die" in his notebook and recreated the same kind of automatic writing when later hypnotized by his defense team. O'Sullivan cites psychiatric evidence that Sirhan was an extremely susceptible hypnotic subject, whose behavior on the night of the shooting fit the profile of a programmed assassin. Was Sirhan programmed to be a decoy for the real killer?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510729605
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/02/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 556
Sales rank: 1,040,255
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Shane O’Sullivan is an Irish writer and filmmaker based in London. He holds a PhD in Film Studies from Roehampton University and is the award winning director of three documentaries: RFK Must Die: the Assassination of Bobby Kennedy, Children of the Revolution, and Killing Oswald. His work has been featured on the BBC and Netflix, and at the Interantional Documentary Festival Amsterdam. He is the author of several books, including the forthcoming Dirty Tricks: the Dark Side of Democracy.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the 2008 Edition ix

1 The Assassination 1

2 The Aftermath 23

3 Autopsy and Ballistics 45

4 Sirhan B. Sirhan 75

5 The Girl in the Polka-Dot Dress 103

6 The Polygraph Test 121

7 Security on the Night 143

8 Sirhan's Defense Team 167

9 Sirhan's Memory 193

10 Inside Sirhan's Mind 207

11 The Trial 237

12 The Case for the Defense 257

13 The Second Gun 283

14 The Reinvestigation 315

15 The Manchurian Candidate 341

16 Intelligence Connections 363

17 The CIA at the Hotel 381

18 Chasing Shadows 405

19 What Really Happened? 425

Epilogue, 2017 441

Bibliography 473

Acknowledgments to the 2008 Edition 481

Index 483

About the Author 501

Endnotes 503

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