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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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
Acknowledgments to the 2008 Edition 481
About the Author 501
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I purchased this book with a slight understanding that it would be another one of those "Kennedy Conspiracy" books, and I was not disappointed. O'Sullivan weaves an interesting story that questions whether Sirhan Sirhan acted alone in his assassination of Robert Kennedy. Parts of this book are tiresome, like the endless pages that describe hypnosis sessions where Sirhan was hypnotized. Once past this part of the book, it actually becomes a fascinating read, either because O'Sullivan's theories about the assassination are interesting, or because it reads almost like a novel of sorts where you really do not know what additional facts the author digs up. The theories O'Sullivan presents are truly interesting, but perhaps because I have not read as much about RFK as I have JFK, that adds a little more to the interest level of this book. It was an entertaining read.