The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy

The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy

An Investigation of Motive, Means and Opportunity

Book - 1995
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On June 5, 1968, Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles; his death the following day stunned a nation still recovering from John F. Kennedys assassination five years earlier. Officials insisted, however, that this was not "another Dallas": this was an open-and-shut case--Sirhan Sirhan acted alone. Yet behind the official version of the RFK assassination lies a story of shadows, controversies, conflicting testimony, and missing evidence. Investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea set out to discover the truth; what he found suggested a botched investigation, and perhaps something worse. Was there strong evidence, as certain police officers and the FBI alleged, that too many bullets were fired to have come from Sirhans gun? Could the LAPD have suppressed vital evidence in their rush to judgment? Could Sirhan have had an accomplice? In a fascinating book full of plot twists and intrigue, Moldea turns the case inside out, tracking down witnesses and police officers (many of whom had never before been interviewed), scrutinizing testimony and official files, questioning Sirhan in jail, and polygraphing security guard Thane Eugene Cesar, accused by many of being the real gunman. New evidence mounts and theories fly until Moldea reveals what he believes happened that fateful night. Exhaustively researched, brilliantly analyzed, this book definitively slams the door shut on the mystery of the Robert Kennedy assassination.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1995
ISBN: 9780393315349
Characteristics: 342 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Jun 19, 2012

Negative star rated.

Most bizarre book I've ever read. The author covers and skims over a multitude of mysteries, unanswered questions, discrepancies, etc., and then at the end of the book, conveniently neglects them all when presenting his conclusion.

Police work? A complete absence, and then they destroy the evidence?

Unidentified FBI are on the scene before arrival of police -- never ID'd?

Witnesses describe a 6'2" man in suite, a petite blonde and another man "racing" out the back entrace through the kitchen, never ID'd -- although a blonde woman calls police and self-identifies, but police never ID her with witnesses? (Blonde woman has cast on one foot -- said she had it on night of assassination --- yet no one saw her limping, only "racing" out door?)

Forensic evidence just doesn't match --- a 6'2" shooter would fall into the range, but a 5'2" Sirhan would have to be standing on a chair for a match --- and witnesses testified that Sirhan was blitzed a good while prior to shooting?

The extraordinary campaign waged against Dr. Noguchi, the medical examiner, while touched upon, is never investigated.

Sixty-four false charges were brought against Dr. Noguchi and he was fired. He fought back, and every single false charge was dropped, and Noguchi was reinstated to his position.

Turned out, the "informer" (plant?) who had secretly passed on those charges was a recent hire, who was supposed to have been a licensed physician (NOT!!) but turned out to have a completely fraudulent background.

Mystery guy was fired --- with no followup whatsoever --- he deserved his very own investigative task force?????

This reporter is a complete phony??? As was this book.

rocknrollphilip Jan 10, 2012

The chapter entitled, "Intersection", is gripping.


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