Robert F Kennedy’s son has said he does not believe the man convicted of murdering his father did it, and thinks a mystery second shooter fired the deadly bullet. Speaking after a visit to see Sirhan B. Sirhan, convicted of the 1968 slaying, Robert F. Kennedy Junior said he was convinced the wrong man was behind bars.
‘I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. he was shot four times, with the deadly bullet striking him behind the ear. But Sirhan Sirhan, who was convicted of his murder, was standing in front of him when the shooting happened .
RFK’s son, also called Robert, met with Sirhan in December 2017 and has now joined a growing chorus of voices who believes the convicted murdered did not kill his 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.’ The environmental officer, who is the third eldest of RFK’s children, met with Sirhan at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center near San Diego just before Christmas. He requested the meeting after researching his dad’s murder, which happened on the day he won the California Democratic Presidential Primary. RFK, whose brother John F. Kennedy was famously assassinated while president in 1963, was walking through a Los Angeles hotel pantry en route to a news conference.
His appeals against his conviction have been repeatedly refused, with the prisoner’s lawyers now planning on launching a last-ditch bid to free him . The politician was shot four times at point blank range from behind, with the fatal shot hitting him behind the ear – but Sirhan, then a 24 year-old Palestinian student – was standing in front of him.
He admitted shooting RFK at his trial a year later, even though he had no memory of doing so, and was convicted of first-degree murder. It later emerged that as many as 13 shots were fired at the doomed presidential hopeful, even though Sirhan’s gun only held eight. But all his appeals against his life-sentence have been refused, amid astonishing claims Sirhan may have undergone ‘coercive hypnosis’ that wrongly convinced him he had killed RFK. His aide Paul Schrade, who was also shot, agrees that a second shooter killed RFK.
JFK was elected president in 1960 and was assassinated during a 1963 visit . He explained: ‘Yes, he did shoot me. Yes, he shot four other people and aimed at Kennedy. ‘The important thing is he did not shoot Robert Kennedy. Why didn’t they go after the second gunman? ‘They knew about him right away. They didn’t want to know who it was. They wanted a quickie.’ Schrade is now an advocate for Sirhan’s release. The 74 year-olds lawyer’s have lost numerous appeals, and are set to mount a last-ditch attempt to have him feed by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.