News Release

Did Sirhan Really Kill Robert Kennedy?

A California state parole board recently recommended that Sirhan Sirhan, who was convicted of the assassination of Robert Kennedy, be released. The board noted his remorse, assessed his actions as a prisoner and concluded that he is no threat to society. Sirhan still states that he has no memory of attacking Kennedy. California Gov. Gavin Newsom will soon decide if Sirhan is to be released.

A number of investigators, often working independently, have challenged the dominant narrative and concluded that Sirhan is in fact not guilty of killing Kennedy.

LISA PEASE, lpease2@roadrunner.com, @lisapease

Pease has researched the RFK assassination for decades and has put forward a theory of the assassination that challenges the official version of what happened. She is the author of A Lie Too Big to Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., which was published in 2018. See a talk by her the following year televised by C-SPAN. The Washington Post covered some of Pease’s work: “CIA may have used contractor who inspired ‘Mission: Impossible’ to kill RFK, new book alleges.” She is featured in Oliver Stone’s recently released documentary film “JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass.” A quote from Pease is below.

PAUL SCHRADE, phs90046@gmail.com

A labor leader, Schrade was a close associate of RFK’s, was with him the night he was assassinated and was also shot. Now in his 90s, he has long charged the Los Angeles police effectively framed Sirhan, who Schrade states did not kill Kennedy. The Washington Post recently reported that Schrade “said the lead crime scene investigator lied when he testified that he test fired Sirhan’s gun and the bullets matched those taken from Kennedy and two other victims; subsequent investigation showed that the test bullets did not match the victim bullets.” NBC affiliate KGET in Bakersfield, California reports “Schrade believes Sirhan was not the one who shot and killed Kennedy and that a second gunman was involved. For the past 52 years, Schrade has been working to bring to light evidence he said proves Sirhan was not the one responsible for killing Kennedy. ‘Who was this guy they were covering up? Who was so important for the district attorneys to keep covering up for 52 years that shot RFK?'”

DENISE F. BOHDAN, denise@bohdanlaw.com
Bohdan is a lawyer and filmmaker and the daughter of Fernando Faura, one the first investigative journalists to examine RFK’s killing. She has continued much of her father’s work and has helped set up the website JusticeForRFK.com which has a detailed breakdown of different aspects of the case. She just co-wrote the piece “A Response to Kerry and Chris Kennedy’s Statements About Sirhan Sirhan’s Parole Recommendation.”

Pease said today: “The only witnesses who could clearly identify both RFK and Sirhan at the time of the shooting put them about three feet apart and facing each other, yet Kennedy was shot behind his right ear at a distance of not more than an inch, and the other shots were from not more than six inches away. Sirhan never got that close and was never behind RFK. …

“The prosecution even told Grant Cooper, Sirhan’s volunteer lead attorney, that they could not prove the chain of possession on the bullets. …

“The LAPD hid, destroyed and lied about evidence over the years to maintain the fiction that Sirhan had killed RFK. They burned the door frames that had bullet holes in them, according to the FBI and video filmed that night in the pantry. They burned more than 2,000 photos from the crime scene under strict guard at a hospital incinerator. …

“Sirhan was hypnotized to believe he was back at the target range where he has spent an earlier portion of the day. … I believe what Dan Brown, one of the foremost experts on hypnosis in the nation, uncovered after 60 hours with Sirhan: he was in a grip of an illusion that he was back at the range. That’s why he pulled out his gun and fired. It had nothing to do with Robert Kennedy.” See Washington Post piece “The assassination of Bobby Kennedy: Was Sirhan Sirhan hypnotized to be the fall guy?