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Event.png RFK/Assassination (Assassination,  Deep event,  shooting)  NamebaseRdf-icon.png
Robert F. Kennedy Assassination.jpg
Date 00:15, June 5, 1968
Location Ambassador Hotel,  Los Angeles,  California,  USA
Blamed on Sirhan Sirhan
Witnessed by John Pilger,  Sirhan Sirhan,  Thane Eugene Cesar
Type murder
Deaths Robert F. Kennedy
Injured (non-fatal) 5
Interest of House Select Committee on Assassinations, Allard Lowenstein
Description The assassination of Robert Kennedy, who had resolved to bring to track down and prosecute the killers of him brother, JFK, once he had himself become president.

RFK was assassinated in the small hours of June 5, 1968 while campaigning at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. Over a dozen witnesses saw MKUltra subject Sirhan Sirhan shoot wildly in the direction of RFK, and he was convicted as a "lone nut". However, ballistics and acoustic evidence suggests that he was not the only shooter. Kennedy's actual assassin is believed to have been Thane Eugene Cesar, who was dressed as a security guard.

Official Narrative

Sirhan Sirhan was a lone nut killer of Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, brother of assassinated President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968.


The Los Angeles Superior Court carried out a re-examination of the case in 1975,[Why?] and confirmed the original "lone nut" conclusion.[1]


Various thread combine to cast doubt on the "lone nut" claim.

'Miss Polka-Dot'

Multiple eyewitness, including Sandra Sirano alleged that they had seen a woman in a conspicuous white dress with black polka-dots, who shouted “We’ve shot him, we’ve shot him” as she fled the scene.[2] "Twenty-five eyewitnesses at the Ambassador Hotel had mentioned her in their statements — and 13 of them had reported seeing her with a man matching Sirhan’s description."[3] While under hypnosis, Sirhan had recalled meeting her just before the shooting.

Wound locations

The location of Kennedy's wounds suggested that his assailant had stood behind him, but some witnesses said that Sirhan faced west as Kennedy moved through the pantry facing east.[4] This has led to the suggestion that a second gunman actually fired the fatal shot, a possibility supported by coroner Thomas Noguchi who stated that the fatal shot was behind Kennedy's right ear and had been fired at a distance of approximately one inch.[5] Other witnesses, though, said that as Sirhan approached, Kennedy was turning to his left shaking hands, facing north and so exposing his right side.[1]

William W. Harper reviewed the ballistic evidence and concluded that RFK "was fired upon from two distinct firing positions", one of which corresponded to that of Sirhan Sirhan, the other of which corresponded to that of the security guard behind him, Thane Eugene Cesar.

13 shots fired

In 2007, analysis of an audio tape recording of the shooting made by freelance reporterStanislaw Pruszynski indicated, according to forensic expert Philip Van Praag, that thirteen shots were fired, even though Sirhan's gun held only eight rounds.[4][6] Van Praag states that the recording also reveals at least two cases where the timing between shots was shorter than physically possible. The presence of more than eight shots on the tape was corroborated by forensic audio specialists Wes Dooley and Paul Pegas of Audio Engineering Associates in Pasadena, California, forensic audio and ballistics expert Eddy B. Brixen in Copenhagen, Denmark,[7][8] and audio specialist Phil Spencer Whitehead of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.[9]


The LAPD reportedly rigged evidence to convict Sirhan Sirhan.[10]


In 2008, eyewitness John Pilger asserted his belief that there must have been a second gunman.[11]

On February 22, 2012, Sirhan's lawyers, William Pepper and Laurie Dusek, filed a court brief in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claiming that a second gunman fired the shots that killed Kennedy. It was the fourth and final in a series of federal briefs filed under the writ of habeas corpus by Pepper and Dusek beginning in October 2010. A ruling is now pending in the Sirhan federal case.[12]



Thane Eugene CesarSuspected assassin of RFK.
John PilgerJohn Pilger, an Australian crusading journalist, has achieved fame in spite of a refusal to kowtow to the establishment by avoiding controversial issues.
Sirhan SirhanA patsy who was very likely MK-ultra'ed to assassinate Robert Kennedy.

Related Document

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Fifty Years of the Deep Statebook22 November 2013Mark GortonA good introductory overview of the US deep state which names names - the most prominent being that of George H. W. Bush, whom Mark Gorton infers was behind the 9/11 plot.

The Official Culprit

Sirhan SirhanA patsy who was very likely MK-ultra'ed to assassinate Robert Kennedy.