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Introduction: Robert Kennedy’s assassination was not the work of a “lone nut,” any more than were the killings of his brother, Martin Luther King and many others. Robert Kennedy was dispatched by the same forces that killed his brother.
We’ve produced much programming and posting over the years on the assassinations of JFK , RFK  and Martin Luther King . All of these killings are connected and, together, comprise the systematic elimination of viable progressive leadership in this country.
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy  has been moving toward a formal re-opening. Due to the efforts of attorneys William Pepper and Laurie Dusek, the evidence of a second gun gains credibility and momentum.
In addition to new scientific information confirming that more than eight shots were fired  (Sirhan’s gun only held eight), that the “girl in the polka dot dress”  was real and indications that Sirhan was indeed hypno-programmed, a witness has come forward claiming that there was more than one gunman and that her previous testimony was distorted.
Nina Rhodes-Hughes claims that she never endorsed the single gunman theory on the record and that her testimony to that effect was inaccurate. She says she saw a second gunman and that there were more than eight shots fired.
Notice the relative silence surrounding the re-opening of the case–an incident that determined the course of a very important Presidential campaign in 1968.
We’ve not seen any statements by Kennedy family members about the assassination of Robert Kennedy . The investigation of Robert Kennedy’s assassination  yields evidentiary tributaries leading in the direction of his brother’s killing, Dr. King’s assassination and the shooting of George Wallace . (Had Wallace run as an independent candidate he might have threatened Nixon’s “Southern Strategy.”)
Program Highlights Include:
- Discussion of Sirhan’s first attorney Grant Cooper .
- Cooper’s links to Mafioso Johnny Roselli.
- The fact that Cooper was under indictment at the time he represented Sirhan and was thus vulnerable to manipulation.
- Nina Rhodes’ omission from Sirhan’s trial as an eyewitness.
- Scientific evidence for 13 shots in the Ambassador Hotel pantry–Sirhan’s gun only contained eight rounds.
- Indications that five of the shots were traveling in the other direction from Sirhan’s firing trajector.
- Information that the sequencing of shots that precludes the possibility of Sirhan being the only shooter.
- Sirhan’s hypnotic regression, yielding indications of the flash of a second gun.
- Sirhan’s hypnotic regression indicating that the “girl in the polka-dot dress” held a sexual hold over him and that the influence was a factor in the hypno-programming of him.
- Author and editor George Plimpton was at Robert Kennedy’s elbow  at the time of his assassination. Plimpton edited the Paris Review , which had long standing ties to the CIA.
- The apparent suicide of RFK, Jr.’s wife, this at the time that the assassination of his father was heading back to court.
- A review of some of the key aspects of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, including evidentiary tributaries  linking the RFK , JFK, MLK assassinations, the shooting of George Wallace and Watergate.
1. The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy  has been moving toward a formal re-opening.
Lawyers for Robert F Kennedy’s killer Sirhan Sirhan claim to have new evidence that will free him from prison, 42 years after he was jailed for assassinating the US senator.
They say the new material hands them “game, set and match” in their campaign to release him from the life sentence he was given on being convicted for gunning down the senator at a California hotel.
They have launched a fresh appeal on behalf of Sirhan, 67, claiming in court for the first time that prosecutors fabricated ballistics evidence against him at trial, switching a bullet that was taken from the dead senator’s neck for one that they claimed matched the defendant’s gun.
Lawyers also seek a re-examination of claims that Sirhan was framed by shadowy agents — indirectly suggested as being the CIA — who they say “hypno-programmed” him into taking part in the shooting to divert attention from their own fatal gunfire.
Court documents filed in federal court in Los Angeles now pull together years of research, evidentiary documents and psychological analyses of Sirhan for a case that his lawyer says proves him as a victim of “an egregious miscarriage of justice” and “horrendous violations” of his legal rights.
“On the law, and on the evidence, it’s game set and match to us. It’s all over,” Dr William Pepper told The Sunday Telegraph.
“But we are dealing with a high profile political assassination that involves the government and government agencies and a cover-up for 43 years, So I’m not confident that we are going to overcome the politics, but I’m confident that they have got to give us an evidentiary hearing and put all this under oath in a court of law, which has never happened.”
Senator Kennedy died on June 6, 1968, one day after the shooting at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, where he had been celebrating victory in the California primary of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. He had just delivered his victory address in the ballroom and was taking a short cut out of the hotel through the crowded kitchen when Sirhan stepped forward and opened fire.
The senator’s loss altered the course of American politics and sent shock waves through a country still coming to terms with the assassination four and a half years earlier of his brother, President John F Kennedy, by political malcontent Lee Harvey Oswald. . .
2. Nina Rhodes-Hughes claims that she never endorsed the single gunman theory on the record and that her testimony to that effect was inaccurate. She says she saw a second gunman and that there were more than eight shots fired.
A key witness to the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy has retracted her official statements in the case and now claims that convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone.
Nina Rhodes-Hughes, 78, tells CNN that the FBI “twisted” her original statements to authorities. In recent court filings led by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, state prosecutors argue that even if there were a second gunman on the scene, Sirhan is still guilty of murder.
“What has to come out is that there was another shooter to my right,” Rhodes told CNN. “The truth has got to be told. No more cover-ups.”
Rhodes’ original FBI statement says she only heard 8 gunshots at the time and makes no mention of a second shooter. However, Rhodes, who was just feet away from Kennedy says she never claimed to have only heard 8 shots.
“I never said eight shots. I never, never said it. There were more than eight shots,” she told CNN. “There were at least 12, maybe 14. And I know there were because I heard the rhythm in my head.”
Last November, Sirhan’s attorneys announced they were filing a challenge to the verdict, alleging a conspiracy by authorities in the case. They are asking that Sirhan be released from prison. His attorneys argue that Sirhan was the victim of a malicious form of “hypo programming” that falsely caused him to believe he was RFK’s assassin.
“For me it’s hopeful and sad that it’s only coming out now instead of before — but at least now instead of never,” Rhodes told CNN.
Rhodes was never called as a witness in Sirhan’s trial but claims she gave an interview shortly after the shooting during which she claimed to have heard at least a dozen shots.
3a. There is strong and mounting evidence for a “second gun” having been present in the Ambassador Hotel.
If there was a second gunman in Sen. Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, who was it?
Lawyers for convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan claim their client did not fire any of the gunshots that struck the presidential candidate in 1968. And in their latest federal court filing, they also rule out another man some have considered a suspect — a private security guard named Thane Eugene Cesar, who was escorting Kennedy at the time he was shot.
Attorneys William Pepper and Laurie Dusek insist someone other than their client, Sirhan, fatally shot Kennedy. They now say the real killer was not Cesar, a part-time uniformed officer long suspected by some conspiracy theorists of playing a sinister role in the senator’s murder. . . .
. . . . In their court brief filed February 22, Sirhan’s lawyers said that Cesar is “believed in some quarters (not here) to be the second gunman.”
“It is my personal belief, at this time, that the security guard, Cesar, was not the second shooter,” William Pepper said in e-mail to CNN.
But Pepper added Cesar still might have been involved in an assassination conspiracy.
“He may well have played a role,” he said.
“I have information but cannot reveal it at this time,” said Pepper, who insisted that his information requires a new trial for Sirhan or, at minimum, an evidentiary hearing. “We need an evidentiary hearing to deal with the second shooter and his identity,” he added. . . .
. . . . Pepper and his co-counsel also allege fraud was committed at Sirhan’s 1969 trial when prosecutors allowed substitute bullets to be admitted as evidence in place of the real bullets removed from Kennedy’s neck and shooting survivor Ira Goldstein’s hip.
“There was a fraud on the court with respect to the ballistics evidence, I think this is quite clear,” Pepper told CNN. “The remedy is a new trial or (Sirhan’s) release.”. . . .
. . . . Sirhan’s lawyers say the [Stanislaw Pruszynski] audiotape reveals that a second gun fired at least five shots in addition to the eight shots fired by their client. Pepper and Dusek base this on an analysis of the recording by audio expert Philip Van Praag, who has concluded that the sounds of at least 13 shots can be counted on the tape, even though there were only eight bullets in Sirhan’s one and only gun, which he had no opportunity to reload.All of that means that a second gun had to be involved, according to Van Praag’s analysis. . . .
. . . . Pepper and Dusek say Van Praag’s conclusions are not speculation, but are “based on solid scientific evidence,” and Pepper says Harris’ recent court filing has now raised public recognition of the second-gunman scenario that he and Dusek are advancing.
“What is of interest is that there now seems to be more recognition of the fact that there was a second shooter, well positioned to put three bullets into the senator from close powder-burn range behind him, whilst Sirhan was always some distance in front of him,” Pepper told CNN.
The Van Praag audio analysis concludes that the Pruszynski recording is authentic and that all 13 sounds are gunshots — not a single one of them a bursting balloon or any other non-shot noise, shot ricochet or echo.It also finds that some of the shots were fired too rapidly, at intervals too close together for all the shots to have come from Sirhan’s inexpensive handgun, and that the five shots which Van Praag says were fired opposite the direction of Sirhan’s eight shots — those five being the 3rd, 5th, 8th, 10th and 12th shots in the sequence — displayed an acoustical “frequency anomaly” indicating the alleged second gun’s make and model were different from Sirhan’s weapon. . . .
3b. Under hypnosis, Sirhan was able to recall a considerable amount of information about “the girl in the polka-dot dress”–a figure reported by many eyewitnesses to have celebrated the assassination of Robert Kennedy and appeared to have implicated herself and others in the crime.
Convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan was manipulated by a seductive girl in a mind control plot to shoot Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and his bullets did not kill the presidential candidate, lawyers for Sirhan said in new legal papers.
The documents filed this week in federal court and obtained by The Associated Press detail extensive interviews with Sirhan during the past three years, some done while he was under hypnosis.
The papers point to a mysterious girl in a polka-dot dress as the controller who led Sirhan to fire a gun in the pantry of the Ambassador Hotel. But the documents suggest a second person shot and killed Kennedy while using Sirhan as a diversion.
For the first time, Sirhan said under hypnosis that on a cue from the girl he went into “range mode” believing he was at a firing range and seeing circles with targets in front of his eyes.
“I thought that I was at the range more than I was actually shooting at any person, let alone Bobby Kennedy,” Sirhan was quoted as saying during interviews with Daniel Brown, a Harvard University professor and expert in trauma memory and hypnosis. He interviewed Sirhan for 60 hours with and without hypnosis, according to the legal brief.
Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney, said prosecutors were unaware of the legal filing and could not comment.
The story of the girl has been a lingering theme in accounts of the events just after midnight on June 5, 1968, when Kennedy was gunned down in the hotel pantry after claiming victory in the California Democratic presidential primary.
Witnesses talked of seeing such a female running from the hotel shouting, “We shot Kennedy.” But she was never identified, and amid the chaos of the scene, descriptions were conflicting.
Through the years, Sirhan has claimed no memory of shooting Kennedy and said in the recent interviews that his presence at the hotel was an accident, not a planned destination.
Under hypnosis, he remembered meeting the girl that night and becoming smitten with her. He said she led him to the pantry.
“I am trying to figure out how to hit on her…. That’s all that I can think about,” he says in one interview cited in the documents. “I was fascinated with her looks …. She never said much. It was very erotic. I was consumed by her. She was a seductress with an unspoken unavailability.” . . .
. . . Sirhan maintained in the hypnotic interviews that the mystery girl touched him or “pinched” him on the shoulder just before he fired then spun him around to see people coming through the pantry door.
“Then I was on the target range … a flashback to the shooting range … I didn’t know that I had a gun,” Sirhan said.
Under what Brown called the condition of hypnotic free recall, he said Sirhan remembered seeing the flash of a second gun at the time of the assassination. Without hypnosis, he said, Sirhan could not remember that shot.
5. Among the reasons that Sirhan’s conviction was realized was the remarkable counsel he received. Grant Cooper was tied to Mobster Johnny Roselli and under indictment at the time he represented Sirhan. His conduct would have been more appropriate for a prosecutor than a defense attorney.
. . . . Although Sirhan pled guilty at his original trial in 1969, Pepper contends that Sirhan was betrayed by a lead member of his original legal team, Grant Cooper, who Pepper notes was himself under federal indictment at the time for illegally possessing grand jury proceedings in another famous case, involving card cheating at the Beverly Hills Friar’s Club. Cooper, who faced possible jail time for that, ended up being let off with a $1000 fine.
Intriguingly, his client in the Friar’s affair, John Roselli, was an organized crime figure with CIA ties often named as a possible conspirator in the death of President John F. Kennedy.
The defense had Sirhan admit guilt and sought to portray him as both mentally deficient and acting on impulse. Pepper notes that the attorney’s personal vulnerability was known to the judge and prosecution, and that they nevertheless said nothing while Sirhan’s real interests were not represented, and exculpatory evidence was suppressed. Although Sirhan confessed to shooting at Robert Kennedy, he later said that he could remember nothing at all of that tragic day. . . .
. . . If Sirhan had been represented by capable attorneys determined to learn the truth about the politically fraught second murder of a Kennedy brother in five years, things might have turned out differently. Instead, his attorneys persuaded Sirhan to plead guilty in hopes of avoiding the death penalty; Sirhan put up no resistance to this strategy since, as he would later reveal, he had zero recall of what happened on the night of the shooting. He was sentenced to the death penalty anyway, though several years later the sentence was commuted to life in prison after California abolished the death penalty.
Pepper, in his recent filing, directs much of his outrage at attorney Grant Cooper:
As a matter of record he accepted, without even the most perfunctory examination or challenge, all of the State’s ballistic evidence…. As a result, defense Counsel Cooper’s indictment [for illegally possessing grand jury proceedings in another case] went away. He was rewarded for obtaining the guilty plea and death penalty sentence….
Indeed, here’s what Cooper said in his closing remarks:
“Now, let me state at the outset that I want this to sink in if anything sinks in—we are not here to free a guilty man.We tell you as we always have, that he is guilty of having killed Senator Kennedy….we expect that under the evidence in this case, whether Mr. Sirhan likes it or not, under the facts of this case, he deserves to spend the rest of his life in the penitentiary….Don’t we know from dozens and dozens of witnesses that this defendant pulled the trigger that killed Senator Kennedy?…there is no question about that.”
…“I wouldn’t want Sirhan Sirhan to be turned loose as he is dangerous, especially when the psychiatrists tell us that he is going to get worse and he is getting worse. There is a good Sirhan and a bad Sirhan and the bad Sirhan is nasty… we as lawyers owe the obligation to do what we think is right to the fullest extent of our ability but we also owe an obligation to society. And, I, for one, am not going to ask you to do otherwise than to bring in a verdict of guilty in the second degree.”
It takes a moment to realize that this is not the prosecutor, but the defense lawyer. No wonder most of us take for granted that Sirhan Sirhan killed Robert Kennedy—and acted alone. . . .
6a. In a past post, we noted the profound relationship  between the prestigious “progressive” literary periodical The Paris Review and the CIA. Exemplifying what is known as “the left CIA,” the agents and assets gracing the pages of the Paris Review comprise a significant element of post-World War II American literati and intelligentsia. The publication was edited by George Plimpton, perhaps best known for his book Paper Lion .A recent issue of Vanity Fair contains a short article about George Plimpton. In this story, we find an interesting and, perhaps, very significant detail about Plimpton’s career. Plimpton was at Robert F. Kennedy’s  elbow at the Ambassador Hotel  the night he was killed  and “disarmed the attacker”–a presumed reference to patsy Sirhan Sirhan .
Although one certainly cannot draw conclusions from this, it raises some interesting questions: Might Plimpton actually have been CIA himself? Might his presence at the Ambassador have been connected to the assassination plot? Did he have anything to say about the possibility of a conspiracy and a possible second shooter?
EXCERPT: . . . .He would sort of pop up around the edges of these important moments in history. For example, he was standing next to Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated in Los Angeles, and George literally helped disarm and subdue the attacker,” says Bean. . . .
6b. About the CIA, the Paris Review and George Plimpton:
EXCERPT: . . . . The Paris Review has been hailed by Time magazine as the “biggest ‘little magazine’ in history.” At the celebration of its 200th issue this spring, current editors and board members ran down the roster of literary heavyweights it helped launch since its first issue in 1953. Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, T.C. Boyle, Edward P. Jones and Rick Moody published their first stories in the Review; Jack Kerouac, Jim Carroll, Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides all had important early stories in its pages. But as Peter Matthiessen, the magazine’s founder, has told interviewers — most recently at Penn State — the journal also began as part of his CIA cover.
[Editor George] Plimpton’s letter on Pasternak is essential, however, because for many years a small group of journalists has been trying to pry more information out of Matthiessen on the still-unknown extent of the CIA’s role with the Paris Review — and many in particular have wondered what the legendary Plimpton himself knew of the magazine’s CIA origins. . . .
. . . . In the documentary “Doc,” Plimpton admits that Matthiessen founded the Review as a CIA cover. But Plimpton says that none of the other editors knew this until the 1960s. Matthiessen confirmed that in his Penn State interview, and says it would have been illegal for him to tell them of the agency’s involvement.) “This was right after the war. It was when the CIA was starting up. It was not into assassinations and all the ugly stuff yet,” he adds in “Doc,” speaking to documentarian, Immy Humes. “There were so many guys signing up for the CIA. It was kind of the thing to do.” Matthiessen declined several requests to discuss the Paris Review and the CIA with Salon.
But whether or not Plimpton knew of his old friend’s work as a spy, the other editors’ ties to the CIA through the Congress for Cultural Freedom lasted beyond the John F. Kennedy assassination and the buildup to and U.S. entrance into the Vietnam War. . . .
7a. Stating the obvious, Robert F. Kennedy’s kids RFK jr. and Rory have stated that they believe that President Kennedy was not assassinated by a lone nut.
EXCERPT: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is convinced that a lone gunman wasn’t solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.”
Kennedy and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family Friday night while being interviewed in front of an audience by Charlie Rose at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The event comes as a year of observances begins for the 50th anniversary of the president’s death.
Their uncle was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas. Five years later, their father was assassinated in a Los Angeles hotel while celebrating his win in the California Democratic presidential primary.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said his father spent a year trying to come to grips with his brother’s death, reading the work of Greek philosophers, Catholic scholars, Henry David Thoreau, poets and others “trying to figure out kind of the existential implications of why a just God would allow injustice to happen of the magnitude he was seeing.”
He said his father thought the Warren Commission, which concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president, was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.” He said that he, too, questioned the report.
“The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman,” he said, but he didn’t say what he believed may have happened. . . .
7b. Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s wife was found dead of hanging, an alleged suicide. One wonders if a message was being sent. The late Ms. Kennedy reportedly had wrestled with psychological problems and substance abuse, which no doubt will keep the mainstream pundits satisfied.
Obviously, we cannot say for sure whether Ms. Kennedy took her own life or was the recipient of “assisted suicide.” We would note in this regard that plenty of people struggle with substance abuse and psychological disorders and don’t kill themselves.
Rush Limbaugh got hooked on “Hillbilly Heroin” (Oxycontin) and sought treatment for his addiction. He didn’t hang himself. (If he had, he’d have needed dock rope, plus a block and tackle. The most telling comment I’ve heard on Limbaugh came from comedian Mark Russell who compared Rush to the Hindenburg, although admitting that it was inappropriate to compare a flaming Nazi gas-bag to a magnificent airship.)
EXCERPT: Mary Kennedy, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., died of “asphyxiation due to hanging,” according to the results of an autopsy performed on Thursday.
Mary Kennedy was found dead in her Bedford, N.Y., home on Wednesday. The 52-year-old designer had struggled with alcohol and drug problems.
In 1994, the former Mary Richardson married Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. The couple had four children together. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. filed for divorce in May 2010. . . .