The evidence reveals two men shot Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles, on June 5th, 1968: Sirhan Sirhan did shoot RFK but did not fire the fatal shot that killed RFK; that shot that killed RFK was fired by security guard Thane Eugene Cesar. RFK’s son, RFK Jr. says security guard Thane Eugene Cesar shot his father right behind his ear, killing him.
Deleted: The San Francisco Chronicle, back in 2008, wrote about questions in the death, noting the fact that the coroner “reported that the fatal shot was fired less than one inch from Kennedy’s head behind his right ear.” Four shots came from the rear but Sirhan fired a .22 “from a few feet in front of Kennedy.” The revolver held eight rounds, but “a radio reporter’s tape recording of the shooting has sounds of what one audio expert describes as 13 shots” and “double shots,” reported The Chronicle, summing up the main concerns.
Sirhan Sirhan was a seemingly unremarkable man. He was a Palestinian who was raised in the Middle East until he was 12, when his family settled in Southern California. Before the Kennedy assassination, he held a series of menial jobs and at one point worked at the Santa Anita racetrack and had hoped to be a jockey.
After Los Angeles police found his diary, in which he had written, “RFK must die,” investigators concluded that he was angry about Kennedy’s support for Israel and somehow had tied the assassination date – he wrote that Kennedy must be killed “before 5 June 68” – to the one-year anniversary of the Six-Day War.
Ironically, unknown to Sirhan Sirhan, was the fact that Jack and Bobby Kennedy fought VOCIFEROUSLY to stop Israel from hijacking Congress, by demanding and forcing the Israeli lobby group, the American Zionist Council (AZC) to fulfill their legal obligation under federal law to register as a foreign lobby. AZC was the progenitor to AIPAC, the current ILLEGAL FOREIGN LOBBY GROUP, WHO REFUSES TO REGISTER AS A FOREIGN LOBBY BECAUSE THAT WOULD PRECLUDE THEM FROM MAKING POLITICAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATES.
The American Zionist Council (AZC) was an Israeli lobby group formed in 1949, which represented nine nationwide Zionist organizations in matters related specifically to Zionism, following the independence of Israel. It was founded as a tax-exempt umbrella organization of American Jewish groups, which focused on Israel and included the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), Hadassah and other Zionist organizations active in the United States. It acted as an umbrella group for public relations, outreach, and lobbying on Capitol Hill. Between 1951 and 1953, its Washington representative was Isaiah L. Kenen. Kenen organized the unincorporated American Zionist Committee for Public Affairs (AZCPA) in 1953. AZCPA was primarily a “public relations” organization, emitting numerous (but declining numbers of) news releases.
In 1962 President John F. Kennedy and his brother Bobby, the United States Attorney General, forced the AZC to register as a foreign agent. In doing so, they were barred from making monetary contributions to u.s. officials. Shortly after President Kennedy was assassinated and a new Israeli lobby group was formed, AIPAC. To this day no government entity has attempted to make AIPAC register as a foreign agent.
President Kennedy even sent a letter to Israel, to the Israeli Prime Minister warning Israel they better not be building nuclear bombs using their new Dimona nuclear power plant.
The Israelis LIED TO President Kennedy telling Kennedy that Israel was using the Dimona nuclear plant only for………..wait for it……….”peaceful purposes.”
Schrade, 91, provided dramatic testimony during Sirhan’s parole hearing on Wednesday, calling for his release and apologizing to Sirhan for not doing more on his behalf.
The Saratoga Springs man was standing right behind Kennedy and was struck in the forehead by one of the first two bullets Sirhan fired.
“I know he didn’t shoot Robert Kennedy and we have the evidence,” Schrade said Friday from his home in Los Angeles.
Schrade says the other shot missed Kennedy. Immediately, people close to Sirhan tackled him and threw him on a table. During the struggle, Sirhan fired six more shots, wounding four other people, Schrade says.
But he insists someone else must have shot Kennedy because the bullet that killed RFK, behind the right ear, was shot at extremely close range — an inch or so away, which Sirhan couldn’t have done, Schrade says.
“He’s actually guilty of shooting me and four other people,” Schrade said. “That’s not a life sentence without parole. It was a good experience to see this guy. He kept nodding to me and smiling occasionally. I went over to shake his hand. The guard said, ‘You can’t do that.’ “
Sirhan’s handgun had eight bullets. However, the 2007 analysis of an audio recording made by freelance reporter Stanislaw Pruszynski indicates a total of 13 shots fired, strengthening Schrade’s argument that a second gunman was involved.
But he said: “We don’t know who the second gunman is. All the attention was on Sirhan firing at Kennedy.”
Schrade’s biggest challenge is finding someone willing to reopen the case.
Sirhan was denied parole on Wednesday for the 15th time since Kennedy’s murder at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, shortly after midnight on June 5, 1968. He was seeking the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination and had just won the California primary.
Schrade, a high-ranking United Auto Workers official, was Kennedy’s labor advisor.
After addressing supporters in the hotel ballroom, Kennedy began moving through the kitchen-pantry area en route to a press area, when the first shots rang out. Schrade, right behind Kennedy, was hit and wounded and fell to the ground.
Wednesday’s hearing was the first time Schrade saw or spoke to Sirhan since Sirhan’s trial in 1969.
“I should have been here long ago and that’s why I feel guilty for not being here to help you and to help me,” Schrade said during the hearing.
As Sirhan left, Schrade shouted, “Sirhan, I’m so sorry this is happening to you. It’s my fault.”
Commissioners concluded after more than three hours of intense testimony at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Center that Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.
Sirhan, who is serving a life sentence that was commuted from death when the California Supreme Court briefly outlawed capital punishment in 1972, will next be eligible for parole in five years.
“This crime impacted the nation, and I daresay it impacted the world,” commissioner Brian Roberts said. “It was a political assassination of a viable Democratic presidential candidate.”
Sirhan, 71, stuck to his account that he didn’t remember the shooting. He recalled events before the shooting in some detail — going to a shooting range that day, visiting the hotel in search of a party and returning after realizing he drank too many Tom Collins’ to drive. He drank coffee in a hotel pantry with a woman to whom he was attracted.
The next thing he said he remembered was being choked and unable to breathe.
“It’s all vague now,” he said. “I’m sure you all have it in your records, I can’t deny it or confirm it. I just wish this whole thing had never taken place.”
Sirhan, a native of Jerusalem, listened intently during most of the hearing, turning testy when commissioners pressed him on his memory and any feelings of remorse. He said he felt remorse for any crime victim but added that he couldn’t take responsibility for the shooting.
“If you want a confession, I can’t make it now,” Sirhan said. “Legally speaking, I’m not guilty of anything. … It’s not that I’m making light of it. I’m responsible for being there.”
During the hearing, Schrade angrily ignored the commissioner’s admonishment to avoid directly addressing Sirhan and chastised the prosecution for a “venomous” statement advocating that Sirhan stay in prison.
The commissioner asked Schrade to wrap up after about an hour, saying, “Quite frankly, you’re losing us.”
“I think you’ve been lost for a long time,” Schrade shot back.
At one point, the commissioner asked if anyone wanted a break.
“No, I want to get this over,” Schrade answered from the audience. “I find it very abusive.”
David Dahle, a retired prosecutor appearing for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, said Sirhan was guilty of “an attack on the American political system and the American political process.”
“The prisoner has still not come to grips with what he has done,” he said.
In one of many emotional outbursts during his 1969 trial, Sirhan blurted out that he had committed the crime with 20 years of malice aforethought.
That and his declaration when arrested, “I did it for my country,” were his only relevant comments before he said he didn’t remember shooting Kennedy.
Sirhan said incriminating statements he made at trial were the result of an ineffective defense attorney who pressured him into thinking he was guilty.
“I feel if I had a proper defense at the time then the results would have been quite different,” he said.
Sirhan said he was initially reluctant to attend the hearing — feeling he was mistreated at his last appearance in 2011 — but his attorneys successfully urged him to reconsider.
Sirhan told the panel that if released, he hoped he would be deported to Jordan or would live with his brother in Pasadena, California.
His hope, he said, was “just to live out my life peacefully, in harmony with my fellow man.”
“This is such a traumatic experience, it’s a horrendous experience that for me to keep dwelling on it is harmful to me,” Sirhan said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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13 September, 2019|By Jessica McBride for Heavy.com
Thane Cesar is the security guard who was standing behind Robert F. Kennedy when the presidential candidate was assassinated in Los Angeles, a crime for which Sirhan Sirhan was convicted. For years, Cesar lived a relatively quiet life, building a family in the Philippines. However, just hours after Cesar died – on September 11, 2019 – Kennedy’s son, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., took to Instagram to build the case that Cesar may have “murdered my father.”
It’s one of the most important events in American history, the assassination of a presidential brother, aspiring presidential candidate, former Attorney General and poverty crusader, who embodied the hopes of the Kennedy dynasty and more. RFK Jr. – who met with the man convicted of being his dad’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, in prison a year ago – has publicly raised questions before about a question that some thought was already closed but researchers have been raising for years: Who killed RFK at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles?
Cesar’s name is not a new one to people who study the RFK assassination, but the theories in that death are not as well known as those that have taken root around the murder of his brother, President John F. Kennedy. In this case, though, you have the victim’s son raising the question. (Incidentally, Sirhan Sirhan was recently stabbed in prison but survived the attack; officials said the suspect was another inmate. California prison officials have still not released the name of that inmate or the motive; asked for it by Heavy, Dana Simas, Corrections Press Secretary in that state, responded on September 9, 2019, “the incident that occurred on Friday, Aug. 30th in which an inmate was assaulted is still under investigation and has not yet been referred to the county district attorney’s office.” She did not release the name.)
But what is RFK Jr.’s evidence that Thane Cesar – also known as Thane Eugene Cesar – killed his dad? After all, Sirhan Sirhan was literally captured at the scene. It’s not that people think Sirhan Sirhan played no role; it’s that questions remain about whether there was a second gunman and whether someone else was behind the role he played. Multiple witnesses saw Thane Eugene Cesar draw his gun when Sirhan Sirhan fired toward Kennedy. You can read RFK Jr.’s full post later in this article.
Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of murdering Kennedy. He admitted it at his trial, but that was strategic because his lawyers pursued a diminished capacity argument. He’s also claimed he has no memory of the assassination. Some believe he was a pawn in a bigger plot. It’s clear that Sirhan Sirhan was at the scene, and probably that he opened fire (even RFK Jr. says Sirhan Sirhan was shooting toward RFK). Sirhan Sirhan was seen firing at Kennedy by multiple witnesses. He also wrote about killing RFK in journals. He wrote “RFK must die” in his diary and authorities thought that the date of the assassination tied into the “one year anniversary of the Six-Day War.”
Whether he killed RFK or the candidate was felled by a second gunman’s bullet is the core question. The San Francisco Chronicle, back in 2008, wrote about questions in the death, noting the fact that the coroner “reported that the fatal shot was fired less than one inch from Kennedy’s head behind his right ear.” Four shots came from the rear but Sirhan fired a .22 “from a few feet in front of Kennedy.” The revolver held eight rounds, but “a radio reporter’s tape recording of the shooting has sounds of what one audio expert describes as 13 shots” and “double shots,” reported The Chronicle, summing up the main concerns.
Cesar also has defenders, most notably the author Dan Moldea, who confirmed on Facebook that Cesar has died (as did Cesar’s daughter in the Philippines). He published a lengthy rebuttal of arguments that Cesar murdered Robert F. Kennedy, which you can also read later in this article.
Heavy reached out to Cesar through his daughter in the Philippines, where he lived. However, she said that he is not granting interviews anymore. That was months before he died. Several days before he died, the daughter, who is from Pasay City, Philippines, wrote the Heavy reporter that she had seen the article but did not respond to further requests for comment.
She has been posting about Cesar’s death on Facebook. “I will miss you so much. Today, my heart is broken in thousand pieces. 💔 I love you daddy,” Cesar’s daughter wrote on September 11, 2019.
Here’s what you need to know: