On June 5th, 1968, at L.A.’s Ambassador Hotel, Robert F. Kennedy celebrated his victory in the California Democratic primary with a rousing victory speech anticipating a successful run for the presidency. Moments later, gunshots shattered that dream. Kennedy’s security detail pounced on a gunman, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a twenty-four-year-old Palestinian immigrant, who was arrested and, at first, no one doubted he was the lone assassin—but was he really?
Presenting powerful, new evidence, Who Killed Bobby? The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy by documentary filmmaker Shane O’Sullivan, makes a stunning case that will fundamentally alter the way the public views Bobby Kennedy’s death. In his thorough re-examination of the assassination, O’Sullivan assembles the facts, both old and new, illuminating one of America’s most bizarre and enduring murder mysteries.
After the autopsy, coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi concluded the fatal shot had been fired from an inch behind Kennedy’s right ear; yet not a single witness placed Sirhan this close—most placed his gun several feet away, and in front of the senator. Security guard Thane Eugene Cesar stood behind Kennedy, holding his right elbow. Cesar drew his gun & one witness saw him fire.
Sirhan’s gun held eight bullets, but new audio tests on the only known recording of the gunfire conclude that at least ten and possibly thirteen shots were fired. This may explain the multiple bullet holes described by police and FBI officers in the pantry door frames and ceiling panels - key evidence destroyed by LAPD before Sirhan’s appeal even got off the ground.
Vincent Di Pierro saw Sirhan with a girl in a polka-dot dress in the pantry. Sandra Serrano described a similar woman fleeing down a fire escape, exclaiming, “We shot him! We shot him!” New interviews with these key witnesses detail how the LAPD browbeat them into changing their stories and told the press that “no such person ever existed.”
The LAPD investigation of the crime saw investigators systematically shutting down any hint of conspiracy. In one of the most bizarre trials in Los Angeles’ history, attorney Grant Cooper’s defense of Sirhan was inept, ignoring the ballistics evidence and dismissing the psychiatric opinion that Sirhan was in a hypnotic state at the time of the shooting.
Sirhan repeatedly scrawled “RFK Must Die” in his notebook and recreated the same kind of ‘automatic writing’ when later hypnotized by his defense team. O’Sullivan cites psychiatric evidence that Sirhan was an extremely susceptible hypnotic subject, whose behavior on the night of the shooting fit the profile of a programmed assassin. Was Sirhan programmed to be a decoy for the real killer of Bobby Kennedy? Sirhan is still in jail for a crime he does not remember committing. Is his conviction just, in the light of all this evidence?
Who Killed Bobby? and O’Sullivan’s documentary RFK Must Die bring renewed awareness of Bobby Kennedy's timeless charisma and how his tragic loss changed America. They conclude that many disturbing questions about the killing still remain unanswered. O’Sullivan urges a thorough re-investigation of an assassination that killed the hope and idealism of the 1960s. Now is the time to seriously question “who killed Bobby Kennedy?” before key witnesses pass away and history is left with a deeply flawed and dishonest LAPD investigation.
“The most definitive work on the RFK case. It contains much new material that I am sure will contribute to a reopening” - William Turner, former FBI agent and author of The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
“Sane, well-documented, and convincing” - Library Journal
“O’Sullivan’s understated tone adds plausibility to the argument. He may or may not be right but this is a serious attempt to raise important questions about Kennedy’s death” - The Irish Times
“O’Sullivan tries and succeeds in informing us about the failure of law enforcement in solving this crime, due to destruction of crucial evidence and prematurely ending the investigation. He compiles old and new data that is invaluable (and) provides history and possible solutions. I was standing with Robert Kennedy that night and was wounded but I will never give up trying to solve this case” - Paul Schrade, shooting victim and friend of Robert Kennedy.
Thank you!