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17,620. Robert Kennedy never made it to Chicago, home of the crime boss he tried to destroy in the early sixties. Ever since his assassination, there has been speculation that Sam Giancana had a hand in it. The connection between Giancana and the Kennedys began many years earlier, when Joseph Kennedy and Sam Giancana were in the boot-legging business. Although they didn’t know each other, they shared a common interest – ambition. (Gangstas & Murder: Giancana & Kennedy & Chicago) Sam Giancana the documentary
17,952. [Jimmy] Hoffa, [Carlos] Marcello and Trafficante all wanted Bobby Kennedy to go away. (Gangstas: Florida & Florida & Mafia & Kennedy) Mobsters: Santo Trafficante
19,085. Robert Kennedy viewed Carlos Marcello as one of the major figures in organised crime. (Gangstas: New Orleans & New Orleans & Mafia & Kennedy) G Robert Blakey, former chief counsel House Committee on Assassinations
19,086. I said, Jesus, you kill Bobby Kennedy, you’ll have the whole United States government on you. (Gangstas: New Orleans & New Orleans & Mafia & Kennedy) Ed Becker, Marcello Associate
814. I went along to the Ambassador Hotel where Kennedy was due to appear having won that Primary ... to join him and his entourage ... As we waited for Kennedy to appear on stage in the ballroom of the Ambassador, one of the Kennedy workers came up us and said, There’s a funny looking guy in the kitchen. And he’s giving me the creeps. Well that was Sirhan Sirhan ... He was wrestled to the ground and then there were other shots. There’s no question that there was another gunman because one of the people who was hit, just grazed, was standing next to me. John Pilger, interview Democracy Now! 6th June 2008
34,252. If Lyndon Johnson had one word to describe Robert Kennedy it would probably be arrogant. He thought Robert Kennedy was ruthless, opportunistic, and that he used power that he shouldn’t have. Jeff Shesol, author Mutual Contempt
34,313. Robert Kennedy arrived at the Oval Office to find JFK’s personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln in tears. She had just been told by LBJ to get her stuff out of there over the course of the next half hour because he had a meeting, and as he put it, I want my girls to come in ... And this was the kind of insensitivity Lyndon Johnson was so often guilty of. Jeff Shesol
34,315. He [Robert Kennedy] wasn’t a good Attorney General. In all probability a worse Senator. I would hate to think what would happen if he became President of the United States. We’d probably have a fascist government. Jimmy Hoffa
34,316. A spoiled brat. Jimmy Hoffa
34,737. A few hours before Marilyn had died, the actress told Slatzer that Bobby Kennedy was here, and he threatened me, screamed at me, and pushed me around! Slatzer said now she was afraid and felt she was in terrible danger. Bobby felt she had become a problem and had said to her, ‘If you threaten me, Marilyn, there's more than one way to keep you quiet.’ Sidney Guilaroff had also talked to Marilyn on that fatal night - Marilyn was extremely upset. She was in tears and quite hysterical. She said that Bobby Kennedy had been to her house with Lawford, and that Bobby had threatened her. There was a violent argument. She was afraid – terrified. (Marilyn Monroe & Kennedy) Belinda Barclay, Marilyn Monroe – Essay
34,317. Running late for a press conference Kennedy decided to take a short cut which took him through the hotel kitchens. A few moments later as the Senator pushed through a set of swing doors and into a narrow corridor crowded with supporters two shots rang out. Great Crimes & Trials: The Assassination of RFK
34,318. One shot hit Kennedy in the shoulder; the other smashed through his skull. The attacker kept firing as he was wrestled to the floor. And three bystanders were injured. ibid.
34,319. Robert Kennedy was the third son of the immensely wealthy Joseph and Rose Kennedy. A millionaire by the time he was thirty Joseph Kennedy had taken his family from obscurity to enormous political influence in Boston ... In 1937 he [Joseph Kennedy] had been rewarded for his steadfast support of the Democratic Party when President Roosevelt made him ambassador to Britain. Kennedy had then earned widespread loathing by working actively with those attempting to appease Hitler. He then advised the US government during the fall of France that Britain was on the verge of collapse. Through the Blitz while Britain stood alone against Hitler he was reporting that her people didn’t have the stomach for a prolonged struggle. ibid.
34,320. Robert had been JFK’s campaign manager. By that time he had already attracted considerable national attention. And had made some bitter enemies. Shortly after graduating in law, Robert had served as Counsel to the Senate Committee investigating racketeering in the powerful Teamster’s union and links between it and the Mafia. ibid.
34,321. Sirhan claimed to have been tracking Robert Kennedy for more than a month ... Had the Senator been persuaded to walk into a trap? ... Some witnesses claim to have heard up to thirteen shots, far more than the eight Sirhan could have fired with his 22 pistol. It was claimed that the fatal shot came from the wrong angle, suggesting that there must have been a second gunman. A campaign worker claimed that during Kennedy’s speech she had gone out onto a balcony to get away from the smoke and heat. Two men and a girl wearing a polka-dot dress had pushed past her and slipped into the hall. After the shooting they had rushed out. The woman shouted, ‘We shot him!’ ibid.
34,322. For those who believe in the second gunman theory the failure to collect the security guard’s gun is just one of many inconsistencies they noticed in the official account of the incident. They feel that extra bullets at the crime scene, controversial autopsy results and destroyed evidence all point to a second gunman. Conspiracy Test: The RFK Assassination
34,323. One bullet passed harmlessly through his clothes. But three others had pierced his body, one causing a severe head-wound. He was rushed to hospital. ibid.
34,324. The first thing that came under scrutiny was the number of bullets fired. The Prosecution’s case was that Sirhan Sirhan on his own had fired a 22-caliber revolver. A gun that could only hold eight rounds. But many people at the scene believed more than eight shots had been fired. ibid.
34,325. The Senator’s autopsy: the autopsy was performed by Los Angeles Coroner, Doctor Thomas Noguchi. His findings did not support the open and shut case the LAPD presented. Doctor Noguchi found deeply embedded powder-burns on Robert Kennedy’s ear, and power residue in his hair. This suggested that the fatal shot was fired from a distance no further than four centimetres. ibid.
34,326. Part-time security guard Thane Eugene Cesar had been hired to work at the event. Cesar was behind Kennedy when the shots were fired. Cesar’s story changed several times after the event ... He did own a 22-caliber revolver. Information he didn’t initially share ... The police didn’t confiscate Cesar’s gun. They had only one gun to test – Sirhan’s. ibid.
34,327. If bullets were recovered from walls and doors, it would suggest that more rounds were fired than could come from Sirhan’s gun. ibid.
34,328. They [LAPD] had destroyed evidence after Sirhan’s trial. They incinerated photos and destroyed a door frame, a room divider and ceiling tiles from the hotel pantry that may have contained bullet-holes. ibid.
34,329. The Pruszynski Tape ... He was at the Ambassador hotel that fateful night ... Prusynski was using what was at the time a fairly new piece of technology: an audio cassette recorder. When Senator Kennedy finished his speach Pruszynski retrieved his equipment ... With two independent tests showing at least ten shots on the Pruszynski tape, evidence for the second gunman theory is mounting. And what about the shots that are only one hundred and twenty milliseconds apart? ibid.