Robert F. Kennedy
was assassinated 40 years ago this month at the Ambassador Hotel
in Los Angeles. Sirhan B. Sirhan, a 24 year old immigrant, is the
alleged lone gunman and is presently serving a life sentence.
In a new book,
An Open and Shut Case, Dr. Robert Joling and Philip Van Praag
have joined a growing list of people who don’t believe that
Sirhan acted alone.
Van Praag, both forensic scientists, claim that after analyzing
audio recordings of the assassination they have concluded that at
least 13 shots were fired. The handgun Sirhan used only had the
capacity to fire eight shots. They believe that there were two guns
and that the fatal shot came from behind Robert Kennedy, while witnesses
claim that Sirhan was in front of Kennedy. According to a March
27, 2008 ABC report by Pierre Thomas, Joling claims, “It can
be established conclusively that Sirhan did not shoot Senator Kennedy.
And in fact not only did he not do it, he could not have done it.”
Coroner Thomas Noguchi conducted the official autopsy on the body
of Robert Francis Kennedy on the morning of June 6, 1968. Noguchi
stated that the shot that killed RFK “had entered through the
mastoid bone, an inch behind the right ear and had traveled upward
to sever the branches of the superior cerebral artery.”