Scriptures about the Unborn Child

Here are some Scripture references that concern taking the life of an unborn child:

Exodus 21:22-25: This passage speaks of hurting a woman with a child so that her fruit departs and then states that if any harm follows, you shall give life for life.

Psalm 139:13-16:

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Jeremiah 1:4-5:
The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
before you were born I set you apart;
I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Archangel Gabriel said in Luke 1:15: “He shall be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb.”

Luke 1:24-56; see verse 41, where Elizabeth’s baby leaped in her womb when she heard the salutation of Mary and verse 44, where Elizabeth said, “The baby leaped in my womb for joy.”

Isaiah 44:2:
This is what the LORD says–
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
Isaiah 49:1:

Listen to me, you islands;

hear this, you distant nations:
Before I was born the LORD called me;
from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name.

Biblically it appears that the killing of an unborn child is equivalent to murder. See Exodus 21, that God knows the unborn child before it is born; Psalms 139 and 51, Jeremiah 1, and Luke 1, that the unborn child is very much a child.

i am pro-life

 

Revelation Chapter Eight

 

El Greco, “The Vision of St. John”

 

REVELATION CHAPTER EIGHT

 

1 When the Lamb opened up the seventh seal,

Heaven was silent half an hour, 2 and I

Noticed the seven angels who stand in

 

Front of the Lord, and each received a trumpet.

3 Another angel came and stood beside

The altar, and he held a golden censer,

 

And he received much incense to provide

With all saints’ prayers, to be set on

The golden altar in front of the throne,

 

4 And incense smoke, together with saints’ prayers,

Arose to God out of the angel’s hand.

5 The angel took the censer, filled it with

 

Fire from the altar, and he hurled it on

The earth: And thunder rumbled; lightning flashed;

The earth shook, 6 then the seven angels who

 

Held seven trumpets drew them up, prepared

To blow their mighty blasts. 7 When the first angel

Did blow his trumpet, hail and fire combined

 

With blood were hurled down on the earth. A third

Of earth, a third of trees, a third of plants—

All burned. 8 The second angel blew his trumpet,

 

And something like a giant mountain, all

Ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third

Of the whole sea turned red as blood, 9 a third

 

Of ships were burned, a third of fish were killed.

10 When the third angel blew his trumpet, out

Of heaven fell a giant star that burned

 

The way a torch does, and it fell upon

A third of springs and rivers− 11 the star’s name

Is Wormwood, and a third of waters turned

 

Bitter—and many people died because

The waters turned so bitter. 12 The fourth angel

Sounded his trumpet: A third of the sun

 

Was struck, one-third the moon was struck, a third

Of stars, so that a third of them turned dark.

A third of the whole day was dimmed; a third

 

Of nighttime darkness deepened. 13 As I watched,

I saw an eagle soar alone in skies,

And it cried, “Trouble, trouble, trouble to

 

To everyone who lives upon the earth

Because of trumpet blasts that will be blown

By three more angels, troubles not yet known!”

 

S.D.G.

Bobby Kennedy’s Assassination: Miscarriage of Justice

RFK’s Assassination

The fatal shot–

Behind right ear–

But Sirhan was

Never that near.

~Day Williams

Robert Kennedy Assassination: Intimidation of a witness

By Michael Rivero

 

Shadow Play: The Murder of Robert F. Kennedy, the Trial of Sirhan Sirhan, and the Failure of American Justice Hardcover
by William Klaber (Author), Philip H. Melanson (Author)

Long Time Gone

by David Crosby

Hear what the people say
You know that something is going on around here
It surely, surely, surely won’t stand the light of day
And it appears to be a long
Appers to be a long
Appears to be a long
SUch a long, long time
Before the dawn
Speak out, you got to speak out against the madness
You got to speak your mind
If you dare

 

Shadow Play

by Klaber and Melanson

about Bobby Kennedy’s assassination

 

They get away

With murder, son;

Don’t let them take

Your rights or guns.

~Day Williams

 

June 6: Paul Schrade’s Testimony Paul Schrade Testimony at Sirhan’s 15th Parole Hearing

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Sirhan Sirhan Did Not Kill Robert Kennedy
48 years Later
His 15th Parole Application Is Denied

Contents

Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of the 1968 murder of Robert F. Kennedy, came face to face with man who testified at his trial and has long advanced the argument that Sirhan fired shots that night — but not the ones that killed Kennedy.

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Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of killing Robert F Kennedy, during his Feb 2016 hearing in San Diego where he was denied parole.
Photograph Credits: Gregory Bull/AP

Sirhan Bishara Sirhan has been denied parole for the 15th time after telling a board that he could not remember shooting John F Kennedy’s brother in 1968 and was therefore unable to confess.

In the highly charged atmosphere, a witness in the 1969 trial of Sirhan Sirhan came forward at the hearing to call for the convicted man’s release. Paul Schrade, now 91, who was also shot at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, apologized for missing Sirhan’s previous 14 parole hearings. He told Sirhan: “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.” After the hearing, while Sirhan was being taken away, Schrade shouted, “Sirhan, I’m so sorry this is happening to you. It’s my fault.”

Parole commissioners, however, were unmoved. “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.”

Mr Schrade was alongside the candidate when five people were injured in the June 5th shooting. Mr Schrade was shot in the head.

The two men faced each other at the parole hearing for the first time since Mr Schrade testified at Sirhan’s 1969 trial.

Mr Schrade pleaded for the release of Sirhan at the hearing and apologized to him for not doing more over the years to secure his freedom.

A 2008 update to Shane O’Sullivan’s 2007 documentary film, RFK Must Die featuring new audio evidence that suggests a second gunman fired the shot that killed Bobby Kennedy.

What follows is the testimony of Paul Schrade:

By Paul Schrade, Reader Supported News, 11 February 2016
Full text of Paul Schrade’s prepared remarks for delivery at Sirhan Sirhan’s February 10, 2016 Parole Suitability Hearing.
Transcription provided by Brad Johnson, Concept Producer for Rob Beemer, Interesting Stuff Entertainment, Los Angeles (Rob accompanied Paul Schrade to Sirhan’s parole hearing, acting as Mr. Schrade’s support person).
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Paul Schrade giving testimony at Sirhan Sirhan’,Feb 2016 parole hearing
Photograph Credits: Gregory Bull/AP

Good Morning, Gentlemen:

I am Paul Schrade of Los Angeles. I am 91 years old. And back when I was 43, I was among six persons shot at the old Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at just after Midnight on June 5th, 1968.

I was shot along with Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who had just won California’s Democratic Primary Election for the Presidency of the United States. Five of us survived our wounds. And as history knows, Senator Kennedy was fatally wounded.

I am here to speak for myself, a shooting victim, and to bear witness for my friend, Bob Kennedy.

Kennedy was a man of justice. But, so far, justice has not been served in this case. And I feel obliged as both a shooting victim and as an American to speak out about this – and to honor the memory of the greatest American I’ve ever known, Robert Francis Kennedy.

Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was originally scheduled for release in 1984 but, after intense political pressure, his parole date was rescinded and he has since been denied 14 times.

In order for you to make an accurate determination of Sirhan Sirhan’s parole, you need to know my feelings on this case and the full picture of what actually happened.

Sirhan, I forgive you.

The evidence clearly shows you were not the gunman who shot Robert Kennedy. There is clear evidence of a second gunman in that kitchen pantry who shot Robert Kennedy. One of the bullets – the fatal bullet – struck Bob in the back of the head. Two bullets struck Bob literally in his back. A fourth bullet struck the back of his coat’s upper right seam and passed harmlessly through his coat. I believe all four of those bullets were fired from a second gunman standing behind Bob. You were never behind Bob, nor was Bob’s back ever exposed to you.

Indeed, Sirhan, the evidence not only shows that you did not shoot Robert Kennedy but it shows that you could not have shot Robert Kennedy.

Gentlemen, the evidence clearly shows that Sirhan Sirhan could not and did not shoot Senator Bob Kennedy.

Several days ago, I made sure that several documents were submitted to this board for you to review. If you have not done so as yet, I would ask you to please review them very carefully during your deliberation. I will be glad to re-submit these documents to you, here today.

I believe, after you review these documents, that it should become clear to you that Sirhan Sirhan did not shoot – and could not have shot – Robert Kennedy. What I am saying to you is that Sirhan himself was a victim.

Obviously there was someone else there in that pantry also firing a gun. While Sirhan was standing in front of Bob Kennedy and his shots were creating a distraction, the other shooter secretly fired at the senator from behind and fatally wounded him. Bob died 25 hours later.

Gentlemen, I believe you should grant Sirhan Sirhan parole. And I ask you to do that today.

Along with what Sirhan’s lawyers have submitted to you, the following are the documents that I made sure were submitted to you and which should also be factored into your decision today.

First, I want to show you this. It’s a letter written in 2012 by my good friend, Robert F. Kennedy Junior[1]. Bobby wrote this letter to Eric Holder, who was then the Attorney General of the United States. In his letter to Mr. Holder, Bobby requests that federal authorities examine the Pruszynski Recording, the only known audio recording made of his father’s assassination at the Ambassador Hotel. The recording was uncovered in 2004 at the California State Archives by CNN International senior writer Brad Johnson.

This next document is a federal court declaration from audio expert Philip Van Praag,[2] who Johnson recruited to analyze the Pruszynski Recording.

In this document, Van Praag declares that his analysis of the recording concludes that two guns were fired in the Robert Kennedy shooting.

Van Praag found a total of 13 gunshots in the Pruszynski Recording.[3] Sirhan’s one and only gun at the crime scene held no more than eight bullets and Sirhan had no opportunity to reload it.

Van Praag also found what he calls “double-shots” – meaning two gunshots fired so close together that they could not both have come from Sirhan’s Iver Johnson Cadet revolver. Van Praag actually found two sets of these “double-shots.”

Additionally, he found that five of the 13 gunshots featured a unique audio resonance characteristic that could not have been produced by Sirhan’s gun model, meaning those five shots were fired from a second gun of a different make.

Van Praag further found that those five gunshots were fired in a direction heading away from Pruszynski’s microphone. Since the microphone was about 40 feet west of the Kennedy shooting, those five shots were fired in an eastward direction, which was opposite the westward direction that Sirhan is known to have fired his eight-shot Iver Johnson Cadet.

These documents are statements from two witnesses to the Robert Kennedy shooting, both of them assistant maître d’s for the Ambassador Hotel. These two men, Karl Uecker[4] and Edward Minasian,[5] escorted Robert Kennedy into the kitchen pantry immediately after the Senator delivered his victory speech in a hotel ballroom for having won the California Primary. Both Uecker and Minasian say Sirhan was in front of Bob Kennedy as the Senator walked toward Sirhan, meaning that Bob and Sirhan were facing each other. Both witnesses say Sirhan was still in front of Bob as Sirhan fired his gun. And both say that after Sirhan fired his first two shots, Uecker quickly pushed Sirhan against a steam table, placing Sirhan in a headlock while grabbing hold of Sirhan’s firing arm, forcing the tip of Sirhan’s gun to point away from where Bob Kennedy was and causing Sirhan to fire blindly his remaining six bullets.

In other words, Sirhan only had full control of his gun at the beginning, when he fired his first two shots, one of which hit me. Sirhan had no opportunity to fire four precisely-placed, point-blank bullets into the back of Bob Kennedy’s head or body while he was pinned against that steam table and while he and Bob were facing each other.

This document is the official Robert Kennedy autopsy report summary.[6] It shows that all bullets directed at Senator Kennedy were fired from behind him at point-blank range. As the autopsy states, and as these drawings show, the bullets traveled from back-to-front at steep upward trajectories. One bullet struck Senator Kennedy at the back of the head, two bullets at the right rear armpit and a fourth bullet at the right rear shoulder of his jacket, which passed harmlessly through his jacket.

Again, Sirhan’s bullets could not have struck the back of Bob Kennedy’s head or the back of his body or the back of his jacket’s right shoulder, as the autopsy clearly shows took place, because Sirhan was never in a position to administer any of those four Kennedy shots. The prosecution never placed Sirhan in that location and position.

These are documents from the Los Angeles Police Department that reveal LAPD misconduct in the police investigation of the Robert Kennedy murder.[7] They detail evidence that was destroyed while Sirhan’s appeal was still pending as well as a photograph that was acknowledged by the LAPD to be “effective rebuttal” but was withheld from the defense team.

Indeed, the LAPD and L.A. County District Attorney knew two hours after the shooting of Senator Kennedy that he was shot by a second gunman and they had conclusive evidence that Sirhan could not – and did not – do it. The official record shows that the prosecution at Sirhan’s trial never had one witness – and had no physical nor ballistic evidence – to prove Sirhan shot Bob Kennedy. Evidence locked up for 20 years shows that the LAPD destroyed physical evidence and hid ballistic evidence exonerating Sirhan – and covered up conclusive evidence that a second gunman fatally wounded Robert Kennedy.

This document is a memo written by Criminalist Larry Baggett, who investigated the Robert Kennedy shooting for the LAPD. The Baggett memo states that the bullets that hit Senator Kennedy and William Weisel, another shooting victim in the pantry, were not fired from the same gun. The memo also states that the bullet that traveled upward through Bob Kennedy’s body and into his neck was not fired from Sirhan’s revolver. Such a finding would be proof that Sirhan did not shoot Robert Kennedy.[8]

Mr. Deputy District Attorney, based on all of this information and more, I ask that you inform Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey that I am formally requesting her to order a new investigation of the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. I will also be making the same request of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Please note, Mr. Deputy District Attorney, that I am using the word “new” here. I am not requesting that the old investigation simply be re-opened. For that would only lead to the same old wrong conclusions. I am requesting a new investigation so that after nearly 50 years, justice finally can be served for me as a shooting victim; for the four other shooting victims who also survived their wounds; for Bob Kennedy who did not survive his wounds because his were the most grievously suffered in that kitchen pantry; for the people of the United States who Bob loved so much and had hoped to lead, just as his brother, President John F. Kennedy, had led only a few years before; and of course for justice, to which Bob Kennedy devoted his life.

Furthermore, Mr. Deputy District Attorney, I ask that you please also tell the District Attorney, Ms. Lacey, that I would appreciate the opportunity to personally meet with her in Los Angeles at her earliest convenience. Would you please convey my message to her?

I hope you will consider all of the accurate details of this crime that I have presented in order for you to accurately determine Sirhan Sirhan’s eligibility for parole. If you do this the right way and the just way, I believe you will come to the same conclusion I have: that Sirhan should be released. If justice is not your aim, then of course you will not.

Again, Sirhan was originally scheduled for release in 1984 but after intense political pressure, his parole date was rescinded and he has since been denied 14 times.

The best example of this can be found in this statement of Los Angeles District Attorney John Van de Kamp.[9]

Again, gentlemen, I believe you should grant Sirhan Sirhan parole. And I ask you to do that today in the name of Robert F. Kennedy and in the name of justice.

Thank you. That concludes my remarks.

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Sirhan Bishara Sirhan: trained by coercive persuasion techniques to serve as a distractor at RFK’s assassination
from: “The Full Story of the Sirhan Sirhan Parole Hearing

Another important document submitted to the parole board two days before the hearing was a new declaration by Dr. Daniel Brown,[10] a psychologist from Harvard Medical School. Since May 2008, Dr. Brown has spent over 100 hours with Sirhan, including a two-day visit last September.

The aim of these sessions was threefold: to “conduct a detailed forensic psychological assessment” of Sirhan’s mental status; to allow Sirhan “to develop a more complete memory…for the events leading up to and of the night of the assassination”; and to determine whether or not Sirhan was the “subject of coercive suggestive influence” at the time of the shooting and if this accounted for his amnesia.

The declaration states that, in Dr. Brown’s expert opinion, Sirhan is normal, does not have a psychiatric condition or personality disorder and shows no evidence of any violence risk if released (the primary consideration for any parole panel).

In his sessions with Sirhan, Dr. Brown found “a variety of personality factors that are associated with high vulnerability to coercive suggestive influence: an extreme dissociative coping style; hypnotically-induced altered personality states; extremely high hypnotizability; and high social compliance”:

Mr. Sirhan is one of the most hypnotizable individuals I have ever met, and the magnitude of his amnesia for actions not under his voluntary [control] in hypnosis is extreme. This unusual combination of personality factors makes Mr. Sirhan the type of individual extremely vulnerable to coercive social influence [and accounts for his] uncharacteristic behavior and strong amnesia for that behavior on the night of Senator Kennedy’s assassination…

Dr. Brown’s declaration traces the seeds of this “coercive suggestive influence” back to his experiences at a local race track, where,

Mr. Sirhan regularly practiced self-hypnosis with fellow stable boys…Mr. Sirhan was observed to quickly enter a very deep state of hypnotic trance state and to then respond compulsively and uncritically to suggestion the [sic] behave in certain ways for which he subsequently became amnesic….

After a fall from a horse at a ranch in Corona in 1966, Sirhan was briefly hospitalized but, as Dr. Brown notes,

The medical record of the hospital shows that he was treated for a minor eye injury and discharged the same day. His mother and best friend both states [sic] that he was missing for two full weeks. Mr. Sirhan recalls being in the hospital for several weeks. Sometime thereafter he was taken to a military firing range and trained to shoot upon command at vital human organs while in an hypnotic state.

Dr. Brown notes that Sirhan’s “dissociative vulnerability” causes him “on rare occasions to shift self-states”:

On more than one occasion I was able to find the cue to induce “range mode,” wherein upon hypnotic cue, Mr. Sirhan takes his firing stance, hypnotically hallucinates that he is shooting at circle targets at a firing range, automatically starts shooting, and subsequently is completely amnesic for the hypnotically induced behavior. This altered personality state only occurs while Mr. Sirhan is in a hypnotic or self-hypnotic state, and only in response to certain cues. This state never spontaneously manifests. While in this altered personality state, Mr. Sirhan shows both a loss of executive control and complete amnesia….[T]his distinctive self-state is cue-specific and state-dependent…and is likely the product of coercive suggestive influence and hypnosis.

On the night of the assassination, Sirhan recalls being led in the Ambassador Hotel pantry by a girl in a polka-dot dress. As Robert Kennedy was approaching him, Dr. Brown writes, “this same woman taped [sic] him on the elbow twice (a common hypnotic cue) following which he immediately went into ‘range mode,’ and believed he was shooting at circle targets at a local firing range.”

Given the new evidence of a second gunman found on the Pruszynski recording, it is Dr. Brown’s expert opinion “that Mr. Sirhan was trained through a variety of coercive persuasion techniques to serve as a distractor on the night of the assassination, so that a second professional shooter could render the fatal shot.”

Sirhan fired his gun on cue, carrying out an involuntary post-hypnotic suggestion and his “strong dissociative coping style…would cause him to be ‘out of it’ and be confused and amnesic for such actions”:

Given the likelihood that Mr. Sirhan was in such a state at the time of the assassination, it should not be assumed at the parole hearing that he should manifest either knowledge of, remorse for, or clear memory for an event wherein his behavior was likely compulsively induced, involuntary, and for which he still has little memory.

portion of most famous page from Sirhan's notebook
Portion of the most famous page of Sirhan Sirhan’s notebook
Photo credit: California State Archives

The self-incriminating writing in Sirhan’s notebooks has always been cited as primary evidence of premeditated murder. The most famous page begins: “May 18 9.45 AM – 68 My determination to eliminate R.F.K. is becoming more the more of an unshakable obsession.” Underneath it are a series of concentric circles that bear a strong resemblance to targets at a firing range.

After exploring Sirhan’s “responsiveness to automatic writing in hypnosis,” Dr. Brown concluded that the automatic writing in his notebooks was “a product of coercive persuasion by a third party”:

Mr. Sirhan was an avid enthusiast of short wave radios. He had a short wave radio in his bedroom, and spent most nights before the assassination communicating on his short wave radio to third parties. Mr. Sirhan frequently entered a hypnotic state while communicating with other parties on the short wave radio. While in trance Mr. Sirhan would automatically write down what was communicated to him, and subsequently was amnesic for the content of his automatic writing in the spiral notebooks.

Dr. Brown compares the notebooks to “a coerced internalized false confession” and claims they should have been ruled inadmissible at trial. He concludes:

Mr. Sirhan has been in prison for over four decades for a crime that he is unlikely to have committed. Extensive psychological testing by me and others shows no evidence for any clinically significant psychiatric condition and low evidence for violence risk, combined with the new evidence that raises reasonable doubt that Mr. Sirhan was the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy, and also reasonable doubt about his previous written and verbal self-incriminating statements being voluntary and reliable, there is, in my opinion, no justifiable reason to deny his parole. Since he has spend [sic] all of his adult life in prison for a crime that he may not have committed, nor has volition about, knowledge of, nor memory for, the compassionate response would be to let Mr. Sirhan live the remainder of his life free. There is little risk here.

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RECENT DEVELOPMENTS: Petition for a Writ of Certiorari by counsel for Mr. Sirhan to the US Supreme Court

The following was filed by attorneys Dr. William F. Pepper, Esq. and Laurie D. Dusek, Esq., counsels for Mr. Sirhan, with the Supreme Court of the United States., July 2016 (23 pages):

In The
Supreme Court of the United States
SPRING TERM, 2016


SIRHAN BISHARA SIRHAN
PETITIONER V.

P.D. BRAZELTON, WARDEN E
RESONDENTS


On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the
United States Court of Appeals,
For the Ninth Circuit


PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI

. . .

Petitioner, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a prisoner in the California State Prison system, subsequent to being arrested and charged with the murder of Robert F. Kennedy, has not only been previously denied, on appeal his petition for a new trial, on his habeas corpus petition for an evidentiary hearing but also he has been denied a Certificate of Appealability even in the force of powerful new forensic evidence.

Petitioners, respectfully prays that a Writ of Certiorari issue to review the decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

. . .

REASONS FOR GRANTING THE WRIT

  1. IF ALLOWED TO STAND THE DECISION BELOW EVISCERATES THE SIXTH AND FOURTEENTH AMENDMENTS’ BASIC CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT OF A CRIMINAL DEFENDANT TO A FAIR TRAIL, BY ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT FOR EFFECTIVE LEAGAL [sic] ASSISTANCE AND REPRESENTATION.

Subsequent to being arrested and charged with the murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Appellant was represented at trial by his lead counsel, Grant Cooper. Appellant, to his detriment, never understood the degree and effect of the conflict, which would totally compromise his opportunity for a fair trail and compel ineffective assistance of counsel. Grant Cooper, the head counsel, during the entire trial was under a federal criminal indictment and subject to all the leverage and intimidation that imposes.

. . .

CONCLUSION

It is hard to conceive of a more blatant, textbook, example of ineffective assistance of Counsel. Defense counsel’s acts and omissions in this capitol case – Petitioner is only still with us because the California Legislature abolished the death penalty – ensured that a guilty verdict and a sentence to death was obtained.

Needless to say, the pending indictment against defense counsel Cooper went away after his performance.

The Petition for a Writ of Certiorari should be granted.


Sources
  • Robert F Kennedy’s killer loses 15th parole bid,” The Irish Times, Feb 11, 2016
  • The Full Story of the Sirhan Sirhan Parole Hearing,” by Shane O’Sullivan, Who.What.Why, Feb 16, 2016
  • Transcript of Complete February 2016 Parole Hearing (212 pages)
  • B.C.-based actress Nina Rhodes-Hughes speaks of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination (with video),” by Denise Ryan, Vancouver Sun, May 7, 2012
  • Petition for a Writ of Certiorari by counsel for Mr. Sirhan to the US Supreme Court, July 26, 2016 (23 pages)
  • Sirhan’s Researcher website is Rose Lynn Mangan’s highly detailed compilation where she presents her “own research on the RFK assassination, which focuses on the ballistics evidence of the case, and the subsequent mishandling and falsification of that evidence in the attempt to cover up a conspiracy to assassinate RFK.” As she writes (beginning two-thirds of the way down on the site’s home page):

    I am Rose Lynn Mangan, the person whom Sirhan Bishara Sirhan designated, along with his brother Adel, to be his authorized researcher. I have been acting in that capacity for many years, and Sirhan has confirmed this in two authorization letters, one on September 20, 1993, and one on December 26, 1993.

    Statement of Conclusions and Beliefs about the RFK Assassination

    After nearly four decades of research into the RFK assassination, numerous personal meetings and interactions with Sirhan and his family, interaction with criminalists and other researchers involved in the case, interaction with the Los Angeles Police Department, the California criminal court system, and the California State Archives, I have come to the following firmly-held conclusions and beliefs:

    1. Sirhan was a psychologically-manipulated patsy in a much larger scheme to kill RFK. His true role, unbeknownst to him, was that of an attention-grabbing diversion. He did not fire the bullet that killed RFK.
    2. Sirhan was firing blanks! His ammunition had been switched by his handlers prior to the assassination. This theory, first suggested by criminalist William Harper, corresponds with the statements of several eye witnesses who saw “bits of paper” and other residue consistent with the use of blanks coming from Sirhan’s gun. It is my firm belief that Sirhan’s handlers put blanks in Sirhan’s gun because they did not trust that Sirhan would hit his intended target.
    3. There were two separate “firing positions”, according to William Harper’s measurements of ballistics evidence using a Hycom camera (see discussion below). According to Harper, one position was in line with Sirhan’s position, and one was behind RFK. There were other people besides Sirhan who were in an in-line position to shoot the bystanders. Harper’s ballistics measurements were in fact corroborated by the LAPD’s own independent tests years after the Sirhan trial, as documented in the Baggett memo mentioned below.
    4. Ballistics and other evidence was intentionally mishandled, mislabeled, and misappropriated by the L.A.P.D.  My report on Special Exhibit 10 documents this. It is my belief and conclusion that the L.A.P.D. did so at the behest of a higher Federal authority (see references below for more details).

    What you will find on this website

    On this website you will find documents, court testimony, analysis and reports on the weapons and bullets used and not used in the RFK assassination. You will see evidence of multiple guns, of the substitution of guns in the chain of evidence, of the destruction of records related to the guns, and of tampering of ballistics evidence of the bullets involved in the RFK assassination. My own research is covered in the Special Exhibit 10 Report that I presented to a meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences in Montpelier, France, in September, 2002. Overall, there are 424 pages of materials, which have been divided into logical pieces so that they may be more easily viewed and downloaded.

References

The first nine endnotes are documents Paul Schrade referenced during his testimony as well as observations he shares here:

  1. Letter from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., September 25, 2012. PDF and text formats. []
  2. Exhibit C, Declaration of Philip van Praag, November 14th 2011 in support of a new evidentiary hearing for Sirhan.
    See Also: “The Assassination of RFK: A Time for Justice!,” by Frank Morales, Global Research, Jun 16, 2012. []

  3. The Only ‘Picture’ of the Fatal Shooting of Robert Kennedy” []
  4. Karl Uecker Statement, 6-5-68: PDF and text formats []
  5. Edward Minasian Statement, 6-5-68; PDF and text formats []
  6. To Be Added: Official Robert Kennedy Autopsy Report Summary []
  7. To Be Added: Documents revealing LAPD misconduct in the police investigation of the Robert Kennedy murder []
  8. The Baggett Memo: PDF and text formats.
    This Baggett memo is from the LA Police SUS files, the Special Unit Senator unit set up to control the investigation of the RFK case in June 1968. This is evidence the LA Prosecutors had that proved the RFK neck bullet did not match Victim Weisel’s bullet from the Sirhan gun therefore proving Sirhan did not shoot RFK and the 2nd Gunman did. There is no date on it or file source. The first page does show the name of LA Police Deputy Chief John A Mc Allister and the initials of the person who wrote this report. This first page also questions and thinks “Wolfer and the investigator should go…”. For some time I thought the initials at the bottom were WEP but now think they look like MEP. They could be for Manuel Emmanuel Pena (Manny Pena) of the LA Police and head of SUS. This Baggett memo is undated and despite the connection with the Deputy Chief and maybe Pena it could stand more validation. []

  9. To Be Added: Statement of Los Angeles District Attorney John Van de Kamp exemplifies how political pressure forced Sirhan’s parole date to be rescinded []
  10. Declaration of Daniel Brown, Ph.D., 796 Beacon St., Newton, MA 02459, to Legal Dept., Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, 480 Alta Rd., San Diego, CA 92179, Re: The February 10, 2016 Parole Hearing of Sirhan B. Sirhan. PDF and text formats. []

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June 6: ABC’s of Robert Kennedy’s Assassination

ABC’s of Robert Kennedy’s Assassination
by Day R. Williams, Attorney at Law
Copyright Day Williams 1999, 2017
All Rights Reserved

Introduction
Unfortunately, the mainstream press and the American public have passively
accepted an explanation that a “lone nut” has killed a prominent person. The press and public balk at the word “conspiracy” as though it is a contagious virus. A “conspiracy,” however, is a merely an agreement between two or more people to pursue an unlawful objective. Conspiracies occur every day, as a perusal of news reports will testify. The ABC’s of Robert Kennedy’s Assassination do point to a “conspiracy.” If you believe that the word “conspiracy” will contaminate you, read no further. If you have an open mind, read on.
A is for “Autopsy”
The prosecution hated the autopsy report. That is why they withheld it from
Sirhan’s defense team until after the trial had begun– after Attorney Grant Cooper had unnecessarily conceded Sirhan’s guilt in his opening argument. The autopsy shows that no bullets entered Senator Kennedy in the front, and that the fatal bullet entered his head behind his right ear, at the wrong angle, distance and range for Sirhan to have
fired the fatal bullet.
B is for “Ballistics”
Complete ballistics tests were never performed, and today it would be impossible to do a complete test because the LAPD destroyed important evidence. Nevertheless, William Harper’s and Lynn Mangan’s work has revealed numerous discrepancies, switches, alterations, tamperings, and other cover-ups as to the gun and bullets. Harper determined that two guns were fired, and that no bullets hit Kennedy from Sirhan’s firing position.
One observer, a former Orange County Sheriff, said that he suspected that the
trial was “greased.” The fact is that the bullets, now in the custody of the California
State Archives, have been greased. No one will take responsibility for greasing the
bullets– an act that makes study and identification difficult.
C is for “Compromised”
Grant Cooper, Sirhan’s defense attorney, was compromised. He was under the
threat of indictment when he took Sirhan’s death penalty case. In the Friar’s Club case,
Cooper had bribed a court clerk to obtain a grand jury transcript in another case. While
under the threat of an indictment, Cooper reported to the same Assistant United States
Attorney who was overseeing the prosecution of Sirhan Sirhan.
Did they strike a deal whereby Cooper would sell out Sirhan in exchange for
Cooper’s receiving a slap on the wrist for bribing a court clerk? The evidence points in
that direction.
That Cooper was compromised is evident from his conduct at the trial.
Prosecutor David Fitts admitted in chambers that he did not have a proper evidentiary
foundation for admission of the gun and bullets. Nevertheless, Cooper stipulated to the
admission of such evidence. Sirhan Sirhan was absent, and thus could not protest,
when Cooper made that stipulation. Why was Sirhan absent from this critical
conference? Because Cooper had previously asked for permission from the judge to
meet with the judge and prosecutor outside the presence of the defendant. Cooper
asserted that such meetings would concern minor matters. That was a lie. His
stipulation to the admission of the gun and bullets meant the difference between a
conviction and an acquittal.
After Sirhan was convicted, Cooper struck a bargain in the other case. He was
fined $500.00 and allowed to keep his license to practice law. Sirhan Sirhan went to
Death Row, and mercifully had his sentence commuted to life imprisonment in 1972
due to the United States Supreme Court’s decision that the death penalty was
unconstitutional.

D is for “Destruction of Evidence”
Within minutes after Kennedy was shot, a high official at LAPD canceled an all
points bulletin (APB) which had descriptions of other suspects. The LAPD had already
concluded there was no conspiracy.
Two LAPD officers, acting under department order, burned 2,410 assassination
photographs in a hospital incinerator before the trial.
After the trial, the LAPD destroyed ceiling panels and door frames from the
Ambassador Hotel pantry. These panels and frames had bullet holes in them.
In 1973, Richard Helms, then the director of the CIA, ordered all documents
pertaining to MK-ULTRA destroyed because they might prove “embarrassing” to the agency. “Embarrassing” is a euphemism. A better word would have been “criminal”: the few MK-ULTRA documents that survived reveal a pattern of CIA crimes. The surviving documents show that the CIA had worked on developing a “Manchurian Candidate,” an assassin programmed to kill and to forget what had happened. Sirhan Sirhan may have been a CIA-generated “Manchurian Candidate.”
E is for “Ex parte order”

The trial judge issued an ex parte order that the evidence from Sirhan’s trial
would be sealed. The judge told defense counsel he could see the order during his lunch.

F is for “First Gun”
Ted Charach’s seminal film, “The Second Gun,” supported his theory being that a
second gun was fired at the Kennedy assassination. True, but what about the first gun,
the one that Sirhan had?
The day before the assassination, Sirhan was at a shooting range. He traded
guns with someone else there. He does not remember whether he received his gun
back. Did somebody switch guns on him?
After Sirhan allegedly fired shots, he was tackled and subdued by several men.
The gun left his hand and a gun returned to his hand during the struggle on the steam
table. Were guns switched, or switched back? Rafer Johnson put the gun in his
pocket, took it home, and wrote down the serial number. Two hours after the shooting,
Rafer Johnson delivered the gun to the Los Angeles police and received a receipt for it.
To this day Rafer Johnson has declined to tell anybody the serial number that he wrote
down. Why not?
When the police displayed the alleged murder weapon to the press, the serial
number was covered. When the alleged murder weapon went into the grand jury, the
serial number was NOT written down. What were the LAPD and the LADA concealing?
The LAPD Criminalist DeWayne Wolfer ran tests on another gun which was
already in possession of the department. He showed that the bullets matched from this
other gun, which is a meaningless test.
G is for “Greed”
When men are greedy for power and money, they do not scruple to kill a United States Senator and frame someone else for the murder.
H is for “Hypnosis”
The CIA may have hypnotized Sirhan Sirhan to fire a gun at Senator Kennedy, to forget who had programmed him, and to forget the event itself. See “MK-ULTRA” and Operation ARTICHOKE”.
I is for “Intelligence”
The Central Intelligence Agency is one of several federal intelligence agencies. Its purpose, according to its Charter, is to provide information to high officials, including the President, about foreign governments. In practice, however, the C.I.A. has spied domestically, tortured people, run drugs, overthrown governments, experimented with LSD and other drugs, and assassinated foreign and domestic leaders. This agency has rarely been held accountable for any of its nefarious activities. Abundant evidence points to C.I.A. participation in the assassination of Senator Kennedy. For example, Khaiber Khan, a worldwide secret agent who had assisted the C.I.A. in the overthrow of a foreign leader, was seen with Sirhan Sirhan at Senator Kennedy’s California campaign headquarters from June 1-4, 1968. See “MK-ULTRA” and “Operation ARTICHOKE”.
J is for “Justice”
Justice is not served when a group of evil men agree to kill a prominent official and frame an innocent man for the murder, and the group subsequently carries out and covers up the plot with the assistance and/or complicity of government officials.
K is for “Kennedy, Robert F.”
United States Senator Robert F. Kennedy was a threat to the ruling elite for
several reasons, among them his opposition to the War in Vietnam and his
determination to look into the cause of his brother John’s assassination. Robert
Kennedy spoke up often on behalf of the underprivileged, the low-income people, the
minorities, the disenfranchised millions in America. How ironic that an underprivileged member
of a minority group should be the patsy for Kennedy’s assassination.
L is for “LAPD”

The L.A.P.D. destroyed evidence and failed to follow up on promising leads, such as the presence of Khaiber Khan for a short period at Kennedy campaign headquarters.
M is for “MK-ULTRA”
MK-ULTRA was a C.I.A. mind-control program which began in the early 1950s. C.I.A. agents and scientists experimented with LSD, many other drugs and poisons, and hypnosis. They conducted psychiatric experiments on subjects, many of them unaware of what was being studied. One C.I.A. objective was to create selective amnesia in subjects. Another objective was to learn whether they could compel a person to commit an assassination. Sirhan Sirhan may have been an unwitting victim of MK-ULTRA. The C.I.A. destroyed many MK-ULTRA documents in the early 1970s because the documents might have been “embarrassing” to the agency.
N is for “Noguchi”

Thomas Noguchi, M.D., is one of the few heroes in this saga. His thorough autopsy on Senator Kennedy refutes the official version of the assassination. The prosecution withheld Dr. Noguchi’s report from Sirhan’s defense team until after the trial had begun.
O is for “Operation ARTICHOKE”
Previously known as BLUEBIRD, Operation ARTICHOKE was a C.I.A. program in the 1950s established to determine whether a person could be induced to involuntarily commit an assassination. This program was popularized in a book and a film called “The Manchurian Candidate”. See “MK-ULTRA”.
P is for “Patsy”
The same as Lee Harvey Oswald, Sirhan Sirhan was a patsy. He was
hypnotized into firing a gun and into forgetting who had hypnotized him and what had
happened when he fired the gun. The gun itself may have been a starter pistol or a gun
loaded with blanks.
Q is for “Quack”
DeWayne Wolfer, the L.A.P.D. criminalist assigned to Sirhan’s case, was incompetent at
best. Some experts said that Wolfer was downright dishonest in Sirhan’s case and in other cases. His procedures were questioned as not meeting the standards of his profession. The chain of custody for “Sirhan’s gun” and the bullets taken from Senator Kennedy and the other victims was broken due to Wolfer’s misconduct.
R is for “Retrial”
One thing the LAPD and LADA do not want is a retrial of Sirhan Sirhan. How
would they explain their withholding and destruction of evidence from the first trial? In
law it is presumed that when one party destroys evidence, it would be detrimental to
that party’s case. The destruction of assassination-related photos and of the pantry
door frames and ceiling panels would create a presumption that the LAPD destroyed evidence that would have cleared Sirhan Sirhan or at least have created reasonable
doubt as to his guilt. Such evidence may have pointed to a second or third gun having
been fired in the pantry, and may have shown that Sirhan was firing blanks.
The chain of custody as to the gun was broken. Bullets have been altered and
switched. Further, the Noguchi autopsy of Senator Kennedy clears Sirhan Sirhan
because it shows that the fatal bullet entered behind Kennedy’s right ear. It would have
been impossible for Sirhan Sirhan to have fired the fatal bullet from his position even if
he was firing live ammunition.
Fred Fitts, the original prosecutor in 1968, admitted that he could not provide a
proper evidentiary foundation for admission of the gun and bullets into evidence.
Unfortunately for Sirhan, Grant Cooper, Sirhan’s defense attorney, stipulated to the
admission of this critical evidence. See “Compromised.”
S is for “Starter Pistol”
One witness testified that Sirhan’s gun sounded like a starter pistol. Other
witnesses saw paper come out of the gun. Sirhan, the hypnotized patsy, may have
been firing a starter pistol. After all, no bullets entered Senator Kennedy from Sirhan’s
gun. The starter pistol could have been switched at several points during this tragedy.
See “First Gun.”
T is for “Thane Cesar”
Thane Eugene Cesar, an Ace Security Guard, was beside Kennedy as Kennedy entered
the pantry, despite Kennedy’s instructions that uniformed security guards should stay at
a distance from him. Thane Cesar admits that he had a gun, that he drew the gun, and
that he was squatting down when Kennedy was shot. He does not admit to firing the
gun. Curiously, the LAPD never booked Cesar’s gun into evidence nor did it test-fire
his gun. Cesar at first denied that he had owned a .22, then said that he had sold it before the assassination, then the purchaser showed a receipt dated after the assassination. Cesar did pass a polygraph test once– with the aid of a polygraph examiner who had admitted in a deposition that he had done work for the C.I.A.

U is for “U-2″
Thane Cesar, the only person armed and in position to have fired the fatal bullet
into Senator Kennedy’s head, happened to work at Lockheed. Lockheed was a
contractor for the top-secret U-2 program. Cesar worked in that section at Lockheed.
The CIA had connections to the U-2 program.
V is for “Violence”
Violence in America has increased since the assassinations of JFK, RFK and
MLK Jr. Polls consistently show that the American public does not believe the
conclusion of the Warren Commission that a lone-nut assassin killed President John F.
Kennedy. The federal government never convened similar commissions to investigate the assassinations of RFK and MLK Jr. When the local, state and federal government has possible complicity in assassinations and their cover-ups, people lose faith in the government, and there is a breakdown in law and order.

W is for “Witnesses”

At least 11 witnesses said that Sirhan was out of position and out of range to
have fired the fatal bullet into Senator Kennedy. This is another reason why the LAPD
and LADA do not want a retrial. See “Retrial.” Apparently the LAPD and LADA have
no problem convicting defendants on the testimony of two witnesses, but when 11
witnesses’ testimony would exonerate a defendant who was unjustly convicted, they
believe it is not relevant.
X is for “Xcuses”
The LAPD’s excuse for burning 2,410 photographs in a hospital incinerator was
that they duplicated other photos. However, the LAPD had no log of the pictures, and
the defense never seen a single one of the photographs before they were destroyed.
This is obstruction of justice, and makes the LAPD an accessory after the fact.
In 1996, a photographer (James Enyart) won a lawsuit against the LAPD, which had confiscated
his film from the assassination scene and had never returned the pictures to him. The
LAPD never did produce the photographer’s photographs.
The LAPD’s excuse for destroying ceiling panels and door frames was that it did
not have enough room to store them. If you believe that story, I have a bridge in
Brooklyn I would like to sell you. Again, the LAPD is an accessory after the fact.
Y is for “You”
Sirhan Sirhan’s case affects You, dear reader. If the government can
assassinate a prominent Senator, frame an innocent man, and cover it up, then the
government can kill your favorite prominent person and it can frame you and cover it
up. This is government by fascism. The way to defeat fascists is through relentless
pursuit of freedom. You must speak out and get involved.
Z is for “Zapped Memory”
More than 30 years later, Sirhan cannot recall what happened when the shots
were fired at Senator Kennedy. A psychiatrist made progress examining Sirhan Sirhan
at San Quentin Prison on the issue of hypnosis. Consistent with the government’s
policy in this case of obstructing justice, an associate warden revoked the psychiatrist’s
pass. It is likely that the CIA’s MK-ULTRA program, applied to Sirhan Sirhan, made him
a programmed assassin with amnesia.
Conclusion
Under American law, a defendant is presumed innocent. The prosecution has
the burden to prove him guilty. The prosecution also has an ethical obligation not to
withhold or destroy exculpatory evidence. In Sirhan’s case, the prosecution did both.
This was unethical conduct, and justice was not served. As one judicial official said,
“The trial was greased.”
Evidence points toward complicity by highly-placed LAPD officials and CIA
agents in the commission and cover-up of this crime. More research and investigation
is needed. Nevertheless, it is not the defendant’s burden to establish who were the
actual perpetrators of the crime. The American public seems satisfied with the theory
of the “lone-nut assassin.” So long as the American public lacks the nerve and will to
find out who really killed Senator Kennedy, it will remain a mystery.
Sirhan Sirhan had no criminal record before his conviction of murdering Senator
Kennedy. He has been a model prisoner during 30 years of imprisonment. The
evidence shows that he is an innocent man. He has served more time than the vast
majority of convicted murderers. Sirhan should be pardoned, paroled, or afforded a
retrial. Sirhan Sirhan’s imprisonment is an American disgrace. Injustice must die.
Robert Kennedy’s memory must live.
Each time a person stands up for an ideal,
or acts to improve the lot of others . . .
he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope,
and crossing each other from a million different centers
of energy and daring,
those ripples build a current that can sweep down the
mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
~Robert F. Kennedy (1925–1968)