The name and fate of Sirhan Sirhan has since 5th June 1968 been associated with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The fact that he discharged his gun on that fateful night has never been in question, however there is evidence that casts doubt on whether the bullets he fired actually killed RFK. Finding a motive for why he might want to commit such a crime was not challenging as Sirhan often spoke of the injustices heaped upon Palestine by the Israeli's. U.S. based pro-Palestinian activist Mohammed Taki Mehdi was quoted as saying of him; "Sirhan was defending himself against those 50 Phantom jets Kennedy was sending to Israel", and he even harped on about the middle east situation during his trial. He was sentenced to death but when California abolished the death penalty in 1972 his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole every 5 years. Parole hearings concentrate on the crime and sentence served and cannot be used to question the original trial verdict. During his 15th parole hearing in 2016 Sirhan had an unlikely ally on his side when Paul Schrade stood up to give a victim impact statement, Schrade was one of 5 other victims or were all shot but later recovered. Schrade was also a close friend and aide to RFK and in his testimony he was quoted as saying: "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…The fatal bullet struck Bob in the back of the head…You were never behind Bob, nor was Bob’s back ever exposed to you…the evidence not only shows that you did not shoot Robert Kennedy but it shows that you could not have shot Robert Kennedy". Robert Kennedy Jr the son of RFK also supports a new investigation as he was quoted in a letter as saying: "Paul and his team …strongly believe this new evidence is conclusive and requires a new investigation. I agree and support his request for a new investigation". The term 'Patsy' seems a fitting adjective for Sirhan whose statements about the crime have flip flopped over the years. Here is my compilation of 10 of the best Sirhan Sirhan quotes
- Mini Bio
- Name: Sirhan Bishara Sirhan
- Born: 19th March 1944, Jerusalem, Palestine (now Israel)
- Occupation: Stable boy and jockey
- Criminal charge: Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy
- Assassination date: 5th June 1968
- Assassination location: Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles
- Sentence: Death in 1969; In 1972 it was commuted to life imprisonment with the possibility of parole. He has parole hearings every five years
- Imprisonment: San Quentin State Prison, Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad, California, California State Prison (COR) in Corcoran, California, Pleasant Valley State Prison in Coalinga, California and the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego County
- Height: 5' 4" (1.63 m)
- Conspiracy theory: Strong evidence suggests the presence of a second shooter, however this evidence remains in the realm of conspiracy while the authorities refuse to acknowledge it
- Trivia: The argument that Sirhan did not shoot the bullets that killed Robert F. Kennedy is very strong, Sirhan was standing in front of RFK when he fired but the fatal shots that killed the senator came from behind him
- Quotes about Sirhan Sirhan: Paul Schrade stated this at his parole hearing; “The truth is in the prosecution’s own records and the autopsy. It says Sirhan couldn’t have shot Robert Kennedy and didn’t. He was out of position”
"Legally speaking, I’m not guilty of anything…I’m responsible for being there"
"My only connection with Robert Kennedy was his sole support of Israel and his deliberate attempt to send those 50 bombers to Israel to obviously do harm to the Palestinians"
"I can't say anything except that I am totally sorry and feel nothing but remorse for having caused that tragic death"
"I was not doing it out of personal malice toward the man, but out of concern for other people"
"They can gas me, but I am famous. I have achieved in one day what it took Robert Kennedy all his life to do"
"I did not commit the crime"
"He was my hero. He was my champion"
"I thought I was guilty, you know, and it bothered me"
"If I had a proper defense at the time that the results would have been quite different than what happened"
"I think I’m way overdue for parole"