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Eyewitness: Sirhan Sirhan Did Not Kill Robert Kennedy

Feb. 15, 2016 (EIRNS)—Paul Shrade (91), a trade union leader and supporter of RFK who stood next to Robert Kennedy in the Ambassador Hotel when he was assassinated, testified at Sirhan Sirhan’s parole hearing Feb. 10 that Sirhan could not have killed RFK.

Paul Craig Roberts, former Reagan Administration official and current nationally syndicated columnist, provides a link to Shrade’s testimony, backing the evidence provided that there was another killer who actually fired the shots that killed Kennedy on June 5, 1968, immediately after he’d won the California primary and clinched the Democratic nomination for President in 1968.

Shrade’s powerful evidence included:

Sirhan had an eight-shot low caliber pistol, which he fired, and hit Paul Shrade, who was standing next to RFK, and several others. The Medical Examiner’s report shows that Kennedy was shot from behind; Sirhan was always in front of him.

Four bullets hit RFK from behind at point-blank range: the fatal one, in the back of his head; two bullets in his back, and one that passed harmleessly through his coat. Five other people were wounded. That makes nine bullets.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. requested that federal authorities examine the Prusynski Recording, the only known recording made of the assassination, which was uncovered in 2004 at the California State Archives by CNN Senior Writer Brad Johnson.

Johnson recruited audio expert Philip Van Praag to analyze the Prusynski recording, and Van Praag found it showed a total of 13 gunshots; Sirhan’s gun held only eight. Van Praag also found what he calls "double-shots"—meaning two gunshots fired so close togather than they could not both have come from Sirhan’s gun, and five of the shots were fired from an eastward direction, while Sirhan fired his shots from a westward direction.

Two men from the hotel tackled Sirhan and put him in a headlock when he was in front of RFK, forcing him to fire his last six shots blindly. So Sirhan only had full control of his gun at the beginning when he fired his first two shots, one of which hit Paul Shrade, who testified at 71-year old Sirhan’s parole hearing Feb. 10 in favor of his release.

Shrade’s statement also cites a memo by criminologist Larry Baggett, who investigated the Robert Kennedy shooting for the Los Angeles Police Department. The Baggett memo states that the bullets that hit Robert Kennedy and William Weisel, another shooting victim in the hotel kitchen, were not fired from the same gun.

Sirhan was originally scheduled for release in 1984, but after intense political pressure, his parole date was rescinded. Sirhan, now 71, denied parole 14 times, was denied for the 15th time after the Feb. 10 hearing reported above.

Click here for the Shrade statement and the Paul Craig Roberts Feb. 13 column.

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