Sirhan Sirhan Still Number One with a Bullet


Was Sirhan Sirhan the first Arab terrorist (and a slightly hot one at that) or a Manchurian candidate, hypnotically programmed to kill Robert Kennedy? How the fuck would I know? But a new movie delves into the pervy possibilities in a way that’ll slay you. It’s Shane O’Sullivan‘s documentary called RFK Must Die: The Assassination of Bobby Kennedy and it’s spreading sunshine at the Pioneer Theater starting on June 5.

According to the press materials: “24-year old Palestinian Sirhan Sirhan was convicted as the ‘lone assassin,’ but witnesses placed him several feet in front of Kennedy and for 40 years, Sirhan has never been able to remember the shooting. Defense psychiatrists concluded he was in a hypnotic state at the time of the shooting and extra bullet holes in the pantry suggested a second gunman was involved. A girl in a polka-dot dress seen with Sirhan in the pantry later fled the scene, exclaiming ‘We shot him! We shot Kennedy!’ The LAPD couldn’t find her, so they bullied key witnesses into retractions and said the girl didn’t exist.

“Today, Sirhan is America’s last surviving political assassin, locked away in the same California prison as Charles Manson for a crime he can’t remember committing.”

Hey, maybe they can get together and jog each others’ memories—or at least put on a nifty production of Chicago.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 15, 2008

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