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Bobby Kennedy's children at war with each other over new death probe

Kathleen and Robert Jr call for a new investigation and claim Sirhan Sirhan may be INNOCENT - but Joseph and Kerry urge them to let it go and focus on their father's 'legacy'

Bobby Kennedy's children at war with each other over new death probe: Kathleen and Robert Jr call for a new investigation and claim Sirhan Sirhan may be INNOCENT - but Joseph and Kerry urge them to let it go and focus on their father's 'legacy'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5796895/Robert-Kennedys-daughter-backs-brothers-call-new-investigation-fathers-death.html

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has joined her brother in calling for a new investigation into the 1968 assassination of their father, Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr, believes that convicted killer Sirhan Sirhan could not have been the man who shot and killed the presidential candidate in California

Kennedy, Jr, said 'it would have disturbed [Bobby Kennedy] if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn't commit' so he has taken up this issue

Both Joseph P. Kennedy II and Kerry Kennedy stand against the idea of reopening an investigation into their father's death

Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of Bobby Kennedy's assassination

Robert F. Kennedy's daughter, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend has joined her brother Robert F Kennedy, Jr, in calling for a new investigation into their father's 1968 assassination.

After personally reviewing evidence and visiting the convicted killer Sirhan Sirhan in prison in California, Kennedy, Jr has argued that the wrong man was put behind bars for killing Robert F. Kennedy who died on June 6, 1968.

'My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country,' Kennedy, Jr told The Washington Post. 'I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn't commit.'

Previously silent on the issue, Townsend has now agreed with her brother.

The former lieutenant governor of Maryland told the Boston Globe in an email on Thursday, 'I think Bobby makes a compelling case.'

But at least two of the nine other children of the late presidential candidate, former attorney general, and senator from New York, who was known as Bobby Kennedy, disagree with their brother, and now their sister.

Both Joseph P. Kennedy II and Kerry Kennedy stand against the idea of reopening an investigation into his death.

Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former congressman from Massachusetts, said in a statement: 

As we approach the 50th anniversary of my father’s passing, I think what is most important is that our country and my family reflect on what my father stood for and fought for — a legacy promoting global peace, social justice, and civil rights.'

Kerry Kennedy, who is the seventh child of Bobby and Ethyl Kennedy and president of the Robert F Kennedy Center For Justice and Human Rights (which her mother founded), also appears to be against a fresh look at her father's assassination.

'The reason that people are interested in the circumstances of my father’s death is because of what he did with his life,' she said. 'And I think we should focus on his life and not so much on his death — his moral imagination, his capacity for empathy, his quest to heal divisions, and his belief that one person can make a difference.'

One person who is trying to make a difference, at least in terms of who is held responsible for Bobby Kennedy's death, is Paul Schrade.

Schrade, now  93 years old, is a former United Auto Workers official who was with Bobby Kennedy when the candidate was shot on June 5, 1968, and was also wounded, himself. 

Schrade, Bobby Kennedy and a group of people were walking through the pantry at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on the way to a news conference when the attack happened.

This was at a time when Secret Service security was not provided to presidential candidates.  Two months prior to his death, civil rights leader the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr was killed in Memphis.

Schrade has been leading the charge since 1974 in arguing for the investigation to be reopened, based on his belief that Sirhan could not have shot the late Kennedy.

'Yes, he did shoot me. Yes, he shot four other people and aimed at Kennedy,' Schrade told the Post. 'The important thing is he did not shoot Robert Kennedy.'

Sirhan was apprehended at the scene that night, just hours after the presidential candidate had won the Democratic primary in California. He had a .22-caliber revolver that held eight bullets in his hand, and multiple pieces of evidence have been revealed to show he was tackled in front of Bobby Kennedy after firing two or three rounds.

Bobby Kennedy died the following day on June 6, 1968. Ethel was pregnant with their youngest child, Rory Kennedy, at the time.

But the autopsy showed the candidate was shot from behind, with evidence that indicated he was hit at close range. Schrade has also pointed to audio recordings of the incident that indicated that 13 shots were fired.

'Why didn’t they go after the second gunman?' Schrade asked, in his interview with the Post. 'They knew about him right away. They didn’t want to know who it was. They wanted a quickie.'

No other gunman was ever apprehended and the investigation was closed with Sirhan's conviction in 1969. He was first sentenced to death but that was commuted to a life sentence in 1972.

Sirhan is now 74, incarcerated in state prison in San Diego, and has lost all of his legal appeals and 15 bids for parole, the most rejection having coming in 2016.

Despite having pleaded guilty to the murder of Bobby Kennedy, Sirhan has consistently maintained he did not remember shooting him.

Kennedys Clash Over Whether To Reopen Investigation Into 1968 Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr told the Washington Post:

'I went there because I was curious and disturbed by what I had seen in the evidence. I was disturbed that the wrong person might have been convicted of killing my father. My father was the chief law enforcement officer in this country. I think it would have disturbed him if somebody was put in jail for a crime they didn’t commit.'

Former lieutenant governor of Maryland Kathleen Townsend Kennedy told the Boston Globe in an email:

'I think Bobby makes a compelling case.'

Joseph P. Kennedy II, the former congressperson from Massachusetts, said in a statement: 

'As we approach the 50th anniversary of my father’s passing, I think what is most important is that our country and my family reflect on what my father stood for and fought for — a legacy promoting global peace, social justice, and civil rights.'

Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F Kennedy Center For Justice and Human Rights (which her mother founded), said:

'The reason that people are interested in the circumstances of my father’s death is because of what he did with his life. And I think we should focus on his life and not so much on his death — his moral imagination, his capacity for empathy, his quest to heal divisions, and his belief that one person can make a difference.'


Robert F. Kennedy Assassination at Ambassador Hotel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZupttkO7Xg


Robert F. Kennedy Dying - ABC News Clip (June 5, 1968)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzqoS3W4sjU


Robert F. Kennedy death announcement

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujPidSx7Vus


First Person Harry Benson RFK Photographer / BBC World News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UICDj10UblY


Robert and Ethel Kennedy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gkji5hisg3M


Robert Kennedy Funeral (1968) | British Pathe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_3U4J3YrS4

As we remember and celebrate the life of Robert F. Kennedy this year, take a look back at the campaign that inspired a generation to enter public service.

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