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The forgotten terrorist : Sirhan Sirhan and the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy

Author: Mel Ayton; Alan M Dershowitz
Publisher: Washington, DC : Potomac Books, 2019. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in 1968 seems like it should be an open-and-shut case. Many people crowded in the small room at Los Angeles's famed Ambassador Hotel that fateful night saw Sirhan Sirhan pull the trigger. Sirhan was also convinced of the crime and still languishes in jail with a life sentence. However, conspiracy theorists have jumped on inconsistencies in the eyewitness testimony and alleged  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Robert F Kennedy; Sirhan Bishara Sirhan; Robert F Kennedy; Sirhan Bishara Sirhan
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mel Ayton; Alan M Dershowitz
ISBN: 9781640121744 1640121749
OCLC Number: 1099314256
Notes: Originally published: 2007.
Description: xvi, 374 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: The Ambassador Hotel --
RFK and Israel --
Sirhan and Palestine --
The shooting --
The trial --
Controversies: the physical evidence --
Controversies: the witness --
Distorted truths --
"The Manchurian candidate" assassin --
Sirhan's obsessions --
The unaffiliated terrorist --
Why did he kill? --
Afterword --
Afterword to the second edition.
Responsibility: Mel Ayton ; foreword by Alan Dershowitz ; with a new afterword by the author.

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In The Forgotten Terrorist Mel Ayton profiles Sirhan Sirhan and presents a wealth of evidence about his fanatical Palestinian nationalism and hatred for Robert F. Kennedy, which motivated him to  Read more...

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Mel Ayton [is] one of the few analysts who has fully grasped the crime's Middle East connection. . . . Far from being a `maniacally absurd' crime, as Newsweek concluded, the Robert Kennedy Read more...

 
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