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Assistant Maître D’ Karl Uecker was supposed to lead Senator Kennedy  through  kitchen pantry to a press conference immediately following his victory speech on the dias at the Embassy Ballroom. Kennedy stopped at the edge of a steam table to shake hands with kitchen workers when Sirhan began firing at Kennedy from several feet in front of him. After two shots - one missing Kennedy and lodging into the pantry door, the second hitting labor organizer Paul Schrade - Uecker grabbed Sirhan’s arm and, with the help of others, pushed him down on to the steam table, pinning his gun hand. Though his hand was pinned down and pointed away from Kennedy, Sirhan continued to fire, injuring five bystanders.

According to eyewitness testimony, Sirhan’s gun always remained one and a half to five feet in front of Kennedy. The coroner’s report determined Kennedy was hit three times from behind, with the fatal shot to the back of his head at point blank range within the distance  of 1 to 3 inches.



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The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office set an early arraignment for Sirhan on June 5, 1968. Evelle Younger, the District Attorney, and Tom Reddin, Police Chief, handled the arraignment proceedings. Sirhan was represented at the arraignment by the Chief Public Defender, Richard S. Buckley. The Judge, Joan Dempsey Klein, granted the defense motion and set bail at $250,000. Sirhan was charged with six counts of assault with the intent to commit murder. 

Samuel Yorty, Mayor of Los Angeles, without authorization, dispatched investigators to confiscate anything that could be found in the newly named assassin's house. The investigators confiscated Sirhan's personal notebooks with the permission of an older brother, not the owner of the house, Mary Sirhan, and did so without a search warrant. Yorty began to make statements immediately following the confiscation; all of his statements were unauthorized.

manufactured MOTIVE

During the illegal search and seziure of the Sirhan home by law enforcement, a notebook was confiscated by Mayor Yorty's investigators that contained pages of writings, allegedly made by Sirhan, where phrases such as, "RFK must die!" and "RFK must be assassinated by June 5th, 1968" (which coincidentally was the one year anniversary of the Arab-Israeli 6-Day War). During Sirhan's trial, the Prosecution used these writings from the seized notebook to establish premediation of murder, citing that Sirhan had motive because he was infuriated at Senator Kennedy's hypocrisy of being anti-war, but campagined on the promise to send 50 Phantom jets to Israel to aid in their colonialist enterprise against Palestine. 

What the jury and the public failed to understand is that the alleged writings of Sirhan in the infamous "RFK must die!" notebooks were dated May 18th, 1968 - DAYS PRIOR TO SENATOR KENNEDY MAKING ANY PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF MILITARY AID TO ISRAEL.

Only one of two options can be true; either Sirhan is clairvoyant and he predicted that RFK would make such a statement on the campaign trail, thus gearing himself up to be a 'lone wolf' assasin to prohibit the transfer of U.S. killing machines to be used on Palestinians, or the writings were manufactured to produce a motive.



The official Los Angeles County Grand Jury transcript dated 6.7.68 records the revolver taken in evidence as “Exhibit #7." There is no record of the revolver’s serial number in the entire 273 page Grand Jury transcripts


Deputy D.A. Sidney D. Trapp, Jr.’s memorandum to Chief Deputy D.A. John Howard: Subject: Description of Sirhan Case Exhibits Date: June 7, 1971 reports the following: “Exhibit 6” (Sirhan case gun) “Iver-Johnson .22 caliber revolver, serial number H53725. This was contained within one large manila envelope which bore the inscription on the outside ‘Number 6 and 7’. It is presumed that since the transcript indicates that the gun was numbered ‘6’, that this is its present number. No exhibit 7 appeared within the envelope.


Wolfer conducted two series of ballistic tests. The first was conducted on June 6, 1968, with the gun seized from Sirhan and the bullets from this test were used to identify the bullets removed from the victims of the crime.
The second tests were conducted on June 11, 1968, and Wolfer used a weapon obtained from the Property Division of L.A.P.D.The use of this weapon (Serial No. H18602) was necessitated by the fact that Sirhan’s weapon had been entered in evidence before the Grand Jury and a court order restricted its availability.
The second tests were conducted to determine sound characteristics and to verify muzzle distance by examining gun powder patterns.
Coroner Thomas Noguchi testified at the Grand Jury that the muzzle of the gun was only 1-3 inches from RFK; later at trial he confirmed this with foresenic testing. 

However, after Noguchi's Grand Jury testimony, District Attorney John Miner followed the acclaimed Coroner into the hallway and asked if he meant “feet,” not “inches.” Noguchi answered “My goodness, it’s an inch, not feet, because of the black powder behind the ear.”[1]
The D.A. understood the significance of this finding from the autopsy report - the witness accounts all placed Sirhan a few feet in front of Kennedy and Noguchi's testimony on the pysical evidence confirmed that Kennedy was killed by a gunshot wound to the back of the head at almost full contact range.
 1 Moldea, Dan The Killing of Robert Kennedy, 1995 WW Norton & Company 2006 edition, at p. 92

Wolfer’s having possession of H18602 (the test gun) prior to June 10th can not be underestimated - it is a serious contradiction of the official L.A.P.D./L.A.D.A. reports (that Officer Lee did not take gun H18602 from Property until June 10th).
Wolfer’s knowledge of H18602 before the 10th of June opens the door to further questions about two guns, two tests, two different dates.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors appointed Thomas F. Kranz Special Counsel to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office to independently investigate the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Kranz reproduced Wolfer’s Daily Log in his Report under the Chapter Subpoena Ducus Tecum.


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