On This Day: Sirhan Sirhan

The Dastardly Past:  Robert F. Kennedy & Sirhan Sirhan

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Such a lovely spot for such a dastardly act.  The Ambassador Hotel.  Author’s collection.

On April 17 in 1969, a jury convicted Jordanian immigrant Sirhan Sirhan for the assassination of presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, whose support of Israel he  had become obsessed with.  Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.  He had just finished a speech and was shaking hands with one of the kitchen staff when the assassin began firing.  Kennedy took three shots; in the melee other people were hit but not seriously injured.  The busboy, who Kennedy had paused to greet, put his own rosary into Kennedy’s hands, and Kennedy was transported to a hospital where he died the following day.  Sirhan Sirhan continues to serve a life sentence in California.

 

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