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The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity Hardcover – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; 1st edition (June 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393037916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393037913
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,738,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The 1968 slaying of Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen has never achieved anything like the legendary quality-or the bibliography-of his brother's assassination; there have always, however, been unbelievers in Sirhan Sirhan, still serving time for the killing, as the lone gunman he seemed to be. Moldea (probably best known in the book world as the author who unsuccessfully sued the New York Times over a review) is one of them, and has done an extremely painstaking investigative job of showing why. For one thing, Kennedy appeared to have been shot at point-blank range from behind, and witnesses saw Sirhan shoot from several feet in front. For another, his gun held only eight bullets, all apparently accounted for by the wounds in Kennedy and others-yet there was evidence that other bullet holes were found in the walls and doors of the kitchen. The Los Angeles Police Department hardly helped deflect suspicions by destroying some evidence and by being generally defensive. Moldea's account of all this, and of his many exclusive interviews and carefully pursued leads-he gave a polygraph test to a security guard who was also a possible suspect, and interviewed Sirhan in jail-is highly readable, often exciting. His concluding chapter-which we feel constrained not to reveal-though cogent and believable in itself, offers a distinct sense of letdown. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From the one author with the guts to sue the New York Times Book Review.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

A specialist on organized-crime investigations since 1974, best-selling author and independent investigative journalist Dan E. Moldea has published seven nonfiction books: The Hoffa Wars: Teamsters, Rebels, Politicians and the Mob (1978); The Hunting of Cain: A True Story of Money, Greed, and Fratricide (1983); Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob (1986); Interference: How Organized Crime Influences Professional Football (1989); The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity (1995); Evidence Dismissed: The Inside Story of the Police Investigation of O.J. Simpson (with Tom Lange and Philip Vannatter, 1997); and A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm (1998).

Moldea's action-packed memoir--Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer: Adventures in the Jungles of Crime, Politics, and Journalism (2013)--is currently available.

See the first chapters of DEM's books at http://www.moldea.com/guerrilla.html.

He is currently at work on his ninth nonfiction book.

Since 1998, Moldea, a registered private investigator, has also worked as an independent-investigative consultant, participating in a wide variety of breathtaking and mind-blowing capers.

Specialties: True crime, focusing on organized crime and political corruption.

To book a lecture with DEM, please go to http://www.moldea.com/lectures.html. (Jodi Solomon Speakers Bureau)

Moldea's website is www.moldea.com. His Twitter account is @DanMoldea. He is also on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book begins as a fascinating saga of a rational man dedicated to determining the truth of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination. It develops into a real-life detective thriller, posing many provocative questions that challenge the official theory that Sirhan Sirhan acted alone.
Then, inexiplicably and incredibly, the author finishes his account with an assertion that Sirhan DID act alone, based only on his 3rd conversation with Sirhan, who evidently is no role-model for sound-mindedness. Mr. Moldea appears to just "give up" at this point, and offers only vague "explanations" as to why he resigns himself to Sirhan's complete responsibility for the assassination. What haunts the reader here is that the author's formerly penetrating, precise methodolgy DISAPPEARS, and we are abandoned to an implausible dismissal of the woman in the polka-dot dress and her companion (Mr. Moldea now asserts that he doesn't believe any of that now, though he certainly made a convincing case earlier in this book). Mr. Moldea then offers an embarrassingly weak theory of how Sirhan could have gotten to within 2 inches of RFK, after virtually proving -earlier in this book- that this was impossible!. Finally, the author too easily absolves Thane Eugene Cesar complicity in RFK's murder, largely on the basis of a polygraph (so-called "lie detector") examination, administered many years after the event. Polygraph "tests" are hardly reliable, as their inadmissability in court demonstrates. Mr. Moldea's entire book COLLAPSES as he contradicts himself on the "more than 8 bullets" evidence and other previously-presented indications of others' involvement in the assassination.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Moldea writes 304 pages explaining the problems such as coroners finding that RFK was shot from the right rear, more shots fired than Sirhan's gun held, etc., etc.
Then in the last chapter he concludes that Sirhan acted alone and fired the shots that killed RFK. He doesn't give any new evidence to support this claim. Oh, he charges the LAPD with botching every aspect of the case but says they got it right for the wrong reasons.
Don't waste your time on this book. If you support the original findings you won't like the charges of incompetence. If you are looking for a book to support a second gunman theory this isn't it.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James S. MacDuff on March 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
My first adventure in investigative journalism, I was immediately captivated by the beginning: cast of characters, general overviews, and the excitement that, based on the overview of how the book was to go, it was worth reading. The material was well written in that Mr. Moldea went into fine and captivating detail asto what the investigators were thinking, what EVERYONE was thinking. I was a little suspicious of the passage where he describes visiting with Sirhan Sirhan, and given the result of the encounter, maybe made the author a little biased asto how his investigation would lead to. The ending left me in a completely different place, where I believe the author's evidence lead me to. His conclusions were not anything I had agreed with. I feel he made the evidence ultimately fit the official version of the tragic downfall of RFK that fateful June evening in 1968.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Marciniszyn on June 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
The author has done his homework but then asks the reader to accept what he believes really happened. The book contains a lot of evidence. It also mentions missing physical evidence, tape recordings and reports. But the reader is asked to join the author in assuming that Robert Kennedy was somehow pushed forward, putting him into the point-blank range required to match the powder burn evidence to his jacket and head. He decides to dismiss photographs and at least one credible statement of two additional bullets being found in the pantry center divider. The former is an imagined scenario, the latter is assigned to a mistake, a misinterpretation. I would have given this book zero stars if I could.

The book to get is The Assassination of Robert Kennedy by Philip Melanson. The conclusions drawn in that book are based on the evidence, and do not include wishful thinking.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By O. Rios on February 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
i picked up The Killing of Robert Kennedy not knowing whether the book was a single gunman or conspiracy book. Looking back now and seeing that little Gerald Posner's endorsement of the book pretty much cemented what i should have known.....single gunman.

but i gave this book a chance, and it's a solid well researched book. Dan Moldea was hired by Philip Melanson to help research the RFK Assassination. Moldea, who at first believed in the second gunman theory, through his research, comes to the simple conclusion that Sirhan Sirhan did in fact, committ the murder of Senator Kennedy.

The book recants the timeline's of Sirhan, Paul Schrade, and Eugene Cesar, who was working security for the hotel on the night of the assassination. Cesar was the closest person to Robert Kennedy at the time of the shooting.

Interviewing witnesses such as Cesar, Thomas Noguchi-Chief Medical Examiner, Assistant DAs, LAPD officers, and Sirhan himself, Moldea learns about evidence destoryed such as the door frame possibly containing 2 bullet holes, the ceiling tiles above Kennedy with a bullet hole, Sirhan's Iver Johnson .22 caliber pistol, and 2400 of the 2500 photos taken at the crime scene 3 months after the assassination and prior to the trial of Sirhan.

Moldea's interviews with key figures from that night help him conclude that:

1- RFK's head shot (behind his right ear) was at contact to near contact range (point blank)
2- Paul Schrade was shot first (RFK asked "is everyone alright? Is Paul alright?
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