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Who Killed Bobby?: The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy Hardcover – June 3, 2008

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"Sane, well-documented, and convincing"--Library Journal


"O'Sullivan tries and succeeds in informing us about the failure of law enforcement in solving this crime, due to destruction of crucial evidence and prematurely ending the investigation. He compiles old and new data that is invaluable (and) provides history and possible solutions. I was standing with Robert Kennedy that night and was wounded but I will never give up trying to solve this case"

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Union Square Press; 1st edition (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402754442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402754449
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Halbower on December 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Shane O'Sullivan, a screenplay writer, has taken a bite out of the RFK conspiracy. The book is narrated by O'Sullivan who explains his entry into this subject and field. O'Sullivan, whose from Ireland, had no preconceived knowledge of Bobby Kennedy. His wife turned him onto the subject and thought it would make a good screenplay. When he was finished, he realized he had a documentary instead.

O'Sullivan's narrative is fairly easy to follow. He covers the subject with a fair degree of completion. He admits in the preface there was not enough space for everything. Unfortunately, he leaves out Jerry Owens, the walking Bible from Turner and Christian's book, "The Assassination of RFK". This to me is a fatal flaw as Turner and Christian's book would make a more fascinating screenplay (not to mention their excellent investigative reporting).

O'Sullivan delivers the essential facts of the RFK case. He presents the facts in a very fair manner. His conclusions are logical. Unlike many conspiracy writes, O'Sullivan doesn't jump off the deep end in order to force a conclusion. To his credit, he admits his own mistakes: the David Morales red herring. O'Sullivan believed CIA hitman David Morales was in the Ambassador hotel on June 4, 1968. He thoroughly investigated this premise. But reluctantly abandoned the position because the evidence was not conclusive.

In the end, O'Sullivan presents the acoustical evidence which shows 11 shots were fired in the pantry. This is reminscent of the dictabelt recording from the HSCA from 1978. The hotly contested conclusion of the House Select Committee on Assassinations (hotly contested by the Oswald-did-it-alone crowd) will probably precipitate the same for O'Sullivan's case here.

Having watched his documentary and read the book, I believe O'Sullivan has some more RFK investigating in him. I predict his next book will be a better.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Phil Dragoo on August 29, 2009
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I knew this to be good at the outset having seen author Shane O'Sullivan's thoughtful eight-minute interview on Irish television.

In addition, Jim DiEugenio Chairman of Citizens for Truth in the Kennedy Assassination had looked at it with his special intensity and found it on balance a positive contribution to the research.

I was most intensely moved by Shane O'Sullivan's thorough presentation of the actions of LAPD officers Pena and Hernandez in an obvious cover-up with malice.

The two in question are familiar to anyone having read the initial Turner and Christian and the subsequent Klaber and Melanson--AID-trained, doing the (CIA's) work with police departments in Central and South America, shredding the interviews (Pena) and polygraphs (Hernandez) of any witnesses interfering with the lone-nut, single-gun theory.

One may choose to believe or not believe Sirhan's claim he does not remember the period between drinking coffee with the young woman and being "choked" on the steam table, but medical examiner Thomas Noguchi's testimony that Kennedy's head shot had residue indicating a muzzle distance of no more than one inch is not, in my view, open to question.

Tremendous pressure was placed on Noguchi to change his testimony--charges of unprofessional conduct which he defeated. Just as the defense attorney was under the shadow of legal liability for conduct in another case. Witnesses received threats to change their testimony in addition to the bullying by Hernandez and the censoring by Pena.

If there is fault here in the writing it is perhaps in accepting Moldea's defense of Cesar based on polygraph--does no one note Aldrich Ames passed his "flutter" after coaching from his KGB handler?
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on February 10, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The author was born in Ireland and is a writer and film maker who lives in London. He spent four years investigating the RFK assassination for his documentary film "R.F.K. Must Die". The 'Introduction' tells how he became interested in this subject. Friends of RFK who were there question the "lone gunman" theory (p.3). O'Sullivan promises "a far more balanced view of the case than the jurors did during the original trial". The purpose of this book is to provide a reason for reopening the case. Chapter 1 tells what happened when RFK was shot. Was there confusion in the reports? Chapter 2 tells about Sirhan's behavior while in jail. Sirhan's revolver held eight bullets (Chapter 3). The autopsy revealed RFK was shot three times from his right rear (p.55). The chief criminologist said the three victim bullets came from Sirhan's gun (p.58). Seven years later independent firearms examiners found the three bullets could NOT be matched to Sirhan's gun (p.59)! The fatal bullet was fired from a distance of one inch (p.62). Not one credible witness placed Sirhan that close. "The trajectories just did not add up to one gun" (p.65). "The muzzle distance, bullet trajectories, bullet holes, and sequence of shots all seem to indicate a second gun" (p.70). No witness saw Sirhan fire at point-blank range (p.82). Chapter 4 has the history of Sirhan. His personality changed after he fell from a horse and hit his head (p.92). Who was the girl in the polka-dot dress (Chapter 5)? Polygraphs are inadmissable in Federal and most state courts. They are unreliable and can be fixed by the operator (p.136).

Chapter 6 tells how pressure was used to change a witnesses testimony (p.142). [Part of a cover-up or just testing a witness?] Sergeant Sharaga's report went missing, then he was forced to resign (Chapter 7).
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