Who was Sirhan Sirhan?
Sirhan Bishara Sirhan was born in Jerusalem in 1944, and moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 12 years old. The family lived in New York briefly before moving to California, there he went to “Charles W. Eliot Middle School) in Altadena, California” He worked at the Santa Anita racetrack as a stable boy, exercising horses.
Sirhan’s diaries that were found had page after page of such phrases as “RFK must die” and “Robert F. Kennedy must be assassinated” as well as odd phrases like “pay to the order of” and “my determination to eliminate RFK is becoming more the [sic] more of an unshakable obsession.”
Sirhan always thought he had magical powers, thinking that he could learn to control things with his mind. He was also interesting in mind control and hypnosis. Psychiatrists deemed that he was a very easy target for mind control, and that this is what may have causeed his strange writings – a trance like expression.
Allthough Sirhan’s admitted he was guilty, (recorded in a confession made while in police custody on June 9), a long and complicated trial followed the assassination.
An in-depth look at the trial can be found here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirhan_Sirhan#Prosecution)
Sirhan made many, many confessions during the trial but has recanted all of them since,
“On March 3, 1969, in the Los Angeles courtroom, Cooper asked Sirhan directly if he had indeed shot Senator Kennedy. Sirhan replied immediately: “Yes, sir.”
Also stating that he had killed Kennedy “with 20 years of malice aforethought”
“He has maintained since then that he has no memory of the crime nor of making that statement in open court.”
Sirhan has also continually maintained that he has no memory of writing in his notebook as mentioned above.
This has led many to believe that he may have been a “Manchurian Candidate,” programmed to shoot RFK and then fail to recall who put him up to it. And this, is the first conspiracy theory.
http://www.sirhansresearcher.com/f.pdf (Official Court testimony & Analysis)