“Although Sirhan confessed to the crime, he could remember no details of the event even when subjected to hypnosis.”
In the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in the early hours of June 6th 1968, Robert F Kennedy was shot and killed. Kennedy had just delivered a victory speech after having won the Democratic presidential primary in California, and moving with a throng of well-wishers, security and hotel staff, was confronted by his alleged assassin, a young Palestinian-American named Sirhan Sirhan. Although Sirhan confessed to the crime, he could remember no details of the event even when subjected to hypnosis. Recent information by a number of online researchers has raised some serious questions as to the validity of Sirhans’ guilt.
According to Sirhans’ brother Munir, and consistent with the revelations of family members and friends of other supposed “patsies”, it was perplexing that Sirhan could even have committed the crime. When Sirhan’s family arrived in the United States from Palestine in 1957, Sirhan did his best to assimilate into society, becoming a conscientious student who dreamed of becoming a UN interpreter to promote world peace – a somewhat naïve dream in the face of world events at the time. However, as told by Munir, Sirhan also held a deep fascination with the occult, particularly hypnosis and mind control. In an interview for an article by Carl Kozlowski of the Pasadena Weekly in 2006, Munir stated it was his belief that Sirhan had fallen victim to the infamous MKULTRA program.
Throughout the 1950s and 60s, the CIA developed MKULTRA to study the effects of certain drugs and techniques to control the minds of ordinary civilians. The idea was to master the “art” of brainwashing and hence be able to direct mind-controlled slaves to do the Agency’s bidding. Agents scoured universities and other locales to recruit potential subjects, and some believe that Sirhan was one of those recruited. As Kozlowski points out in his article, the fact is not whether MKULTRA existed, but whether any successful methods or techniques were actually applied in an operational sense, in or outside the United States. Although officially closed down in the late 1960s, it has been suggested by some researchers that the program continued unofficially beneath the guise of other projects.
It was reported by at least four eyewitnesses in the Ambassador Hotel the night Kennedy was shot, that Sirhan had been standing in the kitchen with a woman “in a white dress with black polka dots”. One witness reported seeing Sirhan laughing and talking with this woman as Kennedy entered the kitchen. She then whispered something in his ear at which time Sirhans’ face turned blank, he approached Kennedy and fired his pistol. The woman moved away immediately. Sirhan was then tackled to the ground, Kennedy lay dying and the case seemed clear-cut. But from the actions of the woman reportedly seen, it appeared as though she had offered Sirhan a ‘trigger’ word or phrase, initiating the mind control. Whilst this may read like the bones of a Hollywood thriller, it would be remiss to not account for the factual existence of MKULTRA and its techniques and objectives.
It was alleged that Sirhan fired eight shots from a gun that could only hold five bullets, and it is extremely doubtful that he would have time to reload the pistol. However, this point is one of some conjecture, with different reports detailing differing specifics in regards the firearm. What is not in disagreement are the number of bullet holes found in the kitchen walls, ceiling and doorframes – 28 in total. Kennedy was struck three times, a fourth bullet grazed him, whilst six other people were also injured. The excessive number of bullet holes were never fully investigated by the LAPD and in addition, almost 3,000 photographs of the crime scene taken before and after the event (and perhaps during) were somehow lost or destroyed by the LAPD in the years before the mandated release of all information pertaining to the assassination in 1988. Like the assassination of his brother, some researchers envision a parallel here – that being a second or even third shooter involved, with Sirhan a manipulated, mind-controlled patsy.
The most damning evidence regarding a second gunman has been revealed by RFK’s autopsy report. The fatal wound came from a shot to the back of the head that displayed evidence of powder burns. This evidence and the trajectory suggested the gun had literally been pressed against the back of Kennedy’s head by someone perhaps crouched behind him. Two other wounds were also found in Kennedy’s back, with the same trajectory and powder burn evidence. Every eyewitness to the shooting has maintained that Sirhan approached and shot Kennedy from the front and from at least one foot away. However, there is no known photograph of the actual shooting which would no doubt paint a clear picture of the assassination.
In a failed attempt to win a new trial in the 1990s, Sirhans’ defense enlisted the help of the world’s leading authority on hypnosis, Dr Herbert Spiegel, but the psychiatrist was refused a new examination of Sirhan. In the original trial, Sirhans’ defense did not raise the subject of hypnosis even though a court-appointed psychiatrist had deemed him “highly hypnotisable”. According to Spiegel, at least 80% of the population can be hypnotised to some degree, and Sirhan was revealed to be in the top ten percent. Yet, his original trial team merely said he was “psychotic and schizophrenic” – a claim that was not accepted by the jury. But even under hypnosis, Sirhan could remember nothing prior to, during or after the assassination and this is a clear expression to some of the footprint of MKULTRA.
by Max Drake
(Freelance writer and artist for GritFX.)
Some researchers have gone so far as to name the perpetrators of the assassination of RFK, and a former CIA agent has identified (from available TV and other footage) three known agents inexplicably present at the Ambassador Hotel on the night of June 6th, 1968. Read more at:
For more on MKULTRA, read the book by John Marks:
The Search for the “Manchurian Candidate”