Robert F Kennedy’s son has disclosed who his father’s “real killer” is just over 50 years after the assassination.
Bobby Kennedy was killed in 1968 just five years after his iconic brother JFK was shot dead in Dallas. Sirhan Sirhan opened fire on Bobby Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel. Sirhan was convicted of murdering Bobby Kennedy, but now the former US Senator’s son says the real killer was a security guard at the hotel.
Although Robert Kennedy Jr accepts that Sirhan shot at his father, he thinks the fatal shots were fired by Thane Eugene Cesar.
In the post he shared, he wrote the caption: “Thane Eugene Cesar died today in the Philippines. Compelling evidence suggests that Cesar murdered my father. On June 5, 1968, Cesar, an employee in a classified section of Lockheed’s Burbank facility, was moonlighting as a security guard at the Ambassador Hotel. He had landed the job about one week earlier.
“Cesar waited in the pantry as my father spoke in the ballroom, then grabbed my father by the elbow and guided him toward Sirhan. With 77 people in the pantry, every eyewitness said Sirhan was always in front on my father at a 3-6 feet distance. Sirhan fired two shots toward my father before he was tackled.
“From under the dog pile, Sirhan emptied his 8 chamber revolver firing 6 more shots in the opposite direction, 5 of them striking bystanders and one going wild.
“By his own account, Cesar was directly behind my dad holding his right elbow with his own gun drawn when my dad fell backwards on top of him. Cesar repeatedly changed his story about exactly when he drew his weapon.
“According to the Coroner, Dr. Thomas Noguchi, all 4 shots that struck my father were ‘contact’ shots fired from behind my dad with the barrel touching or nearly touching his body. As my dad fell, he reached back and tore off Cesar’s clip on tie.
“Cesar sold his .22 to a co-worker weeks after the assassination warning him that it had been used in a crime. Cesar lied to police claiming that he’d disposed of the gun months before the assassination. Cesar was a bigot who hated the Kennedys for their advocacy of Civil Rights for blacks.
“I had plans to meet Thane Eugene Cesar in the Philippines last June until he demanded a payment of $25,000 through his agent Dan Moldea.
“Ironically, Moldea penned a meticulous and compelling indictment of Cesar in a 1995 book and then suddenly exculpated him by fiat in a bizarre and nonsensical final chapter. Police have never seriously investigated Cesar’s role in my father’s killing.
“Cesar was a bigot who hated the Kennedys for their advocacy of civil rights for blacks. I had plans to meet Thane Eugene Cesar in the Philippines last June until he demanded a payment of $25,000 (£20,347) through his agent.”
Sirhan was sentenced to death, which was then commuted to a life sentence when the state of California abolished capital punishment in 1972.
Bobby Kennedy was killed five years after the death of his brother, the 35th US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (known as JFK), and six months after that of civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King.