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Monday, September 2, 2019

Sirhan Sirhan

     On June 5, 1968, U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy of Massachusetts had just won the California Democratic primary for president and was celebrating at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Sirhan Sirhan, a 23-year-old Christian born Palestinian from Jordon who opposed Kennedy's support for Israel approached the senator, and with a handgun, shot him in the head. Kennedy died shortly thereafter.

     Convicted of first-degree murder, Sirhan Sirhan was sentenced to life in prison.

    In February 2016, the California Parole Board, for the fifteenth time, denied Sirhan Sirhan's request for parole. The convicted assassin maintains he has no memory of shooting Senator Kennedy.

     On August 30, 2019, guards at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility in East Otay Mesa, 25 miles southeast of San Diego, found Sirhan Sirhan bleeding at the neck from a stab wound. California fire medics rushed the inmate to the Scripps Mercy Hospital in nearby Hillcrest, California.

     The unnamed inmate who had stabbed the 75-year-old assassin was placed into the administrative segregation unit pending further investigation.

     On September l, 2019, Sirhan Sirhan was transferred back to the correctional facility and placed in the prison's medical unit.

     Because the RFK investigation was horribly bungled by the Los Angeles Police Department, serious questions have been raised over the years regarding Sirhan Sirhan's guilt.

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