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11 May 2008


Michael Calder

Evan Freed Affidavit:

I saw the second man (wearing the darker clothing) who had been in the pantry with Sirhan during the speech pointing a gun in an upward angle at the senator. Based on the sound I heard, I believe the first shot came from this man's gun. In the background, about 6-8 feet from me, I could see Sirhan firing a revolver held in his right hand in the direction of the senator. People in the crowd were screaming and grabbing Sirhan, and I remember they were holding his arm as he was shooting. I cannot say how many shots were fired by Sirhan or by the second gunman.

ken wats

Garrison's case went before a grand jury, and subsequently a judge sitting alone on a petition by the prosecution, the first time this procedure was ever used by the Louisiana District Attorneys Office, taking enormous caution, not required by law, to protect the rights of Clay Shaw who much later was confirmed as a member of the CIA, which spent weeks undermining his case and witnesses at every level [sic]. Suggest you read far more around this case as you clearly do not know the facts.

Mel Ayton

Clay Shaw was NEVER a 'member' of the CIA as Mr Wats puts it. Simply put, he was only one of thousands of businessmen who gave the CIA information about foreign countries. I suggest Wats read Patricia Lambert's False Witness - a book about the Garrison investigation which definitively proves Garrison was a fake, charlatan and first class crook.

Paul Foreman

Mel Ayton is the worse kind of apologist for case closed investigations. He clearly hasn't read Thomas Noguchi's autopsy of that murder; if Mr. Noguchi had serious doubts about Sirhan, so should we. Moldea is tremendously defensive about his conclusions because he knows Sirhan's gun doesn't account for all the shots fired, and none of those which struck Bobby. I would be willing to bet that Ayton doesn't even know how many struck Bobby or from which direction because he has never read the autopsy report. For Sirhan to have shot Bobby, and to have emptied his gun at the crowd from in front of Bobby he would have had to be in two places at once. Ayton also doesn't know that Bobby's two personal bodyguards, Roosevelt Grier and Rafer Johnson were moving in front of Bobby; Sirhan would have had to leap over them to have fired the killing shot, and if he had, that would have been the only shot he got off.

Submitted by Paul Foreman, a Los Angeles policeman at the time of the shooting and author of an unpublished book on the deaths of the two Kennedys.

Mel Ayton

Paul Foreman, in his ignorance, has revealed he has not researched the voluminous LAPD files before ruminating about Noguchi's autopsy report and the positioning of RFK during the shooting. He has also deliberately failed to research the crucial witness statements which put Sirhan's gun within inches of the right side of Kennedy's head.

One of the enduring myths of the RFK assassination, repeated ad nauseum by conspiracy writers and documentary makers alike, is the allegation that Sirhan was never less than 3 feet away from the senator thus the assassin was unable to fire the point-blank fatal shot to RFK's head. The most recent allegations to this effect were made by Sirhan's new attorney, William Pepper; conspiracy advocate Robert Joling; and author David Talbot. Pepper said, "There is no account that pushes him any closer than 3 or 4 feet away from Bob Kennedy in front of him." Joling stated, ". . . Sirhan was never in a position where he could shoot Senator Kennedy from behind." Talbot wrote in his recent book BROTHERS (2007), "But not one witness saw Sirhan shoot Kennedy in the back of his skull at point-blank range. According to witnesses, Sirhan attacked Kennedy from the front."

These conspiracists are clearly in error as the "Kensalt" files prove. (Kensalt was the FBI's codename for its investigation.) Many of the the 12 eyewitnesses who were close to RFK when he was shot stated that Sirhan was anywhere from 3 to 12 feet away from RFK. However, Dan Moldea established that the majority of the 12 witnesses gave estimates of muzzle distance based only on the first shot and did not see Sirhan lunging at the senator. Vincent DiPierro clearly saw this happen as he has often stated. "It would be impossible for there to be a second gun," DiPierro told reporter Ron Kessler in 1974. "I saw the first shot. Kennedy fell at my feet. His blood splattered on me. I had a clear view of Kennedy and Sirhan." DiPierro later stated, "Sirhan was three feet away but the muzzle of the gun (in his outstretched arm) couldn't be more than 3 to 5 inches away from (RFK's) head." According to DiPierro, Sirhan managed to stretch his arm around Karl Uecker who was escorting Kennedy through the pantry. Uecker was facing away from RFK when Sirhan reached around him to place the gun at RFK's head.

This is supported by other witness statements, particularly those of Boris Yaro and Juan Romero who had been standing very close to RFK during the shooting. Boris Yaro stated RFK was shot at "point-blank range." Romero, who had been shaking hands with RFK when the shots rang out, initially said the gun was a "yard away" but in a 2003 Los Angeles Times interview he said, "(Sirhan) put out his hand to the senator's head. . . . Then I see the guy put a bullet in the senator's head."

The statements of Yaro, Romero, and DiPierro can now be supported by a previously overlooked statement in the "Kensalt" files by the wife of writer George Plimpton. Freddy Plimpton "saw an arm go up towards Senator Kennedy's head, but did not see a gun, heard shots, and it was obvious to her that Senator Kennedy had been shot." She saw Sirhan very clearly. She saw his arm up toward Senator Kennedy's head.

Additionally, Dan Moldea reported that Sirhan himself told one of the defense team's investigators, Michael McCowan, why he didn't shoot RFK in the face, since their eyes met an instant before Sirhan started shooting. "Because that son of a bitch turned his head at the last second," Sirhan explained, apparently without remorse. It is also possible, as Moldea reported, that Kennedy recoiled and tried to twist further away from Sirhan as he began firing. McCowan's notes have recently been in the news and confirm Sirhan's statement that he saw RFK turn his head at the last second.

The notes also reveal how Sirhan revealed everything he did on the night of the shooting which demolishes his ludicrous defense he could remember nothing.

H.P. Albarelli Jr.

Mel Ayton's research is sadly lacking on almost everything he writes. It appears that he only has access to the Internet for data and information. I have no real comment on the above article due to the fact that I would not know where to start . . . . Max, I like and enjoy your web site a lot and find it mostly informative and provocative, but Ayton simply does not measure up to any decent standard.

John Butler

Just an example of how poor Mel Ayton's work is the statement by Dan Moldea. He had provided Sirhan a chance to fact-check an eight-page report culled from his visits with the prisoner. Nowhere in those pages did Moldea show Sirhan the following dialogue attributed to him in the book:

"Suddenly, in the midst of their conversation, Sirhan started to explain the moment when his eyes met Kennedy’s just before he shot him. Shocked by what Sirhan had just admitted, McCowan asked, 'Then why, Sirhan, didn’t you shoot him between the eyes?' With no hesitation and no apparent remorse, Sirhan replied, 'Because that son of a bitch turned his head at the last second.'"

When Sirhan read about this, he sternly denied such an exchange. Moldea was never allowed to see Sirhan alone. He was always accompanied by at least Sirhan’s brother Adel. Adel also denies that Moldea ever asked Sirhan about it. What makes it worse is that it now turns out that this comment was delivered to Moldea third-hand, from Robert Blair Kaiser, who got it from defense investigator Mike McCowan.

Lynn Mangan, Sirhan’s chief researcher, had seen a pre-publication copy of the book. Since she had been with Moldea on one visit and knew Sirhan very well, she realized that the quote was hardly tenable. She called up Adel who reaffirmed her belief. When Mangan asked Moldea when and where this conversation took place, the author told her that he would mail her McCowan’s affidavit testifying to these matters. Three years later, Moldea has yet to come through with the affidavit.

Still waiting on that affidavit. People like Mel Ayton, John McAdams, and Gerald Posner are just blowhard apologists for the criminals who killed JFK, RFK, MLK, and others.

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