June 5, 1968
Forty years ago, bullets put an end to Robert Kennedy's quest to reclaim the presidency that had been lost when his own brother was gunned down in Dallas. RFK had just declared victory in the California Democratic primary, which boosted his bid to unseat Lyndon Johnson's VP and hand-picked successor, Hubert Humphrey.
Kennedy and his entourage left the podium in the ballroom of the Ambassador Hotel and went through a kitchen pantry to avoid crowds. A Jordanian immigrant named Sirhan Sirhan came at Kennedy firing a revolver, and RFK collapsed in a pool of blood.
This seemingly open-and-shut case is anything but, as many researchers have found. Larry Hancock, author of Someone Would Have Talked, has been writing a series of essays on the case here on the MFF site, entitled Incomplete Justice. The latest installment, "They are all fibbing...", is now online.
Robert F. Kennedy won great admiration and earned powerful enemies during his tenure in government. His transformation from an ardent Cold Warrior into one of the greatest champions of the dispossessed is a remarkable story. More even than his cooler and more pragmatic brother Jack, Bobby Kennedy grew to be a fierce and unrelenting advocate of justice and equality - something sorely missed in today's society.