The Conspiracy To Assassinate
Bobby Kennedy in 1968 was still making a serious push for the presidency. He had literally just secured the democratic primary in California after the polls had closed very late on June the 4th, and he then set about addressing his supporters who were waiting for him in the Ambassador Hotel's Embassy ballroom in the Mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles.
Just after midnight now on the 5th of June, and just after the victory speech, Bobby set about making his exit from the ballroom packed with his supporters. Now, as far as I can understand it, It's still not quite clear how the plans changed exactly or how Bobby came to make his way through the kitchen and pantry area behind the ballroom of all things as opposed to the planned route but whoever was to decide this certainly sealed his fate forever and sending him through this area at the last moment where his eventual killer was waiting seems almost too coincidental really..
It was through this area that Bobby was being directed by a security guard of the building called Thane Eugene Cesar though, a Cuban-American and suspected right wing racist who was only working part time and had acquired the job a few weeks before I believe, but whether he was the one who directed him through there or the order came from someone else and Cesar was just directing him is unclear. But there is one thing I'm personally sure of about Thane Eugene Cesar - he is one incredibly important in the RFK case - and I'd go as far as calling him a potential shooter. I'll explain more about this in a moment, for now here's one of the only pictures of him that I'm able to find:
He was said to be physically holding RFK close to him as he walked him through the narrow Kitchen hallway filled with supporters, Bobby all the while shaking the hundreds of out reaching hands before him. One of those outreached hands was of a young 17 year old boy called Juan Romero, someone who would become famous for Boris Yaro's famous photograph of Bobby just after the assassination which can be seen below. But It was at this time that Bobby was shaking his hand where a young 24 year old Jordanian born Kitchen staff worker called Sirhan Bishara Sirhan stepped forward with his .22 caliber Iver-Johnson Cadet revolver and shot Senator Kennedy 3 times, also striking and injuring 5 other individuals in the process. This according to the official story..
The famous speech and the emotional reaction of the crowd in the aftermath of the assassination can be seen/heard here:
Bobbys Last Speech And Assassination, Part 1
Bobbys Last Speech And Assassination, Part 2
Bobbys Last Speech And Assassination, Part 3
Bobby didn't die straight away however; he was even conscious and talking despite being shot in the head. It's widely claimed that his first words after the shooting were even, "Is everyone alright?" Sirhan Sirhan was immediately apprehended after the shooting and taken into police custody. Kennedy on the other hand, still hanging onto life, was immediately taken to a nearby hospital. It was only here that they discovered the other 2 bullet holes (one in his right armpit and another a few inches below).
He was taken for surgery which lasted three hours and forty minutes. During this operation, surgeons removed a blood clot that had formed on his brain and the doctors removed as many "fragments of metal and bone as they could.” By 5 PM, his condition was extremely critical. He managed to hold on for an entire day after his assassination though, but It was at approximately 1:44 am on the 6th of June, with his pregnant wife, his 10 children and the rest of his family nearby, he unfortunately and finally died.