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Saturday, November 26, 2011
 

Documents: Sirhan Sirhan Claims Second Gunman, 'Hypno-Programming'

Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of assassinating Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, has filed new court documents challenging his conviction with a claim of new evidence. Sirhan shot Kennedy and wounded several others in a Los Angeles hotel in June 1968.


An FBI agent points to bullet holes that Sirhan Sirhan's lawyers claim
were caused by a second gunman during the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.


According to the filings, an audio analysis of a recording of the assassination indicates a second shooter. Lawyers for Sirhan also filed witness statements, crime scene photos and statements by investigators purporting to cast doubt on the official version of events. They deny that the shots fired by Sirhan killed Kennedy.

In addition to the claim of a second shooter, Sirhan's lawyers also claim that he was "hypno-programmed" or brainwashed to cause him to fire the shots he did, by parties unknown, who sought to set up Sirhan as a fall guy.

Read the new documents and see the exhibits here (300-page PDF)

CNN story on the filings

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