The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation
Tim Tate, Brad Johnson

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy: Crime, Conspiracy and Cover-Up - A New Investigation

At 12.16am on Wednesday, June 5, 1968, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded in the kitchen service pantry of the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles. He had just won the California Primary, an important victory in his quest for nomination as the Democratic Party’s candidate in the US Presidential election late that year. A little over 24 hours later, he was pronounced dead.

A 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, was captured in the pantry with a smoking gun in his hand. Eyewitnesses had seen him step out in front of Kennedy and begin shooting with a small calibre revolver. He fired all eight bullets in its chamber. In April 1969, Sirhan was convicted of Robert Kennedy’s murder and the wounding of five others. He was sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment. He has been in prison – often in solitary confinement – ever since. Fifteen applications for parole have been rejected. 

That is the official history of the murder of Robert F. Kennedy. Now, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, award-winning investigative journalists Tim Tate and Brad Johnson uncover the true story.

This book is the result of more than 25 years’ painstaking forensic work. The authors have scrutinised more than 100,000 official documents, located previously unknown recordings, and conducted original new interviews with key figures in the case.

They show that Sirhan could not have fired the fatal bullets, reveal detailed evidence of a murderous conspiracy involving organised crime, and disclose CIA documents detailing successful experiments to create a hypno-programmed political assassin. The book also unmasks the likely identity of one of the most enduring mysteries in the case – the infamous ‘Girl in the Polka Dot Dress’.

Book Details:

  • Author: Tim Tate, , Brad Johnson
  • Published Year: 2018
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Tim Tate,

Tim is a multi-award winning documentary film-maker, investigative journalist and best-selling author. Over a 30-year career he produced and directed almost 90 films for all British terrestrial channels as well as Discovery, A&E & Court Television networks in the United States.   His films have been honoured by Amnesty International, the Royal Television Society, UNESCO, the International Documentary Association, the Association for International Broadcasting, the [US] National Academy of Cable Broadcasting and the New York Festivals.   Tim’s 1992 documentary ...
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Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson is an award-winning writer, editor, producer and television news anchor.  After graduating from university with a BA in Political Science, he spent 30 years as a journalist with CNN.   Between 1985 and 2015 his work earned a succession of awards from the Peabody Trust, recognizing excellence in the American radio and television industry.   In 2004, as he was putting together his second-by-second timeline of the Robert Kennedy Assassination, Brad uncovered the audio recording made by Stanislaw Pruszynski – the only one known to have captured the shooting...
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Book Reviews

  • "Fascinating… This book definitely grabbed me… a book I could not put down… It has to be one of the best books about this assassination I have read."
    Netgalley
  • "“The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968 was a defining moment in American political history as it symbolised the end of that spirit of hope. This meticulous and well written book possessing a wealth of supporting evidence asks the central question was Sirhan Sirhan really the culprit? I'm not a conspiracy theorist by any means but there is enough evidence presented here to suggests that something does not add up and this whole case warrants a fresh investigation. This certainly was a cracking read."
    Netgalley
  • "All in all, an interesting and plausible read for those interested in this particular slice of American history."
    Netgalley
  • "A new and definitive investigation into the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in June 1968. Any lover of history or conspiracy theories will adore this book – this is how to learn history in a fun way!"
    Janet's Book Corner
  • "Such an amazing and informative book. Very well researched. I sat down meaning to read for a short time, but read it all before I stopped."
    Netgalley
  • "I could not put this book down from the first page to the last."
    Netgalley
  • "Meticulous and intense… a very credible investigation. Everything mentioned was cited, and the book was very thorough."
    Ethereal Pages
  • "Kennedy Jr.’s pronouncement may finally give his father’s case the attention and the serious analysis it deserves. Reading Tate and Johnson’s book shows how poor of a job the mainstream media has done."
    Consortium News
  • "It presents the evidence without sensationalism and doesn’t jump to conclusions. It is also well-structured, leading the reader deeper into the events while keeping the broader picture in mind. And, it is not afraid to leave questions unanswered at the end."
    Fiction of Relationships
  • "A thoroughly well researched and compelling account of the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. Packed with detail, anyone who loves history will enjoy this book. I couldn't put it down."
    Angela Anderson , Netgalley
  • "This detailed narrative that contextualises the times really well… really loved this and could not put it down."
    Leslie Gardner , Netgalley