Shane O’Sullivan, whose credentials involve the BBC as well as The Guardian, decided to delve into first person documentation of the evening Robert Kennedy was shot, hours after winning California primary during the ’68 Presidential election. Of course, just months earlier MLK was gunned down, and the Chicago Democratic Convention was a few weeks away, making RFK’s murder sensational, but still just a part of the States fast devolving political situation. That year – contrary to Afghanistan/Vietnam comparisons – was truly the countries time of revolution. And it seemed to have failed.
What was successful was Sirhan Sirhan’s execution of a major political force, a force intending to move the country left, embracing the working class and attempting to level the grand playing field. With the assumed killer’s Middle Eastern birth, some speculate that his motivation stemmed from Kennedy’s support of Israel. That may or may not be the case, but the guy maintains he doesn’t remember the actual shooting. And after forty years, that’s a pretty consistent view.
O’Sullivan does, though, weave a story through a series of still photographs and bits of archival film. Identifying a few supposed CIA affiliates becomes a difficult task as double identities wind up being proffered and proper agreement from various sources as to who these people are becomes problematic. Nothing’s ever one hundred percent agreed upon. There are some pretty sturdy stories, but O’Sullivan, wisely enough, includes conflicting opinions and eventually concludes he can’t be perfectly certain about anything. The fact that RFK was killed by a bullet fired from behind him, however, makes Sirhan less than a viable candidate as a singular operator. His brother, Munir, agrees. But that’s not too much of a surprise.
Never admitting there won’t likely be an answer as to who else may have been involved in this political assassination, O’Sullivan seems to still be researching. A compendium, in book form, was issued around the release of the film. And there’s even been a bit of an update. All this information being collected so long after the event transpired only points to the fact that the general public won’t ever know the truth. So much for dynasties.