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The Buzz: Sirhan Sirhan file now available at California State Archives


Sacramento Bee newspaper

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011 - 12:20 am

Calling all crime buffs and political historians.

The California State Archives is now keeper of a collection of evidence, tapes and photographs from the investigation into Robert F. Kennedy's assassination in Los Angeles.

A candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1968, the New York senator won the California primary on June 4, beating Minnesota Sen. Eugene McCarthy.

After midnight, Kennedy gave a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel. Shortly afterward, he was shot. He survived about 26 hours before he died.

Sirhan Sirhan was convicted of killing Kennedy. Researchers will now have easier access to the case file that Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigators built in 1968 and 1969.

Sirhan was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. He has since been denied parole 14 times, most recently in March.

In late April, his lawyers filed new legal papers claiming a mind-control plot in which a mysterious girl in a polka-dot dress induced Sirhan to fire at Kennedy.

– Micaela Massimino

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2011/08/03/3804973/the-buzz-veterans-of-californias.html#ixzz1U4qb5lgh

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