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William Turner: The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy


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(1) In the introduction of “The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy” you refer to NBC’s television correspondent Sander Vanocur, interviewing Edward Kennedy shortly after the assassination of RFK. Vanocur reported Kennedy as saying that “faceless men” (Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray and Sirhan Sirhan) had been charged with the killing of his brothers and Dr. Martin Luther King. Kennedy added: “Always faceless men with no apparent motive. There has to be more to it.” You then go on to say that Edward Kennedy has never repeated these concerns in public (page xxxiii). Why do you think Kennedy has not called for a new investigation of the assassinations of his brothers?

(2) According to Lisa Pease, Thane Eugene Cesar had formerly worked at the Hughes Aircraft Corporation. Do you have any information on who Cesar worked for before 1968?

(3) You point out on page 160 that Sirhan was convicted and sentenced before William W. Harper, an independent ballistics expert, proved that the bullets removed from Kennedy and newsman William Weisel, was fired from two different guns. After Harper published his report, Joseph P. Busch, the Los Angeles District Attorney, announced he would look into the matter. Thane Eugene Cesar was interviewed and he admitted he pulled a gun but insisted it was a Rohm .38, not a .22 (the caliber of the bullets found in Kennedy). Cesar admitted that he did own a .22 H & R pistol. However, he claimed that he had sold the gun before the assassination to Jim Yoder. Your discovery of the receipt for the H & R pistol dated 6th September, 1968, seems to be crucial in this case. Did you take this evidence to Busch? If so, how did he react?

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(1) In the introduction of “The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy” you refer to NBC’s television correspondent Sander Vanocur, interviewing Edward Kennedy shortly after the assassination of RFK. Vanocur reported Kennedy as saying that “faceless men” (Lee Harvey Oswald, James Earl Ray and Sirhan Sirhan) had been charged with the killing of his brothers and Dr. Martin Luther King. Kennedy added: “Always faceless men with no apparent motive. There has to be more to it.” You then go on to say that Edward Kennedy has never repeated these concerns in public (page xxxiii). Why do you think Kennedy has not called for a new investigation of the assassinations of his brothers?

(1) I think Ted Kennedy was afraid for the family's security.

(2) According to Lisa Pease, Thane Eugene Cesar had formerly worked at the Hughes Aircraft Corporation. Do you have any information on who Cesar worked for before 1968?

(2) I don't know that Cesar worked with any of the anti-Castro groups. At the time of the assassination he was moonlighting at Ace Security and working at the CIA's Skunk Works (the U-2 facility) at Lockheed in Burbank. I have no knowledge that he worked for Hughes Aircraft. As of a year ago, one Thane Cesar had an address of 3825 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village CA 91362. As you may know, Dan Muldea was once his agent.

(3) You point out on page 160 that Sirhan was convicted and sentenced before William W. Harper, an independent ballistics expert, proved that the bullets removed from Kennedy and newsman William Weisel, was fired from two different guns. After Harper published his report, Joseph P. Busch, the Los Angeles District Attorney, announced he would look into the matter. Thane Eugene Cesar was interviewed and he admitted he pulled a gun but insisted it was a Rohm .38, not a .22 (the caliber of the bullets found in Kennedy). Cesar admitted that he did own a .22 H & R pistol. However, he claimed that he had sold the gun before the assassination to Jim Yoder. Your discovery of the receipt for the H & R pistol dated 6th September, 1968, seems to be crucial in this case. Did you take this evidence to Busch? If so, how did he react?

(3) That is correct. The accidentals and stirations showed that they were different guns. I believe my co-author Jonn Christian got it to Busch through an intermediary.

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