Robert F. Kennedy

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Robert Kennedy's Eulogy for MLK Resonates This Week

'What we need in the United States is not division'

(Newser) - In the wake of the shooting death of two black men at the hands of police officers and the deaths of five police officers shot by a sniper this week, many people are sharing Robert Kennedy's 1968 speech eulogizing Martin Luther King Jr., Time reports. The speech, considered one... More »

RFK Assassin Denied Parole After Dramatic Hearing

Man shot by Sirhan says somebody else killed Kennedy

(Newser) - Sirhan Sirhan didn't kill Robert F. Kennedy, according to a man who was shot in the head the same night Kennedy was assassinated. Paul Schrade, a 91-year-old Kennedy family friend and former labor leader, told Sirhan's parole hearing on Wednesday that he believes Sirhan was the one who... More »

Did RFK Steal JFK's Brain?

Author claims theft was bizarre cover-up

(Newser) - A lot of JFK-related material will be released in the weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of his assassination but this allegation is definitely going for the craziest: A new book claims that the president's brain was stolen from a secure room in the National Archives by his brother,... More »

Obama's Problem: He Doesn't Seem to Care

Richard Cohen will still vote for him, but not happily

(Newser) - Richard Cohen does not disagree with the Washington Post’s endorsement of President Obama, he writes in that paper —but when he votes for Obama next week, it will be “with regret.” Because Cohen once mistook Obama for an RFK-like figure, only to be proved very wrong.... More »

Taylor Swift Canoodling With a New Kennedy

Spends the weekend with RFK's grandson Conor Kennedy

(Newser) - We knew Taylor Swift had gotten herself involved with the Kennedy clan , but it turns out it's not Patrick Schwarzenegger she's dating—it's Conor Kennedy. The pair spent a weekend together at the Kennedys' Hyannis Port compound, and witnesses spotted them cuddling, kissing, and jumping together on... More »

RFK Jr's Estranged Wife Found Dead

Mary Kennedy, 52, had battled drug and alcohol abuse

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, who had fought drug and alcohol problems, was found dead in her home near New York City today. Attorney Kerry Lawrence, who had represented her in a drunken-driving case, said he didn't know the cause of her death... More »

RFK Witness: I Heard 2nd Shooter

Nina Rhodes-Hughes insists Sirhan Sirhan didn't act alone

(Newser) - In a new interview with CNN , a Robert F. Kennedy campaign volunteer and witness to his assassination insists that convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan did not act alone. "There were more than eight shots," Nina Rhodes-Hughes says. "There were at least 12, maybe 14," which would have... More »

RFK's Son Charged After Clash With Maternity Nurses

He was trying to take a walk with his newborn

(Newser) - It's one of the stranger Kennedy scrapes with the law: Douglas Kennedy, the 44-year-old son of RFK, got into a dispute with nurses outside his newborn's maternity ward and faces misdemeanor charges of harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, reports NBC New York . Kennedy took his... More »

Sirhan Was Hypnotized Before RFK Murder: Lawyers

And a bullet that convicted him was switched, attorneys say in push for appeal

(Newser) - Convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan was hypnotized before he fired shots when Robert F. Kennedy was killed, and a bullet used as evidence at his trial was switched, his lawyers are arguing in their latest push for an appeal. The attorneys cite reports from experts claiming Sirhan was programmed with hypnosis... More »

In Sirhan's '68 Notes, a Calculating Assassin

The picture they paint is not one of a brainwashed killer

(Newser) - Sirhan Sirhan claims he was brainwashed into assassinating Robert F. Kennedy, but notes he purportedly wrote 42 years ago tell a different story. The handwritten four-page chronology, which he wrote in front of a member of his defense team, shows a more calculated approach. In it, Sirhan describes his... More »

Sirhan Sirhan Denied Parole

Kennedy killer's appeal for release rejected 14th time

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy's assassin has been denied parole for a 14th time. A California parole board decided that Sirhan Sirhan, who has spent 42 years behind bars for the 1968 shooting, has failed to accept the magnitude of his crime, the Los Angeles Times reports. Board members noted that Sirhan... More »

Sirhan: I Was Brainwashed Into Killing RFK

Assassin says he doesn't remember killing, didn't act alone

(Newser) - It might have been a more convincing story 43 years ago, but Sirhan Sirhan now says he was brainwashed into assassinating Robert F. Kennedy, has no memory of the 1968 shooting, and did not act alone. "There is no question he was hypno-programmed," Sirhan lawyer William F. Pepper... More »

Up for Auction: Rare Copy of Emancipation Proclamation

Signed by Abraham Lincoln, formerly owned by RFK

(Newser) - A hand-signed copy of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation owned by Robert F. Kennedy is to be auctioned Dec. 10 at Sotheby's. It is believed to be one of about 24 surviving copies that were signed by President Lincoln himself. The 1863 document that declared all slaves "forever free" was bought... More »

FBI Reveals Mountain of Ted Kennedy Death Threats

Thousands of letters promised his demise

(Newser) - After the death of his brothers, Ted Kennedy lived in constant fear that he’d be assassinated as well—and with good reason. The FBI has just released 2,352 pages from its files on Kennedy, and they’re dominated by death threats, both from anonymous enemies and groups like... More »

Rep. Delahunt Is Latest Dem to Bow Out

Mass. veteran is 17th to decide against re-election bid

(Newser) - Joining 16 of his fellow House Democrats, Massachusetts Rep. William Delahunt says he will not seek re-election this fall. “It’s got nothing to do with politics,” Delahunt, 68, tells the Boston Globe . “It’s time.” And while Delahunt had to be talked into seeking re-election... More »

LAPD Offers Kennedys Apology Over RFK Display

Bloody clothes offended some family

(Newser) - The LAPD has apologized to Robert F. Kennedy’s family for showing off the bloody clothing the late senator was wearing when he was shot. Members of the family had complained that they were offended by the exhibit, which was part of a much-publicized California Homicide Investigators Assn. Conference in... More »

RFK's Grandson May Run for Congress

29-year-old considers carrying on family tradition

(Newser) - A top Massachusetts Democrat said today that one of Robert F. Kennedy's grandsons is considering carrying on the family's political tradition by running for the House of Representatives. Joseph P. Kennedy III, one of the twin sons of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, may run this fall if Democratic... More »

Matt Damon to Play RFK in Biopic

Robert F. Kennedy film in the works at New Regency

(Newser) - If shelling out $10 to see a biopic about Robert F. Kennedy doesn’t thoroughly excite you, perhaps this will change your mind: RFK will be played by none other than Matt Damon. Well, make that might be played. Deadline reports the deal is done and Damon is attached—but... More »

Joe K Won't Run to Succeed Teddy

Joseph Kennedy II says he'd rather work for 'social justice' in private sector

(Newser) - Joe Kennedy II will not run for his late uncle’s US Senate seat, the Boston Herald reports. In a post on the website of his charity Citizens Energy, the former congressman says he prefers to pursue social justice through the private sector rather than electoral politics. The announcement means... More »

True Compass: Kennedy's Life in Modest Terms

'Heartfelt' memoir depicts pursuit of public good, atonement

(Newser) - In True Compass, Ted Kennedy’s memoir, he writes with “searching candor” about the personal losses he endured, the mistakes he made, and the struggle to live up to his family reputation, writes Michiko Kakutani for the New York Times. The result is a powerful tribute to perseverance and... More »

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