Shadow Play: The Unsolved Murder of Robert F. Kennedy

SHADOW PLAY                                                 WILLIAM KLABER

On June 4, 1968, just after he had declared victory in the California presidential primary, Robert F. Kennedy was gunned down in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel. Captured a few feet away, gun in hand, was a young Palestinian-American named Sirhan Sirhan. The case against Sirhan was declared “open and shut” and the court proceedings against him were billed as “the trial of the century”; American justice at its fairest and most sure. But was it? By careful examination of the police files, hidden for twenty years, Shadow Play explores the chilling significance of altered evidence, ignored witnesses, and coerced testimony. It challenges the official assumptions and conclusions about this most troubling, and perhaps still unsolved, political murder.


This book is a 2018 publication and I am now reviewing it after reading it once again. I remember when Robert Kennedy was shot and days after. I did not pay to much attention to the trail being younger and just not into it. Southern California had a lot of different things happening from one day to the next.
Here though the author sets out to say that Sirhan Sirhan was a fall guy, he could not have fired the five shots. He then goes into botched evidence by LAPD and the FBI. That once they had him, they made sure everything pointed to him. I remember the hotel for my father would take me their occasionally and I also remember when they tore it down and thought that was strange, for I am sure Robert Kennedy would have won the election that year. We as a nation probably would not have had Nixon who won that year.
People don’t even know that it was said that Sirhan Sirhan commented on this act because of the seven-day war between Israel and Palestine, he being Palestine. The author of the book speaks of all of the other evidence that has been talked about like a second and people that left before they were questioned. Overall, I thought this was a good book and for the most part, I don’t think it will change anyone's mind but for me, this was some information that I had heard and I am glad it was at least put out there. Worth the read. I received this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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