fuaitpr s note: In l'an I J rliis art iele. Martin Portar examine J the well-documented body of 'ballistics evidence poiutbtg to the conclusión tliat Siriian Sirluin could nni have actcd alone in the assussinaiion of Roben ■'. Kennedy. The ballistics evidence is overwhelming: Sirhan B. Sirhan, the Palestinian immigrant pinned as the lone assassin of Presidential hopeful Robert Kennedy fof over seven years now. did not act alone. Many l'orensic experts and ballistics experts nationwide agree that thcre had to be a "second gun." Then what happened? Who really was to blanie? These, and many other questions, remain unanswered. It has been left up to a sniall band of dedicaled nvestigators.working against concentrated efforts to lay the matter to rest. to come up with the truth. Such a group, the Campaign for Democratie Freedoms (CDF), headed by Donald Freed.novelist and a founding member of Mark Lane's Citien's Comm'ission of Inquny (CCI), has come upwitli new information and thetiries that sHed liglit on the Robert Kennedy assassination and its subsequent cover-up by the Los Angeles Pólice Department (LAPD). According to the CDF, a fellow inmate of Sirhan 's at San Quentin, Ronald Wood, wrote a letter to Nevada Assemblyman Dan Déniers, stating he liad Iearned new details of the Kennedy assassination from Sirhan. Investigators searched throughout the prison system for Wood, but days later he was found stabbed to death in the Canon City, Nevada State Penitent'iary. California prison officials explained that Wood, a "valued informant," had been transferred to Nevada for his "own protection." However, Nevada officials claim they were nevei instructed to fake special precautions to protect Wood. Both prison systems insist tliat Wood's 'murder had iiothing to do with his connection with Sirhan. They speculate that the murder was iidiuHiL-ioKiieu, uimougn no drugs were tound on Wood s body. nor on the person ofany of the five ininate suspects now being held in isolation for the killine. Wood's mysterious deatli has led CDF investigators to possible CIA connections witli the Kennedy assassination. The organization claims thal a $25,000 murder contfaci had been issued on the life ot'Sirhan. Further investigation by the CDF has uncovered that the Los Angeles Pólice Department ( LAPD) investigation, code named "Special Unit Senator." was run by three men with close ( IA lies: then-District Attomey und fonner Office pf Strategie Services (OSS) agent Evelle J. Younger: Special Unit Senator's highest ranking offïcer, Manuel Pena, wlio carne out of retirement to head up the conspiracy aspeéis of the case (actually the CDF contends he had been al a (IA pólice training school outside Washington, D.C. ); and Lieutenant Enrique I lernandez, who has been assoeiaied with the CIA since 1%3, when he played a key role in the Latin American "Unified Pólice Command" training for the CIA These three men had been selected to head the SUS task force whose job was to "establish the existence or non-existence of a criminal conspiracy." The CDF contends that Hernández 's main assignment was to discredit numerous eyewitiiess reports that Sirhan was accompanied by a woman in a "polka dot dress" who may have been an accomplice to the murder. In an interview with KM PC radio reporter Art Kenin, retired LAPD officer Paul Schraga clainied tluit at the scène of the murder he saw a woman in a "polka dot dress" run past him, yeliing, We shot him, we killed Kennedy! Shraga says he broadcast a description of thevvoman for two hours over the pólice 1 ."II .111 . S w V _ A " - raaio unui lie was torn oy a superior, we got our man. Let s not Porter make a federal case out of it." Among the evitience missing trom LAKL) tiles, along with the ceihng panels, is Shraga's report of this incident. Tlie CDF theorizes that the woman in the "polka dot dress" played an important role in activating Sirhan to kill Senator Kennedy. The organization claims tliat eyewitnesses spotted her clasping Sirhan and whispering into his ear before the shooting. According to the theory, Sirhan was a trained assassin whose behavior was modified to react to a voice command. The existence of the use of behavior modification to train so-called "zombie assassins" has been verified by high-ranking military personnel. In an Associated Press story, Lieutenant Commander Thomas Narut, a psychiatrist working at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Naples, says that the U.S. Navy has taken convicted murderers from military prisons and has trained them as political assassins by modern behavior moJificatioh techniques. Robert Kaiser, in Rl-'K Must Die, quotes Frenchie Longeres, FBI special agent in charge of the Kennedy investigation: "I'm still not convinced this isn't a Manchurian Candidate case" (referring to the popular film in which an American P.O.W. was brainwashed to beconie a political assassin upon his release). Psycholagists working with Sirhan lend credence to tliis speculation.having found him liighly susceptible to hypnosis. Further psychiatrie testing luis found that earlier diagnosis of Sirhan as a paranoid schizophrenic was erroneous. To this day, Sirhan claims he does not remember anything of the shooting. When he was taken into custody immediately after the shots were fired, his eyes were dilated, and he seemed to be trembling from cold. Later, when placed under hypnosis by déjense psychiatrists, he exhibited the same symptoms. iossiWy most revealing was Strhan's own response when asked if he was planning to kill Kennedy. "Onfy in my mind," Sirhan replied. "Not to do it physically... I don 't have the guts to do anything like that. I did it, but I was not aware of it." "To me, my whole life stopped on June 5. All the time from then, for the past year- from June 5, '68, on- is unreal to me, sir. I stilt don't believe what has happened." These statements, as well as the numerous questions raised by the CDF'S investigation, have led many- including former New York Congressman Allard Lowenstein, leader of the "Dump Johnson" campaign in the '60's, and now a consultant to California Governor Jerry Brown- to publicly cali for a reinvestigation of the Kennedy killing. In a recent press conference, conspicuously ignored or distorted by the national media, Lowenstein stressed the importance of, once and for all. discovering the truth about this and other politica! assassinations. "Assassinations of Presidents and other national figures are not ordinary murders," he said. "When bufiets destroy or nullify the national will, deniocracy itself has been assaulted." Martin Porrcr. an Aun Arbor-baged freelancer, has workeü ' ori the Michigan Daily and the Atlanta Constitution.