Kind of a big deal--did Bobby Kennedy think a conspiracy took out his brother? One of RFK's kids says yes.
Robert Kennedy was "fairly convinced" that others were involved in the assassination of his late brother, President John F. Kennedy and thought the Warren Commission report was "a shoddy piece of craftsmanship."
Says who? Says RFK's son, Robert Kennedy Jr.
It came Friday at a forum in Dallas, hosted by TV's Charlie Rose and is part of the city's commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination, an observance that culminates at the scene of the crime--Dealey Plaza--on November 22nd, 2013.
RFK Jr. himself says he's convinced it wasn't a lone gunman that took his uncle out. If memory serves, this is the first time a prominent family member has said as much publicly while also breaking bad on the Warren Commission.
Kennedy Jr. says his dad was publicly supportive of it's finding that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone but that he was "privately dismissive of it." The Washington Post reports that he said his father had investigators do research into the assassination and found that phone records of Oswald and nightclub owner Jack Ruby, who killed Oswald two days after the president’s assassination, “were like an inventory” of mafia leaders the government had been investigating. When Rose asked if his father, who was JFK's Attorney General, felt "some sense of guilty because he though there might have been a link between his very aggressive efforts against organized crime" RFK's son said, "I think that's true. He talked about that."
The late president's brother was perhaps the Kennedy family member who took JFK's murder the hardest. It's a fact that his mourning period lasted months trying to get his head around the assassination, reading the works of the great philosophers in trying to rationalize what had happened. His son told rose his father was "trying to figure out kind of the existential implications of why a just God would allow injustice to happen of the magnitude he was seeing."
It will be interesting to see if any other Kennedy intimates go public with any doubts they may have in the months leading up to November, or if they add any details to the revelations made by RFK's son. There'd always been a school of thought that said if the Kennedy's were happy with the Warren Commission's findings, the rest of us should be content, too.
Maybe they weren't, after all.