Only credentialed psychoanalysts are qualified to analyze what propels certain thoughts or actions. But as observers, it’s difficult to comprehend what would motivate two of Robert Kennedy’s 11 children, one a toddler at the time of his father’s 1968 assassination, to tearfully plead with a California parole board to grant freedom to their father’s assassin, Sirhan Sirhan. Ethyl Kennedy, their mother was pregnant when her husband was gunned down. Another brother, ironically bearing his father’s name, also pled for the release of his father’s murderer. He was 14 when his father was slaughtered and became a drug addict. Despite their fame and wealth, the family was plagued with problems.* Another son died of an overdose.
Douglas Kennedy, the toddler at the time of his father’s murder addressed Sirhan Sirhan with these words:
“I’m overwhelmed just by being able to view Mr. Sirhan face to face. I think I’ve lived my life both in fear of him or his name in one way or another. I am grateful today to see him as a human being worthy of compassion and love.”
Robert Kennedy, Jr. wrote a letter to the board, “Strongly encouraging Mr. Sirhan’s release because of his impressive record of rehabilitation.”
The point of a life sentence is to keep violent offenders from recidivism. Robert Kennedy, Jr. is an environmental lawyer, clearly not familiar with criminal law.
At the time of his murder, New York U.S. Sen. Robert Kennedy was a democrat presidential candidate who had just delivered a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning his party’s California primary. President John F. Kennedy, his brother, was assassinated while in office in 1962.
Prosecutors could not oppose “Mr” Sirhan‘s release under a policy imposed by radical leftist Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, who sides with criminals over law abiding citizens.
*H/T New York Post