Kennedy children speak about shooting

AP, DALLAS

Sun, Jan 13, 2013 - Page 7

Robert Kennedy Jr is convinced that a lone gunman was not solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, former US president John F. Kennedy, and said his father believed the Warren Commission report was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.”

Robert Kennedy Jr and his sister, Rory, spoke about their family on Friday night while being interviewed in front of an audience by Charlie Rose at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas. The event comes as a year of observances begins for the 50th anniversary of the president’s death.

Their uncle was killed on Nov. 22, 1963, while riding in a motorcade through Dallas. Five years later, their father was assassinated in a Los Angeles hotel while celebrating his win in the California Democratic presidential primary.

Robert Kennedy Jr said his father thought the Warren Commission, which concluded Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president, was a “shoddy piece of craftsmanship.”

He said that he, too, questioned the report.

“The evidence at this point I think is very, very convincing that it was not a lone gunman,” he said, but he did not say what he believed may have happened.

Rose asked if he believed his father, the US attorney general at the time of his brother’s death, felt “some sense of guilt because he thought there might have been a link between his very aggressive efforts against organized crime.”

Kennedy replied: “I think that’s true. He talked about that. He publicly supported the Warren Commission report, but privately he was dismissive of it.”

He said his father had investigators do research into the assassination and found that telephone 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.

He said his father, later elected US senator in New York, was “fairly convinced” that others were involved.