The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan And The Assassination Of Robert F. Kennedy   

                                         

                                                                           

"Mel Ayton presents a compelling examination of the convicted assassin's motivations, his state of mind, and the mountain of evidence used to denounce and imprison him. Students will find this an intriguing story to read, and in an advanced level of seminar devoted to analyzing the use of evidence, very instructive". The History Teacher, Vol 41, Issue 2

"I am a recognized expert on the murder of Senator Kennedy, but I learned a great deal from The Forgotten Terrorist, especially about Sirhan's family background and his 'Palestinian nationalism.' The exquisite detail contained in this well-written, wonderfully researched work makes it a must-read for anyone studying this far from open-and-shut case." Dan Moldea, author of The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means and Opportunity.

"Mel Ayton has accomplished something that no one writing about the RFK assassination has ever achieved before. By combining a judicious review of the forensic and eyewitness evidence with a firm grasp of the historical context, Ayton has finally made sense of the 1968 killing. The Forgotten Terrorist is a long overdue reminder that assassination is political murder." Max Holland, writer for The Nation and author of The Kennedy Assassination Tapes

"The Forgotten Terrorist is superlative, especially in regards to Sirhan's political obsessions and background. The greatest riddle in any of these high profile assassinations is motive. Thanks to Mel Ayton, the RFK killing can now be removed from that list of mysteries. I now recommend this book as the first and last book to read on the case." Gus Russo, author of The Outfit and Supermob

"(Mel Ayton is) one of the few analysts who has fully grasped (the RFK assassination's) Middle East connection". Stephen Kinzer, The Guardian

"The 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan may well be one of the most transforming events of the last third of the 20th century....Mel Ayton documents the elements that contributed to Sirhan's hatred of anyone or anything associated positively with Israel or Jews...." Alan Dershowitz, in a Foreword to a Notable Trials Library edition of The Forgotten Terrorist.  

"Ayton has produced a significant book with original and detailed information and analyses regarding Sirhan's life, motivation and psychology ..........those who despair of the country ever freeing itself from the debilitating morass of the conspiracy mindset should take heart. It is books like this splendid one from Mel Ayton that will hasten the day. (He) deserves a medal. It's a pleasure to see (him) swatting down these empty claims (by conspiracy advocates)." Patricia Lambert, author of False Witness: The Real Story of Jim Garrison's Investigation and Oliver Stone's Film JFK (M. Evans & Co, 2000)

"(Mel Ayton is) doing a fabulous job of setting history right". David Aaronovitch, The Times, 

In 2011 Sirhan Sirhan, the sole person convicted of killing Senator Robert F. Kennedy, sought a new trial or freedom from his life sentence asserting his innocence and "horrendous violations" of his rights.

                                          

In December 2011 the California Attorney General requested Mel Ayton's assistance in preparing a brief challenging Sirhan Sirhan's claim that he is innocent of the 1968 murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. 

In 2015 Mel Ayton and Dan Moldea were thanked for their assistance to the California Attorney General in Sirhan Sirhan's attempt to be freed -

"Since both of you helped my efforts to convince the federal district court that Sirhan's conspiracy theories lacked merit, I wanted to let you know the district court has finally rejected Sirhan's arguments and dismissed his habeas petition. I have attached the two pertinent orders if you are interested in reading them. However, the legal case is not over yet, as Sirhan could ask the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to hear his case. This federal appellate court has some discretion to review the case, with a new round of legal briefing and oral arguments. If the Ninth Circuit refuses to take the case, Sirhan would then have a (very unlikely) shot in the United States Supreme Court. Again, thanks for your past help in the case. Hope is it over soon". Jaime Fuster (Assistant to the California Attorney General)

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In December 2013 a limited leather bound edition of Mel Ayton's 2007 book The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was produced by the Gryphon Corporation for the 'Notable Trials Library'. The new edition includes a Foreword by acclaimed Harvard professor and author Alan Dershowitz (BELOW)

                                                                                                      

 

 

In reviewing Mel Ayton's book The Forgotten Terrorist, Max Holland, writer for The Nation and author of The Kennedy Assassination Tapes said the author,"exposes the pseudo-exposers (and) combines a judicious review of the forensic and eyewitness evidence with a firm grasp of the historical context" Acclaimed American investigative journalist Dan Moldea characterized the book as having, "exquisite detail... a well-written, wonderfully researched work". Gus Russo, author of The Outfit and Supermob, recommended The Forgotten Terrorist as "the first and last book to read" on the Robert Kennedy assassination.

ARTICLES BY MEL AYTON ON THE ASSASSINATION OF SENATOR ROBERT F. KENNEDY

                                 Washington Decoded                                   

 SIRHAN SIRHAN - STILL GUILTY  

                                     

    THE ROBERT KENNEDY ASSASSINATION - UNRAVELLING THE CONSPIRACY THEORIES              

 PART ii - WHY SIRHAN SIRHAN ASSASSINATED ROBERT KENNEDY

                               

 

THE RFK ASSASSINATION - NEW REVELATIONS FROM THE FBI FILES

HOW THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL DUPED THE AMERICAN PUBLIC ABOUT THE RFK ASSASSINATION ACOUSTICS DEBATE

Did The CIA Kill Bobby Kennedy? The BBC's Blunder

The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy and the Girl in the Polka Dot Dress

Did The PLO Murder Robert Kennedy?

THE UNAFFILIATED TERRORIST

Did the PLO Kill RFK?

 

                The Kenne Assassination

   By John McAdams

Conspiracy Thinking and the John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Assassinations:

The JFK and RFK Assassinations and the Bogus 'Manchurian Candidate' Theories