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Published:April 29th, 2012 15:15 EST
'A Persistence of Memory' Two Gunmen in RFK Assassination

'A Persistence of Memory' Two Gunmen in RFK Assassination

By John G. Kays


Memories of bad events that happen in our lives are often deeply buried in the caverns of our psyches, securely forgotten under lock and key. Recollection of Robert Kennedy`s Assassination on June 5, 1968 defy this persistent pattern, that our minds have constructed to protect us from too much more trauma or pain. It turns out, that in this case, the pain of forgetting is greater than a remembering of a `consequential historical truth.` A CNN report this morning of what Nina Rhodes-Hughes saw and heard that early summer night (a long time ago) reaffirms to me that our minds do a good job of managing our memories. 


There were two gunmen in the Ambassador Hotel kitchen pantry shooting at Robert. Many people believed this to be true at the time, but the FBI and the LAPD managed to redirect our thinking away from such `inconceivable nonsense.` What I`ve found to be true, when thinking about how our minds work or how they preserve memories, letting some of them surface freely, while oppressing others, filing them away in some remote auxiliary hard drive that lies in our brain somewhere, is that our first impressions are often our most accurate impressions.


I won`t attempt to parrot for you what was reported in an excellently written and researched article by Michael Martinez and Brad Johnson, but just to mention that it was a fresh breath of air to me, reaffirming my steadfast belief that RFK was killed as a result of some kind of conspiracy. The nature of the conspiracy, who did it exactly, why they did it (speculation on the why seems to be fairly obvious, I must opine), how it was covered-up, has never been properly unveiled, although we`re getting closer with each new (it`s old actually, but has been swept under the rug) piece of evidence. 


As far as my own research goes, I`m only an amateur student of RFK`s assassination. I have read a good deal on this important topic, however, such as Dan E. Moldea`s book, The Killing of Robert F. Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity (1995). I`ve collected a number of monographs on Robert`s tragic and unsolved murder, but like those aforementioned unsavory memories, I had to lock them away in my Public Storage unit, for a lack of immediately useable space. Not that I don`t intend on their return, but space is a premium these days.


Nonetheless, I do recall that the proclivity of my thinking pointed towards this suspicious security guard as the second gunman, Eugene Cesar. Eugene Cesar`s story is an unusual one. Why the LAPD didn`t investigate this security guard more thoroughly at the time, has never been convincingly answered. We hear from Dan Moldea that Cesar was able to pass a polygraph test, yet this shouldn`t clear him. Guilty people have been known to pass a polygraph test. Eugene admits to pulling out his .22 during the shooting, but claims he didn`t fire it.


Even more intriguing, are the accounts of the woman in a polka-dot dress. I believe the eye-witness testimony of Kennedy campaign worker, Sandy Serrano, to be truthful. Many people discount her story as a mere hallucination, the workings of an over-active imagination, or someone under incredible duress. And yet others saw the polka-dot woman as well, who had exclaimed in the moment of tragedy: "We shot Senator Kennedy!" 


I have Shane O`Sullivan`s 2007 documentary, RFK Must Die, coming to me (through the U.S. mail) shortly from Netflix. Sandy Serrano reiterates her shocking testimony in this must see documentary. Well, memories once vaulted in the tombs of our resourceful minds, sometimes, are best recalled from their lonely storage spaces for further consideration. Such is one of those solemn occasions, when the ghosts of history refuse to remain eternally in silence.


RFK assassination witness tells CNN: There was a second shooter - CNN.com


CNN: NEW RFK ASSASSINATION RECORDING!!! - YouTube