[1] June 5, 1968


Fifty years ago, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot in the kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, moments after winning the California Democratic primary. A lone gunman was captured at the scene, pistol in hand. Police said the case was open and shut. But was it? Meet Bill Klaber (author, ​Shadow Play​) - a researcher who has a very different idea of what happened on June 5, 1968.

Episode Extras

Co-hosts Zac Stuart-Pontier and Bill Klaber

(Photographed by Alessandro Santoro)

Sirhan Sirhan

Sirhan Sirhan during an interview with his defense attorney, Grant Cooper, before his trial. (Robert Blair Kaiser Collection, UMDRFK Archives)

Senator Robert F. Kennedy

Senator Robert F. Kennedy addresses the crowd at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles after winning the California presidential primary. (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Robert F. Kennedy Assassination Archives)

Episode Credits

Crimetown is Zac Stuart-Pontier and Marc Smerling. The RFK Tapes is made in partnership with Cadence 13.

The show is produced by Jesse Rudoy, Bill Klaber, Ula Kulpa and Ryan Murdock. Our senior producer is Austin Mitchell. Editing by Marc Smerling. Fact checking by Mick Rouse. 

This episode was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Kenny Kusiak. Additional music by John Kusiak. Our title track is Maria Tambien by Khruangbin. Music supervision by Josh Kessler and Dylan Bostick at Heavy Duty Projects. Archival footage courtesy of the California State Archives. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Our intern is Kevin Shepherd. 

Special thanks Jean Klaber, Emily Wiedemann, Greencard pictures, Alessandro Santoro, Judith Farrar, Brad Johnson, Paul Schrade and the team at Cadence13.

For more information on the Robert Kennedy murder, pick up a copy of Bill’s book, Shadow Play, from St Martin’s Press. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ theRFKtapes. If you like the show, leave us a rating and review on Apple Podcast or wherever you get your podcasts, it really helps others find out about show.

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