[6] The Manchurian Candidate

To prepare for Sirhan Sirhan’s 2011 parole hearing, his current legal team brings in an expert to investigate whether or not Sirhan was hypno-programmed to shoot Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
Episode Extras

Dr. Brown’s Declaration

The conclusion of Dr. Brown's Declaration to the parole board, in which he recommends Sirhan be paroled.

Dr. Daniel Brown, PhD

Dr. Brown gives a lecture at Stanford University in 2017.


A memo describing one of 149 subprojects under the MKULTRA umbrella.

Sirhan’s counsel

Laurie Dusek and William F. Pepper speak to reporters after Sirhan Sirhan's 2011 parole hearing.

Before the board

A 67-year-old Sirhan Sirhan sits with his attorney William F. Pepper at his 14th parole hearing. (AP)

The Manchurian Candidate

A 1962 movie poster for The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra.

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 Jennifer Blackman.
This episode was mixed and sound designed, and scored by Kenny Kusiak.
Additional music by John Kusiak and Seth Botos.
Our title track is Maria Tambien by Khruangbin. Our credit track is See It in Your Soul by Sean Gadd. 
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. Production assistance by Kevin Shepherd.
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