This is just a couple of extracts from the story that I wanted to comment on.
His [Sirhan's] case is closed. His lawyers are now launching a long-shot bid to have the Inter-American Court of Human Rights hold an evidentiary hearing, while Schrade is hoping for a group such as the Innocence Project to take on the case. A spokesman for the Innocence Project said that the organization does not discuss cases at the consideration stage.
I had hopes of involving the Innocence Project regarding Lee Oswald, but their website states they are only interested in helping those convicted and serving time. Still, if they do take up the case of Sirhan and his innocence is proven, it increases pressure to re-look at JFK's alleged assassin.
Wistrich, the judge, was completely dismissive of any suggestion of hypnosis. Schrade said the various theories of conspiracy and hypnotic programming are of little interest to him.
“I’m interested in finding out how the prosecutor convicted Sirhan with no evidence, knowing there was a second gunman,” Schrade said.
Schrade is wise to avoid conspiracy theories in his quest to get justice for Sirhan. However, he and the judge are dead wrong in conflating the stories of hypnosis with wild-eyed conspiracy theories. That Sirhan underwent hypnosis at some time or other is indisputable. It is part of the evidence. In fact, the evidence for hypnosis is beyond question, unlike the ballistics evidence which is very questionable.
The real issue is not hypnosis. The real issue is that the wild-eyed conspiracy theorists have beat themselves senseless looking for the hypnotist.
The irony is that the hypnotist is already behind bars. His name is Sirhan Sirhan. Self-hypnosis was part of his training and instruction from the occult group AMORC he was involved with.
The question is not who the hypnotist was. The question is - was Sirhan "programmed" after putting himself under by someone he was not aware was present?
This scenario is not even unique. It had happened 20 years earlier in Bogotá, Colombia where the exact same scenario played out. A young charismatic liberal, Jorge Gaitan, on the campaign trail was shot is dead with with a pistol at close range in front of a large number of witnesses. The alleged assassin was a young unemployed dreamer who was a member of AMORC and had had been instructed to practice self-hypnosis. The young man, Juan Sierra Roa, was killed at the urging of another man standing near Roa and who had one arm and hand wrapped by a coat ( a good method f concealing a weapon you are about to use). While the mob was kicking Roa to death, this man was seen being picked up and driven away.
Anyone who wants to solve the RFK case MUST study the Gaitan case. Full details of the latter, including the identities of the real culprits are in my book. https://www.amazon.com/Harvey-Oswalds-Cold-Assassination-Reinvestigated/dp/099244604X
The full WAPO article can be read here.