The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 14, 1968 · Page 3
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, June 14, 1968
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Blytnevffle (Ark.) Courier News — Friday, June 14, — Page That; Witnesses Tell of Assassination Events By GENE HANDSAKER Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) Twelve hours before Sen. Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, witnesses say, the accused man- was rapid-firing the death weapon on a target range. Other witnesses say three bullets hit Kennedy—not two, as previously reported—and that (he killer stepped from beside a smiling, shapely mystery girl and fired his revolver with "a very sick-looking smile on his face." These were highlights of testimony made public Thursday by the county grand jury which last Friday indicted Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, a 24-year-old Jor- place where Sirhan was standing. The employe, an assistant maitre d', said the kitchen passage was due to a last minute change of mind, that earlier Kennedy had been expected to go downstairs to address a group unable to get into the main ballroom. The employe did not say why the plan was changed. Henry Adrian Carreon, an elementary school playground director and police science major at East Los Angeles College, testified he and a friend, David Montellano, were target-shooting about noon June 4 on the San Gabriel Valley Gun Club's pistol range. danian immigrant, 'for the mur-1 "To the left of us there was an der. The transcript-258 double- individual around five feet spaced typewritten pages—became public when filed with the county clerk. away, shooting very rapidly on the range with a revolver," said Carreon. "On the range-you are • Twenty-two witnesses—Sirhan | supposed to shoot and pause, not among them-pictured ths 1 Usually the range officer goes slaying scene of terror and' up to the ^dividual shooting in hysteria and its aftermath: ' ''" """" " The kitchen area of the Ambassador Hotel jammed early June 5 with jubilant supporters escorting the New York senator and celebrating his victory California's Democratic presidential primary... Eight .22-caliber bullets exploding in "a deliberate. .. bang-bang cadence" like firecrackers or popping toy balloons... Kennedy falling, fatally wounded, rearing back sharply. "Both hands went up. He was just about to shake hands."... Five bystanders falling wounded... The crowd's stunned, scream- Ing reaction: "The suspect turned.. .and was trying to escape.. .People were trying— were hitting him and cursing at him, and it was utter confusion. I mean everyone was trying to kill him." Testimony from hotel em- ployes, police and medical men gave this picture: A half hour before the shoot Ing, Sirhan had been waiting in the hotel kitchen, asking a porter three or four times if the senator was expected to pass through. From the Embassy Room stage where he had proclaimed victory, Kennedy was led by the hand by a hotel employe to the this manner and he will inform them that it's not supposed to be done..." Carreon identified the individual from photos as Sirhan. Asked twice, Sirhan identified his revolver as an Iver Johnson, Carreon said. Carreon said Montellano noticed that Sirhan had one box of bullets set aside from his others and asked Sirhan, "Isn't that a special type of bullet?" The bullet, said Carreon, is called "the mini-magnum; and this type of bullet, when it penetrates on an object, usually tears and splits out into different directions where the regular bullet of a .22 caliber goes in a hole and... it will come out the same size." Carreon said Sirhan was non- commital about the bullets. Shown a gun while before the grand jury, Carreon identified it as the one he saw on the practice range. Dr. Thomas T. Noguchi, chief medical examiner,, who performed a six-hbu?" autopsy on Kennedy's body, told newsmen just after the postmortem that he found two bullets and two wounds. But the transcript quoted him as telling the grand jury he found three wounds and two bullets, indicating Kennedy was hit three times. JACOBY ON BKIDGE Here is a hand from back in. the early 1930s. West was the! late Louis Watson. Louis died when only 29, but he had already established himself as one of the great players of all time. He was also noted for his general mild manner and kind treatment of his partners. East really should have opened the bidding with one heart, but the chances are that South would still have wound up playing in two no-trump. Watson who sat West opened his ten of hearts. South took the trick with the jack and led a diamond. East was in with the king and proceeded to lead a second heart. South won that and knocked out East's ace of diamonds. At this point East returned the queen of clubs, but it was one time too late. Declarer wound up by making his contract with two overtricks. It took great restraint on Louis' part to refrain from pointing out that if East had given up the heart suit and shifted to a club when he first got in, that South would have gone down one instead of making two overtricks, but, as stated before, Louis was one of the mildest of all experts and never criticized his partners. East wasn't quite that mild. He pointed out that if. Louis had just opened a club they would have beaten the con- NORTH AAQ74 14 4 Q J 10 7 6 + K53 WEST EAST (D) AJ983 A65 *1094 ¥Q87653 • 2 * AK *A10976 +QJ2 SOUTH AK102 V AKJ • 98543 #84 Neither vulnerable West North East South Pass Pass Pass 1* IV 2N.T. Pass Pass Pass Pass Opening lead—V 10 tract and asked Louis why he did not open his good suit. This was too much for even the mild - mannered Louis. He replied, "Yes, I might have. I also might have gone to a movie instead of coming to the club to play bridge. I also might have done .a lot of other things that I have not done, but I am just silly enough to hope that sometime it will be right to open your suit. On the other hand, you knew that your heart suit was not going to come in. You were looking at dummy, and the only excuse you had for not leading a club the first time you got in must be that you want to lose." MOVING! MY NEW OFFICE AT 525 NORTH 10th ST. Will be open June 17th. Just two doors south of old office. DR. H. C. SIMS, JR. PHONE PO 3-0521 Nogucht slid the fatal bullet entered the right mastoid, behind the right ear, penetrating the brain, and two others about ;wo inches apart entered the right armpit. He said one of the latter was :ound in the neck and the other exited in the front of the right shoulder. Neither, he said, would have been fatal. Noguchi said the revolver muzzle was "no more than two or three inches from the edge of she right ear." Witnesses at the scene described the gunman as tour to six feet away. Testimony about the girl at the killer's side was given by Vincent Thomas Di Pierro, a student and part-time Ambassador Hotel waiter. His account: He noticed the girl and Sirhan standing on a tray stacker or bolder, Sirhan grasping with his left hand one of four pipes that are part of the holder. The only reason I noticed him, there was a very good- .ooking girl next to him," said Di Pierro, "That was the only reason I looked over there. .. .1 could not see his right land; he looked as though he By BURL OSBORNE . Associated Press Writer SUGAR LOAF, Colo. (AP) John the Freak, surrounded by the magnificent scenery of the Colorado Rockies, added molasses to his pancake batter and said "let's pray to God" that California doesn't slide into the was clutching his stomach, as | a very good-looking figure-and though somebody had elbowed I the dress was kind of—kind of him. "He was semicrouched... I saw him get down off the tray stand. The next thing I saw was him holding the gun." Di Pierro said the slayer lousy." "Flousy?" "Lousy." "After the shooting.. .did you happen to see this girl again?" moved around the hotel captain, I fore." "No... I only saw her be- and "he stuck the gun straight out, and nobody could move. It was—you were just frozen; you didn't know what to do. "And then I saw the first powdering or plastering. When he pulled the trigger, the first shot, Mr. Kennedy fell down." Sticking out the gun, the killer "looked like he was on his tiptoes because he wasn't that tall." Di Pierro was about five feet from Kennedy. One bystander, "shot in the head, fell in my arms. And then the other boy that got shot in the thigh, he fell "Could you describe what she was wearing?" "Yes. It looked as though it was a white dress and it had either black or dark purple polka dots on it. It kind of had—I don't know what they call it—but it's like—looked like a bib in the front, kind of went around." "A lace dickey, probably," a grand juror remarked. Di Pierro: ".. .Like I say, they were.. .standing together." "Back of the tray stand?" "Yes, and what happened, he looked as though he either Karl Decker, an assistant maitre d' at the hotel, told the grand jury he led Kennedy from the. Embassy Room stage to the kitchen area by the hand. He said that by a previous plan Kennedy was to go downstairs where 1,500-1,800 people unable to get into the main ball room awaited a speech by the senator. "And their minds were changed at the last minute," Uecker said. "I just remember that somebody told me 'turn to your right ... toward the Colonial Room."' He did not explain the change of plan. A news conference awaited Kennedy in the Colonial Room. Uecker said Kennedy let go of his hand to shake hands with a dishwasher. "And then I took his hand again ... Then I heard the first on ton of me, and they pushed | talked to her or flirted with her shot and the second shot right me down, they fell o n top of I because she smiled. This is just j after that, and Mr. Kennedy fell me." A grand juror asked Di Pierro if he could identify the girl if he saw her again. "To some degree, yes, sir, I could. I would never forget what she looked like because she had Hippies Take To Mountains sea. He gave himself the name RELAXING, British actress Vanessa Redgrave sits with costar Franco Nero between takes of movie being filmed in Rome. Miss Redgrave, who recently led a violent demonstration in London against the Vietnam war, said she was "amazed" by President Johnson's decision not to run for re-election. before he got down." Question: "So, at least, their association, in proximity of the tray, they are smiling, perhaps >» Answer: "Together, they were both smiling. As he got down, he Was smiling. In fact, the minute the first two shots were fired, he still had a very sick-looking smile on his face. That's one thing—I can never forget that." Others at the scene had told police of seeing a "girl in a polka dot dress" leave. One quoted her as saying, "We shot him... We shot Kennedy." On the basis of witnesses' descriptions police issued an all- points bulletin. Several young women came in and said they were wearing pol'-a-dot cloth, ing, but officers said none fitted i the description. One of these and it was the only one he used. | Last names aren't heard much among the hippies who Rave flocked to Sugar Loaf Mountain. Some say they came to pray Some say they came to 8 et i ^o m enTaw"stie ran" out of the kitchen saying, "They shot Ken- close to nature. Several say they came because they believe the asteroid Icarus will crash into the earth and the mountains offer refuge. There could be tidal waves and earthquakes; California could vanish into the ocean, and even the lost continent Atlantis might reappear, they say. Astronomers' predictions are less startling. They agree Icarus will swing by the earth today, but they say it will be 3.9 million miles away. They are confident there will be no collision. "I don't know if it will hit or not, but it could," said John, who appeared to lead one camp of about a dozen girls and women, boys and men, at about the 8,000-foot level. * * * "If it does, I'm doing the right thing," he said, and kept on stirring the mixture for their evening meal—pancake batter, water and powdered milk from a gallon wine jar and some molasses. A little farther along a rocky, primitive trail, about 20 others, all hospitable, were camped with plastic and branch covered lean-tos, tents and sleeping bags. No one can say for sure how many hippies have taken to the mountains. Their numbers—estimates ranged from fewer than 100 to thousands—have increased noticeably in the nearby city of Boulder, home of the University of Colorado.. Drug arrests have more than doubled in Boulder County since the influx began last year. nedy." Sirhan, short, slender and swarthy, remains under constant surveillance in a heavily guarded cell at Central Jail. He is scheduled to plead to the indictment June 28. The youth held a variety of odd jobs before his arrest. He emigrated to this country with his family as a boy and lived with his mother and brothers in adjoining Pasadena. Sirhan's father, Bishara Sirhan, who lives alone in the village of Taiyebe near Jerusalem, told newsmen Thursday he may fly to the United States tojee us son. YOU CAN COUNT ON We deliver and erect on your foundation, completely eft- close your home, and furnish complete finishing materials for inside and out at the price quoted. You can do the simple finishing work yourself, OR you can sub-contract for completion and still save. —The lowest ratt idlng industry- covers everything we do and furnish—including complete plumbing, healing. kitchen cabinets and efecfr/ca/ ; packages. No points or hidden charges! Jamei Seyller 2900 Rtchland Drlr« Little Bock, Aril. Phone: (Ml) FR4-MM out of my hand. I looked for him, and I saw him falling down." 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