Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 12
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August 13, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 12

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12A--Aug. 13, 1972 Sunday GautUe-Mail -Cti«rM»ton. Watt VlrtlnU SIRHANS Most People Leave Then Alone, But Their Life Is 'Worse Than Hell By Lyle W. Prkw P A S A D E N A , Calif.-wi- Neighbors say the frail and gray-haired woman rarely goes out of the house and sometimes refuses to come to tho door or answer the telephone. Occasionally, struggling with a garden hose, she waters her yellow-green lawn on one of Southern California's hot summer days. Once in a while she beats out a rug on the porch. But mostly she sits alone inside the old white frame two- story house, her only fellowship the company of two of her five bachelor sons. » · · ONE OF HER SONS is Sirhan B. Sirhan, 28, under life sentence at San Quentin Prison for assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Life has been a series of troubles for the Sirhan family since Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles' Ambassador Hotel MARY SIRRAN Frail, Struggling SIRHAN SIRHAN Life Sentence in June 1968 just after he won the California Democratic presi dential primary. The 61-year-old Mary Sirhan and every son except Munir, the youngest, have long been out o work. They have few friends. The five sons range in age from 24 to 40. Skinny and ailing with an ul cer and nervous condition, Shar iff Sirhan, 39. says the memory of the four-year-old shooting is "always there in front of my eyes." His life, he says, has become "worse than hell." Said, 40, and Shariff speak of going days and even weeks at a time without slightly and eating. Said limps complains of lee pains from a 1969 car accident in which his skull was fractured Shariff says death. The family Said is starving to says it refuses any charity or welfare. The sole family support is Munir, 24, who works in gas stations and is good at mechanics. He and Adel, 33, an unem ployed lute player, reside at the family home. f . D I V O R C E D FOR YEARS from her husband who lives in Jordan, Mrs . Sirhan mourns that sons Said and Shariff "are in bad shape-- very bad shape. They don't have work, no gas or electricity, and are way back on their bills. It is really a hard life." Shariff and Said say they both have worked as machinists in years past but fear they may be in too poor health to resume working in this field. Shariff says he's been turned other jobs, including down for work in accounting, a field he was in some years ago. The brothers complain that when they are interviewed for a job employers ask them about their relationship to Sirhan, s o m e t i m e s look strangely, question great length, then say you know" and don't. at them them at "we'll let Munir and Adel are the onl :wo brothers who haven't had numerous scrapes with the poke. But even Munir, two years before the shooting, almost got deported after a marijuana possession conviction. Said currently faces a munici- ' al court trial on a disturbin 1 he peace charge. Police say h \ roke a window and mle in his mother's July and threatened to ripped a house in ' burn the ' tome down in the belief tha ' Mrs. Sirhan had been ng family funds. withhold- l Mrs. Sirhan says flatly: "1 1 have no funds and no income ' other than from Munir who is » s Zales diamonds for ! . the bride. priced for the groom! ^ ^ ^*~-- -- - ^ uJSLi a is ^^ i [.~z?}' b. Your Choice t /"S /**vvr a. 6 diamond set,U Karat gold ^VVVV^ b. 8 diamond set, 14 Karat gold / / i* f : a n U tf h w pi tt i '«· i Five convenient ways to buy: Zales Revolving Charge · Zales Custom Charge BankAmericard · Master Charge « Layaway ^i ZALES bi a* 217 CAPITOL ST. Ulush-nticms enlarged CT us," says Gabriel Arandia, 25 one of a family of six living or one side of the Sirhan home "We are very happy to know them, especially the mother. She is a nice person. Arandia, a student from Boliv ia, says people shouldn't hole anything against the family because "you know his brother; didn't have the guilt." "It's too bad that things happen like that," said 'an 88-year old woman who has lived on the other side of the Sirhan house for more than half a century. "I used to play Chinese check ers with Adel and Sirhan-r-tha was just before Sirhan committee this terrible crime. Sirban was a pretty good player. But so far as I'm concernd now, as neighbors, I don't bother them and they don't bother me." · · * SHARIFF SATO he expects the supporting me at the present|f am ily's lives wiE go on being time. ' ffmthlivl Itntil «ttu ttM.tU ,,___,, time. Said also has been convicted (troubled until "the truth comes out in the Sirhan case" and thai of LSD and marijuana posses-then "everything will be all sion, and of public drunkenness, the latter in connection with an incident when his car went over a cliff. Shortly after Kennedy's assassination Said told police somebody fired two shots at him on the Pasadena Freeway. Shariff,. convicted in 1963 of sawing through the brake lines of his ex-girlfriend's car in a romantic dispute, has had two post-shooting allegations against him dropped: one of supposedly threatening the lives of Sirhan's defense attorneys, the other of causing a hospital disturbance the night accident. Said was in the car REFUGEES from Palestine, the Sirhan family--whose name in Arabic means "wanderer"has been unable to gain Ameri- problem or another. They say they had come to Pasadena, hometown of a missionary friends, hoping to escape troubles such as they had faced in the Middle East. Despite their troubles, the Sirhan's say they don't want to eave Pasadena and start a new life. They hope to find a way here to help Sirhan. "Some people even came and suggested I change my name," Shariff said. "That would not change things. Some day the truth would come out. And I've carried that name all of my life I'm proud of it." But Shariff admits the fami- y's lives are largely aimless nd listless, consisting of not nuch more than strolls around he neighborhood and pleas through letters or visits to offi- ials about the Sirhan case. The family, though Christian, las quit even its one social link, with local churches. Mrs. Sirhan ost her $195 a month housekeeper job at one of the churches fter a quarrel and Shariff says ever since the shooting when hey went to services "people ooked at us differently." THE NEIGHBORS say they eel sorry for them. "They are good neighbors to Volcano Picks Up moking Habit Again CATANIA, Italy-wi--Mt. Etna, known for its destructive out- ursts, has begun to s m o k e again. But scientists said there ?as no sign the Sicilian volcano ·ould erupt. It smoked for several days last December without erupting. right." He himself cannot reveal the "truth" because of t h r e a t s against his life, Shariff says, but he maintains officials could fine it if they wanted to. He has written a number of letters to officials about the case, including to the President, and has received polite but noncommittal replies. "Sirhan is innocent. He did not do it," Shariff insists. Shariff acknowledges that Sirhan was captured at the scene and identified by bystanders as the assassin, but he says Sirhan used." He refuses to elaborate. To date, Sirhan has lost all his appeals. But his life was spared :rom the jury's sentence to the ;as chamber when state and can citizenship through one federal courts declared the death penalty unconstitutional. 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