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Norwich Evening Sun (Newspaper) - June 5, 1968, Norwich, New York
Quot Evenin Chenango county s daily newspaper in vol. 78, no. 57 wednesday june 5, 1968 Norwich new York 13815 to per copy gunman attacks after i Victory speech Kennedy shot undergoes surgery accused gunman remains silent los Angeles apr the Man who shot sen Robert f. Kennedy refuses to identify himself and has said but one word a a a yes a since his arrest police chief Thomas Reddin said today. A the just sits there and says nothing a Reddin told a news conference. The Man is the Only known suspect he said. The chief said the gunman fired All eight shots in an Iver Johnson .22 calibre pistol when he blazed away during a Kennedy California presidential primary Victory Celebration at the ambassador hotel. The new York Democrat was hit twice in the head and one Bullet lodged in the brain. Four or five other persons were wounded. Reddin gave these details. A the gunman carried a few scraps of paper not identified but had no identification. A we made a skin search of him checking that he had nothing on him to take his he is under 24-hour guard. A a we have advised him of his rights. He does no to want a lawyer a questioning continues at Central jail with a representative of the District attorneys office. Any statements will be tape recorded which Reddin says was not done after the dal Las assassination in 1963 of Kennedy a brother president John f. Kennedy. A a we describe him As a male caucasian around 25, 5 feet 5 and about 120 pounds Swarthy complexion. His hair is described As wiry or a the gun is the Only evidence. Reddin asked if the gunman appeared to be of latin american extraction replied a i done to know. I can to he said the Man might possibly be eurasian. The chief said during the Campaign Kennedy twice was offered a police bodyguard and each time refused. In Washington the Justice department said the suspects fingerprints had been sent from the Fri office in los Angeles to Washington to Aid in identification. California win biggest Triumph los Angeles apr sen. Robert f. Kennedy was shot Early today by a gunman who sought to overrule with bullets the greatest Triumph of his Campaign for the White House Victory in californians democratic presidential primary. As the ballots of that Victory were counted the new York senator Lay gravely wounded his condition described As very critical undergoing an operation by a team of six neurosurgeons. A Bullet was lodged in Kennedy a brain. It was fired by a Short Swarthy gunman with a revolver moments after Kennedy had gone before his cheering supporters to thank them for his Victory. That Triumph his fourth in five primary contests with sen. Eugene j. Mccarthy had propelled Kennedy into the role of Hief challenger to the adminis ration linked White House can Dacy of vice president Hubert h. Humphrey. It was an election night of irony and of terror. Kennedy a final words to his throng of supporters at the ambassador hotel sounded a Call to March on to the democratic a ional convention in Chicago. A now its on to Chicago and lets win there a he had said turned into a hotel Kitchen corridor and moments later faced the Volley of gunfire. Across los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton hotel Mccarthy had thanked his supporters too and gone to sleep in defeat. A using and have a pleasant time tonight a he had told them a because we be really just begun to when he addressed those partisans again it was to ask that they join in a moment of silent prayer for Kennedy. Through it All the counting of the ballots went on. It began slowly and it was not until Midnight that Kennedy a massive support in populous Southern California was registered to guarantee his Victory. This was the situation with 11,186 of 21,301 precincts counted Kennedy 705,349 votes for 45 per cent Mccarthy 658,147 votes for 42 per cent an uncommitted delegation 193,521 votes for 12 per cent. Kennedy again had proposed and Mccarthy again had spurned an Alliance in which the two democratic dissenters would join forces to contest Humphrey. But the bullets that felled Kennedy cast the whole situation into doubt. Mccarthy cancelled a planned political Mission to Seattle wash., today and called off his Campaign schedule indefinitely. Humphrey in Colorado Springs colo., said a your Hopes and prayers Are with Kennedy and four others wounded in the shooting. Negotiators look for new red View Paris apr the Vietnam cease fire talks resumed today with . Negotiators looking for evidence that North Vietnam May be prepared to make some change in its position to open discussions of Basic issues of peacemaking. . Ambassador w. Averell Harriman and ambassador Xuan Thuy of North Vietnam met for the seventh time following a four Day recess. Some experts expected an Early tactical move by Thuy to open the second stage of the talks. Others professed puzzlement about Hanoi Saims. A a something a going on a one informant remarked. A whether its More or less than meets the Eye you can to Tell one development was the arrival sunday of be due Tho a member of North Vietnam a politburo who is serving As an adviser to Thuy. He could have brought fresh instructions. A later Hanoi Man Euver took the form of an interview with defense minister to Nguyen Giap published tuesday by the French communist party newspaper humanity. Condition called very critical Kennedy Iii Norwich familiar we ave and smile of Robert f. Kennedy greeted thousands in Norwich during his Campaign for the . Senate in 1964, shown Here Riding in motorcade along West Park place before talk at the courthouse. In Center foregrounds aver Ell Harriman now a Vietnam negotiator in Paris. At left is assistant police chief Jack Sackett and at right John w. Hall of new Berlin Chenango county democratic party chairman. Mfr �?T64 visit recalled by Casey Jones today a news that sen. Robert f. Kennedy had been shot in California revives the recollections of Chenango county residents who remember the sunday night Back in 1964, when the politician made his whirlwind trip through Chenango county just two Days before election. Some 5,000 persons probably one of the biggest crowds Ever gathered in such a Small Are of the county stood shoulder to shoulder in West Park place waiting to catch a glimpse of the Young aspirant. As time dragged on Long past that when he was to have arrived the greater the crowd became until every Square Inch of grass in the court House Square was covered by someone a feet. Youngsters even perched themselves on top of the Monument and supported each other As they stood on the backs of Park benches. People who had been at the Norwich senior High school for dedication ceremonies stopped on their Way Home adding to the congestion. When it was finally announced he had arrived at the Airport a great clamor arose As Many people started for the intersection of North Broad and West Park place to catch that first glimpse. It was several minutes however before the motorcade with cars driving bumper to bumper so they would t be separated appeared in View. Shouts of a there he comes Here he comes filled the air As the Young and old alike pushed Forward. Police and bodyguards walking alongside the vehicles had to put their shoulders against the crowds in an attempt to push them Back and at the same time to keep from being crushed themselves. As the motorcade turned the Corner at a snails Pace Kennedy wearing a Black overcoat jumped up onto the trunk of the convertible on which he was Riding smiling broadly and waving at the crowds As spectators reached up in an at tempt to shake his hand. When he finally reached the court House a human Chain of police and democratic women volunteers formed a corridor for him and his party. He spoke for several minutes with his speech being interrupted several times by loud cheering and applauding. He then descended the Steps of the building once again and was caught up in the whirl of the crowd. He managed with the Aid of police to fight his Way to the motorcade tidy a few feet from where he had spoken. Stepping on top of one car Kennedy reached Down and attempted to shake As Many hands As possible As spectators pushed Forward shouting a Over Here the press was overwhelming. One reporter just a few feet from where the politician was standing Felt As if he was being crushed by the entire 5,000 spectators. People had no control Over their bodies As the swarms of people swayed in All directions at once. Kennedy jumped from hoods to trunks As he used the cars As a Long platform in an Effort to meet his fans. After several minutes his party managed to organize and the motorcade moved slowly Forward on the Way to the Airport. As the caravan travelled up North Broad Street the Young aspirant spotted a group of nuns walking up the Street. Stopping the procession he jumped out and went Over to speak with them and shake hands All around. The procession then moved on to the Airport. And even at the Airfield people waited for him As pilots checked out his helicopter before he and his party boarded for the trip to Oneonta As the Blades of the Airship began to turn Kennedy found a seat next to tile window and As the plane began to lift off the ground he still waved and smiled at the crowd. Los Angeles a p a sen. Robert f. Kennedy emerged from three hours of surgery today in a extremely critical condition a Frank Mankiewicz his press Secretary announced. Mankiewicz said All but one fragment of a Bullet in Ken Nedys head was removed by the team of surgeons. Another Bullet remains a somewhere in the Back of the neck a he added. Kennedy lost a a considerable amount of blood As a result of the Bullet which passed through the mastoid Bone on the right Side of his head a he added. Mankiewicz said Kennedy was breathing without the use of special oxygen equipment following the operation but he was in a Rescue stator. Kennedy was taken to an intensive care unit at Good Samaritan Hospital following the operation. The medical bulletin said the next 12 to 36 hours would be the a very critical a a he a living and he a breathing on his own a Mankiewicz said. With the senator at the Hospital were his wife Ethel and his brother sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. Doctors reported some of the Bullet fragments and Bone penetrated the midsection of the brain. Doctors said this area governs certain functions but is not the thinking process. Briefing newsmen some seven hours after the attempted assassination Mankiewicz said there a May have been some impairment of the blood Supply to the Center of the brain a which controls such vital signs As pulse blood pressure and the tracking of the Eye but a not the thinking the next 24 to 36 hours he said will be critical and will a1-Low a determination whether such damage has occurred. Deputy los Angeles mayor Joe Quinn emerged from Good Samaritan Hospital to give the Brief word saying there would be a Hospital briefing with details later. He added that Kennedy a personal physician a or. Poppin is flying Here from Leahy clinic in Boston. Kennedy was shot shortly after Midnight just after proclaiming Victory in californians democratic presidential primary election. Quinn said it would be two or three Days before it could be determined if Kennedy a brain was severely damaged. Surgery lasted about 3 hours and 40 minutes. Six neurosurgeons struggled in a lengthy and delicate operation to remove a .22 calibre pistol slug from the brain of the critically wounded unconscious senator from new York. After an hour and a half of surgery life signs were reported Good with Strong pulse there was 4terror, tears blood and violence Giap argued in effect that the United states is negotiating with North Vietnam because americans leaders know they Are losing the War. He Laid Down a hard confident line but . Officials saw one possible indication of change in his statement that a the United states has been fighting not Only the of liberation of South Vietnam but also the forces of the Peoples of the Harriman has been pressing Thuya but without Success to admit that North vietnamese forces Are fighting in the South feeling that such an admission would bolster the american demand for North vietnamese de escalation in Exchange for the cessation of All american at tacks on North Vietnam which Hanoi demands. However Giap did not say where the americans Are fight ing his and there was no indication he meant anything More than the american air and sea bombardment of North Viet Nam. President Johnson referred to the troop Issue in his Glassboro n.j., speech tuesday. By Robert Healy of the Boston Globe los Angeles apr in that narrow darkened corridor there was terror profanity tears blood and the violence of a nation. Sen. Robert Kennedy of new York had walked Down the same Back corridor in the Kitchen of the ambassador hotel just 15 minutes before. He was in a Good mood. He had won California. And he came Over to shake my hand. I congratulated him and we talked about his big win. Now i was standing on a steel serving table directly Over the same place where we had shaken hands. He Lay there struck Down by bullets. His right hand held a bleeding Side. His face was White. His eyes were open. His lips moved just slightly. But he did not cry. Against the steel serving table Roosevelt Grier the huge negro lineman for the los Angeles rams had the assailant pinned. He held tight to the Many a right wrist and he smashed it against the Side of the serving table. He tried to free the gun from his hand. There was this great Man towering Over the Small Man and with All his strength it took him More than a minute to take that gun. Another Man atop the table was trying to kick the gunman in the face. A Bastard. Kill him a he shouted. And he would have. Kennedy waited until his vie tory was secure in the California primary before he came Down to talk to his workers. There was a huge crowd in the ballroom. They had waited for several hours. About 12 15 a.m., 3 15 Edythe senators press aides entered the working press room adjoining the ballroom. They said Kennedy would come in a matter of minutes to thank his workers and make a statement for television. A big crowd filled the lobby outside and it was decided it would be easier to bring the candidate through the Kitchen corridor into the ballroom. Then the senator came. He had been in Malibu during the Day and picked up a fresh Sun tan. His press aide Richard Drayne preceded him. There were few people in the corridor a some Kitchen workers and some television cameramen for warned of his arrival. Kennedy began his speech with a remark about the shut out Victory that Don Drysdale had just pitched for the los an. Geles dodgers. It went Over big. I listened to him speak for a few minutes then walked into the press room because you could not hear the senator in the Roar of the crowd. The reception was better on the television in the press room. Kennedy had said Liat after his speech he would meet with a Small group of reporters in the working press room. A few seconds before he ended his speech i left the television and went to the door that led to a corridor behind the Ball room stage and off the Kitchen. Kennedy would come off the stage and walk Down this corridor. I was Only a few feet inside the corridor walking toward Kennedy when i saw his head Bobbing in the crowd. We were 25 or 30 feet apart. The assail ant was Between us. Then there were the shots. They said there were eight of them. Their Flash lit up the corridor. I remember thinking there were about five. They came quickly and i Wasny to counting. I ran Down the corridor. Peo pie bunched in front of me and i jumped on the steel serving table past the assailant beneath me on my left and saw Robert Kennedy on the floor in the Gray Light. People were screaming a get a a get Back and give him they swore and cursed each other. For a few seconds i did not notice the struggle directly beneath me. Then i looked Down and saw the gun. Grier held the assailant and was attempting to take the gun from his hand. The Man next to me was shouting a kill him a when Grier finally Shook the gun from the assailants hand a Man next to me picked it up. Bill Barry and Rafer Johnson Kennedy a other two bodyguards scrambled to get the weapons they were afraid the Man would kill the gunman. Then there was a struggle to hold the assailant. They did not want to let him go and Rosie Grier did not want him killed and said so. They picked the assailant up by the legs and hauled him away from Kennedy. I did not hear this but one of those walking beside Kennedy said that the gunman shouted a let me me explain a As he fired the shots at Kennedy. There was turmoil in the ballroom Kennedy a brother in Law Stephen Smith went to the stage and asked the people to Clear the room. The assailant was still in the corridor behind the stage and so was Kennedy. A doctor came in and attended him. It seemed that the special officers assigned to the party were reluctant to act. They kept away from the Assassin and it seemed a Long time before they started to take any one of the four persons who were shot to the Hospital. Blood pressure and respiration but one to two hours of additional surgery were indicated. The senator 42, whose brother president John f. Kennedy was assassinated by a Rifleman in Dallas nov. 22, 1963, was shot shortly lifter Midnight. He had just made a triumphant talk to 2,000 cheering supporters in the ambassador hotel. After a slow count he had seized the Victory Over sen. Eugene j. Mccarthy in the race for californians 174 democratic convention votes. Of eight shots fired one bul let lodged in Kennedy a brain and another caused a superficial shoulder wound. Five other persons were wounded in varying degrees. The gunman was captured immediately he was identified As latin looking about 25, of medium height and with curly hair. He wore Blue jeans anti Tennis shoes. The gunman refused to identify himself or make a statement police chief Thomas Reddin re ported. Editorial pm. 2 other stories Page 3, 6, to a we done to know who the suspect is a Reddin told a news conference. A the has made no statement. He would not speak except once he said a we describe him As a male caucasian around 25, 5 feet 5 and about 120 pounds Swarthy complexion. His hair is described As wiry or four other men and a woman were wounded in the gunfire which took place in a Kitchen corridor of the hotel. One witness said the shots came so close together that he could hardly believe they were fired from one gun. This reporter heard the shots from an adjoining room and they sounded almost like a Brief burst of machine gun fire. The gunman was booked on suspicion of assault with intent to commit murder. Reddin said the gunman used an eight shot .22 calibre pistol and expended All eight shots. Three of the others also hit were identified As Paul Schrade 30, a Union Leader Irwin stroll and William Wiesel. Reddin declined to say where the gunman was held but added he is under 24-hour guard. Here is what happened the gunman appeared in the Kitchen area behind the bandstand of the embassy room where Kennedy backers including movie stars and students were listening to their candidates Light hearted Victory speech. The gunman carried papers which he spread out on a stainless steel table. One waiter described them As sketches. The backstage area was crowded with waiters press and others and the Many a presence caused Little notice. Kennedy finished his speech and began working his Way off the platform and into the Kitchen followed by close associates and members of his family. His wife Ethel had been at his Side during the speech but she became enveloped in the crowd. Kennedy gazed around As if searching for her. At that moment the gunman pushed through the throng reached his around others in front of him and shot the senator. Roosevelt Grier Beefy tackle for the los Angeles rams grabbed the Many sarm. Joe Lahive a local Kennedy campaigner wrested the gun away. Grier and olympic decathlon Champion Rafer Johnson lifted the assailant and spread him on a steel Kitchen table. A nobody Hurt this Man a one of the athletes shouted. A we want to take him alive a this reporter was in the adjoining press room. I rushed into the Kitchen to a scene of horror. Women were screaming a ooh no a a god god not again a Kennedy was stretched on the floor his face covered with blood. A give him room step Back a someone yelled. Kennedy seemed to hear Noth ing. His face was Blank his eyes staring sight Lessly
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