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Norwich Evening Sun (Newspaper) - June 7, 1968, Norwich, New York
The e Venin g Chenango county s daily newspaper in vol. 78, no. 59 Friday june 7, 1968 Norwich new York 13815 10c per cop Kennedy mourners fill Cathedral thousands file by senator s Bier senator Robert Kennedy follows brother. Steps leading to trial made los Angeles apr the Law takes its first major Steps today to bring to trial the Man accused of assassinating sen. Robert f. Kennedy. Dist. Atty. Velje c. Younger said he would ask the los Angeles county grand jury to re turn a first degree murder indictment against Sirhan Bishara Sirhan 24, a jordanian. Younger said Sirhan would then be arraigned in person within 48 hours in Superior court make a plea at that time or shortly after with trial expected to begin within 60 Days from that time. Should the defense seek a change of venue younger said he would not of. Pose it. The Public defenders office is providing Sirhan Legal advice. The prisoner originally was held under $250,000 Bond but that was revoked by Superior court judge Joan Dempsey Klein after Kennedy a death. California Law permits no Bond in a murder Case. In addition to the murder indictment younger said he would ask five additional indict ments in the wounding of five others who were in Kennedy a Vicinity at 1217 . Wednes. Day morning at the ambassador hotel. At that minute with Kennedy joyous with the Victory he had freshly scored in the California democratic presidential Pri Mary a tiny Pellet of Lead smashed into the brain of the 42-year-old senator who hoped to Lead his country. He died a Little Over 25 hours later. And nearly 12 hours after that his body accompanied by his mourning family was flown East to await honoured burial in Arlington National cemetery. As the Shock of Kennedy a death spread through the coun try and the world the intense Young Man accused of the shoot ing sat in a Bleak cubicle of three Square Yards in the coun. Tyr a main jail on Bouchet Street. First details of Sirhan Sim. Prison ment were disclosed thursday by sheriff Peter pit. Chess. Sirhan a Grey coloured cell is on the second floor of the jail in an isolated Wing with limited Access. An unarmed Deputy is constantly in the cell with him. Outside the steel door with a built in lock another guard Peers at All times through an unbreakable Glass porthole in the door. A we can get to him fast if we have to a a Pitchess said. Flanking the corridor outside the cell four other deputies re. Main Alert. All the guards Are picked men Pitchess said. Sirhan is in the medical Sec Tion of the jail because he is under treatment for a broken in. Dex Finger and a sprained ankle a injuries he suffered in his Cap. Ture at the hotel. Sirhan has facial bruises As Well from the arrest Pitchess said. Pitchess said Sirhan got a thorough medical examination when he was brought to county jail wednesday morning after his Mim Cipr it court arraign tent on the original charges attempted murder. Sirhan is under the care of or. Marcus Crahan jail medical director and also a Psychia. Trist. Asked whether Sirhan underwent psychiatric examination Pitchess said yes. The accused Man he said has behaved Well and has not asked for any visits from his family. Pitchess repeated what other o filers have repeatedly said that Sirhan refuses to talk about the shooting. Sirhan is a totally no commit. Tai to our personnel a the Sher Iff said. Sirhan Learned of Kennedy a death and the worldwide rent. Tion to it when Pitchess re Yea led he asked for and received wednesday and thurs. Day copies of the morn in los Angeles times and the after noon Herald examiner. All Security has been beefed up at the Concrete jail mostly because of Sirhan a presence some of it due to mailed and telephoned bomb threats a at least a dozen a against the life of Pitchess and department per. Sonnet. A we Are ignoring these a pit chess said adding that most of the Calls came thursday. Within a mile or so of the jail official activity was at fever pitch. Four news conferences were held at different times by the sheriff District attorney. New York apr thou Sands of persons from All walks of life filed past Robert f. Ken. Nedys body As it Lay in state to Day before the main altar be. Neath the towering twin gothic Spires of St. Patrick a Cathedral on f fifth Avenue. A crowd of about 1,000 per sons Many of them teen agers was waiting in the Gray Dawn Light when the massive doors to the old Cathedral swung open at 5 41 . Some had been wait ing through the night. In solemn and somber mood they filed by the dark red Wood closed casket in final tribute to the 42-year-old democratic sen Ator who had aspired to be the second of his family to occupy the White House. Many in the line were negroes. There were also a number of nuns and two Young couples who had attended a prom among the Early crowd. Some of the mourners particularly women kissed the coffin and ran their fingers slowly across its polished surface As though reluctant to say a final Farewell. A Candle burned at each Cor Ner of the cat Falque As friends and relatives of the Kennedy family began a constant Vigil four at a time in half hour shifts around the Bier. In the Early hours of the night in the Early hours of the night sen. Edward m. Kennedy the sole surviving son of four in his family had kept watch Over his brother whose life was taken As was the late president John f. Kennedy a by an assassins bul let. The Cathedral a Manhattan landmark for 89 years was closed to the Public at 7 . Thursday while workmen on scaffolding prepared tile great Nave for roman Catholic Funer. A1 services scheduled for to . Saturday. Then Robert Kennedy a body will be taken by train to Washington for burial at Arlington National cemetery where his brother the late president Ken Nedy rests beneath an eternal flame. Robert Kennedy was shot Down Early wednesday As he celebrated his California presidential primary Victory at the ambassador hotel in los Angeles. He died in Good Samaritan Hospital there at 444 . Edt thursday his brain pierced to the Core by Bullet fragments. Being held in the slaying is Sirhan Bishara Sirhan 24, a native of Jordan said to have been inflamed by hatred of Israel. A former employer of Sirhan has suggested that Robert Kennedy a support of american Aid for Israel could have been a Factor in his assassination. Los Angeles authorities also sought for questioning a Young woman who wore a Black and White polka Dot dress reportedly seen with Sirhan before the shooting. Inspector Peter Hagan said a Youthful Kennedy Campaign worker claimed to have seen such a woman run from the scene Yelling a we shot him a the communist party of the United states called false a charge by los Angeles mayor Samuel w. Yorty that Sirhan was associated with communists. A party spokesman claimed the assassination re. Suited from a conspiracy of a blatant White racists and i Albany Republican gov. Nelson a. Rockefeller s press Secretary said the governor has Given no thought As yet to the appointment of a successor to Robert Kennedy whose term of senator was to have expired dec. 31,1970. Flags across the nation flew at half staff in memorial to Ken Nedy. And the presidential Campaign m which he had played so Active a part was temporarily interrupted out of respect for him. Legislation authorizing secret service Protection for All major presidential candidates was sped through Congress and the House completed action on a Bill which in eludes a ban on the mail order Sale of handguns. But president Johnson was asking for even tighter curbs on the traffic in firearms. Under the Shock of the second Kennedy assassination in less than five years the poor people s Campaign in Washington shifted its focus to urge a vast National educational program to end hatred and violence in America. An autopsy report disclosed that Kennedy died of a a gunshot wound of the right mastoid penetrating the chief med. Ical examiner Thomas t. Noguchi of los Angeles said fragments of a .22-caliber Bullet a reached about the Center of the the presidential jetliner that brought Kennedy a body East from California also bore three women consigned to widowhood by the Stealthy marksmanship of assassins. There was Robert Kennedy a wife Ethel Mother of his to children expecting an Lith. She had been with her husband when he was shot was beside him when he died. She left the plane erect seemingly composed managing even a fleeting smile at one Point. There was mrs. John f. Ken Nedy reliving the Nightmare of a Winters flight nearly five years ago from Dallas to Washington beside the casket of her slain husband. Finally there was mrs. Mar tin Luther King jr., who made the flight to Laguardia Airport aboard the presidential 707 Jet with the others. Less than two months ago Robert Kennedy had flown South to console her and to attend the funeral of her husband shot Down in Mem. Phis tenn., by an Assassin still at Large. The casket was in the Forward part of the plane and members of the family took turns keeping Vigil beside it All except sen. Edward m. Kennedy d mass., last of the Kennedy Brothers. He refused to leave his Post beside the body. About an hour from new York his head drooped and he slept. But he took the casket off the plane at Laguardia assisted by Robert Kennedy a two eldest sons Joseph 15, and Robert jr., 14. The body was born in a to. Orcade to St. Patrick a where a crowd estimated by police at 8,500 waited outside in the Street. Some had been then since mid afternoon and the Hearse did not arrive until 9 48 . Inside the Cathedral waiting also was mrs. Joseph p. Kenne. By valiantly come to old fare Well to the third of the four sons she bore. Her first born Joseph p. Kennedy jr., was killed in action in world War ii. Poignantly absent was her husband incapacitated by illness at the age of 79. He re rained at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis port mass. With the rest of the Kennedy family inside for prayer serv. Ices the huge Bronze doors of the Cathedral were swung shut. Several Hundred onlookers remained on fifth Avenue however magnetized by their Brief marginal encounter with the latest in a series of violent american tragedies. It happened in another place another time yet its same new York apr it was a different time. A different place. A different woman. A different coffin. Yet somehow it seemed All the same. Another Kennedy widow was bringing her assassinated husband Home for the last time. There was that set face that slim straight body that moved unsupported the same solid de. Termination that there would be in the midst of madness some dignity. What the world first saw in Jacqueline Kennedy 4�?T/2 years ago it saw thursday night in Ethel Kennedy and indeed in an entire family. Ethel Kennedy waited within the huge Silver Blue and White air Force Jet that brought her murdered husband to la guar Dia Airport until after the Cas Ket bearing the body of sen. Robert f. Kennedy had been placed on a mechanical lift to be lowered to the ground. Then she followed. When the Bright television lights and flood lights hit her she looked out at the crowds gathered below and smiled momentarily. It was perhaps a response to the photographers a reflex of years of Campaign ing beside her husband. Her poise was reflected in her two eldest sons Joseph 15, and Robert jr., 14, who showed no signs of faltering As they helped lift their fathers coffin gently from the aircraft. There was Joan wife of sen. Edward m. Kennedy d-mass., arriving at la Guardia More than half an hour before the Jet touched Down acting completely composed. And her husband the Only surviving son in a family which once had four sons the first out of the aircraft front door and immediately in charge of removal of tile casket. Edward would remain with his brother through the night probe unlike Jpn panel search for group of assassins futile Washington apr the Only member of president John songs commission on violence who also served on the Warren commission says the new investigation will be wholly different in scope and method from the probe into president John f. Kennedy a assassination. Rep. Hale Boggs d-la., said in an interview thursday a the mandate is certainly broader for the probe of violence which was launched after sen. Robert f. Kennedy was shot in los an. Geles wednesday. Boggs is one of to prominent americans on the new commis Sion headed by or. Milton a Eisenhower. He outlined his views on the new probe but said there has been no discussions yet of organization or prone Dure. . District judge a. Leon Higginbotham of Philadelphia another of the commission appointees commented thursday that the nation a must not As sume a posture of hopelessness about violence. In an interview Higginbotham offered some thoughts on where the Root causes of violence May be found. A we have Long term hard Core problems of poverty and discrimination which Breeds lawlessness a he is not a problem that was just discovered. A it has been like an iceberg and now is surfacing and Caus ing trouble that is visible in a Meric Boggs said one major difference in the two probes is that the Eisenhower commission undoubtedly will hold open hearings. The Warren commission did not. The Warren commissions Job criminal investigation after Lee Harvey Oswald arrested for the assassination of president Ken Nedy was himself killed. The effects of education hous ing and other social conditions also should be explored he added. Alone inside an empty dark St. Patrick a Cathedral. But when the Cathedral opened its doors to the first of thousands expected to come to pass by the coffin friends and relatives would keep constant Vigil there four at a time in half tour shifts. There was Eunice sister of the slain senator waiting at the Airport without tears. Her bus band Sargent Shriver . Ambassador to France gently circling his around Joan a Waist As they Rode up the lift together just in Case the Kennedy composure failed. Jean a sister who Rode tile Jet from los Angeles moved quickly and surely from the aircraft behind Ethel. And jeans husband Stephen Smith Campaign manager for the dead senator also was entirely Calm. There was Pat a sister Aux. Ious to do what she could to help. And then finally there was Jacqueline last to leave the air Craft. The great self control of november 1963 when her Hus. Band president John f. Kenne. By was slain did not fail her in june 1968. Only mrs. Joseph p. Kennedy a Rose Mother of the Mur dered senator and the murdered president did not meet the plane. A spokesman for the Kennedy family said she had remained in Manhattan to await her songs Tody at St. Patrick a Cathedral. Champlain . Apr a Vigil along hundreds of Miles of the . Canadian Border failed to produce any Trace to Day of eight Quebec a revolution is tsp who an Anonymous Telephone caller said planned to assassinate several . Leaders. The caller identified As a Man who spoke in unaccented English told the . Consul ate in Montreal thursday eight men were Enro Ute to the United states to avenge the death of sen. Robert f. Kennedy. Their intent the caller said was to kill president Johnson vice president Hubert h. Humphrey and gov. Nelson a. Rock. Feller of new York. Consulate officials 5aid they considered the report far fetched but alerted Border Points. Sources in Montreal separatist circles a groups that seek to separate French. Speaking Quebec province from the rest of Canada a termed the alleged plot absurd. A a we be encountered not a thing a a spokesman at the Cus Toms station in this Village 40 Miles South of Montreal said to Day. A a it a probably a hoax. But with everything that a Hap. Opened we can to afford to take the spokesman said there Are Many roads Between the two countries that do not have Cus Toms stations. Its a very Possi blew to enter either country without being detected he added. State police in new York Vermont new Hampshire and Maine were asked to watch for the party. State democrats Lack Strong 4 president John Kennedy. In martyrdom by says gun Bill inadequate Washington apr pres Dent Johnson speaking in the Wake of a new Kennedy assassination has told Congress that �?o55 Long months after the mail order murder of president John f. Kennedy a it is time in the name of sanity for a Tough gun control Law. He served notice thursday that a measure passed by both Senate and House and now on his desk does no to go far enough because it bans die mail order sales Only of pistols. He wants the ban to apply to rifles and shotguns As Well. When it was in the Senate such proponents of the tougher provision As sen. Thomas j. Dodd d-conn., lost in their bid to include rifles and shotguns. Two of Dodd s staunchest allies in that losing cause were sen. Robert f. Kennedy whose brother was assassinated wit i a mail order Rifle five years ago and sen. Edward m. Kennedy whose Only surviving brother Robert was assassinated with a pistol two Days ago. A so i Call upon the Congress in the name of sanity in the name of safety and in the name of an aroused nation to give America the gun control Law it needs a Johnson said. The House passed the pistols Only provision thursday and Johnson issued his statement shortly afterwards. He did not indicate whether lie would sign the provision. Two congressmen urged him to veto it another said he would propose next week a House vote on a measure to ban mail order Rifle and Shotgun sales. The Only House vote this week on the Issue concerned die pistols provision because that is the Way the Bill came from the Senate. The gun control proposal has been a matter of controversy on Capitol Hill for seven years but is Only one of several controversial issues in the legislation sent to Johnson. It is a sweeping crime control Bill that also would give police wiretapping and a a bugging Powers regarding some suspects. Another provision is aimed at removing supreme court restrictions on police use of confessions the Bill also would provide substantial Federal Aid to help local and state police improve efficiency. The president has expressed support Only for full and tie police Aid provision. He proposed die latter sen. Edward Kennedy sponsored tile rejected Amend Merit for Complete gun control opponents of the wiretap and confessions provisions have con tended they raise serious constitutional pledged delegates i sure Albany . Apr the death of Robert f. Kennedy leaves the dissension riddled new York democratic party without a Strong Leader to rally around. Primarily because he was the party a highest elected official and because others hesitated to Challenge the Kennedy legend of political prowess the late . Senator had been the dominant figure in the new York organization. At times his leadership role seemed to be More symbolic than actual. Often he appeared loathe to referee the internal disputes that have racked the party for Many years. Various sub chieftains a some publicly some privately a denied allegiance to him. But in the absence of a rival of comparable stature Kennedy managed to Rule the Roost if somewhat loosely. Now that he is gone there is no obvious heir to step into his shoes. Undoubtedly someone will attempt to fill the Power vacuum. But who Kennedy became a Power to be reckoned with the instant he wrested Republican Kenneth b. Keatings Senate seat from him in the election of novem Ber 1964. Kennedy had moved into the state at the bidding of a group of democratic leaders and with the grudging consent of Robert f. Wagner then mayor of new York and the a it knowledge Strong Man of the new York democratic party. A few weeks after the Senate election pro Wagner and pro Kennedy forces fell to fighting Over leadership posts in the legislature. Wagner won that scrap with the help of Rockefeller votes but Kennedy countered by defeating the party regulars in a dispute Over a judgeship in Manhattan meanwhile Wagner retired in fatigue from the mayoralty and the political wars. Frank d. Of Connor the new York City Council president came on next to bid for Power. Carefully avoiding conflict with Kennedy o Connor Man aged to win the 1966 nomination for governor. Kennedy campaigned for him without great enthusiasm and was said to be a dismayed by of Connors crushing defeat at the hands of gov. Rockefeller. In the interval Kennedy took firm control of the democratic state committee installing his personal Choice As chairman John j. Burns. He and Kennedy also made peace with the legislative leaders whom Wagner had backed Anthony j. Travia and Joseph Zaretzki and at least a surface Harmony prevailed. Washington apr sen. Robert f. Kennedy left in death More than 300 democratic National convention delegates Many of them unsure now of their Choice for the presidential nomination. These elected delegates had been bound to Kennedy by primary results chosen on a pledge to Back him or willing to state intentions in an associated press poll. But a Check of state officials and party leaders thursday pro deed no Case where these Bonds were considered extant now. A democratic National committee spokesman said there is no Headquarters Rule on the Point. In addition he was due to get most or All of the 63 from Bidi Ana where he won a primary. This total is about of the 1,312 ballots required for Victory in the convention open ing in Chicago aug. 26. Kennedy was known to have strength elsewhere that was not recorded publicly. The first vote bloc declared free of Kennedy commitment was his biggest the 174 from California where the assassins Volley convulsed his primary Victory Celebration. Party Headquarters in response to inquiries checked with California officials and said death severed the tie. Indiana Kennedy a second biggest bloc is a special Case due to a unique primary system. The primary outcome governs the vote from Indiana but they Are disembodied votes at that Point involving no actual persons who will cast them. The delegates who will do whatever is decided on will not be selected until the state con. Mention june 21. In South Dakota where Ken Nedy won 26 votes by primary there never was any real Legal Bond atty. Gen. Frank Farrar said. The delegates were Only morally bound by running on a Kennedy slate he said. Kennedy backers predicted most of their Iowa people will go to sen. Eugene j. Mccarthy. Keating kid Are mentioned Albany . Tap a when gov. Rockefeller turns to his sad duty of appointing a sue Cessor to . Sen. Robert f. Kennedy the names of former sen Kenneth b. Keating and u. S. Rep Ogden r. Reid May be prominent among those Dis cussed in connection with the Senate seat. The names of Keating and Reid were raised thursday during speculation Over whom Rockefeller will name to succeed the slain senator. While the Republican governor and other political leaders decline to discuss the impending appointment publicly there was substantial private reflection on the subject at the Capitol
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