"...Vancouver resident Nina
Rhodes-Hughes — a 78-year-old American-born television actress and a local theatre enthusiast in the city's Bowen Island community
— was serving as a volunteer fundraiser for Kennedy's campaign when he was
fatally shot in a kitchen pantry at the Ambassador Hotel on June 5, 1968.
He died from his wounds about 24 hours later, on June 6. Five others injured in the attack survived.
Rhodes-Hughes, after a Saturday interview with CNN sparked a worldwide resurgence of interest in the assassination, told Postmedia News on Monday that she
heard at least 12 shots that day
— not eight as argued
by the California prosecutors
who convicted Sirhan as the lone gunman.
The gun Sirhan had when he was
arrested held only eight bullets.
"I gave them a true account of what happened," Rhodes-Hughes said
of the FBI investigators who
interviewed her following the Kennedy killing.
"I had no idea what they were
going to say I said. You trust, you know? But what I said about a second shooter was completely
conviction, Rhodes-Hughes said she
felt she was "not in a position of power or influence"
to raise questions about a single-killer theory. Then, years after she'd
moved to British Columbia in
1987 and become a Canadian citizen,
she was contacted by University of
Massachusetts professor and freedom-of-information
advocate Philip Melanson,
who was writing a book raising
questions about the RFK assassination — including various threads of evidence pointing to more than eight gunshots
and a possible second assassin.
She recalls Melanson showing her a transcript of her 1968 interview with FBI detectives.
There were more than a dozen errors in the document, she said, "and they credited me with saying there
were eight shots — which I never said."
Her eyewitness account of Kennedy's murder "was completely misconstrued and misrepresented," she added, vividly recalling details of where people were standing and what happened on the night of
"There was no way that the shots coming from my
right at such rapid fire were
done by Sirhan Sirhan," said
Rhodes-Hughes, who spoke with Postmedia News Monday.
Rhodes-Hughes said in her
CNN interview that she believes Sirhan — 24 at the time of the assassination
and now 68 — "was
absolutely there" as
a participant in the killing and "I don't feel he
should be exonerated."
But she added on Monday that "there is a great
urgency" to identify
the second shooter, "who I believe
was the one that hit
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