There’s a fellow who comments quite often on this site under the name of Robert. Among other things, he’s somewhat of a scholar when it comes to the Robert F. Kennedy assassination. Well, he’s just left a comment on another thread that I thought belonged up on the front page. It pertains to a trip that Kennedy made to Michigan just months prior to his assassination in Los Angeles. Here’s Robert’s comment:
Here’s a piece of information you may not be aware of: Did you know that there was a RFK security scare in Lansing on April 11th, 1968? Very few people remember it, and it is rarely mentioned by anyone. People who were around at the time generally try to play it down now as nothing but a false alarm, but there was actually a pretty suspicious set-up occurring around RFK’s visit to Lansing precisely one week after the assassination of MLK in Memphis.
A few circumstantial details are interesting to note. First, Michigan would have been a pretty good locale for an assassination of RFK at the time. He was pretty widely hated in the circles of union power, and certainly among those closely connected to organized crime. Hoffa, who Kennedy had been harassing for years, openly claimed to his associates that he had put a contract out on Kennedy.
Here’s a clip from Wikipedia:
“As Attorney General, Kennedy pursued a relentless crusade against organized crime and the mafia, sometimes disagreeing on strategy with FBI head J. Edgar Hoover. Convictions against notorious organized crime figures rose by 800% during his term.
Kennedy was relentless in his pursuit of Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa, resulting from widespread knowledge of Hoffa’s corruption in financial and electoral actions, both personally and organizationally. The enmity between the two men was something of a cause celebre during the period, with accusations of personal vendetta being exchanged between Kennedy and Hoffa. Hoffa was eventually to face open, televised hearings before the Attorney General, which became iconic moments in Kennedy’s political career and which gained him equal praise and criticism from the press.”
On April 11th, Kennedy arrived at Capital City Airport and proceeded with his entourage to local campaign events. Bill Barry, RFK’s FBI pal and head of his campaign security, was tipped off to a man witnessed bringing a rifle into the building across the street from the hotel where Kennedy would be staying that evening. At the last moment, Barry had Kennedy’s car detour to the rear entrance of the hotel. It was said that the man with the rifle was questioned and turned out to be just a hunter who brought his rifle to work that day so he wouldn’t have to stop back at his home to pick it up before heading up north for a weekend hunting trip.
That’s a nice story and everything. I’m sure that is more than enough for Mel Ayton, but it might be interesting to know a few details about this individual before we all just accept this second hand explanation. I mean it’s pretty interesting that a guy would bring a high powered weapon into an office building right across the street from where a presidential candidate would soon be walking in plain view from his car to the entrance of his hotel
I would be willing to bet the press wasn’t told the name of this guy. I wouldn’t know though, because so far I have been unable to get any of the press people there to share any information regarding this incident.
If anyone does know the name of this individual already, I’ll bet I can make a few pretty accurate guesses about his profile. Who wants to take me up on that? How about you, Mel? Wanna do a little wagering? Anybody else?
The references to “Mel” go back to an exchange that Rob had right here in the comments section of MM.com with well-know conspiracy analyst Mel Ayton in the wake of a post that I made concerning a recent BBC report on the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles. Their quarrel, as I recall, was about a woman in a polkadot dress.
(note: Now, when you google “polkadot dress + Kennedy,” the first thing you get is MM.com. Meanwhile, I’m ashamed to say, MM.com has dropped to third place when searching for information on “ball shaving.”)
Robert, if I understand him correctly, is of the opinion that RFK’s security detail was repeatedly being challenged in the days prior to his assassination by those individuals who would eventually succeed at killing him. There were, for instance, firecrackers set off in the crowd during a speaking engagement in San Francisco the day before his assassination. And, if Robert’s right, what happened in Lansing might somehow be related. If you were in Lansing at the time, or have any relative information, please leave a comment. I’m sure that Robert would love to hear from you.