Mel Ayton is the author of numerous books and articles which challenge American political conspiracy theories. He is also a writer of true crime books.

 

Ayton has a master's degree in history from Durham University, is a former Fulbright Teacher teaching in the United States, deputy headmaster, and college lecturer, and lives in County Durham, England.

 

In a review for The Guardian newspaper, Ayton was described as "one of the few analysts who has fully grasped (the RFK assassination's) Middle East connection". The broadcaster and Times newspaper journalist David Aaronovitch praised Ayton's books for "setting history right."

  The New York Observer characterized the author as a "valuable debunker of unwarranted conspiracy theorizing". History News Network described him as an author who "combines the judicious use of evidence and wise conclusions". John McAdams, editor of The Kennedy Assassination website, said Ayton "has proved..... that he has a consummate skill for unravelling the facts behind conspiracies or debunking them where they don't exist..... his historical judgments are well-grounded".

 

In 2003 Ayton acted as the historical adviser for the BBC's television documentary, "The Kennedy Dynasty."  He has appeared in documentaries produced by the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Fox News and NBC News, and has been interviewed by BBC's Newsnight, BBC Radio 4 and  Channel 4 News. Ayton has also written articles for a number of leading political and historical periodicals.

 

In December 2011 the California Attorney General, Kamala Harris, requested Mel Ayton's assistance in preparing a brief challenging Sirhan Sirhan's claim that he is innocent of the 1968 murder of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Harris's report to the courts appears on the news page. The Attorney General was successful in preventing the release of the assassin.

 

In December 2013 a limited leather bound edition of Mel Ayton's 2007 book The Forgotten Terrorist - Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy was produced by the Gryphon Corporation for the 'Notable Trials Library'. The new edition includes a Foreword by acclaimed Harvard professor and author Alan Dershowitz see here.

 

In reviewing Mel Ayton's book The Forgotten Terrorist, Max Holland, writer for The Nation and author of The Kennedy Assassination Tapes said the author "exposes the pseudo-exposers (and) combines a judicious review of the forensic and eyewitness evidence with a firm grasp of the historical context" Acclaimed American investigative journalist Dan Moldea characterized the book as having "exquisite detail... a well-written, wonderfully researched work".  Gus Russo, author of The Outfit and Supermob, recommended The Forgotten Terrorist as "the first and last book to read" on the Robert Kennedy assassination.