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Mel Ayton joins Peter to discuss the assassination of RFK

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The Forgotten Terrorist – Sirhan Sirhan and the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy  - Buy From Amazon.com  Buy From Amazon.co.uk


With a new Foreword by Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz




Second Edition May 2019



 “The 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy by Sirhan Sirhan may well be one of the most transforming events of the last third of the 20th century....Mel Ayton documents the elements that contributed to Sirhan’s hatred of anyone or anything associated positively with Israel or Jews....” Harvard professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz in the Foreword to The Forgotten Terrorist.


“(Mel Ayton is) one of the few analysts who has fully grasped (the RFK assassination’s) Middle East connection”. Stephen Kinzer, The Guardian


“(Mel Ayton is) doing a fabulous job of setting history right”.  David Aaronovitch, The Times


Mel Ayton (is) a writer I’ve found to be a valuable debunker of unwarranted conspiracy theorizing. He reminds us with copious quotations in (his articles) how repeatedly and explicitly Sirhan made clear why he targeted R.F.K.: because Sirhan hated the state of Israel and hated R.F.K.’s support for Israel. Ron Rosenbaum, “I went To See Bobby and Found It Moving, Somehow Inadequate, Observer, 20 November 2006


“Important and extensively documented. . . . The chapter on ‘The Unaffiliated Terrorist’ is especially pertinent to understanding current lone wolf terrorists, as it discusses leading forensic psychology theories to explain Sirhan’s possible mental state and motivations.”—Joshua Sinai, Perspectives on Terrorism


“I am a recognized expert on the 1968 murder of Senator Robert Kennedy. Thus, I say with considerable authority that the exquisite detail contained in Mel Ayton’s well-written, wonderfully researched work makes it must-reading for anyone interested in this case. Step by step, Ayton demolishes the false claims by conspiracy theorists who allege that Sirhan Sirhan was a hypnotically controlled assassin, programmed to kill and programmed to forget about it. Using his encyclopedic knowledge of the assassination investigations, Ayton reveals how the confessed-and-convicted assassin’s defenders managed to persuade a large portion of the American public into believing that a second gunman was responsible for the Senator’s death. Nobody knows more about the issues revolving around the RFK murder case than Mel Ayton. Nobody.”—Dan E. Moldea, author of The Killing of Robert Kennedy: An Investigation of Motive, Means, and Opportunity


 The Forgotten Terrorist (2019)

Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1968 seems like it should be an open-and-shut case. Many people crowded in the small room at Los Angeles’s famed Ambassador Hotel that fateful night saw Sirhan Sirhan pull the trigger. Sirhan was also convicted of the crime and still languishes in jail with a life sentence. However, conspiracy theorists have jumped on inconsistencies in the eyewitness testimony and alleged anomalies in the forensic evidence to suggest that Sirhan was only one shooter in a larger conspiracy, a patsy for the real killers, or even a hypnotized assassin who did not know what he was doing (a popular plot in Cold War–era fiction, such as The Manchurian Candidate).

Mel Ayton profiles Sirhan and presents a wealth of evidence about his fanatical Palestinian nationalism and his hatred for RFK that motivated the killing. Ayton unearths neglected eyewitness accounts and overlooked forensic evidence and examines Sirhan’s extensive personal notebooks. He revisits the trial proceedings and convincingly shows Sirhan was in fact the lone assassin whose politically motivated act was a forerunner of present-day terrorism. The Forgotten Terrorist is the definitive book on the assassination that rocked the nation during the turbulent summer of 1968. 

This second edition features a new afterword containing interviews and new evidence, as well as a new examination of the RFK assassination acoustics evidence by technical analyst Michael O’Dell.



                               Who Killed RFK? 

                                              4 June 2018

How Hollywood has been fooled by Robert F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorists 31 March 2019





Plotting To Kill The President is a corrective to the numerous history books and biographies which have ignored or overlooked numerous threats American presidents have faced; some serious enough to have placed the chief executive within a hair's breadth of assassination. Many stories within the study have remained largely hidden from the public; some buried in newspaper archives and others in government reports, presidential memoirs, bodyguard memoirs, Secret Service agents' memoirs and presidential libraries. 





“Mel Ayton has a well-deserved reputation for doing the near-impossible:  writing about controversial history (including conspiracy theories) in a sober but imaginative way, combining reliable accounts with intellectually stimulating arguments. I highly recommend his work.” — Rick Shenkman, Publisher, History News Network  




Plotting To Kill The President is an eye-opener into a buried part of presidential history. Would-be assassins have stalked every U.S. president from George Washington forward. Mel Ayton reveals the numerous never-before-told incidents about how a wide array of presidents survived near-fatal assassination attempts -- J. Patrick O’Connor, editor of Crime Magazine and the author of The Chino Hills Murders and the Framing of Kevin Cooper.

“Mel Ayton reveals that attempts to assassinate the president are not the exception but the rule—almost as old as the republic itself. [Plotting to Kill the President] also helps us understand better those infrequent occasions when attempts succeed”. Max Holland, Editor of Washington Decoded and author of Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat 

Click on the newspaper and magazines logos - left -  to read about the newly discovered  assassination attempts against American presidents.

Watch an interview with Mel Ayton on The Sean Hannity Show

Click on logo to read news stories about Hunting the President



      Hunting The President (2014)









                                                                                                                                               "The only book of its kind and certainly the best book of its kind...A fascinating and very important book which I heartily recommend.... it's easy to figure out why Mel Ayton's writing has drawn nearly universal praise in the past and for his present volume Hunting The President... Even for people who know American history; even for people who have a special expertise in the history of presidential assassinations; you're going to learn a great deal from (this) new book.........." Michael Medved  






“Mel Ayton has a well-deserved reputation for doing the near-impossible:  writing about controversial history (including conspiracy theories) in a sober but imaginative way, combining reliable accounts with intellectually stimulating arguments. I highly recommend his work.”

Rick Shenkman, Publisher, History News Network

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"The widely respected Mel Ayton has been cranking out one outstanding book after another. His latest, Hunting the President, might be his best. A true scholar and a real pro, Mel understands what many of today's non-fiction authors simply miss: That the sensational does not need to be sensationalized. Still, with his wonderful writing style, he knows how to tell a great story while remaining faithful to the historian's primary tasks to be accurate, credible, and trustworthy. Mel is the embodiment of all of those qualities."

Dan Moldea, author of The Hoffa Wars

   In the summer of 2017 the William Morris Agency negotiated the purchase of the film rights to Hunting The President.  



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