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Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013

Robert F. Kennedy assassin moved to prison near Mexican border; Mexican media report on 50th anniversary of JFK slaying

        Sirhan Sirhan, who assassinated Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, was transferred Friday to the Donovan prison near the Mexican border in Otay Mesa in southern JFK Caso Abierto portadaSan Diego County. Friday also was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Kennedy's brother, President John F. Kennedy.

        The Mexican media ran a number of stories about the 1963 assassination, and the Mexican magazine Contenido on its "Reads of the Month" page reviewed Philip Shenon's JFK: Caso Abierto, noting a number of Mexican connections to the case, including Lee Harvey's visit to Mexico City before it was known that Kennedy would visit Dallas and before Oswald got his fateful job at the Texas Book Depository.

       The Spanish-language title Caso Abierto, or "Case Open," appears to be a play on words on what MexicoPerspective believes is still the best book written about the assassination, Gerald Posner's 1993 "Case Closed." The English-language title for JFK: Caso Abierto is A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination, released last month.

Los Angeles Times story on Sirhan Sirhan being moved to Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility: "Sirhan Sirhan sent to prison south of San Diego." On the same page in its print edition, the Times published a follow-up story on the mysterious slaying of the McStay family, whose bodies were recently found near Victorville but whose vehicle was left in a parking lot near the Mexican border in 2010.

Update, Nov. 26: Skeptic magazine publisher Michael Schermer writes in the Los Angeles Times: "Conspiracy theories: Why we believe the unbelievable: In cases such as JFK's assassination, why do so many people refuse to accept the simple and obvious conclusion that Oswald did it? Psychology."