Interview with Mary Sirhan at San Quentin (1970)

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KPIX-TV news footage from September 13 1970 with reporter Ed Arnow featuring scenes from an interview with Mary Sirhan outside the gates of San Quentin state prison, where she has just visited her son Sirhan Sirhan with attorney Luke McKissick, her son Adel and investigator Michael McCowan. Sirhan was on death row for the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. Mary Sirhan was denied permission to leave the US and fly to her home country of Jordon earlier in the week, where members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) have just landed 3 hi-jacked passenger planes at Dawson's Field airstrip near Zarqa. When Sirhan Sirhan found out that his mother had been denied permission to leave America he got very upset, refused to leave his cell and was locked up in solitary confinement. Mary Sirhan is visibly overwrought when being interviewed by Arnow and other reporters, explaining: "I am a mother and I feel like any other mother ... But ... I believe in America. America is great and there is lot of justice in it. My son will be out with the justice of America!" When Arnow asks how Sirhan Sirhan feels, she replies that he's "very ill." Note that Mary Sirhan passed away in 2005 and Sirhan Sirhan is still in an inmate of the California prison system as of 2020. Opening graphic designed by Carrie Hawks.

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