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Convicted RFK assassin: girl manipulated him

This Oct. 29, 2009 photo from the California Department of Corrections shows Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of the murder of presidential candidate Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. More than four decades after Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated, Sirhan wants to go free for a crime he says he can't remember. (California Dept. of Corrections)

March 2, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Convicted assassin Sirhan Sirhan says a woman used mind control to get him to fire his gun the night Sen. Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The claim comes in legal papers filed by Sirhan's lawyers this week.

They're based on hours of interviews with Sirhan, some with him under hypnosis.

He claims a woman in a polka-dot dress was the controller who led him to fire his gun in the hotel where Kennedy was killed.

Sirhan's lawyers also claim their client was a diversion and another gunman killed Kennedy.

For the first time, Sirhan said under hypnosis that on a cue from the girl he went into "range mode" believing he was at a firing range and seeing circles with targets in front of his eyes.

"I thought that I was at the range more than I was actually shooting at any person, let alone Bobby Kennedy," Sirhan was quoted as saying during interviews with Daniel Brown, a Harvard University professor and expert in trauma memory and hypnosis. He interviewed Sirhan for 60 hours with and without hypnosis, according to the legal brief.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.