93-Year-Old Ethel Kennedy Does Not Want Husband Robert Kennedy's Killer Paroled

His children, however, are torn.
It's been over 53 years since Robert Kennedy was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan. In August 2021, he was granted parole, though it does not guarantee his release.

Robert's widow, 93-year-old Ethel Kennedy, is speaking out against Sirhan's release.

"Bobby believed we should work to 'tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of the world,'" she said in a statement.

"He wanted to end the war in Vietnam and bring people together to build a better, stronger country. More than anything, he wanted to be a good father and loving husband."

"Our family and our country suffered an unspeakable loss due to the inhumanity of one man," Ethel's statement continues.

"We believe in the gentleness that spared his life, but in taming his act of violence, he should not have the opportunity to terrorize again. He should not be paroled."

Robert's children have mixed feelings. Youngest son Douglas spoke out in support of Sirhan's release. Robert Kennedy Jr. also supported his release in writing. The other seven living Kennedy children are against the release, however, explaining they were "devastated that the man who murdered our father has been recommended for parole."

Sirhan was granted parole on his 16th attempt, on August 27, 2021. That decision is now in a 120-day review period, after which it will be forwarded to the governor, who will have 30 days to decide whether to uphold the decision, reject it, or modify it.