Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, co-creators of the chart-topping Crimetown podcast series and the Emmy and Peabody award-winning The Jinx — The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst have launched The RFK Tapes, a new podcast series that re-examines the murder of presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. According to the police, the media, and most everyone else, the case could hardly have been more open and shut. Decades later, when the police files were finally opened, a more complicated story began to emerge.
Starting on the 50th anniversary of RFK’s assassination, Zac Stuart-Pontier travels the country with Bill Klaber (author of Shadow Play — The Unsolved Murder of Robert Kennedy) to interview people who were there, and to examine audio tapes hidden for more than 20 years; tapes recorded by the LAPD back in 1968.
“It’s a story that people don’t really know; and I think a podcast is the perfect medium, because so many of the original recordings are on cassette tape,” said Stuart-Pontier. “We are going to take you back in time and put you in the room.” “If Sirhan Sirhan, acting alone, is the murderer, why is any of this necessary? All of a sudden, not so open and shut,” said Klaber.
“I’m not one to jump into conspiracies,” said Smerling, “but in today’s world, they seem to be swirling all around us. When Bill started talking about the RFK assassination, Zac and I couldn’t help but recognize temporal similarities. There’s never been a more divided time in America than the late sixties. Except for now.”
“In the hands of Zac and Marc,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer of Cadence 13, “interviews hidden away by the LAPD for nearly 20 years, along with first-hand accounts, weave a breakthrough narrative on a murder case that has been presumed closed for a very long time.”
The first episode is now available through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, iHeart, Stitcher, TuneIn, and more. Subscribe and listen HERE.