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RFK shirt removed from evidence display

I guess it seemed like a good idea, if you're pulling together a public display of crime scene evidence from the LAPD closets, to include the shirt worn by Robert Kennedy on the night he was assassinated in 1968. Now that the Kennedy family has objected, everybody agrees it was off-key — and Chief Charlie Beck has apologized. From the LAT story:

The shirt was among a number of items included in the highly publicized display at the 2010 California Homicide Investigators Assn. Conference, which is being hosted by the LAPD....

The department bills the 8,000-square-foot display as a first-ever look at homicide evidence from some of the city's most notorious cases. "Behind-The-Scenes: The LAPD Homicide Experience" was publicized by the department as including materials that have never been seen in or outside a courtroom.

The showcased items were gleaned from the last 100 years.

They include the 1997 Bank of America shootout in North Hollywood, the Black Dahlia slaying, the investigation of actress Marilyn Monroe's death, the O.J. Simpson case, the SLA shootout, the "Onion Field" killing and the bloody Manson family murder.

This first-ever look at the treasures owned by the people of Los Angeles is being held in Las Vegas, by the way. In case you were thinking of going.


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