The stakes were high at last month’s California parole board hearing — the 16th one — for Robert F. Kennedy’s assassin.
But it wasn’t just 77-year-old Sirhan Sirhan who was on tenterhooks before learning he would finally be recommended for release after 53 years in prison.
Behind the scenes, RFK’s widow and kids were at war against each other in a feud that threatens to damage RFK’s timeless, Camelot-lite brand.
The fight over the impending release of the senator’s killer led to one side “double-crossing” the other, insider sources told The Post.
Matriarch Ethel, 93, and six of her and RFK’s children — Joe, Courtney, Kerry, Chris, Max and Rory — oppose Sirhan’s parole. Sons Robert Jr., aka Bobby, and Douglas are in favor. Daughter Kathleen has not recently made her opinion public. (Sons Michael and David are deceased.)
The family members against Sirhan’s release had promised that they would not make a statement to the parole board