Interview with Gov. John Patterson
QUESTION 34
INTERVIEWER:

STOP. VERY BRIEFLY IN YOUR OWN WORDS, HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT ROBERT KENNEDY'S INTERVENTION IN THIS WHOLE FREEDOM RIDE INCIDENT?

Gov. John Patterson:

Well, I think that Robert Kennedy was interested in assisting the Freedom Riders in their efforts to create difficulty and trouble down here, for whatever their motives might have been. And he didn't cooperate with us really in any way, and he made it very difficult and its remarkable that more people, its remarkable that somebody; didn't get killed in the thing. Twenty years later we find out that Robert Kennedy had actually sent a person in here who worked with this group of Klansmen and he had specific instructions from the Justice Department to knock heads together and beat up Freedom Riders and create trouble. Gary Thomas Rowe, who later on was involved in the Liuso killing in 1963. So we know today that Robert's intentions were to cause us difficulty and trouble and to create violence in Alabama to embarrass us.