Newly opened RFK documents include condolences, plans after brother's assassination

Newly released papers show that in the weeks and months following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, brother Robert F. Kennedy and other relatives fielded expressions of condolences from around the world while dealing with logistical issues regarding his death.

The documents shine a poignant light on the aftermath of the assassination — the 50th anniversary of which was marked last month. They were among thousands from Robert Kennedy's tenure as attorney general that were opened to public inspection Thursday by the Kennedy library.

Kennedy often used short letters to express his gratitude for condolences he and family members had received.

Papers also show RFK was intimately involved in planning his brother's permanent memorial at Arlington National Cemetery and in contemplating books and movies about JFK's life.