Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Gerald PosnerIn the three decades since April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot to death in Memphis, scores of books and articles have questioned whether James Earl Ray, Kings killer, acted alone or was part of a larger conspiracy. Now, based on explosive new interviews, confidential files, and previously undisclosed evidence, bestselling author Gerald Posner finally resolves the simple truth of the last great political murder mystery of the 1960s, definitively proving that Ray acted alone. Beginning with a straightforward narrative of the events before, during, and after the shooting, Posner untangles the cases leading puzzles: Was there a mysterious person named Raoul who directed Ray in the year leading up to the murder? Were the FBI, the CIA, or an arm of the Mafia involved? Did the military have a covert team of snipers in Memphis on the day King died? Was James Earl Ray a patsy, as the King family has publicly declared? At the heart of this book is an in-depth profile of Ray himself, a fascinating profile of a career criminal from one of the most forsaken parts of poor white America. Posner re-creates the memorable dramas of the case: Dr. Kings rousing mountaintop speech the night before his death; the chilling moments of the assassination; Rays frantic flight across four countries as he tried to escape justice; and the shock of the King familys embrace of Ray just before his own death in jail. A riveting search for justice, Killing the Dream finally thwarts James Earl Rays efforts to take his secrets to the grave, and proves the identity of Kings killer beyond a shadow of a doubt.
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Martin Luther King Jr. He was rushed to St. He was a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was known for his use of nonviolence and civil disobedience. On March 10, , he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Penitentiary. The King family and others believe the assassination was the result of a conspiracy involving the U. They believe that Ray was a scapegoat.
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Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of the legendary figure in America's history. Ralph Abernathy of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, who was standing with him on the balcony, cradled King after he was shot. As he made his way into the facility, he heard a gunshot go off. He rushed to the balcony and realized what had happened. A wreath marks the location where Martin Luther King Jr. The assassin, James Earl Ray, initially pleaded guilty to the crime but later recanted his admission.
James Earl Ray, a year-old escaped fugitive, later confessed to the crime and was sentenced to a year prison term. King had arrived in Tennessee on Wednesday, 3 April, to prepare for a march the following Monday on behalf of striking Memphis sanitation workers. An assassin fired a single shot that caused severe wounds to the lower right side of his face. Others on the balcony pointed across the street toward the rear of a boarding house on South Main Street where the shot seemed to have originated. An ambulance rushed King to St. President Lyndon B. Johnson called for a national day of mourning to be observed on 7 April.