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Police mugshot of James Earl Ray,

assassin of Dr Martin Luther King Jr,

arrested for armed robbery in 1952

Everett

 


On 8 June 1968, James Earl Ray,

an escaped American convict, was arrested in London

and was charged with the murder of Martin Luther King Jr,

the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

 

In April 1967, Ray had escaped from Missouri State Penitentiary

where he had been serving a 20 year sentence for armed robbery.

 

Martin Luther King was shot dead on 4 April 1968 in Memphis

and Ray was soon identified as the chief suspect.

 

Ray was traced to London

where he had been staying in an Earls Court hotel

 

James Earl Ray arrested - pictures from the past

Jim Powell

G        Saturday 8 June 2013        12.14 BST

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/picture/2013/jun/08/photography-james-earl-ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 James Earl Ray, right, spoke with his lawyer, Mark Lane,

before testifying before the House Assassinations Committee in 1978.

 

Ray was convicted of assassinating

the Rev. Martin Luther King, the civil rights leader,

in Memphis on April 4, 1968.

 

Ray died in prison on April 23, 1998.

 

Credit Associated Press

 

Mark Lane, Early Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy Theorist, Dies at 89

By KEITH SCHNEIDER        NYT        MAY 12, 2016

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/us/
mark-lane-who-asserted-that-kennedy-was-killed-in-conspiracy-dies-at-89.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Earl Ray    1928-1998

 

(James Earl Ray)

pleaded guilty to the killing

and was sentenced

to 99 years in prison

for the murder

to escape the electric chair,

but three days

after his jail sentence began

he withdrew his confession.

 

His case was taken up

by the King family,

which has campaigned

for a new investigation

into the assassination

in the belief

that it may have been plotted

by senior officials

in the US Government.

 

The King family

issued a statement

expressing grief

over the death of Ray

and renewed its call

for a fresh inquiry.

 

(...)

 

Ray was known

to have a fanatical hatred

of black people.

 

Even while serving

his sentence in Missouri,

he rejected a move

to an open farm prison

where conditions were better

on the grounds he could not live

with black inmates.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/23/newsid_2914000/2914267.stm

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/topic/person/james-earl-ray

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/24/us/
james-earl-ray-70-killer-of-dr-king-dies-in-nashville.html

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0404.html

 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/us/
mark-lane-who-asserted-that-kennedy-was-killed-in-conspiracy-dies-at-89.html

 

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/picture/2013/jun/08/
photography-james-earl-ray

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/apr/05/
james-early-ray-video

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/april/23/
newsid_2914000/2914267.stm

 

http://www.npr.org/2010/04/28/
126220703/hellhound-trails-king-assassin-james-earl-ray

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89372294 - April 4, 2008

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89372291 - April 4, 2008

 

http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/1999/nov/28/
life1.lifemagazine1

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/04/24/us/
james-earl-ray-70-killer-of-dr-king-dies-in-nashville.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/25/us/
hidden-evidence-claimed-in-king-slaying.html 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2303764/
Martin-Luther-King-killer-James-Earl-Ray-unseen-footage-
45th-anniversary-civil-rights-leaders-death.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/28/us/
dr-king-s-son-says-family-believes-ray-is-innocent.html

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104047 - February 5, 1997

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/12/26/us/
james-earl-ray-in-coma-family-retains-hope.html

 

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0608.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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