Martin Luther King Assassination

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  1. Roy

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    Sometimes things come to my mind out of the blue, and recently the King assassination came to mind, so I made this thread. His convicted killer was a petty thief who was good at breaking out of prison, but had fired a gun only once or twice in his life. It is my understanding that the King family doesn't believe that James Earl Ray killed Dr. King, and I don't believe it either.

    Years back, I was watching the Morton Downey Jr. Show, and he actually had an interview with James Earl Ray. Ray said that he confessed just to get some sleep, because he was being badgered so heavilly by the interrogators. He said that these things led up to his arrest for the assassination:
    1. He very conviently met a man with a brief case, following his last prison escape.
    2. He was handed the case and set up with a car and told where to go and wait for instructions.
    3. He travelled around a lot, staying at different hotels, and waited on instructions as to where to go next. For him, this was a meal ticket.
    4. He finally ended up in a Memphis hotel, across the street from Martin Luther King's hotel, and he had checked out and was on his way out of town when he heard about the assassination on his car radio.
    5. Now, I can't remember if the man was apprehended in London or boarding a plane to London, but that was the quick and dirty according to Mr. Ray, in that interview.

    Mr. Ray appeared before a judge and was sentenced on the basis of a guilty plea. Later when he requested a trial, it was denied him, because he had entered a guilty plea.

    Ralph Abernathy, who took MLK's place as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said that he thought the FBI was responsible for the assassination and that Mr. Ray was innocent.

    I have some reasons for thinking that the government would do such a thing, and I also find it hard to believe that someone with Mr. Ray's background would be recruited for such a high profile assassination.

    Tell me what you think.


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  2. mioque

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    "I have some reasons for thinking that the government would do such a thing"
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    Inquiring minds want to know those reasons.

    "Ralph Abernathy, who took MLK's place as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said that he thought the FBI was responsible for the assassination and that Mr. Ray was innocent."
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    To be honest I always got the impression that since the 1920's hunting down violent racists was the favorite activity of most federal law enforcement personal.
    It's not that they see it as the most important part of their job, but it's the part they truly enjoy doing.
    Ofcourse this impression on my part is most likely caused by Hollywood.
     
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    Normally I'd say "Get out the black helicopters", but knowing the hatred the some in the US Government had for the entire civil rights mess, I would not put it past them.

    Conspiracies are NOT what the govt wants. Nice clean "acting alone" worked with Oswald and Bobby, why not MLK?
     
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    In the book that Ralph Abernathy had published before his death, he told of some of MLK's extramarital exploits, including how, on the day of his demise, he had intercourse with two different women and got into a fight with a third one. In Bill Clinton's time, half of Congress would rush to support a man like that, but in 1968 (or was it 69?), such actions would totally discredit any leader.

    I think the feds offed him because they could no longer use him as a viable pawn, for the purpose of manipulating court and legislative action. They figured he could serve them better as a civil rights martyr. I don't think the motivation for his killing was racial hatred.

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    The press kept JFK's sexlife under wraps so why not MLK's?
     
  6. Roy

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    You know, I had not even thought of that, but both men met the same fate - assassination with possible government involvement.

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    Too bad they weren't as involved with Tricky Dick or Slick! Where is Ray or Oswald when we needed them?
     
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    What did Tricky Dick do to make you feel that way about him. Was it Watergate?
     
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    Corruption and criminal activity, and lost a lot of my friends in Vietnam.
     
  10. Major B

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    Obviously, the "magic Bullet" from Dealy Plaza in 1963 was still flying, and killed MLK too.

    Or, his own people did it.
     
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    "Or, his own people did it."
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    Wasn't that the case with Malcolm X?
     
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    People believe the Nation of Islam was somehow manipulated by the govt. or some other behind the scenes power as well. (And he was no longer apart of them, anyway).
     
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    Then there was the conspiracy theorist who insisted that at least rhree of his five personalities were on the grassy knoll...
     

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