Daniel Halliday
Jun 3 · Last update 1 mo. ago.

Who killed Martin Luther King Jr?

On April 3rd 1968 Martin Luther King Jr was shot dead on the balcony of the Lorraine motel in Memphis, Tennessee, by professional conman, career criminal, and escaped convict James Earl Ray. The assassination led to a two-month international manhunt for the killer and widespread riots in the US. After six days of rioting the government passed the Civil Rights Act of 1968, but despite the manhunt for James Earl Ray allegations of conspiracy were already in the making. Both the extraordinary amount of FBI surveillance King was subject to, and the heavy police presence around the Lorraine motel on the night of his murder led many to question what actually happened. In the years since there have also been other claims against the official narrative of what happened, but 52 years later it is still unclear what exactly happened around the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What evidence do we have and who is implicated in the death of Martin Luther King Jr?
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In the manhunt for James Earl Ray the FBI found maps with Martin Luther King Jr’s residence and church clearly marked, an abandoned package with rifle and binoculars with Ray's fingerprints, and witnesses even saw Ray flee the site of the murder. Despite this Ray retracted his initial confession after three days claiming to be a patsy in a conspiracy, offering little in detail to defend his account other than reference to a shady character called "Raul". Regardless of this and all the evidence, Ray’s change in story has fed many alternate theories about Martin Luther King Jr’s murder, and even prompted a department of justice reinvestigation in 2000. However the 2000 investigation along with the overwhelming majority of writers and researchers that have written on the topic found that the majority of evidence still implicates Ray.

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In the manhunt for James Earl Ray the FBI found maps with Martin Luther King Jr’s residence and church clearly marked, an abandoned package with rifle and binoculars with Ray's fingerprints, and witnesses even saw Ray flee the site of the murder. Despite this Ray retracted his initial confession after three days claiming to be a patsy in a conspiracy, offering little in detail to defend his account other than reference to a shady character called "Raul". Regardless of this and all the evidence, Ray’s change in story has fed many alternate theories about Martin Luther King Jr’s murder, and even prompted a department of justice reinvestigation in 2000. However the 2000 investigation along with the overwhelming majority of writers and researchers that have written on the topic found that the majority of evidence still implicates Ray.
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