Dan Rather interviews James Earl Ray (1977).

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4 Responses to Dan Rather interviews James Earl Ray (1977).

  1. Bruce says:

    I don’t think we can seriously discuss here, the many complex issues surrounding the tragic assassination of MLK, Jr. in 1968.

    Needless to say, there are MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS!

    The following two Wikipedia excerpts can serve as an introduction to folks wishing to learn more about the topic. As always, one must be very careful of statements appearing on Wikipedia, especially those related to controversial political topics.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

    Excerpt from the above linked Wikipedia article:

    Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader of the African-American civil rights movement and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who became known for his advancement of civil rights by using civil disobedience. He was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. King was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:05PM that evening. James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was arrested in London at Heathrow Airport, extradited to the United States, and charged with the crime. On March 10, 1969, Ray entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee state penitentiary.[1] Ray later made many attempts to withdraw his guilty plea and be tried by a jury, but was unsuccessful; he died in prison on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.[2]

    The King family and others believe that the assassination was carried out by a conspiracy involving the US government, as alleged by Loyd Jowers in 1993, and that James Earl Ray was a scapegoat. This conclusion was affirmed by a jury in a 1999 civil trial.[3]

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyd_Jowers

    Excerpt from the above linked Wikipedia article:

    Loyd Jowers (November 20, 1926[1] – May 20, 2000) was the owner of a restaurant (Jim’s Grill) near the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. In December 1993, Jowers appeared on ABC’s Prime Time Live and related the details of an alleged conspiracy involving the Mafia and the U.S. government to kill King. According to Jowers, James Earl Ray was a scapegoat, and not involved in the assassination. Jowers believed that Memphis police officer Lieutenant Earl Clark fired the fatal shot.

    In 1998, the King family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers and “other unknown co-conspirators” for the murder of King. A Memphis jury found Jowers responsible on December 8, 1999, and that the assassination plot contained also “governmental agencies.”[2] At a 1999 press conference following the verdict, Coretta Scott King stated that “there is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband, Martin Luther King, Jr… the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination of my husband. The jury also affirmed overwhelming evidence that identified someone else, not James Earl Ray, as the shooter, and that Mr. Ray was set up to take the blame.” Following statements by Dexter King and other family members, Dexter was subsequently asked by a reporter, “there are many people out there who feel that as long as these conspirators remain nameless and faceless there is no true closure, and no justice.” He replied:

    “No, he [Mr. Lloyd Jowers] named the shooter. The shooter was the Memphis Police Department Officer, Lt. Earl Clark who he named as the killer. Once again, beyond that you had credible witnesses that named members of a Special Forces team who didn’t have to act because the contract killer succeeded, with plausible denial, a Mafia contracted killer”.[3]

  2. Bruce, I agree that we probably shouldn’t attempt to seriously discuss this matter on our WOBIK blog and for several or more different reasons including straying from the issue of eligibility.

    Yesterday was Martin Luther King Day and I thought it was fitting to post the James Earl Ray interview rather than announce the federal holiday.

    I’m also troubled and disturbed that the King’s civil jury trial (in which they won) never received the publicity and attention that it deserved. Even new books on the MLK assassination tend to wholly ignore the civil trial.

    There are lots of videos and interviews and I suppose I, and lots of other much better informed individuals, could go on and on but I do know that this blog is not the place for it (although maybe one day when Obama is out of Office?). However, readers of the WOBIK blog are welcomed and implored to post comments on this matter and any other matter that they desire.

    Here’s one more compelling video (but there are many that interested readers should seek out on their own):

  3. ARNOLD CARL TAPP says:

    >>> HEY GUYS , I HATE TO DAMPEN YOUR SPIRITS AND THROW COLD WATER ON THOSE WHO STILL HAVE RESPECT FOR MLK , BUT HE WAS NOT ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS .
    HE WAS CAUGHT EMBEZZLING MONEY FROM HIS CHURCH , AND HE WAS CAUGHT ON MANY OCCASIONS BEDDING WOMEN MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH . NO BETTER THAN ” SLICK WILLIE ” CLINTON OR HUNDREDS OF OTHER PUBLIC FIGURES .
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  4. @ ARNOLD CARL TAPP:

    I chose to post the James Earl Ray interview rather than announce the federal holiday (MLK Day).

    Furthermore, the post was made to show that US Government cover-ups (even for murder) are nothing new in the USA.

    Moreover, or at least with the MLK assassination, it appears that the MSM (main stream media), Congress and even some Courts, at some point back then (perhaps some years after the fact), did appear to investigate or at very least attempt to investigate something that in today’s world (in the USA at least) would be considered a wild-tin-foil-hat-conspiracy-theory which the Courts would not hear, Congress would ignore and any slim MSM coverage would be conducted with laughs, snickering, mordant elbow jabs and rolling of the eyes.

    I am very well aware of the accusations you’ve laid out regarding MLK Jr, all which very well may be wholly and entirely accurate. For the time being I have no comment regarding the matter and cannot dedicate anymore time to this matter until, at very least, Barack Obama is out of Office.

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