Sponsored LinksDr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by one man – a “lone gunman” – James Earl Ray, according to the official report by the U.S. government. However, evidence points to Ray being just a pasty the same way Lee Harvey Oswald was reportedly a patsy in the conspiracy plot to murder President John F. Kennedy.
Both MLK and JFK were murdered not after they were promoting civil rights for black people, but later after they both began to speak out heavily against the Vietnam War and the wasting of billions of dollars in funding for the military.
Shortly before Kennedy was killed, he warned in his final speech that secret societies were in control of parts of the government, military and business, which is now often referred to as the New World Order Illuminati.
Ventura and Russell condensed and excerpted their findings on the TruTV.com website that can be read below.
The Context of the Crime
Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated on April 4,
1968 as he stood on the balcony of his Memphis motel room. After a worldwide manhunt, James Earl Ray was arrested and pled guilty to the murder. But could this washed-up drifter really have evaded the long arm of the law for so long? And how could he plan such a masterful assassination and then so foolishly leave behind evidence that clearly implicated him? Was Ray truly to blame or was there a more sinister conspiracy afoot?
Two months [after Martin Luther Kings assassination], when James Earl Ray was picked up in London and charged with the killing, I accepted what the authorities said and figured justice would be served. It was many years later when I began to question the official line. This happened in 1997, when Kings son, Dexter, met face-to-face with Ray in a Tennessee prison. Ray was dying of liver disease. I read about Dexter King asking him point-blank, Did you kill my father? Ray answered him, No, I didn’t. And Dexter King said, I believe you, and my family believes you. I thought, wow, if that’s the case, then there’s a lot more to Dr. Kings killing than meets the eye. Then, in 1999, the King family brought a wrongful-death lawsuit in a Tennessee Circuit Court. A nearly month-long trial ensued. Seventy witnesses were called. It took the jury only two and a half hours to come back with a verdict that Dr. King was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own government.
Let’s start with a little context for what happened in the early evening of April 4, 1968, when a single shot struck Dr. King as he was standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. He’d just come from leading a peaceful march of Memphis sanitation workers who’d gone on strike. Very soon he was planning to go to Washington for the Poor Peoples Campaign, prepared to inspire massive civil disobedience and shut down the Capitol if that’s what it took to put poverty on the front burner. He was also going beyond civil rights and speaking out strongly against the Vietnam War. A year to the day before his death, Dr. King called the U.S. government the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today.
Did James Earl Ray Act Alone?
The FBIs attempt to destroy Dr. King as the leader of the civil-rights movement involved attempts to discredit him with churches, universities, and the press, the Senates Church Committee concluded a decade later. Walter Fauntroy was a colleague of Dr. Kings who served 20 years in Congress and, between 1976 and 1978, was chairman of the House subcommittee looking into the assassination. Their report concluded that Ray did assassinate King, but that he probably had assistance. It was apparent that we were dealing with very sophisticated forces, Fauntroy testified at the civil trial, saying he’d found electronic bugs on his TV set and phone. Fauntroy later said that, after he left Congress, he found information from Hoovers logs, showing that the FBI director had a series of meetings with persons involved with the CIA and military intelligence (MI) in the three weeks before Kings assassination; also that there were MI agents as well as Green Berets in Memphis the night he was shot.
So was James Earl Ray, a petty crook who escaped from a Missouri prison a year before the murder, a patsy like Oswald? Supposedly, he fired from the bathroom window of a rooming house a little more than 200 feet away. A tenant on the second floor said he heard a shot and saw a man fleeing down the hallway from the direction of the bathroom, according to the House committee report. Ray went down some outside stairs and jumped into his white Mustang in an alley. Along the way he allegedly dropped a bundle that happened to include a Remington 30.06 rifle, some binoculars and a sales receipt for ammunition. Rays prints were on the rifle, which had one spent shell in the chamber.
Isn’t it interesting how these lone-nut assassins seem to incriminate themselves in advance with dumb moves? I suppose they wouldn’t want to be seen walking with the weapon, which could draw attention, but why on earth leave a weapon behind with your fingerprints all over it?
Wouldn’t you have a predetermined place where you’re going to ditch it? Certainly not out in the open where anyone could find it! Or, in the case of Oswald, taking the rifle to the other side of the floor and tossing it behind some book boxes. What gets me is that the assassins are so successful in accomplishing the mission, but then utterly inept in their evacuation from the mission. They leave clues that point straight to themselves, and seem to always get caught fairly easily. Here they supposedly did all this sophisticated stuff up until it came time to pull off the killing. Yet its like they never planned for the escape. I guess were supposed to believe their minds are so focused on delivering the death blow that escape never enters into the plan. Then after they shoot, its Oh, well what do I do now? In the case of Oswald, its run home and then go to the movies!
Was Ray Framed as He Claimed?
Later, Ray claimed that somebody else had left behind the bundle so as to incriminate him. In fact, one witness, Guy Canipe, said the package was actually dropped in the doorway to his store about ten minutes before the shot was fired. Makes a little more sense, doesn’t it? Another witness, Olivia Catling, saw a fellow in a checkered shirt running out of the alley beside a building across from the Lorraine soon after the killing, who went screaming off in a green 65 Chevy. Ray, though, fled the scene in a white Mustang.
Judge Joe Brown, the first judge on the King family’s civil case, spent two years examining technical questions about the murder weapon, and said that 67% of the bullets from my tests did not match the Ray rifle. When he called for more tests, he was taken off the case for showing bias by a Tennessee appeals court. What you’ve got in terms of the physical evidence relative to ballistics is frightening, he said later. First, its not the right type of rifle. Its never been sighted in. Its the wrong kind of scope. With a 30.06, it makes a particularly difficult shot firing at a downward trajectory in that circumstance. Above all, according to Brown, metallurgical analysis excludes the bullet taken from the body of Dr. King as coming from the cartridge case they say was fired in that rifle.
The actual sniper seems to have fired from behind some tall shrubs facing the second-floor motel balcony. A Memphis newspaper reporter named Wayne Chastain had arrived at the scene within ten minutes. He was told by two witnesses, Kings chauffeur and a lawyer, that the shot came from those bushes. Andrew Young told the FBI that he heard a sound like a firecracker come from the bushes above the retaining wall across the street from the motel.
By the next morning, according to the Reverend James Orange, an associate of Kings, The bushes were gone. The authorities were said to be cleaning up the area. Why in all these cases does the government come in and make the most cardinal error you possibly could and that is, disturb the crime site! When there’s a violent crime, they’re not supposed to do that! Its one of the first procedures any cop is taught, basic Police 101. So who gives the order to do this? Don’t any of them sit and wonder, Why are we not doing this according to the book, but instead breaking a cardinal rule of police work? But when there’s an assassination, all local and state laws go out the window, and authority comes down from above about whats to happen. Isn’t that the fox guarding the chicken house? The feds doing all the investigating and questioning just reeks of potential abuse.
James Earl Ray’s International Escape
So Ray has a car waiting to drive away in, then goes up to Canada and overseas, where he ends up getting caught two months later at the London airport. All by himself, right? No one aiding or abetting him in any way, shape or form. As Judge Joe Brown put it: You want to say that a three-time loser, an escaped convict with no obvious financial resources and no technical knowledge, is going to not only miraculously learn how to become a good marksman:, this one individual is able to acquire the resources to get identities of deceased individuals, come up with very good forgeries for passports and fake identification, and somehow acquire funds for a very expensive itinerary and travel schedule? Now, be real!… What you’ve got in this case was a stooge whose task was to throw everybody off the trail.
While he was being held in a British jail before getting extradited, Ray told an officer that he’d expected to profit from being involved in the killing; later, he testified to the House committee that he figured he’d only be charged with conspiracy. His second attorney, Percy Foreman, convinced Ray to cop a plea or else face the death penalty. Foreman later said he didn’t give a damn whether there was a conspiracy or not, and never asked Ray about it. Ray reluctantly agreed to plead guilty, but pretty soon felt he’d been hung out to dry. When he died in prison in 1998, he was still saying he was innocent.
It would be a stretch to say that Ray wasn’t involved at all. For one, there was big money being floated by Klan types that he certainly could have heard about. The question is, Who was directly involved with Ray, and how far did the plotting go? Butno trial. Why aren’t we having trials in such high-profile cases even when the guy pleads? It should go ahead anyway, just for the country’s peace of mind. Then wed know, well, he was tried and convicted and there was no evidence of a conspiracy. Or let the chips fall where they may, let the trial show enough evidence to get a couple more indictments. Just because you get a plea, isn’t there any suspicion that someone is doing that to cover up for someone else? Is this guy simply falling on the sword?
Did Segregationists Hire the Mob?
In a book published in 2008, Legacy of Secrecy, we finally learned about a 1968 Justice Department memorandum that got withheld from congressional investigators. Based on confidential information from informants, including a “well-placed protege of Carlos Marcello in New Orleans,” the memo says, “the Cosa Nostra [Mafia] agreed to ‘broker’ or arrange the assassination [of King] for an amount somewhat in excess of three hundred thousand ($300,000) after they were contacted by representatives of ‘Forever White,’ an elite organization of wealthy segregationists [in the] southeastern states. The Mafia’s interest was less the money than the investment-type opportunity presented; i.e., to get in a position to extract (or extort) governmental or other favors from some well-placed southern white persons, including the KKK and White Citizens’ Councils.”
The memo was based on sources located by a journalist named William Sartor. The FBI didn’t show much interest in going after his leads, but Sartor had uncovered information about a pre-assassination meeting between Ray and three of Marcello’s associates in New Orleans—after which Ray left town with $2,500 cash and a promise of $12,000 more “for doing one last big job in two to three months.” Turns out that journalist Sartor was in Texas in 1971, preparing to interview a nightclub owner linked to Marcello, when he was found murdered.
That same Justice Department memo stated that one participant in the plotting was “Frank [C.] Liberto…a Memphis racketeer and lieutenant of Carlos Marcello.” What’s noteworthy about this is that Liberto’s name came up in recent years with two other people tied to the King case. One was Lloyd Jowers, who owned Jim’s Grill across the street from the Lorraine Motel. In 1993, facing a possible indictment by Ray’s last attorney, William Pepper, Jowers went public with Sam Donaldson on ABC’s Prime Time Live.
Jowers said he’d been asked to help in the King plot by a gambling associate of his, a Memphis produce dealer named Frank Liberto who had a courier deliver $100,000 for Jowers to hold at his restaurant. Jowers claimed Liberto told him that there would be a decoy, apparently Ray, and that the police “wouldn’t be there that night.” We know from other research that four tactical police units pulled back from the vicinity of King’s motel on the morning of the assassination, making it much easier for an assassin to get away.
In a taped confession he later gave to King’s son, Dexter, and ex-U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, Jowers elaborated that planning meetings for the assassination had taken place at his restaurant. The plotters included three Memphis cops he knew, and two men whom he believed were federal agents. Shortly before the assassination, Jowers was promised a substantial sum if he’d receive a package and pass it along to someone else. When it arrived he opened the package, found a rifle inside and stashed it in a back room until another man came to pick it up on the day of the murder. Jowers said he had been instructed to be standing outside his back door that night at 6 p.m. That was when one of the same Memphis policemen handed him a still-smoking gun, which Jowers broke down into two pieces, wrapped in a tablecloth and hid in his shop until it was picked up the next day.