MLK Assassination: Was James Earl Ray Innocent?
Employing photographic reconstruction techniques, Wilburn has shown that the witnesses were, in fact, pointing to a higher position on the roof of a nearby building. Since all three witnesses are pointing in the exact same direction, it is safe to assume that the shot did not come from the boarding house where Ray was allegedly positioned.
James Earl Ray Didn't Do It: Exhibit E
The Rifle that Incriminated Him Wasn't His
Guy Canipe, a local store owner, claimed that he saw a strange bundle dropped off near the Ray's boarding house fully ten minutes before the shot was fired. His description matched the evidence that Ray allegedly left behind -- a Remington 30.06 rifle, receipts for ammunition, and a pair of binoculars, all with Ray's prints on them. This, of course, begs the question: how could Ray have used a rifle that wasn't in his possession at the time of the assassination? Was the entire bundle just gift-wrapped evidence for the police to turn them onto Ray's involvement?
James Earl Ray Didn't Do It: Exhibit F
Dexter King Thinks Ray Was Innocent
In 1997, as James Earl Ray was dying of liver cancer, Dexter King, MLK's son, met with him in jail. Rather than a scene of recrimination, it was one of forgiveness. Dexter King shook Ray's hand and said he didn't think Ray was guilty.
Coretta Scott King Thinks Ray Was Framed
Two years later, Coretta Scott King, MLK's widow, said at a press conference: "There is abundant evidence of a major high level conspiracy in the assassination of my husband... the conspiracy of the Mafia, local, state and federal government agencies, were deeply involved in the assassination. [A] 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."
Speaking of that jury...