MLK Assassination: Was James Earl Ray Innocent?
The back of Lloyd's bar opened up on some dense shrubbery which faced the Lorraine Motel. This shrubbery is much nearer to the area that the witnesses were pointing to in the photo taken immediately after King's assassination. Could Raul have been hiding there to take the shot while Ray, the unknowing fall guy, waited in the getaway car?
POSSIBLE SUSPECT: Army Officers
The morning of King's assassination, an eyewitness reported that two U.S. army officers carrying briefcases and cameras asked to access the roof of the Fire Station 2, ostensibly to keep a lookout at the Lorraine Motel. The roof of the fire house did provide a clear view of King's balcony; it also overlooked the shrubbery near to Lloyd's bar...
EVIDENCE: The Shrubbery
The shrubbery behind Lloyd Jower's business could have provided the perfect cover for the real assassin. We will, however, never have conclusive evidence on this theory because the morning after the murder the bushes were dug up and removed from the crime scene. Reverend James Orange, a colleague of King's, recalls that authorities said they were "cleaning up the area" to help the investigation. Was there evidence in the bushes -- like a shell casing?
EVIDENCE: The Removal of Ed Reddit
Ed Reddit, one of the few black detectives in the Memphis Police Department, was removed from his post at Fire Station 2 just a few hours before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Reddit had been part of King's security detail on his previous trips to Memphis. He had also advised King not to stay at the Lorraine Motel because its open design made it too difficult to provide adequate security...