MLK Assassination: Was James Earl Ray Innocent?
EVIDENCE: Threats and Smokescreens
Because Ray pled guilty to King's assassination, there was never a criminal trial. Therefore, it is possible that key evidence never came to light. Ed Reddit, and others, say that they were coerced into giving a testimony that fit the "official facts" at a 1977 House of Representatives hearing on the murder. Some conspiracy theorists believe that the hearings were nothing more than an attempt to whitewash the government's involvement in the assassination. The closing of the attorney general's inquiry lends further evidence to the idea that the government is no longer interested in uncovering the truth behind King's assassination.
For those who wish to know the real truth, the opportunity may present itself in 2029. That year sealed files on the assassination investigate are due to be opened. Civil rights groups are lobbying to have that date pushed up. We just hope that the government doesn't find a reason to keep the truth buried indefinitely. What do they have to hide?
Regardless if James Earl Ray was acting alone or if an entire battalion of conspirators stretching from Lyndon Johnson down to the local Memphis barkeep were involved, it doesn't change the fact that on April 4th, 1968, the world lost a great man. MLK Jr. would have been 83 years old this year, an elder statesman with the same stature as Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter. Who knows what changes the world would have seen if King had been allowed to live and continue his work for worldwide peace and equality.
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