The Murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 hed 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.
Isnt it interesting how these lone-nut assassins seem to incriminate themselves in advance with dumb moves? I suppose they wouldnt 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? Wouldnt you have a predetermined place where youre 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!