Martin Luther King Assassination
Martin Luther King Assassination

Martin Luther King Assassination

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It was a glorious April 4th evening as Martin Luther King and hundreds of followers were gathering for a civil rights march. Many cheered on as the civil rights leader graciously out step on the second floor balcony of the Motel Lorraine. Roaring cheers rose from the crowd rose up as Martin Luther King stand there waving his arm with his heart warming smile waiting for the uprising taper off so he can continue with his speech. When suddenly a piercing blast broke the noise and the crowds cheerful spirit died. A cold chill went through all who were present fore in the back of their minds there was no doubt that their King had just been shot.

Just what exactly happened on April 4th, 1968 at 6:01PM? Just how many sides does this story have? The events surrounding Martin Luther King’s death remain controversial to this day, after more than 30 years after the fact. The accepted story is a man named James Earl Ray was the assassin however, there are many contradictions to that conclusion. One must come to realize the accepted story is wrong, a cover up has deceived the public for over 30 years, James Earl Ray did not kill Martin Luther King; Martin Luther King was assassinated by a government conspiracy.

To clarify the fact James Earl Ray is not an assassin one must look toward his reputation. James Earl Ray was born into a poor family and was the first of nine children. Being that some of his childhood was during the depression he probably was the type to

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fight for his own well being. In January of 1946 Ray joined the army. (Clarke 243) While in the army Ray sold cigarettes, drank, fought, and he was eventually discharged.From 1949-1959 Ray did many robberies and when, in 1959, he was finally caught he was sentenced to 20 years in prison (Clarke 244) Ray Later attempted escape in 1960, in 1966, and was successful on April 23rd, 1967. (Clarke 245) Ray, during this time never showed any serious acts of threatening or hurting anyone. (Clarke 244) So why would Ray suddenly turn into assassin and kill someone who has a slim effect on him?

Perhaps the reason authorities were so irritated by Martin Luther Kings protests would be on the account of the fact he does nothing wrong. His efforts successfully merged the anti-Vietnam war movement and the civil rights movement, and the awful reality of the black situation in America could no longer be hidden behind the white curtain. (Overbeck 11/17/00) King got many of the blacks to boycott the buses, go on civil rights marches, and to vote, which brought about a change in respect and right for blacks. (Lindop83) This got authorities very annoyed at King because they did not want change and King protest did it constitutionally legal. As a result police started arresting King for trivial reasons such as doing 30mph in a 25 zone, sitting in white places, civil rights marches, boycotting the busses etceteras. In all he went to jail over 30 times. (Lindop 82) It didnt stop there the FBI

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or at least the head of the FBI, Jay Edgar Hoover, even hated King. Nobody hated Martin Luther King more than J. Edgar Hoover (Clarke 255) King was well aware that the FBI was, as he put it, out to break me. (Melanson 134) That was obvious being that the FBI used many man-hours in harassing King. King life was threatened by the FBI about 50 times and harassed enough to literally have entire books on the subject. A primary example of this is when the FBI dubbed a phony tape of King with another women and used to blackmail King into committing suicide. In January of 1968, three months before the assassination, an internal memo was distributed by Hoover calling for, the Removal of King from the national scene. After all the harassment King endured he still refused to retaliate in any illegal acts which continued to infuriate authorities.

Conspicuously, the aliases James Earl Ray had allegedly used resembled real people who undoubtedly play a role in the conspiracy of the assassination. The four aliases Ray used were Eric Starvo Galt, Paul Bridgeman, Ramon George Sneyd, and John Willard. (Melanson 6) The alias Eric Starvo Galt resembled a man named Eric St. Vincent Galt who lived in Toronto, he was the secretary of the Gun Viking Club, a skilled marksman, and he was the only Eric S. Galt who lived in Canada at that time. His unique way signing his name would be to abbreviate his middle name and make circles out of the periods, which would look something like, Eric StoVo Galt. Stovo is strikingly similar to Starvo. Paul Bridgeman whose real name is Paul Bridgeman is also is located in Toronto. George Raymond Sneyd is a policeman in the Toronto area, and John Willard is a resident in the Toronto area as well. (Melanson 8) Whats even more conspicuous than the fact the all-live in Toronto is the fact all their physical appearances are very similar, as seen in figure1; dark brown hair, medium build and just shy of six feet. (Melanson 162-163) Ray and Galt however, were the most similar. Ray, in his early forties, 5-10, 170 lbs., dark brown hair, and a scar on his forehead and his right arm, and Galt, in his mid-fifties, looked in his forties, 5-11, 160 lbs., dark brown hair, and a scar on his right arm and his fore head. (Melanson 7-8) For a while Galt was a suspect in the case; the white Mustang which was the suspected get away car and the hotel room from which the assassin thought to have fired out of were both rented under the name Eric S. Galt. (Melanson 135) Keep in mind the fact Galt was also a skilled marksman. All the clues were leading to Galt, but literally days before Galt was to be questioned the FBI identifies Rays fingerprints on the suspected murder weapon. Galt was never once question by police to this day. What does it all mean? There is no supporting evidence to show Ray ever been to Toronto nor is it likely. But for Ray to sneak

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