James Earl Ray

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"“Lone nut”"
Person.png James Earl Ray   History CommonsRdf-icon.png
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Born March 10, 1928
Alton, Illinois, United States
Died April 23, 1998 (Age 70)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Children (Template:Children details)
Parents James Gerald Ray Lucille Ray
Spouse Anna Sandhu
Criminal convictions
• Murder
• prison escape
• armed
• robbery
• burglary
Supposed perpetrator of MLK/Assassination
Charged by the US government for the killing of Martin Luther King. He died in jail having never had a trial.

Official narrative

Ray was a "lone nut" assassin of Martin Luther King. After the assassination on April 4, 1968, he fled north to Toronto, Ontario, where he hid out for a month and acquired a Canadian passport under the false name of Ramon George Sneyd. He was captured at Heathrow Airport, London on June 8, 1968. On March 10, 1969, he entered a guilty plea, after advice from his lawyer, Bernard Fensterwald[citation needed], to avoid a jury trial and accompanying risk of a death sentence. Three days later, he had changed his mind, but was not permitted to change his plea. He spent the rest of his life in incarceration, unsuccessfully seeking a trial.


The US government never had to present evidence of his guilt, since no trial was held.

In 1993, Loyd Jowers, owner of a restaurant (Jim's Grill) near the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, where King was assassinated, confessed on live TV to involvement in the assassination of Martin Luther King. He stated that there was a conspiracy to kill King, and that James Earl Ray was a patsy not involved in the assassination. In 1998, the family of Martin Luther King filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jowers and "other unknown co-conspirators" for the murder of King. A unanimous decision on December 8, 1999 by a Memphis jury found Jowers and other "governmental agencies" had plotted to kill King. Only a single reporter was sent from the US commercially-controlled media (Memphis TV reporter, Wendell Stacy).

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