Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?


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James Earl Ray was arrested for, and later confessed to, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The shooting of Dr. King occurred in Memphis, Tennessee on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968.

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Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?
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James Earl Ray, who was at the time a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary, was captured in London's Heathrow Airport 2 months after the killing, then charged with the crime and taken back to the United States. Although Ray was convicted of the crime and confessed to it, many, including Dr. King's family, believe that there was a conspiracy to carry out the assassination, that the U.S. government was involved and that James Earl Ray was simply a patsy.

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