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James Earl Ray
One of the most controversial conspiracy theories is that James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King Junior. James Ray Claimed that he was framed by someone he was involved with smuggling operations, Raul. According to James when Raul told him to buy a rifle and check into a certain rooming house in Memphis, James did so, no questions asked. James went on to say there at the room he handed Raul the rifle, never to see him again.. In another version Ray claims to have waited in the car and then heard the shot, after which Raul ran out and jumped in the car. James Earl Ray, the man who admitted to killing Martin Luther King Jr. and then retracted his admission, died of kidney failure.
James Ray's lawyer William Pepper, claims that Ray was set up by the government who had hired someone from the mafia to kill Martin Luther. A team of snipers waited nearby just in case the snipper should miss, the CIA, the Memphis police, the FBI and the Army intelligence were also involved. In Pepper's 1995 book the commando of the snippers Billy Eidson was killed off to keep everything secret. Pepper's book was considered a forgery but Billy Eidson was found to be alive and upset at the allegations that he was involved in the assasination.
The Raul Evidence
In 1998 a retired FBI employee Donald Wilson said he found pieces of paper in Ray's car after the 1968 shooting that had the name "Raul" written all over them. Wilson claims to have not come forward with this evidence for so long because he felt it wasnt neccessary. Wilson apprently took home the evidence and stored it in his freezer for most of the 30 years. The FBI claims that Wilson was not part of the search team and that his evidence is a toatl fabrication.
Llyod Jowers: The Memphis bar man
The Memphis bar owner of Jim's Grill, right across the streeet from the Lorraine Motel, Llyod Jowers claimed in 1993 that he was given money to hire an assassin for king. He claimed that a Memphis produce dealer, Frank Liberto, gave him 100,000 dollars to hire a hit man to murder king and the assassin he hired was not James Earl Ray. After a 7-month investigation, Memphis District Attorney General Bill Gibbons reported that he could find no evidence Jowers had any involvement in the murder.
Was Martin Luther King's death caused by a known racist, the government, a man by the name of Raul or Llyod Jowers the Memphis bar man? It seems likely that all these conspiracy theories may have made sense at the time or at least seemed partially true. Without a doubt Martin Luther King's death shocked the world and turned it up side down once again. Still to this day James Earl Ray is known to be the assissin of Martin Luther, while some still believe otherwise. To my beliefs the man who commited the crime has served his punishment. Perhaps Martin Luther King was killed because he believed so strongly in african-american civil rights and peace movments, still Martin's death is one of those historical events that goes down in history.
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