What evidence is there to suggest that the conspiracy theorists might be right about the death of Martin Luther King, Jr?
James Earl Ray died in a Nashville Hospital in 1998. He was the principal suspect in the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis Tennessee, on 4 Apr, 1968. Ray had been an out-of-work drifter and was an escaped felon at the time of the shooting; he was captured in London two months after the assassination, and extradited back to the United States. Pleading guilty to the charge of murder, he avoided the death penalty, but he was sentenced to 99 years in prison. It was and still is hard for society to accept that the sociopathic losers in life - a four time loser like Ray or a 24 year old sociopath like Lee Harvey Oswald could bring down the great charismatic figures of our time such as Dr King and John F. Kennedy. Instead it is easier to believe in a conspiracy, believing that men like King and Kennedy were killed because for some reason they jeopardized the very pillars of democracy and as such some dark, nefarious cabal in government had to get together to stop them in the middle of their careers, this at least gave meaning to their untimely deaths. There is a natural tendency in society to want to buy into any conspiracy theory even when there is little or no evidence to support it. This essay will concentrate on the main conspiracy theories surrounding Kingâ€™s death and will endeavor to establish whether or not the evidence suggested by such theorists could possibly be right, regarding the â€˜most unresolved murder in modern American historyâ€™.
If Ray was innocent then why did he plead guilty and effectively waiver any rights he had to a trial? Ray had numerous lawyers throughout the thirty years of his sentence, but it is with his initial council that the answer to this question may lie. Rayâ€™s first lawyer Arthur Hanes Snr seemed a good choice, a former FBI