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Martin Luther King: The Lorraine Motel: ‘It was written by J Edgar Hoover. We have the documents now … Built, you’ve seen it, like a shooting gallery … And it was the FBI that placed Dr King there.’ Mark Lane, cited Citizen Lane 2018
The voice of the modern civil rights movement and its most determined eloquent leader is Martin Luther King junior. America: The Story of the US: Superpower, History 2010
Hoover pursued Martin Luther King with a vengeance ... Race riots once more erupted across America. Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States VII: Johnson, Nixon and Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune, Showtime 2012
The man who is generally recognized as the leader of the so-called civil rights movement today in America is a man who has lectured at a Communist training school, who has solicited funds through Communist sources, who hired a Communist as a top-level aide, who has affiliated with Communist fronts, who is often praised in the Communist press and who unquestionably parallels the Communist line. This same man advocates the breaking of the law and has been described by J Edgar Hoover as ‘the most notorious liar in the country’. Ezra Taft Benson, US News and World Report 30th November 1964
Martin Luther King had been affiliated with at least the following officially recognized Communist fronts ... the Communists will use Mr King’s death for as much yardage as possible. Ezra Taft Benson, letter to J Willard Marriott; viz D Michael Quinn, The Mormon Hierarchy
The kindest thing that could be said about Martin Luther King is that he was an effective Communist tool. Personally, I think he was more than that. ibid.
Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in. For those of you who are black – considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible – you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.
We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization – black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand, and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion, and love. Robert Kennedy, April 1968
April 4 1968: Dr Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee. Ethel, television news, Sky Atlantic 2013
The trail leads into the heart of government itself. Who Killed Martin Luther King? 1989
By the early 1960s the government was publicly supporting Martin Luther King; privately, they targeted him as a threat to the stability of the United States. By 1968 King’s stance on the Vietnam War and his plans for a poor people’s march to disrupt Washington put him on a collision course with President Lyndon Johnson. ibid.
The effect of the guilty plea was to prevent the state’s case against Ray being scrutinised in public. ibid.
Where’s the evidence that this rifle killed Doctor King? ibid.
‘The police stood with their hands down and did nothing.’ ibid. Colonel Fletcher Prouty, resigned in protest
We were aware of several frightened witnesses. ibid.
[Jules Ricco] Kimble [Raul] claimed that he had assisted Ray after the assassination. ibid.
The Reverend Martin Luther King junior was killed by a sniper’s single shot in 1968. A small-time thief James Earl Ray was arrested and charged with the assassination. But was Ray the assassin or fall-guy? Conspiracy Test: The MLK Junior Assassination s/a Best Evidence: The MLK junior assassination, 2007
In late March 1968 Dr King travelled to Memphis, Tennessee, to support striking black sanitation workers. They were seeking equal treatment in the workplace. ibid.
At 6:01 a single shot from a high-powered rifle cracked through the air. Members of his entourage rushed from their rooms. The bullet tore through his jaw: it severed his spinal cord and pierced vital arteries. At 7:05 he was pronounced dead at St Joseph’s hospital. The assassination triggered riots in sixty American cities. Two months after King’s death, James Earl Ray was arrested at London’s Heathrow airport, carrying a false Canadian passport. Investigators had begun a manhunt for him: after his fingerprints had been found on the presumed murder weapon and personal items found near the Lorraine Motel. To avoid the death penalty Ray pleaded Guilty. A trial was waived and he was given a ninety-nine year sentence. Three days later, even though he had told the judge he understood that a Guilty plea could not be reversed, Ray tried to recant his confession. ibid.
34,630. Ray claimed that Raul had instructed him to buy a Remington Gamemaster 3006 rifle, to go to Memphis and check in to a particular boarding house: it just happened to overlook the motel where Dr King stayed when he was in the city. Ray said that Raul met him, took the rifle and sent him on some errands. Ray maintained that when he returned, Dr King had already been shot. ibid.
Who was Raul and who else was involved? ibid.
In 1993 a man named Loyd Jowers, who owned a restaurant near the boarding house, confessed to participating in a conspiracy to kill Doctor King. ibid.
Martin Luther King arrived in Memphis the day before he was assassinated. King checked into the Lorraine Motel and began planning a march in support of striking city sanitation workers. King’s presence at the Motel was well publicised by the press. Across the street from the Motel was a rooming house. On April 4th just before 6 p.m. William Anschutz, a tenant of the rooming house, found the building’s communal bathroom locked. Unsolved Mysteries s5e26, NBC 1993
For some reason the FBI never conducted a swab test to determine if the rifle had ever been fired. The FBI also could not match the bullet which killed King with the rifle. ibid.
In Memphis, Tennessee, Doctor Martin Luther King junior, America’s leading campaigner for civil rights, arrives to lend his support to a local strike. In less than twenty-four hours he will be dead. Great Crimes and Trials: Martin Luther King
Among his enemies was J Edgar Hoover, the founder of the FBI, who had also been at the 1964 signing ceremony. Later evidence emerged which seemed to link Hoover with attempts to destroy King’s reputation. ibid.
Hoover had always considered Dr King’s movement as a communist front. And now he had widened his protest to include Vietnam and the Poor People’s Campaign for Black and White. ibid.
At 6:01 came the shot on the balcony. A rifle bullet struck him on the right side of his jaw penetrating his neck and severing his spinal cord ... There were riots all over the country. Thirty-nine people were killed. ibid.
He [the assassin] had helpfully left a bundle in a doorway containing the rifle with his fingerprints on, ammunition, binoculars and a radio. These were quickly traced to James Earl Ray. But the man himself had driven away from Memphis in a white Mustang. An ex-military marksman he escaped from a twenty-year sentence in Missouri State Penitentiary by hiding in a bread truck. ibid.
He [James Earl Ray] later complained that he was pressured to plead guilty or his father and brother would be arrested as co-conspirators. ibid.
In its finding the House Committee concluded that James Earl Ray was the assassin. But he had not acted alone. The likelihood was that a right-wing conspiracy based in St Louis planned it. And Ray expected to get $50,000 for the hit. ibid.
April 4th 1968 Memphis Tennessee 6.15 p.m. US Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is rushed to hospital after being shot. He is badly wounded. Infamous Assassinations: Martin Luther King
Especially in the Deep South, King has also earned the undying hatred of a cabal of violent white extremists who despise him and all he stands for. They see him a threat to their way of life. ibid.
King flies to Memphis and checks into the Lorraine Motel. He has come to lend his support to a group of black city sanitation workers. ibid.
King was himself a preacher. ibid.
He organises what becomes known as the Montgomery Bus Boycott. It will last thirteen months. ibid
Martin Luther King is standing alone on the balcony of his room while his companions gather inside ... Suddenly a shot rings out: King collapses. ibid.
A woman reports that she had seen a man running from the boarding house shortly after 6 p.m. ibid.