A Look Back at the Federal King Assassination Investigation

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  • James Earl Ray
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • James Earl Ray
  • James Earl Ray
  • James Earl Ray
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • James Earl Ray

The "Raoul" Defense

In his defense, Ray used the name of a man named "Raoul," who he claimed instructed him to purchase the rifle used to kill King and to rent a room at the boarding house in Memphis, where a gun-running scheme was allegedly planned. The committee determined Ray's story was flawed as there were no witnesses to corroborate "Raoul's" existence and no explanation for why the alleged ringleader's fingerprints weren't on the murder weapon. (Photo: Keystone/Getty Images)

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