A Look Back at the Federal King Assassination Investigation

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

James Earl Ray's Checkered Past 

The report was accompanied with a background on King's assassin, James Earl Ray, who was discharged from the Army for drunkenness and breaking arrest in 1948. He lived as a career criminal bouncing in and out of jail on various robbery convictions. In April 1967, he escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary and lived on the lam before traveling to Memphis in April 1968. (Photo: Federal Bureau of Prisons via Wikicommons)

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