Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King Jr. (Amazon)
Who Really Killed Martin Luther King Jr., proves that the FBI not only shadowed Martin Luther King Jr. for several years—as most reasonably-informed people are already aware—but, far worse than that, they actually "stalked" him for over four years, from January 1964 until his murder on April 4, 1968. The stronger term "stalk" correctly conveys what the FBI was secretly doing in the background, as its plot to assassinate Dr. King progressed throughout those fifty-one months.
It was supreme irony that the meme the FBI invented specially for James Earl Ray, as being a "violent racist, hater and stalker/murderer of Martin Luther King Jr.," was completely incorrect as regards Ray—who was never any of those terms—but quite accurate in reference to King's real chief stalker and murderer: J. Edgar Hoover, Director of the FBI.
Through a number of paid informers, the highest-level FBI officials—led by Hoover, his Associate Director / henchman Clyde Tolson, and Assistant Directors Cartha "Deke" DeLoach and William Sullivan, among others—tracked Dr. King around the country, racing ahead of him to install "bugs" into his hotel and conference rooms as they simultaneously plotted his assassination and the frame-up of his purported assassin, James Earl Ray. The complete account, as summarized within the Prologue of the book...
"...is an extremely troubling story of government gone awry, plotting deadly retribution to a charismatic leader it viewed as a threat and then mounting a massive cover-up in order to protect the guilty. As we examine the details of the plot ... it will become clear that the misuse of governmental power by a relatively few powerful key men was sufficient to accomplish high crimes and treasons. The crimes—committed, paradoxically, by the governmental entity originally created to investigate and bring law-breakers to justice during the nearly half-century tenure of J. Edgar Hoover—are legend, having been kept secret for as long as he was alive before the truths were slowly exposed. Many of them are now finally known to most reasonably informed citizens. Yet the exposed crimes are only those closest to the surface. Many others were buried much deeper, and were kept hidden, but are now finally unraveled."
The story of how James Earl Ray was framed as the alleged murderer of Dr. King was comprised of multiple paradoxes and ironies, including the following:
- The primary motivating force—racial hatred of Dr. King and fear that he would eventually become a powerful political force, perhaps even president of the U. S. eventually—drove the high-level plotters, J. Edgar Hoover and Lyndon B. Johnson, yet they ensured that this motive would be erased by history as it pertained to them. Instead, it was imputed to be that of the purported assassin, James Earl Ray, who was not a racist at all, as determined by none other than the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) and Dr. King’s own family, confirmed by his son Dexter King, who visited James Earl Ray in prison and found him to be a non-racist.
- The "patsy" Ray was backward by nature, a non-violent, small-time thief whose persona was reinvented by the FBI and, through their recruitment of novelists (so-called "journalists" but writers of fiction, William Bradford Huie, Gerold Frank and George McMillan), made out to be a vicious, hateful Southern racist. Yet he was none of those adjectives, he wasn’t even "Southern," having grown up in and around Quincy, Illinois—farther north than Springfield, Illinois, or Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Furthermore, James Earl Ray was portrayed by the FBI as a "sharpshooter" yet the salesman who sold him the alleged murder weapon, a Remington 30.06 GameMaster rifle (with a misaligned telescopic sight) stated to the FBI and the HSCA investigators that Ray was someone who knew "nothing" about rifles, "I mean nothing!" according to his HSCA testimony.
- This accused sniper, who "knew nothing" about rifles, or anything about the development of the skill of sharpshooting, was alleged to have been so confident in his shooting ability that even the police, FBI and prosecutors said that he loaded one bullet, and only one bullet—not five, which he could have—to fire his purportedly deadly shot at Dr. King.
- The earliest detailed, factual and scholarly accounts by such researchers as Clay Blair Jr., Harold Weisberg, and Mark Lane were all ignored by the Memphis police, the FBI, the prosecutors and, a decade later, the investigators for the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA). Even as all of these "investigations" ignored the truth-seeking accounts, they all incorporated the skewed findings of the fiction-writers (Huie, Frank, and McMillan, who used provably false stories, the same ones planted originally by the FBI), as conclusively demonstrated within the book. It becomes clear within the narrative that this was not by happenstance, that it was a story that had originated within the executive offices of the FBI and set in motion by those same fiction writers, under the direction of Clyde Tolson and Cartha DeLoach.
- The original congressmen, whose doubts about the government’s findings regarding the assassinations of JFK and Martin Luther King inspired them to create a new investigation that became known as the HSCA; however, those efforts were undermined by other congressmen whose interests were focused on protecting the FBI and CIA from scrutiny. The fact that the original staff, committed to an aggressive investigation, was totally replaced by a staff having no interest in that kind of examination, led to the nearly-complete breakdown of both investigations. The most that can be said about that effort, in regard to the King assassination, was that it did conclude that James Earl Ray was not a racist. Unfortunately, that point was not given sufficient emphasis; ergo, numerous subsequent books would ignore that point as they continued repeating that myth.
The themes of the book are centered upon an intense review of all of these summary points. Combined, they will lead the reader to understand how deeply the secrets were hidden. But it is the last two points on that list—how ten years later, the HSCA investigators based their "investigation" on those works of fiction—that will inexorably lead to an ephinay as the long eluded truth is revealed: It was how a long series of provable lies were put into the "official story" by the first fiction writers (Huie, Frank and McMillan) that were used to buttress the official "findings" of the HSCA, despite their simultaneous, seemingly reluctant admission that James Earl Ray was not the racist which was the basis for all of his alleged "motives" to kill Dr. King: his "hatred" of King [sic], that led to his "stalking" [sic] and thus his "murder" [sic] of King.