Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr

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Harcourt Brace & Company, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 448 pages
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In the three decades since April 4, 1968, when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot to death in Memphis, scores of books and articles have questioned whether James Earl Ray, King's killer, acted alone or was part of a larger conspiracy. Now, based on explosive new interviews, confidential files, and previously undisclosed evidence, bestselling author Gerald Posner finally resolves the simple truth of the last great political murder mystery of the 1960s, definitively proving that Ray acted alone. Beginning with a straightforward narrative of the events before, during, and after the shooting, Posner untangles the case's leading puzzles: Was there a mysterious person named Raoul who directed Ray in the year leading up to the murder? Were the FBI, the CIA, or an arm of the Mafia involved? Did the military have a covert team of snipers in Memphis on the day King died? Was James Earl Ray a patsy, as the King family has publicly declared? At the heart of this book is an in-depth profile of Ray himself, a fascinating profile of a career criminal from one of the most forsaken parts of poor white America. Posner re-creates the memorable dramas of the case: Dr. King's rousing "mountaintop" speech the night before his death; the chilling moments of the assassination; Ray's frantic flight across four countries as he tried to escape justice; and the shock of the King family's embrace of Ray just before his own death in jail. A riveting search for justice, Killing the Dream finally thwarts James Earl Ray's efforts to take his secrets to the grave, and proves the identity of King's killer beyond a shadow of a doubt.

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Review: Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

User Review  - John Gurney - Goodreads

Excellent research and cogent writing about a fascinating topic make Killing The Dream hard to put down. Author Gerald Posner conducts his own research to help dispel various conspiracy theories. He ... Read full review

Review: Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

User Review  - David Bales - Goodreads

Gerald Posner previously wrote a book debunking the Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories and this one completely shatters any the myth of any conspiracy surrounding the assassination of Martin ... Read full review


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Gerald Posner , a former Wall Street lawyer, is the author of Case Closed (1993), a prize-winning reexamination of the JFK assassination. His other books include a biography of Ross Perot (Citizen Perot), an expose of the heroin trade (Warlords of Crime), a study of the offspring of Nazi leaders (Hitler's Children), and a novel, The Bio-Assassins. He is also so-author of Mengele, a biography of Auschwitz's "Angel of Death.

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