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.

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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.

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In this exhaustive and thorough examination of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr, Gerald Posner concludes without a shadow of a doubt that James Earl Ray was the assassin. Posner tracks Ray ... Read full review

Contents

The Riot
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Nobodys Going to Kill You Martin
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Mrs Brewers Rooming House
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Copyright

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Gerald Posner received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975 and a law degree from Hastings Law School in 1978. He was one of the youngest attorneys ever hired by the Wall Street law firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He co-founded the New York law firm Posner and Ferrara. He is the author of more than ten books including Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, and God's Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican.

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