Over the years, I personally have met and interacted with many disreputable people, including some who tell some pretty fanciful tales about themselves, which in turn has made me very incredulous. James Earl Ray is a man who falls into this category, although I have never met him personally. The establishment version of the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination seems very specious when analyzed, unfortunately, we may never get the definite answers that we are looking for.
Over the years countless books and articles have been written on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the conspiracy that surrounds that particular crime. Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.?(1997) is very unique when compared to these other works, in that it is written by the alleged assassin. This was the second book I have read on the subject, the first book being the Making of an Assassin by George McMillan which I have already reviewed on my site. An interesting fact that surrounds this assassination is that James Earl Ray never had an official trial, and subsequently the family of King has come forward in hopes of getting him justice to once and for all set the record straight.
James Earl Ray is an invaluable source on this assassination conspiracy, but we must not take everything he says at face value. We can read what Ray has written and keep a healthy dose of skepticism of the veracity of his affirmations. Make no mistake about it, this assassination was a conspiracy by the textbook definition. This was an illegal act that was completely and utterly done by the collusion of two or more people. We must analyze this book and take it for what it is, that being a very skewed perspective with some factual information sprinkled in. That being said we can still learn a lot if we analyze this book carefully and try to discern the truth from fiction. This book was biased in its own way, just as the Making of an Assassin is also biased in its own way.
It was disappointing to see that the foreword was written by an uppity black civil wrongs activist, such as the ‘Reverent’ Jesse Jackson. I was also disappointed at the great lengths Ray went at attempting to avoid being labeled as a ‘racist’. In the Making of an Assassin the author makes Ray out to be a petty thief, who is self educated, but is lacking in the grammar department. This book was either very heavily edited or ghost written, judging by the vernacular that the author used in his writing, but I would lean toward it being heavily edited. When we have two extremes, it is usually something in between, if I had to guess I would say Ray was most certainly above average intelligence.
The unfortunate thing is we will most likely never get the true story of what happened. Who Killed Martin Luther King Jr.? Was it the Mossad? the CIA? the Government? or did James Earl Ray, the inept criminal do the deed himself? We most likely will never know, but nevertheless this book does shed some light on the case. I enjoyed both books, and I am glad I read them, but I still lack the answers I was looking for. In my opinion I do not think that James Earl Ray acted alone, but he did indeed have something to do with it. If you can pick this book up cheap used it will be worth the money, as well as the Making of an Assassin by George McMillan.
by Michael Jeffrey