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James Earl Ray Signed Review of his Book

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James Earl Ray Signed Review of his Book

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August 17, 2022 10:30 AM EDT
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Wilton, CT, US


James Earl Ray Signed Review of his Book

RAY, James Earl. Signature, “J. E. Ray / 1-15-92 / State Prison / Nashville, TN”, 1p, on a printed copy of a book review, 8.5” x 11”, Nashville, January 15, 1992. Flattened folds, else fine condition.

The review from Publishers Weekly, October 18, 1991, in full, “Still serving his 99-year sentence for the slaying of Martin Luther King in Memphis in 1968, Ray offers compelling arguments for reopening the case in this dramatic, spirited chronicle. An escaped con, self-described as a "two-bit career criminal" having no strongly held racial views, Ray tells of smuggling ‘contraband’ between Canada, Mexico and the U.S. for a man known to him only as Raoul, who directed him to Memphis a few days before the shooting. While Raoul's activities are as vague as his identity, serious questions are raised by the apparently frantic desire of the authorities to have Ray, who was captured and charged in England three months later, plead guilty and forgo a trial. If Ray's story is accurate, his lawyer, Percy Foreman, obsessed with money, eagerly orchestrated the guilty pleas. Ray also suggests that the FBI's role in the case bears examination, given J. Edgar Hoover's hatred and persecution of King. Whether readers will be convinced that an injustice has been done or not, many may support Ray's call for vigorous reinvestigation.”

James Earl Ray (1928-1998) was an American man convicted for assassinating Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Ray was convicted in 1969 after entering a guilty plea, forgoing a jury trial and the possibility of a death sentence. He was sentenced to 99 years of imprisonment. On June 10, 1977, Ray and six other convicts escaped from Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Petros, Tennessee. They were recaptured three days later. A year was added to Ray's previous sentence, increasing it to 100 years. In his book, “Who Killed Martin Luther King? The True Story by the Convicted Assassin”, Ray speaks out about the assassination, proclaiming his innocence, and arguing that the FBI plotted to kill the leader of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, Jr.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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