How A Klan Lawyer and A Checkbook Journalist Helped James Earl Ray Cover up His Crime

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At 6:01 pm on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel, Martin Luther King Jr. was killed by a single bullet fired from an elevated and concealed position. Yet unanswered questions surround the circumstances of his demise, and many still wonder whether justice was served. After all, only one man, an escaped convict from Missouri named James Earl Ray, was punished for the crime. On the surface, Ray did not fit the caricature of a hangdog racist thirsty for blood. Media coverage has often portrayed him as hapless and apolitical, someone who must have been paid by clandestine forces. It's a narrative that Ray himself put in motion upon his June 1968 arrest in London, then continued from jail until his death in 1998. In 1999, Dr. King's own family declared Ray an innocent man. After his arrest, Ray forged a publishing partnership with two very strange bedfellows: a slick Klan lawyer named Arthur J. Hanes, the de facto "Klonsel" for the United Klans of America, and checkbook journalist William Bradford Huie, the darling of Look magazine and a longtime menace of the KKK. Despite polar opposite views on race, Hanes and Huie found common cause in the world of conspiracy. Together, they thought they could make Memphis the new Dallas. Relying on novel primary source discoveries gathered over an eight-year period, including a trove of newly released documents and dusty files, Klandestine takes readers deep inside Ray's Memphis jail cell and Alabama's violent Klaverns. Told through Hanes and Huie's key perspectives, it shows how a legacy of unpunished racial killings provided the perfect exigency to sell a lucrative conspiracy to a suspicious and outraged nation.
Publisher: Chicago, IL : Chicago Review Press, 2015
ISBN: 9781613730706
Branch Call Number: 364.1524 MCMI 2015
Characteristics: xvi, 320 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : b illustrations ; 24 cm


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Jan 13, 2016

This book was interesting, but I had hard time following it; it was hard to keep track of what was the story that Ray, Huie, etc. were trying to say versus what the actual truth was.

Feb 26, 2015

If you have no idea, or any questions, check out "Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998)" Posner is great at busting through conspiracy theories and examining the actual facts of the case, which of course draws a lot of heat from folks who have a vested interest in promoting those conspiracy theories.

Feb 25, 2015

I have no idea whether Ray was the actual killer of Rev. King, but I certainly have questions about all these so-called journalists and so-called reporters who have never questioned where Ray got all his money from after he escaped from prison: for various courses he took, for his routine economic survival, for his new car, for his trips to Canada, Mexico and then Canada and London after the assassination?????

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