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

by Gerald Posner
£11.99   paperback  Little Brown (1999)

Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Gerald Posner Thirty years after his death on a Memphis motel balcony, Killing the Dream definitively re-examines the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Based on explosive new interviews, confidential files and previously undisclosed evidence, Gerald Posner's remarkable book not only uncovers the errors of previous investigations but resolves speculation about whether the FBI, CIA or the Mafia was involved in the murder of one of the twentieth century's most luminous icons. Killing the Dream untangles the case's leading puzzles.
 
From King's rousing "mountaintop" speech the night before he was killed, to the shock in the courtroom when Ray suddenly pled guilty and the truth seemed lost forever, Posner re-creates the memorable dramas of the case, and produces a fascinating portrait of this career criminal from one of the most forsaken parts of poor, white America. Ray's death in prison promoted speculation that he had taken his secrets to the grave, but Killing the Dream ends these fears, laying to rest over three decades of conjecture and distortion about what really happened on that April morning in 1968.

ISBN 13: 9780316848381 | ISBN 10: 0316848387