Nation: Widening Search

The search for Martin Luther King's killer spread in ever-widening circles. FBI and police investigators ran down leads in Memphis and Mexico, in Atlanta and Birmingham, in Dade County, Fla., Hamburg, Ark., and a dozen other localities.

Although the authorities attempted to maintain the strictest secrecy, some interlocking fragments of the investigation fell into place. One FBI agent allowed that "hundreds" of individuals were being checked. One name that surfaced—apparently because of an FBI slip—was that of Eric Starve Gait, 36, of Birmingham. The FBI put out an advisory to police, requesting that Gait be located though not arrested. When...

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