Opinion: The Assassination According to Capote

On the rare occasions when writer Truman Capote agrees to submit to a television interview, it is usually because he has something that he wants to say. Last week, when he appeared (for the first time) on Johnny Carson's Tonight show, he wasted little time in getting to the point. "I have a theory," announced the author of In Cold Blood, "about the murder of Martin Luther King."

So, of course, does almost everybody else, but Capote's credentials make him worth listening to—wild though his theory may be. The FBI, he says, is looking for the wrong man. James Earl Ray,...

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