DIVIDING LINE: THE MYSTERIES OF JAMES EARL RAY

A DYING MAN, HE WANTS TO TELL ALL ABOUT DR. KING'S MURDER--BUT ONLY TO A JUDGE

What does James Earl Ray really know about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.? The question arises with new urgency because Ray, 68--who pleaded guilty to the murder, got sentenced without a trial to 99 years in prison and then recanted his confession--is in failing health. Over the years he has dropped mysterious hints that King's murder was a conspiracy. Unless he talks soon, whatever information he has will go with him to his grave. That's why King's family last week joined Ray's long-standing campaign to have his day in court. A trial could happen if Ray's lawyer, William Pepper,...

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