James Earl Ray

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James Earl Ray
James Earl Ray.jpg
Mug shot of Ray taken in 1955
Born(1928-03-10)March 10, 1928
DiedApril 23, 1998(1998-04-23) (aged 70)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Spouse(s)Anna Sandhu (divorced)
Parent(s)James Gerald Ray
Conviction(s)Murder, prison escape
armed robbery, burglary
Criminal penalty99 years imprisonment (one year was added after his re-capture for a total of 100 years)

James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was the man who was convicted of murdering Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4, 1968. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.[1] At first he said that he had shot King, but he later said that he did not do it. There are many conspiracies about this but the truth is still unknown.

Early life[change | change source]

He was born in Alton, Illinois. He was convicted of burglary, robbery, theft and forgery during the 1950s.

He escaped from prison in 1967.[2]

Death[change | change source]

He died in Nashville, Tennessee from liver failure caused by hepatitis C.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "CNN - James Earl Ray, convicted King assassin, dies - April 23, 1998". edition.cnn.com. Retrieved 25 January 2011.
  2. Crime Library