An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, New and Updated Edition

Overview

On April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was in Memphis supporting a workers’ strike. By nightfall, army snipers were in position, military officers were on a nearby roof with cameras, and Lloyd Jowers had been paid to remove the gun after the fatal shot was fired. When the dust had settled, King had been hit and a clean-up operation was set in motion-James Earl Ray was framed, the crime scene was destroyed, and witnesses were killed. William Pepper, attorney and friend of King, has conducted a thirty-year ...

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Overview

On April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was in Memphis supporting a workers’ strike. By nightfall, army snipers were in position, military officers were on a nearby roof with cameras, and Lloyd Jowers had been paid to remove the gun after the fatal shot was fired. When the dust had settled, King had been hit and a clean-up operation was set in motion-James Earl Ray was framed, the crime scene was destroyed, and witnesses were killed. William Pepper, attorney and friend of King, has conducted a thirty-year investigation into his assassination. In 1999, Loyd Jowers and other co-conspirators were brought to trial in a civil action suit on behalf of the King family. Seventy witnesses set out the details of a conspiracy that involved J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, Memphis police, and organized crime. The jury took an hour to find for the King family. In An Act of State, you finally have the truth before you-how the US government shut down a movement for social change by stopping its leader dead in his tracks.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Pepper has gathered an impressive array of testimony and evidence that, even to determined skeptics, throws a major doubt over the state’s case against James Earl Ray.”—Kirkus

“Passionate, disturbing, and well-researched.”—Booklist

“Within the first chapter, An Act of State presents enough circumstantial evidence to raise questions about Ray’s involvement as the sole assassin.”—Washington Post

“We recommend this book to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King’s assassination.”—Coretta Scott King

“No one has done more than Dr William F. Pepper to keep alive the quest for truth concerning the violent death of Martin Luther King.”—Ramsey Clark, US Attorney General, 1967-69

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844672851
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 4/7/2008
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 368,009
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 7.99 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

William F. Pepper is an English barrister and an American lawyer. He practices international human rights law from the US and from London, and has convened a seminar on international human rights at Oxford University. He has represented governments and heads of state, and has appeared as an expert on international law issues. He is the author of four other books and numerous articles.

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Table of Contents

Part 1
The beginning     3
The House Select Committee on Assassinations report     10
Relocation and more investigations     14
The television trial of James Earl Ray     17
The continuing investigation: Loyd Jowers's involvement     20
Breakthroughs, January-April 15 1994     29
New strands and connections     42
H. L. Hunt     42
James's last parole hearing     44
The Whitlock/Liberto story     45
The hedge     47
Art Baldwin's account     48
Another Marcello scenario     50
Louie Ward's account     51
Raul and the Grabows     53
The conspiracy deepens     62
Military organization     65
The Memphis mission     67
Eric S. Galt     77
New allies, revelations, and untimely deaths     82
James Earl Ray's terminal illness     82
Enter the King family     84
The last judicial proceedings     88
Loyd Jowers - continued     92
James dies     97
Post-mortem events     98
Don Wilson's materials     99
Part 2
The trial     107
The background     109
The local conspiracy     110
The crime scene     117
The murder weapon     119
Raul     121
The broader conspiracy     127
The cover-up     131
The defendant's prior admissions     137
Damages     139
The case for the defense     140
The closing arguments     146
The jury instructions     146
The verdict     147
The judgment     147
The aftermath and a post-trial summary     148
The media     148
The spins     149
New evidence     150
What we now know     155
A vision unto death and a truth beyond the grave     163
Non nobis solum nati sumas     167
Disciple and master     173
The state's case: the how and the why of the assassination     181
Why?     185
How? - according to the state and its publicists     186
The key issues     186
The United States Attorney General's report     218
Methodology     218
Loyd Jowers     220
The location of the shooter - the rooming house     226
The location of the murder weapon     228
The Liberto involvement     229
The involvement of the Memphis Police Department (MPD)     232
The allegations of Donald Wilson     237
The forensic examination of the documents     244
Raul     246
Conspiracy allegations emanating from the King v. Jowers and other unknown co-conspirators trial     250
Epilogue     262
Afterword     273
Appendices     289
Notes     311
Index     341
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2008

    The Silence is Deafening

    I congratulate Mr William F. Pepper for his commitment and courage in publishing this meticulously documented and important book. It is extraordinary that very few Americans today even know that on 2 October, 1998 an action was filed ''Docket kit#97242TD'' by the Family of MLK vs Loyd Jowers and & Other Unknown Conspirators in Memphis or know that in 1999, a jury held that Loyd Jowers and others, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, were parties to a conspiracy to do harm to Dr Martin Luther King. It is both shameful and frightening that notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence that there was a conspiracy in the assassination of Dr King and the judgement of the Court, the American media continues to maintain a deafening silence about this unresolved crime and terrible moment in America's history. I have no doubt that should the contents of this book ever become widely known, there would be a major public outcry. I highly recommend this book to all seekers of truth.

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