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Library JournalPosner first waded into the lion's den of assassination buffs with Case Closed LJ 10/15/93, the strongest existing indictment of Lee Harvey Oswald as JFK's lone killer; now he takes a fresh look at the 1968 murder of Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, focusing on the character of the convicted killer, the late James Earl Ray, as well as on ballistics, computerized trajectories, and a host of conspiracy theories. Posner systematically answers old questions about Ray's background, motive, money, and bizarre 1968 manhunt. Ray had bragged that he would kill King, disguised his looks with plastic surgery, tried repeatedly to move to segregationist Rhodesia, and last confessed the crime to his then-wife in 1990. As the King family calls for a new investigation, Posner shows that the Hoover-era FBI that harassed and shadowed King had a lot to answer for, but not his murder. Other vivid explanationssuch as the Green Beret sniper theory put forth by Ray's latest lawyercollapse under Posner's patient scrutiny. Whether or not the Ray brothers hoped to collect a bounty on King, only they know, but "James Earl Ray is the reason Martin Luther King, Jr. is dead." Posner restores the King murder to the simple, awful tragedy that it was. Highly recommended.
--Nathan Ward, Library Journal