James Earl Ray

American criminal, convicted for the murder of civil rights activist and Nobel peace prize laureate Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968

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 multiple conspiracy theories surrounding the assassination.

James Earl Ray
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
Cause of deathKidney disease and Liver failure caused by Hepatitis C
Criminal statusdead
Anna Sandhu
(m. 1978; div. 1993)
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)

Early life change

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

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

References change

  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