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Title:
Who really killed Martin Luther King Jr.? : the case against Lyndon B. Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover / Phillip F. Nelson.
Title Variants:
Case against Lyndon B. Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover
ISBN:
9781510731066
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Skyhorse Publishing, [2018]

©2018
Physical Description:
xl, 516 pages ; 24 cm
Abstract:
"One of the most infamous and devastating assassinations in American history, the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was also one of the most quickly resolved by authorities: James Earl Ray was convicted of the crime less than a year after it occurred. Yet, did they catch the right person? Or was Ray framed by President Lyndon B Johnson and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover? In Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?, Phillip F. Nelson explores the tactics used by the FBI to portray Ray as a southern racist and stalker of King. He shows that early books on King's death were written for the very purpose of "dis-informing" the American public, at the behest of the FBI and CIA, and are filled with proven lies and distortions. As Nelson methodically exposes the original constructed false narrative as the massive deceit that it was, he presents a revised and corrected account in its place, based upon proven facts that exonerate James Earl Ray. Nelson's account is supplemented by several authors, including Harold Weisberg, Mark Lane, Dick Gregory, John Avery Emison, Philip Melanson, and William F. Pepper. Nelson also posits numerous instances of how government investigators--the FBI originally, then the Department of Justice in 1976, the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigators in 1978 and the DOJ again in 2000--deliberately avoided pursuing any and all leads which pointed toward Ray's innocence."--provided by Amazon.com.
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Summary

One of the most infamous and devastating assassinations in American history, the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., was also one of the most quickly resolved by authorities: James Earl Ray was convicted of the crime less than a year after it occurred. Yet, did they catch the right person? Or was Ray framed by President Lyndon B Johnson and FBI Director J Edgar Hoover?

In Who REALLY Killed Martin Luther King, Jr.?, Phillip F. Nelson explores the tactics used by the FBI to portray Ray as a southern racist and stalker of King. He shows that early books on King's death were written for the very purpose of "dis-informing" the American public, at the behest of the FBI and CIA, and are filled with proven lies and distortions.

As Nelson methodically exposes the original constructed false narrative as the massive deceit that it was, he presents a revised and corrected account in its place, based upon proven facts that exonerate James Earl Ray. Nelson's account is supplemented by several authors, including Harold Weisberg, Mark Lane, Dick Gregory, John Avery Emison, Philip Melanson, and William F. Pepper. Nelson also posits numerous instances of how government investigators--the FBI originally, then the Department of Justice in 1976, the House Select Committee on Assassinations investigators in 1978 and the DOJ again in 2000--deliberately avoided pursuing any and all leads which pointed toward Ray's innocence.


Author Notes

Phillip F. Nelson is the author of Skyhorse's LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination and LBJ: From Mastermind to "The Colossus." He currently lives in South Carolina.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prologuep. xiii
Part I Malevolent Background (1950s through 1963)
1 LBJ and JEH: Friends and Neighborsp. 3
2 Previous Crimes and Treasonsp. 20
Part II The PLOT Timeline (1964-1967)
3 The Background of Racial Violence in the Early 1960s and the LBJ/MLK "Collaboration" (Elapsed Time: Three Months)p. 39
4 The Postcollaboration Chasmp. 54
5 Traces of the Plot Direction: From Washington to Memphisp. 63
6 Manipulation of the Patsyp. 95
Part III Appointment in Memphis (1968)
7 Preparations Completep. 127
8 The Hitp. 165
9 The Aftermath and Capture of the Patsyp. 212
Part IV The Trials and Retrials (1969-1999)
10 Criminal Trial Abortedp. 243
11 HSCA Congressional Investigationp. 269
12 Civil Trials: Four More Decades of Delayed and Denied Justicep. 344
Part V The Case Unravels, Slowly (1999-2018)
13 Hidden Lies Emerge, LBJ's Crimes Convergep. 369
Epilogue: Traces of Official Government Malfeasancep. 405
Appendix A Motivations of Critics of Dr. Pepperp. 410
Appendix B James Earl Ray's 1968 Appealp. 422
Appendix C Senator Robert Byrd's Speech, March 29, 1968p. 449
Appendix D CIA Document 1035-960 Concerning Criticism of the Warren Reportp. 456
Bibliographyp. 460
Endnotesp. 469
Indexp. 501