Act of State The Execution of Martin Luther King

ISBN-10: 1844672859
ISBN-13: 9781844672851
Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)
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Description: The definitive account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, published on the 40th anniversary of his death. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history, and at the height of  More...

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Book details

List price: $21.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 4/17/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

The definitive account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, published on the 40th anniversary of his death. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history, and at the height of his fame in the mid-sixties seemed to offer the real possibility of a new and radical beginning for liberal politics in the USA. In 1968, he was assassinated; the movement for social and economic change has never recovered. The conviction of James Earl Ray for his murder has never looked even remotely safe, and when William Pepper began to investigate the case it was the start of a twenty-five year campaign for justice. At a civil trial in 1999, supported by the King family, seventy witnesses under oath set out the details of the conspiracy Pepper had unearthed: the jury took just one hour to find that Ray was not responsible for the assassination, that a wide-ranging conspiracy existed, and that government agents were involved. An Act of Statelays out the extraordinary facts of the King story-of the huge groundswell of optimism engendered by his charismatic radicalism, of how plans for his execution were laid at the very heart of government and the military, of the disinformation and media cover-ups that followed every attempt to search out the truth. As shocking as it is tragic,An Act of Stateremains the most compelling and authoritative account of how King's challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.

The beginning
The House Select Committee on Assassinations report
Relocation and more investigations
The television trial of James Earl Ray
The continuing investigation: Loyd Jowers's involvement
Breakthroughs, January-April 15 1994
New strands and connections
H. L. Hunt
James's last parole hearing
The Whitlock/Liberto story
The hedge
Art Baldwin's account
Another Marcello scenario
Louie Ward's account
Raul and the Grabows
The conspiracy deepens
Military organization
The Memphis mission
Eric S. Galt
New allies, revelations, and untimely deaths
James Earl Ray's terminal illness
Enter the King family
The last judicial proceedings
Loyd Jowers - continued
James dies
Post-mortem events
Don Wilson's materials
The trial
The background
The local conspiracy
The crime scene
The murder weapon
Raul
The broader conspiracy
The cover-up
The defendant's prior admissions
Damages
The case for the defense
The closing arguments
The jury instructions
The verdict
The judgment
The aftermath and a post-trial summary
The media
The spins
New evidence
What we now know
A vision unto death and a truth beyond the grave
Non nobis solum nati sumas
Disciple and master
The state's case: the how and the why of the assassination
Why?
How? - according to the state and its publicists
The key issues
The United States Attorney General's report
Methodology
Loyd Jowers
The location of the shooter - the rooming house
The location of the murder weapon
The Liberto involvement
The involvement of the Memphis Police Department (MPD)
The allegations of Donald Wilson
The forensic examination of the documents
Raul
Conspiracy allegations emanating from the King v. Jowers and other unknown co-conspirators trial
Epilogue
Afterword
Appendices
Notes
Index

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