Who really killed MLK?

Did you know there was a civil trial to determine who killed Martin Luther King Jr.? Neither did I. Imagine that. I wonder why the same media that covers any sensational trial ad nauseum didn’t bother to cover this one:

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and his personal friend and attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty in the wrongful death of Martin Luther King. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, [70] is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King.

The King family’s attempts for a criminal trial were denied, as suspect James Ray’s recant of what he claimed was a false confession was denied. Mr. Ray said that his government-appointed attorney told him to sign a confession in order to receive a trial. When Mr. Ray discovered that his signature meant no trial, his and the King family’s subsequent requests were denied.

The US government also denied the King family’s requests for independent investigation of the assassination.

Therefore, and importantly, the US government has never presented any evidence subject to challenge that substantiates their claim that Mr. Ray assassinated Dr. King.

US corporate media did not cover the trial, interview the King family, and textbooks omit this information. Journalist and author, James Douglass: [71]

“I can hardly believe the fact that, apart from the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV reporter Wendell Stacy and I attended from beginning to end this historic three-and-one-half week trial. Because of journalistic neglect scarcely anyone else in this land of ours even knows what went on in it. After critical testimony was given in the trial’s second week before an almost empty gallery, Barbara Reis, U.S. correspondent for the Lisbon daily Publico who was there several days, turned to me and said, “Everything in the U.S. is the trial of the century. O.J. Simpson’s trial was the trial of the century. Clinton’s trial was the trial of the century. But this is the trial of the century, and who’s here?” ”

[…] The overwhelming evidence of government complicity introduced and agreed as comprehensively valid by the jury includes the 111th Military Intelligence Group were sent to Dr. King’s location, and that the usual police protection was pulled away just before the assassination. Military Intelligence set-up photographers on a roof of a fire station with a clear view to Dr. King’s balcony. 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day. Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper team. Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.

Much more interesting information here. The site is from one of the two reporters who covered the trial.

5 Responses to Who really killed MLK?

  1. lurkerfan January 16, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I read the whole thing. Until recently, I would never have believed such a thing was possible, although I’ve often felt intuitively that the three assassinations were just really too pat and too convenient to the “powers that be” to be wholly random events.

    It’s hard to accept that our “democratic, law-abiding” society was already that corrupt in 1968. Now? Not so much… I’m very, very sorry to say.

  2. dandy January 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    No, I haven’t read the whole thing either, but having been active and politically involved during that era, I had no doubt, then and now, that J. Edgar Hoover—in conjunction with the CIA— had his fingerprints all over the King AND the Kennedy assasinations. Of course the government was, and is now more so, corrupt as hell.

  3. Izquierdo January 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm #

    Very eye-opening, both the trial and how thoroughly its findings have been ignored.

  4. russ January 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Well, as good Americans we can’t possibly give these civil trial proceedings any credibility, because if we did we might question what really happened to John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, Paul Wellstone, the events of September 11, 2001, etc.

    And we can’t have that, can we?

  5. wobbly January 19, 2012 at 6:41 am #

    Yeah, I knew MLK’s kids were doing this stuff and that it makes no sense at all.

    Christ, their father was shot dead espousing a living wage for garbage men in Memphis!

    Did any of the kids ever, like, go out into the world and get a job or something?

    Yea, Yolanda, who dropped dead a few years ago. The story of what happened to Malcolm X’s kids is similarly uninspiring.

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