Saturday, October 19, 2002

History&Today from
NY Times
Conspiracy theories surround a prominent assassination from the tumultous 60's. Nope, not JFK. The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis has just opened an exhibit call "Lingering Questions" to raise doubts about the official story that James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King Jr.

The King family believes that Mr. Ray, who died of liver disease in 1998, was not the killer. Dexter King, Dr. King's son, visited Mr. Ray on his deathbed. The government killed my father, Dexter King told him, not you. ... Several display boards compare leading conspiracy theories with the conclusions of the investigations that have been held over the years. ... One display board suggests that the Memphis Police Department might have been involved in Dr. King's murder because police officers cleared away part of the crime scene within hours of the shooting.

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