Martyr of the Week: James Earl Ray

James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American hero, famous for assassinating the known communist and anti-white activist, Martin Luther King.

On April 4, 1968, Ray stood in the bathtub of a bathroom, balanced his rifle on a window ledge and shot King as he was standing on a balcony outside of his motel room. After shooting King, Ray immediately fled, setting off a manhunt that would last more than two months and cover five countries. At the time, it was said to be the FBI’s most expensive and biggest investigation in its history.

Finally, on July 19, 1968, the FBI caught up with Ray in London and extradited him to the United States. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. After a two day escape in 1977, he was sentenced to one additional year. He died in prison on April 23,1998.


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