this day in crime history: april 4, 1968

On this day in 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, TN. The following June, a fugitive named James Earl Ray was arrested in London and extradited to the United States. Ray would eventually plead guilty to the murder. He later tried unsuccessfully to withdraw the plea. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Ray died in 1998 at the age of 70.

Further reading: – Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

Wikipedia – Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: april 4, 1968

  1. John D.:
    They’;re doing a commemorative walk along the MLK bridge in Fort Wayne today.
    I’m kinda bugged by commemorating a DEATH…much better to celebrate a LIFE.

    Still, a tragic loss and one which Dr. King’s people improperly followed up on, as evidenced by the manner in which many of them have not even tried to follow his dream.
    It’s all about equal RESULTS instead of equal opportunities.

    Stay safe out there.


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