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:

About.com – Martin Luther King Jr. Assassinated

Wikipedia – Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

  1. John D.:
    What I’m noticing about this day, is that it seems more people are vocal about the assassination of Dr. King, instead of the celebration of his LIFE and speeches.

    Sure, we have MLK Day, but even that is played down against today…why, I have no idea (unless the gun-control lobby is forcing the issue).

    Very good post.

    Stay safe out there..

    Like

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