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James Earl Ray

James Earl Ray was an escaped convict who assassinated civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison for the killing.

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When was James Earl Ray executed?

Ray wasn't executed. He died on April 23, 1998 from liver failure.

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Why did James Earl Ray kill Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.?

James Earl Ray had attended a 'George Wallace presidential campaign rally' the day before he killed Martin Luther King Jr. George Wallace was extremely racist and segregationist. He had run for president on the Democratic ticket but could not become their candidate, so he ran as an Independent. George Wallace was Governor when he stood in the way of a public school as black students tried to enter after segregation was abolished. James Earl Ray was inspired by the Wallace's racist philosophy and rhetoric and decided to kill Martin Luther King Jr.

As an aside, though the Democratic party once included segregationist Dixiecrats, most (but not all) of them abandoned the party during the civil rights era to become Independents or Republicans. Good example: Strom Thurmond.

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Why did Martin Luther King Jr go to jail?

MLK in jail...
  • he participated in the Montgomery bus boycott
  • he spoke against the government
  • he disobeyed laws which he believed were unjust

Martin Luther King should not have been put in jail just for doing actions that is not against the law but at during that time i probably was a problem to the whites

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Martin Luther King went to jail for protesting. He was protesting when law enforcements took the leaders of the NAACP away to jail, including him.

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Was James Earl Ray a Freemason?

It's unlikely. His extensive list of felony convictions (burglary, armed robbery, prison escape and murder) would have disqualified him for membership.

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Is Coleen Sullivan still with Earl Spencer?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/columnists/columnists.html?in_article_id=467807&in_page_id=1772&in_author_id=230 It seems so---- Happily, things seemed to have settled down, for Princess Diana's brother and Coleen have just returned from a week-long holiday in Majorca with Kitty, 16, twins Katya and Eliza, who turned 15 this week, and Louis, 13 - his four children from his first marriage. 'They flew out to Palma economy class and they all seemed very happy,' says a fellow passenger. "There didn't appear to be any tensions and I thought Coleen was getting on particularly well with the girls."

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How did James Earl Ray kill Martin Luther King Jr?

James Earl Ray shot and killed Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Remington Gamemaster Model 760 .243 caliber rifle.

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Why did James Earl Ray shoot Martin Luther King?

Obviously not only was James Earl Ray a racist person that believed the freedom of blacks a dangerous thing. He decided the only way to deal with the problem was to assassinate the source: Dr. Martin Luther King. However his death only served to fuel the fires, since people across the nation saw him as a martyr.

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Who was James Earl Ray?


James Earl Ray is the man that Shot and Killed Martin Luther King
Here is a little about James Earl Ray. He was born on March 10th, and was convicted of the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4th. He was caught by the police a little while later. He hired one lawyer, then he hired Percy Foreman. Percy Foreman had only lost a few of his cases, and pleaded with Ray to "not go to trail," because then he may be sent with the death sentence. Ray agreed, and said he was quilty. He was sent to prison. A little while later, the judge got a letter that Foreman was no longer the lawyer for Ray. Even though Foreman had probably saved his life from the death sentence. Ray died in jail in the 1990's.

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Is James earl ray alive or dead?

He is dead. MLK's wife went to see him before he died and forgave him.

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Why did James Earl Ray kill Martin Luther King Jr.?

James Earl Ray disagreed with what Martin was trying to do. James E. Ray was a racist, he hated black people, and he thought he could get paid a lot of money from white extremists for killing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He also thought he would be seen as a hero because he shot "The" one who was making all the trouble about Civil Rights. He expected the Klan to see him a hero, thus the reason for his quick confession. He received no money, he only got life imprisonment without parole and died in jail from natural causes. He died at Brushy MTN State Prison in Upper-East Tennessee.

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What happened to James Earl Ray after he assassinated Martin Luther King Jr?

He went to jail but escaped in 1977 but was recaptured.

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Where did James Earl Ray die?

died in prison from liver failure in Nashville Tennessee on April 23 1998

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What was James Earl Ray charged for killing martin Luther king jr?

He started out with a 99 year penalty but than later he was added one more year.

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Is James earl ray still alive?

James Earl Ray died April 23, 1998 from kidney disease while still in prison.

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Was James Earl Ray a Christian?

I believe he was Roman Catholic, but if he was a christian no one could tell, with him killing some one,(and this wasn't just any body, this was the civil rights movement Leader!) not only that, he was pastor, a man of God! Now i don't know about anyone else but that just sounds crazy! If he was a christian,(i highly doubt It!) how could a sheep kill the sheard!!!! Of course the above explanation assumes that first of all Catholics don't kill anyone... which is incorrect (especially in the case of Catholics killing protestants - and the namesake of protestantism himself...). Not to mention that the opposition to the civil rights movement has always, and almost exclusively been christian. I highly doubt that the above answerer's personal opinion about James Earl Rays religious beliefs are relevant to the question. An improvement to this answer would be an unopinionated: Roman Catholic.

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Why did James Earl Ray assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.?

James Earl Ray assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. because James did not like the way things were going. He was a white man. He thought whites were perfect and blacks were not. James Earl Ray had a partner with him although his partner did not shoot, James was thrown into prison, where he died .

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How was James Earl Ray caught?

he was caught by the police

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Is James Gerald ray still alive?

Which name? James EARL Ray died April 1998.

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Is James Earl Ray still alive in the prison?

No, James Earl Ray is not still alive in the prison. Ray died on April 23, 1998, at the age of 70.

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Who was shot in 1968 by James Earl Ray?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot and killed by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.

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Did James Earl Ray shoot Martin Luther King Jr.?

Yes, James Earl Ray did shoot and kill Martin Luther King, Jr. Ray killed King on April 4, 1968.

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Should have James Earl Ray been sentenced to die for killing king?

When he was put on trial for his murder of King the Supreme Court had ruled that the death penalty was illegal. He couldn't receivethe death penalty then or later because he couldn't be retried for his act. That is called Double Jeopardy and in law illegal.

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