Each year, the third Monday in January is a celebration to commemorate the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr., the tireless civil rights activist who was gunned down in Memphis, TN, in 1968. But what do you know about James Earl Ray, the man who assassinated Martin Luther King?
Ray was born in Alton, IL, in 1928, the son of working class Scots-Irish parents. In the 1950s, Ray became notorious as a petty criminal, and by the end of the decade he was a failed pornographer who had served some jail time and successfully completed a prison escape. He was a fervent supporter of George Wallace, the Alabama governor who notoriously gave the 1963 "Segregation Now, Segregation Forever," and he was passionate about emigrating to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to be a part of the white minority in power there at the time.
This list details the strange, unstable life of James Earl Ray, a man who confessed to and then spent his life denying the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.
He Was A Failed Adult Filmmaker
He Got A Nose Job
He Escaped From Prison Twice
He Submitted To A Polygraph In An Interview For Playboy
He Was A Lifelong Con Artist
He Was An International Fugitive For A While