As evidenced by my involvement in the JFK thread, I enjoy conspiracy theories, even though I don’t subscribe to them. It’s interesting to comb through facts and evidence to reconstruct the events of a crime, and to address the logic of human behavior.
In that thread, some people referenced questions or mysteries regarding the death of Martin Luther King, but didn’t want to hijack that discussion.
So let’s give it an airing here!
I freely admit to not being nearly as well versed in this case, but I do accept the official version that James Earl Ray acted alone.
That’s not to say that others weren’t similarly motivated, including perhaps the United States government. It is undeniable that the FBI saw fit to surveil and harass King. But that isn’t evidence that they participated.
As I understand it, the most suspicious element of Ray’s case is that he managed to travel and nearly escape, despite no apparent means of support. But I believe the prevailing theory is that he was living off the proceeds of a bank robbery.
And, of course, Ray recanted. I do not think that should be considered persuasive, especially since a man living his life in prison has an incentive to entertain the people who might visit or offer rewards in exchange for providing fodder for their ideas.
(And in that JFK thread, the family of King said it was suspicious that Ray left behind a rifle that bore his fingerprints…except that’s the same thing that Oswald did, so it’s not exactly an unprecedented move to run from the scene of a murder without the murder weapon in hand).
But I’m open to haggling. So what’s your take?