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08/06/1968 Martin Luther King assassin is captured in London

The shooting of Martin Luther King Jr is one of the most infamous murders in American history. James Earl Ray was arrested at the London Airport in England and charged with the assassination of African American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. who was fatally wounded by a sniper’s bullet.


  • Essentials 

  • Personal 

  • Initial convictions and first escape from prison 

  • Activity in 1967 

  • Activity in early 1968 

  • Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 

  • Escape from prison 

  • Conspiracy allegations 

  • Death