Martin Luther King survived shooting, was murdered in hospital: an interview with William Pepper

For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had substance. All of that substance was destroyed by an assassin’s bullet. – William Pepper (page 15, The Plot to Kill King)

September 3, 2016

By Craig McKee

The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable.
Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. He previously wrote Orders to Kill (1995) and An Act of State (2003).
With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger.
Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained “fact.”
plot to kill kingInstead, we know that Ray took the fall for a murder he did not commit. We know that a member of the Memphis Police Department fired the fatal shot and that two military sniper teams that were part of the 902nd Military Intelligence Group were sent to Memphis as back-ups should the primary shooter fail. We have access to the fascinating account of how Pepper came to make contact with Colonel John Downie (he had to work through a third party), the man in charge of the military part of the plot and Lyndon Johnson’s former Vietnam briefer. We also learn that as part of the operation, photographs were actually taken of the shooting and that Pepper came very close to getting his hands on those photographs.
Unfortunately, the mainstream media has ignored all of these revelations and continues to label Ray as King’s lone assassin. In fact, Pepper chronicles in detail how a disinformation campaign has featured the collaboration of many mainstream journalists over almost half a century. He says he suspects that those orchestrating the cover-up, which continues to this day, are no longer concerned with what he writes about the subject.
“I’m really basically harmless, I think, to the power structure,” Pepper said in an interview.
“I don’t think I threaten them, really. The control of the media is so consolidated now they can keep someone like me under wraps, under cover, forever. This book will probably never be reviewed seriously by mainstream, the story will not be aired in mainstream – they control the media. It was bad in the ’60s but nowhere near as bad as now.”
And the most stunning revelation in The Plot to Kill King – which some may question because the account is second hand – is that King was still alive when he arrived at St. Joseph’s Hospital and that he was killed by a doctor who was supposed to be trying to save his life.
“That is probably the most shocking aspect of the book, that final revelation of how this great man was taken from us,” Pepper says. (By the way, when I quote Pepper as having “said” something I mean in our interview. If I’m quoting from the book, I’ll indicate that.)
The hospital story was told to Pepper by a man named Johnton Shelby, whose mother, Lula Mae Shelby, had been a surgical aide at St. Joseph’s that night. Shelby told Pepper the story of how his mother came home the morning after the shooting (she hadn’t been allowed to go home the night before) and gathered the family together. He remembers her saying to them, “I can’t believe they took his life.”
She described chief of surgery Dr. Breen Bland entering the emergency room with two men in suits. Seeing doctors working on King, Bland commanded, “Stop working on the nigger and let him die! Now, all of you get out of here, right now. Everybody get out.”
Johnton Shelby says his mother described hearing the sound of the three men sucking up saliva into their mouths and then spitting. Lula Mae described to her family that she looked over her shoulder as she was leaving the room and saw that the breathing tube had been removed from King and that Bland was holding a pillow over his head. (The book contains the entire deposition given by Johnton Shelby to Pepper, so readers can judge for themselves whether they think Shelby is credible – as Pepper believes he is.)

William Pepper with his friend Martin Luther King.

In fact, a second invaluable source was Ron Adkins, whose father, Russell Adkins Sr., was a local Dixie Mafia gangster and conspirator in the planning of the assassination even though he died a year before it took place. Ron told Pepper he had overheard Bland, who was his family’s doctor, tell his father that if King did survive the shooting he had to be taken to St. Joseph’s and nowhere else. As Pepper describes it:
“He remembers Breen Bland saying to his father, ‘If he’s not killed by the shot, just make sure he gets to St. Joseph Hospital, and we’ll make sure that he doesn’t leave.’”
Ron, who was just 16 when the shooting took place, was apparently taken everywhere by his father in those days, and he was able to recount many details of what happened as the assassination was planned and carried out.
“I definitely found him credible,” Pepper says. “I found him troubled, I found him disturbed in a lot of ways by things that went on earlier in his life.”
His deposition is also contained in the book, which Pepper explains was important so that readers could judge the statements for themselves.
“What I wanted to do was to make sure that the entire deposition of these critical moments and this critical information was there, so that one could go and read the depositions and see that I was being accurate,” Pepper says.
Besides describing what he heard Bland tell his father, Ron Adkins described the many visits made to Russell Sr. by Clyde Tolson, J. Edgar Hoover’s right hand man. Known to Ron as “Uncle Clyde,” the high-level FBI official often delivered cash to the elder Adkins for jobs he and his associates would carry out on behalf of Hoover. Among those the younger Adkins said were paid to supply information about the activities of Martin Luther King were the reverends Samuel “Billy”  Kyles and Jesse Jackson.

The basics of the official story

If you seek out any information from a mainstream source about James Earl Ray, you’ll find him described as the killer of Martin Luther King, just as Lee Harvey Oswald and Sirhan Sirhan are labelled “assassins” in the murders of John and Robert Kennedy.
But once you read any or all of Pepper’s three books on the King slaying, you see very clearly that Ray is not a killer at all. Instead, he was a petty criminal who was a perfect “follower.” Like Oswald and Sirhan, Ray was set up to take the fall for an assassination that originated within the American deep state. In fact, Pepper says he’s convinced that knowledge of the plot went all the way to the top.
“The whole thing would have been part of Lyndon Johnson’s playbook,” Pepper says. “I think Johnson knew about this.”
As the official story of the shooting goes, at 5:50 p.m. on April 4, Kyles knocked on the door of room 306 of the Lorraine Motel to let King and the rest of his party know that they were running late for a planned dinner at Kyles’s home. Kyles then walked about 60 feet down the balcony where he remained even after King came out of the room at about 6 p.m. (Although Kyles has maintained ever since that he spent the last half hour in the room, Pepper has proven otherwise.)

Andrew Young (left) and others on balcony of the Lorraine pointing to where the shot originated while King lies at their feet. (Joseph Louw photo)

Members of a militant black organizing group the Invaders, who were also staying in the motel because of King’s visit, were told shortly before the shooting by a member of the motel staff that their rooms would no longer being paid for by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and that they had to leave immediately. When they asked who had given this order, they were told it was Jesse Jackson. At the time of the shooting, Jackson was waiting down by the swimming pool. Ron Adkins also identified Jackson as the person who called the owners of the Lorraine Motel and demanded that King be moved from a more secure inner courtyard room to an exposed room on the second floor facing the street.
The Memphis Police Department usually formed a detail of black officers to protect King when he was in town, but did not this time. Emergency TACT support units were pulled back from the Lorraine to the fire station, which overlooked the motel. Pepper also learned that the only two black members of the Memphis Fire Department had been told the day before the shooting not to report for work the next day at the fire station. And black detective Ed Redditt was physically removed from his surveillance post in the fire station and taken to MPD headquarters, where he described seeing many Army officers. He was then driven home where he heard news about the assassination in his car  just after arriving.
Just about a minute after King exited his room, a single shot was fired and the bullet ripped through King’s jaw and spinal cord, dropping him immediately. The shot appeared to come from across Mulberry Street. King was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 7 p.m.
According to the official story, the shot was fired by Ray from the bathroom of a rooming house above a bar called Jim’s Grill, which backed on to Mulberry and faced onto South Main Street. But, as Pepper’s investigation proves, the shot actually came from the bushes located in between the rooming house and the street.  In fact, the only “witness” who placed Ray at the scene was a falling-down-drunk named Charles Stephens, who later did not recognize Ray in a photograph and who cab driver James McCraw had refused to transport a short time before because he was too intoxicated.
The bushes that concealed the shooter were conveniently trimmed the day after the shooting, giving a false impression that a shooter could not have been concealed there. Several witnesses, including journalist Earl Caldwell and King’s Memphis driver, Solomon Jones, described seeing the shot come from the bushes and not from the bathroom of the rooming house as the official story states.
Another casualty of the King murder was cab driver Buddy Butler who reported that he saw a man running from the scene right after the shot, going south on Mulberry St., and jumping into a police car (this would turn out to be MPD Lieutenant Earl Clark). Butler reported this to his dispatcher and later to fellow cab driver Louie Ward. Butler was interviewed at the Yellow Cab Company later that evening by police. Ward was told the next day that Butler had either fallen, or was pushed, to his death from a speeding car on the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge.
The owner of Jim’ Grill, Loyd Jowers, would later admit to being part of the conspiracy to kill King, and he would be found responsible – along with various government agencies – for the killing in a 1999 civil lawsuit by the King family, which was represented by Pepper.
“The King family got enormous comfort out of the results of that trial and the evidence that came forward from that,” Pepper says.
Betty Spates, a waitress at Jim’s Grill and girlfriend of Jowers, says she saw him rush into the back of the Grill through the back door seconds after the shot, white as a ghost and holding a rifle, which he then wrapped in a tablecloth and hid on a shelf under the counter. He turned to her and said, “Betty, you wouldn’t do anything to hurt me, would you?” She responded, “Of course not, Loyd.” Spates, who didn’t come forward until the 1990s, also recounted that Jowers had been delivered a large sum of money right before the assassination.
James McCraw stated that Jowers had shown him a rifle the day after the shooting and told him it was the one used to kill King.
“We confronted Loyd,” Peppers explains. “We told him he was likely to be indicted if he didn’t help us, if he didn’t give more information. Jowers didn’t know there was no way the grand jury was going to indict him. All he knew was what he did, what he participated in, how much money he got for it – he got quite a large sum of money, built a taxi cab company with it, had his gambling debt with [local Mafia figure Frank] Liberto forgiven.”
Liberto, an associate of Louisiana crime boss Carlos Marcello, turned out to be involved in the assassination also. He owned a produce warehouse and one of his regular customers, John McFerren, was making his weekly shopping trip there when he overheard Liberto shout into the phone an hour before the shooting: “Shoot the son of a bitch on the balcony.” Nathan Whitlock and his mother, LaVada Addison Whitlock, who owned a restaurant frequented by Liberto, stated that Liberto had told them he was responsible for the King murder.

Setting up the patsy

One thing that many don’t know is that Ray was in prison in 1967, the year before the assassination, serving a 20-year sentence for a grocery store robbery in 1959. After a couple of unsuccessful escape attempts, Ray succeeded in breaking out of prison on April 23, 1967. Unknown to Ray was the fact that the escape had been orchestrated, because he had already been chosen as the patsy in the planned assassination of King, which was still a year away.
The warden of Missouri State Penitentiary was paid $25,000 by Russell Adkins Sr. to allow the escape (as confirmed by Ron Adkins). The money was delivered to Adkins by Tolson, and it was this same connection that would later be used to finance the assassination of King.
After his escape from prison, Ray went to Chicago for a few weeks where he got a job. But, worried about getting caught, he went to Canada, specifically Montreal, and took the name Eric S. Galt. His intention was to get a passport under a false name and to travel to a country from which he could not be extradited.

James Earl Ray spent the last 30 years of his life in prison for a murder he did not commit.

At the Neptune Bar in the Montreal dock area in August 1967, Ray met a mysterious figure who identified himself as “Raul.” Raul asked Ray to help him with a smuggling scheme, and Ray agreed. In the months ahead, Ray would do a number of jobs, including gun running, for Raul for which he was paid and given a car. Always, Ray had to wait to be contacted by Raul, who Ray said co-ordinated his activities right up until the day of the assassination.
At one point Ray was instructed to purchase a deer rifle with a scope (although Raul was not satisfied with the one he bought and made him exchange it for another). Ray was instructed to go to Memphis (he arrived April 3, 1968) and upon meeting with Raul in his motel was given the name of Jim’s Grill, where the two were to meet at 3 p.m. the next day.  He also handed the rifle over to Raul and always maintained that he never saw it again.
Ray rented a room at the rooming house above Jim’s Grill (the two met the day of the assassination as planned). About an hour before the shooting, he was given money to go to the movies, but first he tried to have a tire repaired because Raul had said he wanted to use the car. But when Ray heard the sirens that followed the shooting, he got scared and left the area.
Fearing he had been set up, Ray left the country and ended up in England where he was captured on June 8, 1968 at London’s Heathrow Airport as he was trying to leave the UK. Once charged with the crime, Ray was pressured by his second lawyer, Percy Foreman, to plead guilty on the grounds that the evidence was too strong against him and Foreman was not in good health and couldn’t offer a strong defence.
“Foreman was sent in with the purpose of replacing the original lawyers,” Pepper says.
Foreman offered Ray $500 to get another lawyer if he pleaded guilty and even put this in writing. Ray would regret accepting this offer for the rest of his life. He tried unsuccessfully to rescind the guilty plea and get a trial for the next 30 years, finally dying in prison of cancer in 1998.

Pepper becomes convinced of Ray’s innocence

It was 10 years after the assassination before Pepper would even consider meeting with Ray. He had taken for granted at first that Ray was the assassin, but he was encouraged to meet him by Rev. Ralph Abernathy, who had succeeded King as President of the SCLC. Abernathy had remained unsatisfied with the official account of the shooting.
In the book, Pepper describes his first meeting with Ray in 1978 and how he quickly came to believe that Ray had not been the shooter and that the case was essentially still unsolved. It wasn’t until 1988 that Pepper became certain that Ray had not played any knowing part in the conspiracy, and at that point he agreed to represent him, which he did until his death.
Purveyors of the official story of the assassination have always claimed that Raul was an invention of Ray’s, and mainstream media accounts refer to this question as still unanswered even though Pepper not only found witnesses who described their connections to Raul, he actually found Raul himself with the help of witness Glenda Grabow (Pepper learned that Raul’s last name was Coelho). She identified Raul as someone she had known in Houston in 1963 and who, around 1974, in a fit of rage, had implicated himself in the King assassination right before raping her. Grabow also identified Jack Ruby as someone who she had seen with Raul in 1963. This fascinating story is recounted both in An Act of State and The Plot to Kill King.
One of the most intriguing things to come out of both of these books is the account of a young FBI agent named Don Wilson, who, after the assassination, was sent to check out a white Mustang with Alabama plates (Ray drove a white Mustang) that had been abandoned and that was thought to have been connected to the assassination. Wilson opened the car door and some papers fell out. He examined them later and found a torn-out piece of a 1963 Dallas, Texas, telephone directory. Written on the page was the name “Raul” and the initial “J” and a phone number, which turned out to be that of a Las Vegas night club run by Jack Ruby, the man who had shot Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas police station. A second piece of paper had a list of names with amounts of money beside each. Wilson decided to hold on to this evidence, fearing it would disappear forever if he turned it in. He held on to it for 29 years before making it available to Pepper and the King family.

The shooter revealed

Another incredible revelation in The Plot to Kill King is the identity of the man who appears to have fired the fatal shot. Pepper learned his identity from Lenny B. Curtis, who was a custodian at the Memphis Police Department rifle range. Curtis told Pepper this in 2003, and Pepper recorded a deposition with him but kept it confidential out of fear for Curtis’s life. Only after his death in 2013 did Pepper reveal what Curtis had said – that the shooter was Memphis police officer Frank Strausser.
“We had to be very careful about [Curtis’s safety],” Pepper says.
Curtis said to Pepper in his deposition that he heard Strausser say about King four or five months before the assassination that somebody was going to “. . . blow his motherfucking brains out.” He also described that Strausser had practiced in the rifle range with a particular rifle that had been brought in four or five days earlier by a member of the fire department. That fireman had shown the rifle to Curtis and asked, “How would you like that scoundrel, that baby there?” When Curtis said it look like any other rifle, he replied, “No, this is a special one; that baby is special.” Lenny remembered that on the day of the assassination, Strausser spent the whole day practicing with it. (Strausser has given several conflicting accounts of where he was and what he was doing that day.)
After the assassination, Curtis says he was followed and intimidated by Strausser. Pepper writes:
“Lenny said that he subsequently became aware that strange things were happening around him. His gas was strangely turned on once when he was about to enter his house. He had lit a cigarette, but as he opened the door he smelled gas and quickly put out the cigarette. A strange Lincoln was occasionally parked across the street from his apartment house. He was frightened. One morning when the car was there, he got into his own car and quickly drove off, and the strange car pulled out and followed him. He managed to see the driver. It was Strausser.”
In the book, Pepper describes how he came to meet with Strausser, who he describes as a committed and devoted racist.
“He had no respect for black people at all,” Pepper says. “He wasn’t explicit about his racism. But he was not at all sympathetic to what Martin King was all about.”
In the hope of prompting an admission, Pepper lied and told him that he had been implicated in the killing by Loyd Jowers – but Strausser didn’t take the bait. Pepper also told Strausser that the footprints found in the bushes after the shooting were from size 13 shoes (which they were). Then he asked him about the size of his feet:
“He had a bit of a grin on his face, and he said ‘13 large,’” Pepper says.
Pepper also arranged to have cab driver Nathan Whitlock, who Strausser knew, tell him that there was a good possibility that he (Strausser) would be indicted for the shooting. He responded: “What are they going to indict me for, something I did 30 years ago?” Then he caught himself and added, “Or something I knew about 30 years ago?”

A threat to the powers that be

As Pepper explains, King was not only hated by the establishment as he rose to prominence in the 1960s, he was feared. Not only did he have the ability to move large numbers of people with his message of peace and tolerance, but he had designs on a political career. According to Pepper, King was planning to run for president on a third-party ticket with fellow anti-war activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. He was also causing panic in powerful circles because he intended to bring hundreds of thousands of poor people to an encampment in Washington, D.C., in the spring of 1968 to bring attention to the plight of the poor.
“They were terrified that the anger level when [the demonstrators] were not going to get what they wanted was going to rise to such a point where Martin was going to lose control of that group and the more radical among them would take it over and they’d have a revolution,” Pepper explains. “And they didn’t have the troops to put it down. That was a real fear that the Army had. And I think it was a justifiable fear.”
King would also have posed an increasing threat to the political establishment because he intended to become much more vocal in his opposition to the Vietnam War. He had been influenced by an article and photos by Pepper called, “The Children of Vietnam,” which was published in Ramparts Magazine in January 1967 and was going to be reprinted in Look magazine until the man who made that decision, Bill Atwood, had a heart attack and left the magazine. (Atwood told Pepper he received a visit from former New York governor and ambassador to the Soviet Union Averill Harriman who passed on a message from President Johnson that he would appreciate it if Atwood never published anything by Pepper.)
Beyond King’s importance as a powerful force for justice, peace, and equality, he was also Pepper’s friend. And the lawyer/journalist had to deal with that loss as he sought the truth about who really killed King and fought for justice for the man falsely accused of his murder. He writes:
“For me, this is a story rife with sadness, replete with massive accounts of personal and public deception and betrayal. Its revelations and experiences have produced in the writer a depression stemming from an unavoidable confrontation with the depths to which human beings, even those subject to professional codes of ethics, have fallen. In addition, there is an element of personal despair that has resulted from this long effort, which has made me even question the wisdom of undertaking this task.” (page xiv, The Plot to Kill King)
But he did undertake it, and we should all be grateful that he did.


  1. Outstanding! I interviewed Ole Dammegard
    about all of this earlier this week, but it has
    not been published yet. EXCELLENT WORK.
    On Sat, Sep 3, 2016 at 7:41 PM, Truth and Shadows wrote:
    > Craig McKee posted: ” For one bright moment back in the late 1960s, we > actually believed that we could change our country. We had identified the > enemy. We saw it up close, we had its measure, and we were very hopeful > that we would prevail. The enemy was hollow where we had” >

    1. I have found it a lot strange how someone like king with his status wasn’t given a protective shield and I have all ways have my doubts about Ray. And the FBI boss was not only evil but a Racist scumbag.

      1. I think if you read the article you’ll get an idea about how protection was removed to facilitate the assassination, including having his room changed from a safer one facing an internal courtyard to one facing the street. And if you read Pepper’s research it becomes obvious that Ray was entirely innocent of the crime.

  2. No matter how shitty I feel after 911, there’s always another shittier room to enter. This one has ‘Bland’ and ‘Strausser’ written on the door. Yet, I am very very thankful to Mr. Pepper for undertaking this profound journey.. I believe Jim Garrison uttered similar sentiments at the end of his life, too. What he and Mr.Pepper deliver will ring through history a bell of the deepest truth. As with Garrison, Webb, Gage and others. This is no small thing. These are true heroes of the evolution. All I can do is share what they have discovered wherever possible. And thank him for it.

  3. Nice article. Was Pepper also the one that proved King’s entourage was pointing somewhere besides James Earl Ray’s alleged location?

    1. I’m not sure about that. I haven’t read his first book, Orders to Kill, so I can’t be sure what it covered (although I know it came out after the TV trial, which I didn’t get into in the article).
      The thing about the pointing is that Ray’s alleged location was the rooming house and the shots actually came from the bushes below and in front. I’m not sure you could tell the difference between someone pointing at one or the other.

      1. To me, it looks like their fingers are pointing a bit too high for them to be pointing at the bushes. I was under the impression that the shot had to have come from atop the Gattis Building.

        1. This would be an excellent question to put to William Pepper. His research, which includes speaking to many of the people who were there and involved, indicates the shot was taken from the bushes. We know that two witnesses saw Earl Clark jump down from the wall and running down the street seconds after the shot. We know Betty Spates saw Jowers come through the back door of Jim’s Grill with a rifle and hide it. He even ejected the cartridge and tried to flush it down the toilet. All this happened within seconds of the shot.
          There is no evidence that I’m aware of that it came from the Gattis building – except this thing about the angle they were pointing. But we don’t know what made them point there. Was it that the sound appeared to come from higher up? Can that always be relied upon to judge where a shot came from? I would be suspicious of this claim because it appears to be an attempt to contradict hard evidence of who was there for the shot and how they got away.

          1. William Pepper:

            All we can conclude from the spontaneous pointing is that the shot came from across Mulberry Street. In fact the balcony itself was lower than the brush. Many witnesses saw people in the brush; JIm Orange saw smoke rising from. The bushes, two eyewitnesses saw Earl Clark come down over the wall, Jowers carried the rifle inside in front of Betty, later showed it to McCraw and the shooter’s footprints- size 13- as he ran back from his lair- were preserved in plaster casts. Jowers eventually confirmed that the shot came from the brush and the Army pay ops photographers confirmed that they photographed the shooter (who the said was not James) in the brush.

            All we can conclude from the spontaneous pointing is that the shot came from across Mulberry Street.

            But they all seemed to be pointing at the exact same location. I am not completely satisfied with this explanation.

            In fact the balcony itself was lower than the brush.

            I have a hard time believing this. Here is a photo from James Ear Ray’s alleged location:×682.jpg
            And here is an autopsy drawing that implies a downward trajectory:
            And the infamous photo:

  4. Are there no attorneys with sufficient guts to bring legal action against those involved and still living, in particular Jesse Jackson, in the murder of Martin Luther King Jr.? This revelation could explain the reason(s) former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suffered mental illness. There is no statute of limitation for murder, so the living criminals involved with the murder of King and the Kennedy brothers can become prosecuted – if courageous attorney(s)/prosecutor(s) would only step up/forward.

    1. I encourage you to read the book because it chronicles in detail the legal efforts Pepper made to show that the official story is false and to free Ray. Even when he won the 1999 civil suit – which should have been a breakthrough in the case – the media ignored it. That’s the crux of the problem.

  5. The great William Pepper will take part in NYC on September 10-11 at a meeting of researchers and activists to revisit 9/11. Visit the website for information on what should be an outstanding, hopefully decisive, two-day event.

  6. Craig McKee’s fine journalism here deals with an historical dimension. History was clearly changed for the worse by the execution of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It was a state crime against democracy. That term, abbreviated as SCADs, was invented by Lance de-Haven-Smith, author of Conspiracy theory in America.
    Other SCADs that—especially taken together—skewed history much for the worse were the executions of JFK, RFK and Malcolm X. As defined by deHaven-Smith, these assassinations took place during the latest of four eras of (profound) corruption in American history.
    The first era, he says, began in 1798 with passage of the Sedition Act. The last, he says, began in 1946 and continues today.
    Pepper’s work in that light is towering, historical and surely will one day be recognized as such. His humanity is reflected in the mental and emotional toll imposed on him by his investigations into the dirtiest details of unspeakable crimes, including the four assassinations and the Vietnam War, ordered and overseen by those at the highest levels of the American Empire.
    One hopes Pepper’s prediction will prove wrong that his work will continue to be all but unnoticed in the mainstream media. But that seems a faint hope. If, on the other hand, his prediction proves right this will constitute yet further evidence of the complicity of mainstream media in aiding and abetting the continuation of the corruption of the fourth era.
    It’s notable that Pepper also is a journalist, with arguably his best work in the form of photographs he took in Vietnam during the American war upon that country. It was these photos, when shown to Martin Luther King, that convinced King on the spot that he must publicly oppose that war.
    A much-repeated quote from prominent American editor Thomas Griffith, who died in 2002 at age 86, is “Journalism is in fact history on the run.”
    To show how far mainstream journalism has fallen since 1946, that description should be updated to “Journalism in fact is on the run from history.” And even on the run from journalism.

    1. Barrie, re: “One hopes Pepper’s prediction will prove wrong that his work will continue to be all but unnoticed in the mainstream media.” I do not share that hope. If the absolutely corrupt and controlled Mockingbird mainstream media starts to notice Pepper’s work to any meaningful and positive extent, I would become suspicious. The mainstream media is run by those we oppose. So if our opposition pays serious attention to Pepper’s work (as they do re Assange and Wikileaks), his work would lose credibility, in my eyes at least.

  7. My question is, who’s behind people like Jesse Jackson, etc.? It seems like Michael Collins Piper might have said it’s the same ones behind JFK’s murder.

    1. Thanks, Ken. It is such a monumental work that it was very difficult to make a strong case while remaining somewhat concise. At some point I may want to tackle this subject again in a longer article to fill in some of the gaps.

  8. MLK, like Rosa Parks and others, was a communist tool and far from the image he created for the sheeple. Wake up and do some research!

  9. interviewed Daddy King atUMass Amherst in 1975. He honest to God thought the Communist party in the USA had him killed

  10. This is one of the greatest revelations in history. I want to thank Mr Pepper for his extreme courage and unwavering zeal for over two decades which have indeed brought these hidden facts to life. I hope there are good attorney’s who still have the zeal to bring justice to those who were part of this most fiendish conspiracy.

  11. This individual has slowly but surely, little by little over the years revealed his actual character and intentions. And it is truly immoral. The tale he began with in the mid-1990s was already hard to shallow, which was of some mob boss, a few local Memphis police, and a loose confederation of federal agents all concocted a plot to murder Martin Luther King, on the orders of J. Edgar Hoover no less, for reasons as vague and superficial as Pepper’s proof these people ever actually knew each other, let alone ever worked together before. All trusting the owner of a little dump of an arcade store a mere stone’s throw from the Lorraine Motel (whom none before appeared to have known at best in passing) to get rid of the “still smoking” murder weapon, no questions asked. Over the years William Pepper has embellished this account, adding a little bit here, a little bit there, which he hadn’t bothered to mention previously. Not really putting the jagged pieces of his strange puzzle together so much as simply making his little theory sound juicier. But after nearly two decades of riding the MLK assassination to talk radio and book fame, and succeeding in convincing a Memphis jury that Loyd Jowers had a hand in it, he now spins what can only be described as a claim so disgusting and despicable that even those who say they believe his weird conspiracy yarn must question this man’s veracity. His latest story being that one of the head surgeons (whom Pepper describes as a virulent racist) at St. Joseph Hospital ordered everyone out of the operating room telling them to just “let that N _ _ _ er die!” To then along with two strangers the hospital staff hadn’t seen before collect a good amount of mucus deep in their throats to and then spat upon the dying man, afterward taking a pillow and dramatically smothered Martin Luther King to death. A scene straight out of the Godfather part 2, by the way. He reveals this nauseating spectacle only now as he promotes his latest book about the assassination.
    As I stated, his original claim was already difficult to take seriously, but these recent remarks demands a closer, much closer, examination of this man. It is long past due that people ask themselves just exactly when did William Pepper and the King family first meet. As it appears to be only a few years after Ralph Abernathy died in 1990. Abernathy would be the one person who would have known with absolute clarity what role, if any, Pepper played in MLK’s life, and would have been able to shed light on whether he was indeed the virtual right-hand man, advisor, and spiritual guide to King during the last year of his life (as Pepper claims). Did, does, Andrew Young, or Jesse Jackson, or Hosea Williams, or any of the well-known, very visually and unquestionably present comrades in King’s last years know about this guy. Or did he many, many years later just happen to appear? The only documented time MLK and Pepper are known to have been in company with each other was at a conference a few months before the King assassination, were a few photos were taken with Pepper sitting next to MLK. These pictures seem to be the proof, the only proof, that they knew one another.
    Those interested in the King assassination should appreciate that the 1999 verdict on his assassination being a government plot was a civil verdict, and not a criminal verdict. More to the point, civil court cases require precious little in the way of hard evidence, and in this particular case where there wasn’t an opposing side in the court meticulously challenging Pepper’s claims it’s fair to say that this was barely even a trial at all. In addition, William Pepper has been successfully sued for libel related to his numerous assertions (without any solid foundations) of certain participants not only being involved, but of also being deceased. As one such “deceased” confederate challenged Pepper in court and won an $11 million-dollar judgement against him, making clear that this man is reckless and sloppy in his so-called research on this crime. Pepper has had very little to say about such facts against him, and in the case where the judgment went against him he didn’t even bother to face his accusser, Billy Eidson. Likewise, his fawning interviewers seem more interested in generating an audience hungry for knowledge on Martin King’s murder when Pepper talks about it and less interested in challenging the man’s dubious claims on the subject. In an apparent effort to clear the arena of anyone actually punishable for this crime Pepper has gone out of his way to say that James Ray was actually an unfortunate down-on-his-luck fellow (“poor white trash”) who grudgingly turned to petty stickup jobs to make ends meet, even though the man was in fact a career (albeit lousy at it) criminal.
    Understand me, I believe – I Know – Martin Luther King was assassinated by way of a plot. The clues are too ridiculously obvious: a bundle of evidence implicating Ray conveniently staged directly in front of the open doorway of an open business, with customers (who “saw nothing”); a bumbling borderline halfwit who for nearly a year gets plastic surgery, obtains aliases with convincing ID cards and back stories of actual living people, who escaped first to King’s home city Atlanta (which itself demands an investigation and serious answers), and then to Canada, and then England; a murder which serendipitously ended what would have likely developed into one of the most successful and largest anti-war protests by the greatest charismatic American political figure of his day (and among the most influential in this country’s history) along with a massive spotlight on the obscene (criminal) depth of poverty in the United States, forcing the world and most importantly Americans to focus upon for possibly months in that presidential election year, which could have profoundly affected the outcome if not of the winner in that contest then surely the narrative of the nations politics and priorities. A poor people’s campaign that just so happened to be scheduled to commence that very same month, April, immediately after King led a second Memphis march for that city’s sanitation workers. There was unquestionably a government sponsored conspiracy to murder Martin Luther King. William Pepper, however, has been spinning a web of nonsense boardering on repulsive, exploiting a grieving family who for years could get no redress until this guy showed up, and making himself quite famous and seemingly more important than he otherwise would have been. In his own words, more essential to MLK than A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, Ralph Abernathy, Andrew Young, Hosea Williams, or Jesse Jackson, or even his wife Coretta in the last year of Martin Luther King’s life. William Pepper is a fraud. It’s time people start realizing it.

  12. Reminds me of the death of Princess Diana. She didn’t die at the scene of the car crash as was intended – so she died at the hospital.

  13. Reblogged this on Berkeley Calling and commented:
    Excerpts: “The revelations are stunning. The media indifference is predictable. Thanks to the nearly four-decade investigation by human rights lawyer William Pepper, it is now clear once and for all that Martin Luther King was murdered in a conspiracy that was instigated by then FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and that also involved the U.S. military, the Memphis Police Department, and “Dixie Mafia” crime figures in Memphis, Tennessee. These and many more incredible details of the King assassination are contained in a trilogy of volumes by Pepper culminating with his latest and final book on the subject, The Plot to Kill King. With virtually no help from the mainstream media and very little from the justice system, Pepper was able to piece together what really happened on April 4, 1968 in Memphis right down to who gave the order and supplied the money, how the patsy was chosen, and who actually pulled the trigger… Without this information, the truth about King’s assassination would have been buried and lost to history. Witnesses would have died off, taking their secrets with them, and the official lie that King was the victim of a racist lone gunman named James Earl Ray would have remained “fact.”…”
    My 5 minute video “An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King” was written to promote Pepper’s 2nd of 3 books on MLK. I had corresponded with him about writing a song and making a video to promote his book. The video screened on the Grand Lake Theater big screen and on the No Lies Radio livestream before William Pepper gave the keynote speech for the 2018 9/11 Truth Film Festival (2013 #2 video with new soundtrack featuring Eric Golub on viola) at Truth Troubadour YouTube Channel by Vic Sadot
    Dr. William F. Pepper was the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual 9/11 Truth Film Festival on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, California. William Pepper was the lawyer for the King family in their 1999 Memphis civil trial victory at which a unanimous jury put information and a verdict into the American historical record when they convicted formerm Memphis cop Loyd Jowers and unnamed government co-conspirators for the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Pepper is the author of three books about the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1) Orders To Kill (1995); (2) An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King” (2003); and (3) “The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” (2017).
    From William Pepper to Vic Sadot: “Thanks so much for the effort you and others are making in the common struggle to air the truth about how this Republic, and each one of us, lost Martin. Thank you for taking the time to put some important history into a ballad. This, of course, is the role of the Balladeer without whom much of history would be lost, especially in our time with the consolidation of control of the mainstream media. I am grateful. Bill Pepper”
    Please read this article for the 2018 MLK Birthday! Written by Craig McKee at Truth and Shadows Blog. In many pivotal historical events it may take years to learn that the story that we were first told was not the truth. It involved trauma-based conditioned during the breaking news of the event to pivot history in a terrible direction. Wars abroad and repressive laws at home can be the result.
    9/11 Truth Film Festival – Part 6: Wlliam Pepper 9-11-17 Oakland, CA (52:17) No Lies Radio at Vimeo
    9/11 Truth Film Festival – Part 5: Wlliam Pepper 9-11-17 Oakland, CA (52:17) No Lies Radio at Vimeo

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