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    James Earl Ray Autograph Letter Signed
    8.5" x 11", one page
    Petros, Tennessee; July 15, 1991

    Addressed to Ernest Quinn and written on Brushy Mountain Prison letterhead. The letter reads in full: "Dear Mr. Quinn, I have your recent letter. Glad to hear you read and liked the autobiography 'Tennessee Waltz' which is really a documented account of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Homicide. Since the book was published in 1987, we have established rather conclusively the one, Cartha D. Deloach, the FBI liason to Pre. Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, was responsible for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. homicide and that Deloach acted with the acquiescence of Ray Wilkens, the Executive Director of the advancement of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the 1960's. All of the information in this matter has been filed in Shelby County Criminal Court at Memphis. The court has however declined to rule on it and the case is now on appeal with the appeals court at Jackson. Sincerely, James Earl Ray".

    James Earl Ray FBI Wanted Poster
    10.5" x 16"
    Washington, D.C.; April 19, 1968

    A wanted poster issued by the FBI for the arrest of James Earl Ray, the man believed to be responsible for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. According to the poster, Ray is accused of "Civil Rights - Conspiracy - Interstate Flight -Robbery", and his various aliases are listed, along with a physical description, and criminal record. There are two separate photographs from 1960 and 1968. The poster goes on to warn that "Ray is sought in connection with a murder wherein the victim was shot. Considered armed and extremely dangerous."

    James Earl Ray (1928-1998) killed Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. He was seen fleeing the scene, and a rifle and binoculars were found nearby with Ray's fingerprint. By the time this FBI poster was circulated, Ray had escaped to Toronto, where he remained until June when he fled to London. He was arrested at Heathrow airport, and returned to the United States, where he was charged with the murder of Dr. King. He confessed to the crime and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.

    Condition: Both have flattened folds. The poster has some light toning, else very good.

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    We had a wonderful time in New York during the October 2013 Historical Manuscripts auction that featured my mother’s papers collected during her tenure as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s secretary. In fact, the entire experience from beginning to end has been a pleasure.
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