Listen: Martin Luther King, James Earl Ray, Lyndon Johnson discussed on Conspiracy Theories
"The bureau distributed the tape among government agencies with one copy even making its way to the Oval Office. The second tactic was typewritten letter delivered to king's home. The note was anonymous and seemingly written in the voice of disgruntled black man in reality. It was written and sent by the F B I, and it was opened and read by king's wife Kereta, Scott King the letter amounted to little more than a threat it warned quote king. There is only one thing left for you to do. You know, what it is? You are done there is but one way out for you, you better take it before your filthy. Abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation. And quote this threat came directly from j Edgar Hoover's FBI attempting to blackmail, Dr king into taking his own life, the vitality and promise of. The early sixties was giving way to something darker, something deadlier and Martin Luther King's friends would soon be outnumbered by his enemies. In April, nineteen sixty seven Martin Luther King was weighing the most difficult speech of his career. He had decided to denounce the war in Vietnam. The conflict in southeast Asia had become a flash point for the generational divide of the late. Sixties antiwar sentiment was rampant in young activists in the official stance of the government. That victory was in reach seemed increasingly implausible by spring, nineteen sixty seven the death toll had surpassed ten thousand the political capital Lyndon Johnson spent passing the Civil Rights Act was sorely needed by then he had essentially staked his presidency on winning the war isolated and unpopular Johnson turn to an old ally for support. But Dr king could not give it in fact, he turned down to meetings with Johnson in the Oval Office. He knew what he would hear. Sit down and don't speak up even his closest colleagues were warning him against speaking on the Vietnam war. They argued their movement must be distinct from the antiwar movement that they were separate causes which required separate leaders. King wasn't convinced true. He was no expert in international politics, but the Americans being shipped overseas were disproportionately black how could he fight for equality at home? If black men were being used as cannon fodder on April fourth nineteen sixty seven at the riverside church in Manhattan king took the plunge. He said, quote, I knew that I could never again, raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed. In the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, my own government, and quote, the blowback was swift and fierce the New York Times, the Washington. Post life magazine and others. Ran long editorials chastising the Reverend stopping just short of calling him a traitor to his cause the attacks. Not only blindsided king, the emboldened his enemies, the civil rights movement was a large tant and not everyone inside agreed with Martin Luther King junior for the first time. There were whispers about a change in leadership on April twenty third nineteen sixty seven a few weeks after Dr king's controversial speech. There was a prison break at the Missouri state penitentiary it didn't make the nightly news the state offered a meager fifty dollar award for the escape inmate. The man in question didn't seem to matter to anyone. His name was James Earl Ray, he was thirty eight when he escaped this had not been his first stint behind bars, but it had been his longest the Ray family had a reputation as something of. A redneck crime dynasty, James father and uncle both serve time for robbery and they encourage the young men of the clan to follow them in the same direction. James Earl Ray was the first of nine children and from the start. He seemed to predispose to trouble. He was rarely at school, and when he did attend he had very few friends one teacher even described him as repulsive in the late forties. Ray joined the army and served two years in postwar, Germany, his military career was short and blighted by fighting thieving and drunkenness he spent three lonely months in the stockade before being dishonorably discharged for all his misbehavior Raygun at least one thing out of the army. He learned how to use a rifle over the next decade Ray was in and out of jail for petty crimes and dime store robberies in nineteen fifty nine. He stuck up a grocery store in Saint Louis and was quickly arrested. In the end, he only managed to steal one hundred twenty dollars.."