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Hellhound in Memphis

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the International Hunt for His Assassin, and Stephen Ives, director of the documentary "Roads to Memphis," talk about James Earl Ray, the escaped convict who shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King. They recount his escape from prison, his journeys across the country in pursuit of King, and the international search for him after the assassination. "Roads to Memphis" part of PBS’s American Experience, premiers on PBS Monday, May 3.

Guests:

Stephen Ives and Hampton Sides

Comments [8]

Mike C. from Tribeca

Nick from Flushing, NY - I've read the book you cite, and it's badly written and badly researched. Why anyone would believe a story concocted by an institutionalized hardened criminal like James Earl Ray, is beyond me. As for Rob Kassabian from Brooklyn's mention of a "brand new Ford Mustang," the guests clearly state Ray was a stone cold thief. There is also clear evidence that Ray's brother and other family members supplied him with money.

Apr. 29 2010 12:45 PM
Estelle from Houston

Sounds like a good opportunity to focus a spotlight on mental illness and the possible ramifications of not addressing it as a society.

Apr. 29 2010 12:38 PM
The Truth from bkNY

If you had a photograph you should present it and see what happens, don't assume what would happen as if you are talking to morons thanks.

Apr. 29 2010 12:36 PM
The Truth from bkNY

What did Hampton just say? Did he just say the N word instead of saying he used the "N word?"

Apr. 29 2010 12:35 PM
Nick from Flushing, NY

Are Mr. Sides and Mr. Ives aware of the book "An Act of Stste; The Execution of Martin Luther King," by William F. Pepper? Are they aware of the 1999 civil action suit brought by the King family, WHICH THEY WON? How can they assert with certainty that James Earl Ray was Dr. King's assassin?

Apr. 29 2010 12:28 PM
The Truth from bkNY

Wise men and women know who stalked and eventually killed The Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Apr. 29 2010 12:24 PM
Rob Kassabian from Brooklyn

James Earl Ray was driving around in a brand new Ford Mustang that he purchased with cash shortly before the assassination. How does a recently escaped convict afford such a nice car unless there are backers that want King dead that are financing his journeys?

Apr. 29 2010 12:20 PM
Denise from tribeca

Bayard Ruskin taught MLK early on to be non-violent.

Apr. 29 2010 12:14 PM

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