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James Earl Ray
Mug shot of Ray taken in 1955
Born(1928-03-10)March 10, 1928
Alton, Illinois, United States
DiedApril 23, 1998(1998-04-23) (aged 70)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Conviction(s)Murder, prison escape
armed robbery, burglary
Penalty99 years imprisonment (one year was added after his re-capture for a total of 100 years)
SpouseAnna Sandhu (divorced)
ParentsJames Gerald Ray

James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was the man who was convicted of murdering Martin Luther King, Jr on April 4, 1968. He was sentenced to 99 years in prison.[1] At first he said that he had shot King, but he later said that he did not do it. There are many conspiricies about this but the truth is still unknown.

Early life

He was born in Alton, Illinois. He was convicted of burglary, robbery, theft and forgery during the 1950s.

He escaped from prison in 1967.[2]


He died in Nashville, Tennessee from liver failure caused by hepatitis C.[1]