Martin Luther King Assassination Research Paper

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April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his Mountaintop speech, “Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I 'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God 's will. … I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!” the next day at 7:04 pm, Martin Luther King Jr. was pronounced dead at St. Joseph 's Hospital. As the leader of the civil rights movement and one of the most influential men of his time, Martin Luther King Jr. lived a dangerous life. There were many people who could have wanted King dead, conspiracies point to the government, facts point to James Earl Ray. Conspiracies began taking shape as soon as the trials started, most were presented with a lack of definite proof. A careful look at the facts known about King’s assassination would lead one to know that Martin Luther King’s assassination was not a conspiracy, it was the work of the criminal James Earl Ray.
Although in the end, some may believe that James Earl Ray is innocent or that one of the conspiracies are true, this overlooks the hard facts brought up in the investigations. The lack of definitive proof or witnesses and the changing statements of the people involved leads to an unsure conclusion.
The various conspiracies may hold some relevance, however, each conspiracy shows weak points that removes it from the list of plausible theories. To begin, there is the theory of government
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