Truth at Last: The Untold Story behind James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

Truth at Last: The Untold Story behind James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

by John Larry Ray, Lyndon Barsten




For forty years, the plea bargain of James Earl Ray for the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. has been the subject of intense inquiry and debate among historians and researchers. Was Ray—a small-town petty thief—really the criminal mastermind the Shelby County, Tennessee, prosecutors said he was? Or was he a pawn in a broader conspiracy that involved an entity much more powerful: the U.S. government?
In reality, evidence reveals James Earl Ray was inducted into the CIA as a young man in the U.S. Army and subjected to mind control experimentation—in the same era when psychological drugs are known to have been administered by the armed services to unknowing recruits in an attempt to control human behavior. Later, in the two years prior to the King assassination, Ray was under the influence of several government-connected hypnotists seemingly working to make him an obedient patsy.
Ray’s case never went to trial, and many, including the King family, concluded that there had been a conspiracy, yet a government investigation in 2000 revealed that there was no evidence to suggest it.
In Truth At Last, Ray’s eldest brother John Larry Ray and Martin Luther King Jr. historian Lyndon Barsten, offer incontrovertible evidence that James Earl Ray could not have assassinated Dr. King. John Larry Ray reveals the true secret history of his infamous brother, who for a lifetime claimed, "The Army put me on the road to ruin.” Barsten documents John Larry Ray’s assertions by drawing on scores of personal interviews and more than 4,000 Freedom of Information Act requests—including Ray’s Army unit records. Together, they offer a startling new look at Ray’s life, his encounters with the Feds and the Mob, and the crime that shook the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599212845
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2008
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 9.48(w) x 8.86(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Larry Ray is the eldest brother of James Earl Ray and was witness to much of his brother's covert life. John has spent 25 years in federal prison falsely imprisoned by the federal government for knowing too much about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. He lives in Illinois.


Lyndon Barsten is a lay historian who lectures frequently about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and has done so for the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus. Barsten's activism has freed up tens of thousands of new pages of materials on the MLK assassination.  He lives with his family in Minnesota.

Read an Excerpt

"My name is John Larry Ray, and I believe my brother was maneuvered into a false confession after being framed by a terrifying mix of government and criminal forces. This book is an exposé of a series of history-changing revelations and incidents of criminal abuses of power that have been—and are still being—practiced at the national level by those sworn to serve this country.


This is the story of two brothers whose lives were destroyed by powerful and corrupt men. I am now an old man, and it is time to tell all of the things that I couldn’t say while my brother James was alive. For me, it’s all about the how and why behind my brother’s gradual and thorough transformation into the FBI’s mole, and eventually, one of the most reviled men in American history.”

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The Mole and the Mule     1
The Trail of Private Ray's Bootprints     17
Looking for Loot in All the Wrong Places     37
The Riddle of the Feds and the Bughouse in Fulton     53
The Mole Flies the Coop     67
Tricked into the Kill Zone     83
Kangaroo Court     111
Kangaroo II     139
No Justice in Dixie     161
House Select Cover-Up on Assassinations     169
Federal Vendetta     185
Epilogue     193
Acknowledgments     197
Bibliography     199
Index     205

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