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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Truth at Last: The Untold Story behind James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
KayleeA More than 1 year ago
I became aware of this book because it forms much of the basis of the MLK chapter of Jesse Ventura's American Conspiracies, which someone gave me some time ago. I think some people might have been expecting a footnoted academic book, which this isn't. This is one man's testimony as to what he knows about Martin Luther King's assignation. I really believed the information was authentic and I think it should be the basis for a more academic book. The story is so complicated I actually had to take notes, but this book is an information filled guide to how the government operates, and it was good for me as a young woman whose parents weren't even born in the 1960s.
CassiJ More than 1 year ago
I was a bit too young when this book came out but my cousin read it. I just borrowed it from him. He printed off a document collection that was on the website for the book that was really helpful. I had to read it three times before it really sunk it. This world is very different from my world. But I thought it was clear and true. I wonder if some of the reviews are just fake considering the nature of the story. There is probably an attempt to control African American people in this country and it you are going to control a people you start with their history. This is an important book. I guess Ray's book was trashed in another recent book on MLK's death. But I believe this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only halfway through this book, which is supposed to be about the happenings leading up to the MLK's more about Mr. Ray's petty criminal background, then MLK. Poorly written...goes off on tangents that are COMPLETELY irrelevant, not to mention boring. This little book may have a safe place in my raging fireplace once I'm done. It gave a few interesting details, such as James Earl Ray going to hypnotists. Nothing seems concrete...nothing seems backed up by research. It appears the author hooked up with another writer so it wasn't a complete shambles, but it is basically just the ramblings of James Earl Ray's brother....who seems pretty illerate. Do not buy this your money for another book to find out about the MLK assassination. Maybe this information could have been presented better...? Too many words for way too little information. Not interesting. Too mach family info...not enough about the events leading up to the event.