An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King (Updated 2008)
On April 4 1968, Martin Luther King was in Memphis supporting a workers’ strike. By nightfall, army snipers were in position, military officers were on a nearby roof with cameras, and Lloyd Jowers had been paid to remove the gun after the fatal shot was fired. When the dust had settled, King had been hit and a clean-up operation was set in motion-James Earl Ray was framed, the crime scene was destroyed, and witnesses were killed.
William Pepper, attorney and friend of King, has conducted a 30-year investigation into his assassination. In 1999, Loyd Jowers and other co-conspirators were brought to trial in a civil action suit on behalf of the King family. Seventy witnesses set out the details of a conspiracy that involved J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, Memphis police and organized crime. The jury took an hour to find for the King family.
In An Act of State, you finally have the truth before you—how the U.S. government shut down a movement for social change by stopping its leader dead in his tracks.
About the Author
William F. Pepper is an English barrister and an American lawyer. He practices international human rights law from the US and from London, and has convened a seminar on international human rights at Oxford University. He has represented governments and heads of state, and has appeared as an expert on international law issues. He is the author of four other books and numerous articles.
“We recommend this important book to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King’s assassination.”—Coretta Scott King
“Passionate, disturbing, and well-researched.”—Booklist
“Within the first chapter, An Act of State presents enough circumstantial evidence to raise questions about Ray’s involvement as the sole assassin.”—Washington Post
“Pepper has gathered an impressive array of testimony and evidence that, even to determined skeptics, throws a major doubt over the state’s case against James Earl Ray.”—Kirkus
“No one has done more than Dr William F. Pepper to keep alive the quest for truth concerning the violent death of Martin Luther King.”—Ramsey Clark, US Attorney General, 1967–69