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JAMES EARL RAY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/12/1986 - HFSID 251451

JAMES EARL RAY James Earl Jones sends a typed letter of thanks for a 1986 calendar, the year was the first national observance of Martin Luther King's birthday. Typed Letter Signed: "J. Ray", 1p, 8x9½. Nashville, 1986 March 12. To Mr. James I. Parrish.

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JAMES EARL RAY
James Earl Jones sends a typed letter of thanks for a 1986 calendar, the year was the first national observance of Martin Luther King's birthday.
Typed Letter Signed: "J. Ray", 1p, 8x9½. Nashville, 1986 March 12. To Mr. James I. Parrish. In full: "Thank's (sic) for the calendar. We get them here but they don't have holidays, ect. (sic), marked in. I also have your latest letter. I've been rather busy lately, a publisher is publishing a book about the case and I had to get him some material together. I never traveled around Alabama much. Other than Birmingham I don't know much about the State. As to the Mustang, I have a suit in now trying to reclaim it. About a year ago the Sheriff said he would sell it for the storage bill so I sued him. It will take another few months to obtain a ruling. Well there is not much else going on here. I have been expecting to move anytime, so until later." One of the holidays marked in the calendar Ray mentions receiving was celebrated seven weeks earlier: Monday, January 20, 1986, the first national observance of Martin Luther King's birthday. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel. A rifle that Ray had purchased in Birmingham and other items, including a radio with Ray's Missouri state prison number scratched into the case, were found after the shooting. Witnesses also saw a man getting into a white Mustang, which surfaced again on April 5th near a housing project in Atlanta. The car, bearing Alabama license plates, was abandoned. On April 11, 1968, police searched the car. The registration revealed that the Mustang had been purchased by Ray under the alias Eric S. Galt in August 1967. On June 8, 1968, Ray was arrested in London, England. In his possession was a Polaroid camera, Model 220, the same kind of camera that would have been packed in the Styrofoam container found in the abandoned Mustang. Ray pleaded guilty to the King assassination and was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Later he said he had been framed. With the support of King's family, Ray repeatedly sought a new trial but died on April 23, 1998 at the age of 70. This letter, in which the convicted assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. mentions being in Birmingham (where he purchased the rifle used in the shooting) and reclaiming his Mustang, which he purchased under an alias, is one of the best content James Earl Ray letters ever offered for sale. Folds, light type offset, else fine condition.

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