Martin King assassinated by US Govt: King Family civil trial verdict demands arrests of today’s ongoing complicit criminal liars

Coretta Scott King: “We have done what we can to reveal the truth, and we now urge you as members of the media, and we call upon elected officials, and other persons of influence to do what they can to share the revelation of this case to the widest possible audience.” – King Family Press Conference, Dec. 9, 1999.

Dr. King’s 2-minute message to you (full 1967 speech to end the Vietnam War):

Dr. Martin Luther King’s family and personal friend/attorney, William F. Pepper, won a civil trial that found US government agencies guilty of Martin’s assassination/wrongful death. The 1999 trial, King Family versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators, is the only trial ever conducted on the assassination of Dr. King. The King Center fully documents the case, with full trial transcript (to more fully explain the following summary of trial evidence, here is the best article I’ve found).

Importantly, the following evidence demands arrests in our world of the present of those .01% liars in government and corporate media who act as ongoing criminal accomplices after the fact to protect those who assassinated Martin.

The overwhelming evidence of US government complicity found valid by the jury includes:

  • US 111th Military Intelligence Group were at Dr. King’s location during the assassination.
  • 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day.
  • Usual Memphis Police special body guards were advised they “weren’t needed” on the day of the assassination.
  • Regular and constant police protection for Dr. King was removed from protecting Dr. King an hour before the assassination.
  • Military Intelligence set-up photographers on the roof of a fire station with clear view to Dr. King’s balcony.
  • Dr. King’s room was changed from a secure 1st-floor room to an exposed balcony room.
  • Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper.
  • Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting.
  • The rifle Mr. Ray delivered was not matched to the bullet that killed Dr. King, and was not sighted to accurately shoot.

Also, the FBI acted to cause Dr. King’s death by suicide. The FBI illegally spied on Dr. King, used data in attempt to split leadership, and sent Dr. King a letter promising to expose alleged sexual misconduct. This was part of the FBI’s illegal COINTELPRO program.

Please read the above evidence twice to be clear on its overwhelming power.

The King family’s attempts for a criminal trial were always denied by state and federal government. Claimed suspect, James Ray, said that his government-appointed attorney told him to sign a guilty plea to prevent the death penalty and threatened arrests of his father and brother as co-conspirators for his only part in the assassination plot: delivering a rifle. Mr. Ray produced a letter from his attorney stating the promise that Mr. Ray would receive a trial. When Mr. Ray discovered that he was solely blamed for Dr. King’s assassination and would never receive a trial, Mr. Ray’s subsequent recants of his guilty plea and requests for trial were denied.

The US government also denied the King family’s requests for independent investigation of the assassination, despite the overwhelming evidence produced at the 1999 civil trial. Dr. King’s wife, Coretta, spent more than twice the number of years she was married to Martin working to get a criminal trial for her husband’s assassination.

Importantly, the US government has never presented any evidence subject to challenge that substantiates their claim that Mr. Ray assassinated Dr. King.

The King family believes the government’s motivation to murder Dr. King was to prevent his imminent camp-in/Occupy at Washington, D.C. until the Vietnam War was ended and those resources directed to end poverty and invest in US hard and soft infrastructure. 

US corporate media did not cover the civil trial, interview the King family, and textbooks omit this information. This is crucial evidence of a controlled corporate media rejecting coverage of a game-changing story. Journalist and author, James Douglass:

“I can hardly believe the fact that, apart from the courtroom participants, only Memphis TV reporter Wendell Stacy and I attended from beginning to end this historic three-and-one-half week trial. Because of journalistic neglect scarcely anyone else in this land of ours even knows what went on in it. After critical testimony was given in the trial’s second week before an almost empty gallery, Barbara Reis, U.S. correspondent for the Lisbon daily Publico who was there several days, turned to me and said, ‘Everything in the U.S. is the trial of the century. O.J. Simpson’s trial was the trial of the century. Clinton’s trial was the trial of the century. But this is the trial of the century, and who’s here?’ ”

For comparison, please consider the media coverage of O.J. Simpson’s trials:

“Media coverage of the Simpson trial, which began in January 1995, was unlike any other. Over two thousand reporters covered the trial, and 80 miles of cable was required to allow nineteen television stations to cover the trial live to 91 percent of the American viewing audience. When the verdict was finally read on October 3, 1995, some 142 million people listened or watched. It seemed the nation stood still, divided along racial lines as to the defendant’s guilt or innocence. During and after the trial, over eighty books were published about the event by most everyone involved in the Simpson case.”

Coretta Scott King was certain of the evidence after 30 years of consideration from the 1968 assassination to the 1999 trial:

“For a quarter of a century, Bill Pepper conducted an independent investigation of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. He opened his files to our family, encouraged us to speak with the witnesses, and represented our family in the civil trial against the conspirators. The jury affirmed his findings, providing our family with a long-sought sense of closure and peace, which had been denied by official disinformation and cover-ups. Now the findings of his exhaustive investigation and additional revelations from the trial are presented in the pages of this important book. We recommend it highly to everyone who seeks the truth about Dr. King’s assassination.” — Coretta Scott King.

The US Department of Justice issued a report in 2000 that explained their claimed investigation into their own possible guilt in the assassination. They concluded that they found no evidence to warrant further investigation. Dr. King’s son issued the following statement rebuking the “self-study” rather than independent investigation:

“We learned only hours before the Justice Department press conference that they were releasing the report of their results of their ‘limited investigation,’ which covered only two areas of new evidence concerning the assassination of Dr. King. We had requested that we be given a copy of the report a few days in advance so that we might have had the opportunity to review it in detail. Since that courtesy was not extended to us, we are only able at this time to state the following:

1. We initially requested that a comprehensive investigation be conducted by a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, independent of the government, because we do not believe that, in such a politically-sensitive matter, the government is capable of investigating itself.

2. The type of independent investigation we sought was denied by the federal government. But in our view, it was carried out, in a Memphis courtroom, during a month-long trial by a jury of 12 American citizens who had no interest other than ascertaining the truth. (Kings v. Jowers)

3. After hearing and reviewing the extensive testimony and evidence, which had never before been tested under oath in a court of law, it took the Memphis jury only one (1) hour to find that a conspiracy to kill Dr. King did exist. Most significantly, this conspiracy involved agents of the governments of the City of Memphis, the state of Tennessee and the United States of America. The overwhelming weight of the evidence also indicated that James Earl Ray was not the triggerman and, in fact, was an unknowing patsy.

4. We stand by that verdict and have no doubt that the truth about this terrible event has finally been revealed.

5. We urge all interested Americans to read the transcript of the trial on the King Center website and consider the evidence, so they can form their own unbiased conclusions.

Although we cooperated fully with this limited investigation, we never really expected that the government report would be any more objective than that which has resulted from any previous official investigation.”

Let’s summarize: Under US Civil Law, covert US government agencies were found guilty of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Dr. King was the leading figure of the Civil Rights Movement, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest speakers for what it means to be human. The family’s conclusion as to motive was to prevent Dr. King from ending the Vietnam War because the government wanted to continue its ongoing illegal covert and overt military operations to control foreign governments and their resources.

It is therefore a factual statement that under US Civil Law, the US government assassinated Dr. King.

People of sufficient intellectual integrity and moral courage to apply critical thinking skills will embrace the trial evidence and testimony, jury conclusion, and King family analysis as appropriate and helpful information in seeking the facts.

People who at least temporarily reject challenging information out of fear might say something like, “The government killed Dr. King? That’s a crazy conspiracy theory!”

Let’s consider that statement.

When someone says that a body of evidence is “crazy,” or a “conspiracy theory” (meaning an irrational claim easily refuted by the evidence) that’s a claim. With a claim comes a burden of proof. In this case, the person would have to demonstrate command of the facts to explain and prove why the evidence from the civil trial is somehow “crazy” and refute the evidence.

If the person can do this, it would be tremendously helpful in understanding the facts. However, we know from our experience that such statements almost always have zero factual support, and that the person making such a claim literally doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

We also know from our experience, a person making such a statement is really voicing an emotional reaction something closer to, “The government killed Dr. King? Ok, I read and understood the paragraphs about the trial and evidence. I read Mrs. King’s and her son’s statement. I haven’t invested the time to verify how valid that information is. I’m not stupid, but because the implications of what that means is so disturbing, I’m going to deny anything about it could possibly be true as my first response. If I’m going to continue being in denial and refuse to discuss the evidence, I’ll attack the messenger.”

We also need to consider the lack of coverage by US corporate media of this compelling evidence, trial verdict, and King family testimony from over 30 years’ analysis of the facts. Recall the evidence of US corporate media reporting being infiltrated by CIA agents to propagandize Americans’ access to information. This included the Director of the CIA’s admission to Congress that they have over 400 agents working in corporate media to make the US public believe what the CIA wants them to believe.

In 2006, George Washington University used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the US military’s “Information Operations Roadmap.” This formerly secret and approved document details present US government strategies to generate propaganda, and then attack Internet alternative media that provides dangerous facts and discussion. The military promoted the term, “Fight the net.”

Although I won’t enter the burden of proof here, you may know that there are similar and related bodies of evidence that the US government assassinated other American leaders. The 1975 Senate Church Committee disclosed that the US government initiated and helped assassination attempts on multiple foreign heads of state.

If we were discussing how the population of some other nation could employ critical thinking skills to understand current events from anytime in history, we would certainly understand the importance to anticipate disinformation from government, danger of controlled media, and assassination as a political weapon.

Failure to do so would appropriately elicit the label attributed to the first dictator of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin. Such people who believe what their government tells them when the history and present have overwhelming objective evidence to explain, document, and prove that the government is typical of so many other historical self-serving oligarchies are:

“Useful idiots.”

To the extent the United States today is any different from all other nations and all other times is up to your exercise of critical thinking skills.

And that said, objective, measurable, and independently verifiable facts easily explain, document, and prove US history of Emperor’s New Clothes obvious crimes:

These crimes annually cost millions killed, billions harmed, and trillions looted, with recent history continuing literal centuries of US lie-began Wars of Aggression that involved nearly all families in two horrific global wars for colonial empire.

An obvious question: What does the 99.99% of humanity do to end these viciously psychopathic assassinations of our best people, end lie-started Wars of Aggression, end bankster looting, and genuinely have opportunity to create a bright future for all Earth’s inhabitants?

An obvious answer: We tell the truth/facts, arrest obvious criminals, and have media broadcast our true condition so we may begin:

  • Arrests of .01% “leaders” for obvious crimes centering in war, money and lies (4-part series on arrests with videos).
  • Leveraging a reclaimed media, continue arrests with generous plea bargains and Truth & Reconciliation for testimony, documentary evidence, and physical evidence to best put the “Big Picture” together in preparation to build the brighter future for all Earth’s inhabitants’ success.
  • SOLUTIONS: the .01% with corporate media have suppressed solutions documented beginning with Benjamin Franklin how government can abundantly operate without taxes: monetary and credit reform allow the public to have near-instant prosperity: full-employment, zero public deficits and debt, the best infrastructure we can imagine, falling prices, and release of public TRILLIONS held in “rainy day” accounts. Full documentation here and here.

In just 90 seconds, former US Marine Ken O’Keefe powerfully states the “very obvious solutions” to US/UK/Israel unlawful Wars of Aggression: arrest the obvious criminal leaders (video starts at 20:51, then finishes this episode of Cross Talk):

Bill Pepper, King family friend and attorney, explaining the assassination (start at 7:35 to avoid a glitch; 100 minutes):


Dr. King’s 47-minute speech to Stanford University, 1967:

Don Paul’s 4-minute song, Dr. King Shines On Good For Everyone


Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.


Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at

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  • wehaveseenthisb4

    Fear of speaking the unspeakable makes cowards of men. Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” We stand on the edge of the abyss with fear staring us in the face. We have turned away in fear afraid to speak the truth. A nation cowering in fear of it’s own government.

  • January 19, 2015 Martin Luther King: An American Hero Where is his replacement?

    Today (January 19) is Martin Luther King Day, a national holiday. King was an American civil rights leader who was assassinated 47 years ago on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. James Earl Ray was blamed for the murder. Initially, Ray admitted the murder, apparently under advice from his attorney in order to avoid the death penalty, but Ray soon withdrew his confession and unsuccessfully sought a jury trial.

    • Carl_Herman

      Ray didn’t confess; he plead guilty to his role: bringing a rifle to the assassination scene that he was told would be used (it wasn’t). His attorney told him the trial would allow his limited role to be understood. The judge took his guilty plea and ended any further consideration of evidence.

  • August 24, 2013 The Great Society A White House Warrior on Poverty, Vietnam and Race

    “The Great Society,” which begins just after Kennedy’s assassination in 1963 and ends in 1968 when Johnson announced he would not seek re-election, takes its history very seriously.

    Have you ever considered the whole government structure and system wanted Johnson’s Great Society more than the American people and public at large, and this is the reason for Kennedy’s assignation?

    • cityspeak

      Please do more research on LBJ.
      He didn’t give a damn about anyone or anything and played right along with the “big boys” only to realize that he had been played and would go down in history as a terrible leader.
      There is enough dirt known about this man to realize he was a complete sociopath.
      Things to look into:
      The Baker Scandal
      The LBJ/ Hoover conversation about the false evidence that Oswald was in Mexico.
      The Gulf of Tonkin.
      The attack on the USS Liberty.
      Lady Bird’s investments during the Vietnam war.
      LBJ uncovering Nixon’s act of treason with North Vietnam and “choosing to hide the truth form the public”.
      The reason JFK was assassinated is covered in books like JFK and the Unspeakable and The Devil’s Chessboard.

  • Malcolm X: Black Democrats are “Traitors”

    The second from the Malcolm X series. Although I do not agree with his early philosophy, he sets the record straight and reveals the Truth about the Democratic Party!!

  • Silverado

    This evil neocon empire shit with the media actually covering up the many many govt crimes has been going on in this govt since LBJ was in power, which seems fitting as he probably had a hand in deposing the country’s prior President. So while they feign surprise at allegations of ongoing criminality and more wrong doing in high places, EVERY past President, with the exception of maybe Jimmy Carter who’s been called “the best of the worst Presidents in this portion of US history”, has been doing these same kind of crimes with the media running their protection racket for years. Anyway, the only thing worse than this is the continuing head up the ass syndrome, that seems so…pervasive about otherwise supposedly intelligent humans that inhabit this country, about this disgraceful and yet unsurprising (as well as seemingly unending) act of more govt savagery. When does this evil empire end…again??


    Look back there!!!! Fourty years ago! Look! Look! Don’t focus on now.
    This story is a DISTRACTION. It is a means of generating RACIST division. Race is a lie invented to divide people. The Christian preacher MLK praised the Jaweh bible god of mass murder and slavery.

    MLK was the manufactured opposition. When his usefulness ran out he was eliminated. MLK would have us living in an Israeli Theocratic Christian Bible State.

    • Carl_Herman

      The fact that the US government .01% assassinated the #1 leader to eliminate racism so people are judged by the content of their character is somehow a distraction to understand our world in the present???

      Martin was about to launch an “Occupy DC” movement to stay until the Vietnam War was ended and those funds directed to end poverty in the US. This was/is genuine opposition to the .01% agenda of control, war, debt and fear.

      You argue history is unhelpful to focus on “now.” But all we have is history to inform us of what the present is comprised of, how we got to “now.” Until we embrace the past, and clean up what we must, we will continue to have the same forces at play in the “now,” Shotgunrock.

      Your choice of whether to be informed by history, or be ignorant.

      • Thing is, whatever, 200 and some years is not what everyone in the world calls “history”.

        • Carl_Herman

          I don’t understand your point, Michiko. Is it that Japanese and other Asian cultures take a longer view of history? If so, doesn’t that frame of history make the actions of US government assassinating a voice challenging their looting wars more understandable as more of the same imperial evil?

          • In easy English please.
            I’m no English speaker.

          • Carl_Herman

            Is your idea that 200 years a short amount of time to call “history”?

          • My idea of course, and so would those of many other people but for silly Americans.

          • Hey Michiko,

            I noticed how bad things are on Okinawa, after all the hard work you and the Okinawans put in, the expansion of the US base finally got blocked by the Okinawan governor — only to have US puppet Abe overrule that decision.

            Time will tell what Abe’s reward will be.

          • Yes it has been going messing more and more.
            I think I have not much to do further, to make things right.
            I hope Mosquito is going to pick up the parliament determination of Berkeley and Cambridge against Henoko Reclamation.
            Also those veterans coming all the way from USA so to show their displeasure to Washington.
            Mosquito is, I think, little standing off to Japan related topics.
            I understand that contributors of Mosquitos are less interested in Japanese features, but they SHOULD focus on us little more, because it is too much to ignore anymore.
            They may have an idea that “making things less worse inside America is the way to reduce the wrong deeds of Washington” but it’s not right.
            Making things right OUTSIDE America is the urgent, the first thing you should tackle, I hope you are going to tell it to your folks of Mosquito.
            Because Washington is concerned about domestic opinions at least, while it never be with those of its colony like Japan.
            Southern, we are slighted, treated like dogs by Washington, but you are not.
            Because of this, you have more and more power and louder voices than what we have.
            So I hope you folks are going to take your advantage, which we don’t have, more sufficiently.
            So far, as I see, it’s not enough.


          • The site is not terribly busy, if you have an article in mind that can be re-posted share the link and I will.

            Did Abe use ”special powers” granted as a result of 911 to overrule the decision by the governor?

          • I see thanks.
            Maybe you mean 9/19, so far his next aim is to revise constitution properly.
            For that purpose, he’s heading for next election, to get 2/3 seats, and I think there’s a good chance that he’s really going to get it.
            It is all about Washington.
            Abe has no power when Obama shows any bit of displeasure to Abe.
            We are, actually really sensitive to how our PM is treated by Washington.
            This is what a colony is like.
            It is all about USA, less to do with the people in its colony.
            It may sound irresponsible as if I am evading our own responibility, but it’s not.
            I think we certainly have something to be blamed, but the feature we need to be blamed on our mess is few than that of our suzerain.
            Problem is simple, that is, USA is colonizing Japan for late 70 years, but neither governments and people are pretending not noticing of the fact about the colonial rule.

          • Abe displays Straussian politics alright, he is not alone, this happens frequently — they all take their cue from Washington and the plutocrats that they serve.

            The more agreements are signed, the less independent they become as a result.

            I’ve put up a little something, you’ll find it.

          • I found it thanks.

            “The more agreements are signed, the less independent they become as a result”
            You are right.
            Completing the colonial rule is a mission Abe is ordered.

          • Okinawa has a long history, presently they’re completely frustrated with the expansion of the US base.

  • Ted

    What percentage of Americans have TV sets in their homes? That percentage of Americans have no idea where they are and what is going on. “Democracy”

  • Brockland A.T.

    How did Norway respond to domestic terrorism? With more democracy. Yes, Brevik was arrested, but the root causes were also addressed.

    Faced with overwhelming domestic state terrorism, guaranteeing the most guilty will not be arrested, the response can still be no different. More democracy.

    Proportional representation – Get the government you want, today!

  • Vic Sadot’s great song shining a light on this tragedy:

  • ukalally

    who cares who killed that communist marchin lootin king the end result is all that matters

    • Carl_Herman

      Awesome, ukalally; thank you for your self-expression to help readers choose between your virtues and ours. To help: would you respond “who cares” if it were your family member killed? Oh, and please document your claim Martin “looted”, then define your term “communist” and provide documentation that he was one of those.

      See, bro, it comes down to this: you’re an insulting and non-factual hater working to divide people while never addressing the real-world problems. This contrasts with those of us standing with Martin and whoever else to unite people and end real-world problems like unlawful war and poverty.

      You’re not getting this choice any more clear than what I presented, bro. It’s time to choose, and you will have Life in the world that you choose.

      It’s that simple.

      • ukalally

        you can go to hell and why don’t you move to Somalia you phony prick which is hell marchin lootin king started riots whenever he marched his handlers were communist jews who wrote every speech he made he is a fake and a phony like you

        • Carl_Herman

          Perfect response, ukalally! I couldn’t have imagined a better response to polarize the difference between your position and ours!

          Thank you for making this polarity so clear for everyone to appreciate, brother!

          • ukalally

            yes I made it very clear that you hate white people but live here in a society created by whites and will not move to Haiti or somalia

          • Carl_Herman

            And please document from this article what you claim equals that I “hate white people.”

            Oh, and we’re still waiting for any evidence of your previous claims that Martin “looted,” to define “communist,” and provide documentation that Martin was a “communist.”

            These are burdens of proof you have when you say stuff, ukalally. But you’re not up to an adult conversation, are you, bro? This is the last time I’ll find worth investing the time to demonstrate the difference between your kind of claim in quality of human relations and evidence versus the claims and stand for human success in the article.

          • ukalally

            I am not your girl Friday google it retard but you wont it might break apart the fantasy world you live in. move to Haiti please

  • prov6yahoo

    The 0.01% look at the other 99.99% as just ants to step on, or cattle to be herded to slaughtered, or useless eaters. The 0.01% pay a number of the 99.99% very well to keep the rest of the 99.99% from stepping out of line.