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Topic: Assassination of Martin Luther king jr.

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michael boltinghouse

on 6 September 2013

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Transcript of Topic: Assassination of Martin Luther king jr.

Topic: Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Criminal bio
Victim bio
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. King both a Baptist minister and civil-rights activist, had a seismic impact on race relations in the United States, beginning in the mid-1950s. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, among several other honors. Martin Luther King Jr. was the middle child of Michael King Sr. and Alberta Williams King.
Setting
At 6:01 p.m. on April 4, 1968, King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot.
Crime description
King had been standing on the balcony in front of his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when, without warning, he was shot by James Earl Ray and died instantly.
By: Michael Boltinghouse
James Earl Ray killed MLK. James was born on March 10, 1928, in Alton, Illinois. A part of his life was shaped by tragedy. In 1935 the family suddenly left Alton and relocated to Ewing, Missouri. After getting laid off in 1945, Ray enlisted in the Army, eventually getting stationed in West Germany. In 1949 he left for Los Angeles, where in October of that year police arrested him for robbing a cafe. He was sentenced to 90 days in prison, but the lockup did little to reform him.
James Earl Ray
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, Martin Luther king Jr. entered public school at age 5. In May, 1936 he was baptized. In May, 1941, Martin was 12 years old when is grandmother, Jennie, died of a heart attack.
King attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he was said to be a precocious student. He skipped both the ninth and eleventh grades, and entered Morehouse College in Atlanta at age 15, in 1944. He was a popular student, especially with his female classmates, but an unmotivated student who floated though his first two years.
Outcome
James Earl Ray was arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. on June 10th, 1968, nearly 2 months after Kings murder and was sentenced to 99 years in prison.
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