World Video Premiere: The Truth about the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Truth crushed to earth will rise again." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Part 10 of 10
(see below fold for full series links)

(The Radio premiere of this material will be broadcast on Pacifica affiliates over the coming days and weeks that broadcast Maria Gilardin's "TUC Radio" program. You can D/L the audio here. You can purchase a CD of the program there as well.)

"Governmental agencies caused Martin Luther King to be assassinated... They caused this whole thing to happen. And they then proceeded with the powerful means at their disposal to cover this case up. This is a conspiracy... and that's a nasty word. People insult people in this country who use the word "conspiracy." Nowhere else in the world, as Bill Schaap told you, is it viewed that way. In Italy and France conspiracy is taken for granted because they have lived with it so much longer...

What we're asking you to do at this point in time is send a message. We're asking you to send a message, not just right a wrong. That's important, that you right a wrong and that you allow justice to prevail once and for all. Let it prevail. Let justice and truth prevail, else the heavens fall. No matter what, let it prevail. Let it come forward. We're asking you to let that happen. But in addition to that, we're asking you to send a message, send a message to all of those in power, all of those who manipulate justice in this country that you cannot get away with this. Or if you can get away with it, you can only get away with it for so long."

- Dr. William F. Pepper, closing argument, King Family v. Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Co-conspirators, December 8, 1999.

For the first time since 1999, Americans and people around the world get to see what happened at the end of a trial that spanned three weeks, and produced many witnesses, some of which had never even been interviewed before. This 10-part series consists of the closing argument presented to the Jury, and summarizes the case against the true murderers of Dr. King.


There are many similarities between 4/4 (King was assassinated on April 4, 1968) and 9/11...

On 9/11, luggage is "discovered" which contains evidence used to quickly build a case against Atta & Co.

On 4/4, a bundle is dropped in front of an amusement shop in Memphis which contains evidence used to quickly build a case against James Earl Ray. A slight continuity error here, the bundle (including the rifle alleged to kill Dr. King) is placed before the shooting.

On 9/11, the crime scenes were not cordoned off and forensically examined, with tons of steel sold off for scrap, the crime scene was tampered with.

On 4/4, a sniper drops Dr. King, and brush that obscured the actual location of Dr. King's killer is removed the next day, reinforcing the idea that Ray shot King from a different location. The crime scene was tampered with.

On 9/11 the NRO, which draws its personnel from the CIA and the military, was "running a pre-planned simulation to explore the emergency response issues that would be created if a plane were to strike a building." The exercise was cancelled.

According to testimony by covert asset Jack Terrell, a covert team with personnel from the Army's 20th Special Forces Group, which had been training with Thirty-Ought-Six rifles, was en route to Memphis at the time of King's assassination. The operation was cancelled before the team, or "group", could take their positions. Special Forces have been known to conduct covert operations at the behest of the CIA.

Since 9/11, the corporate media has parroted one and only one theory, that Arabs did 9/11, even when alleged hijacker Adnan Bukhari turned up alive on 9/12, no problem, the media just took him off the list. The original story is perpetuated.

Since 4/4, the corporate media has parroted one and only one theory, that James Earl Ray shot King and confessed to the murder of King. Ray NEVER "confessed" to the murder of King, he plead guilty, but it was an Alford plea. "North Carolina v. Alford... was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States affirmed on a 5-3 vote that there are no constitutional barriers in place to prevent a judge from accepting a guilty plea from a defendant who wants to plead guilty while still protesting his innocence. This type of plea has become known as an Alford plea, differing slightly from the nolo contendere plea in which the defendant agrees to being sentenced for the crime, but does not admit guilt.... courts must accept whatever plea a defendant chooses to enter, as long as the defendant is competently represented by counsel; the plea is intelligently chosen; and "the record before the judge contains strong evidence of actual guilt". Faced with "grim alternatives", the defendant's best choice of action may be to plead guilty to the crime, White wrote, and the courts must accept the defendant's choice made in his own interests." The media perpetuates the story to the present day.

On 9/11, America's security system "failed" miserably. This has led to the speculation that this was a failure by design, including the possibility of a "stand down" order.

On 4/4, the police security normally in place for Dr. King was definitely ordered to "stand down" according to testimony by Phillip Melanson.

9/11 was not an isolated incident. We can learn from preceding events. Arguably, all of the major assassinations in the United States during the 1960s were covert operations. (Peter Dale Scott has noted many similarities between JFK and 9/11.) Arguably, the 1993 WTC bombing, the OKC bombing, and 9/11 can be proposed as covert operations, and in this case, there is one CIA/FBI asset linking these three events, Ali Mohammed.

In 1999, Dr. William F. Pepper brought forth much truth about the assassination of MLK in a trial that would have been on the lips and in the eyes and ears of most Americans, and many people across the world, if the US media worked like it was envisioned by the founders of the United States of America. But now, the same companies that make the bombs make the news, and they protect their interests. "The spice must flow."

William Pepper will be part of a new independent investigation of 9/11, should the NYC 9/11 Ballot Initiative succeed.* In my opinion, Pepper's experience will guide the direction of the Commission in such a manner that they will be able to bring some truth to the American people, and indeed the world, about what happened on 9/11. The Commission will have subpoena power, and they will use it. Then it will be up to us to make sure that the Truth is on the lips and in the eyes and ears of all who can still reason, even after being bombarded with lies, deceptions and half-truths for years.

It is the repetition of the disinformation that is the most damaging, as William Schaap revealed in his testimony. Pepper asked him, "Why is [disinformation] so effective over time?"

"...this is an area where I had to consult with other experts because it turns out really to be a neurological function.

And that was first explained to me by a professor at Harvard Medical School. And it has to do with the way the human brain remembers things, the way we learn things, the way we create patterns and associations and reinforce -- well... sort of like channels in the brain when certain things trigger certain collateral thoughts.

And when you associate one thing with another over time, just the mention of the one brings the association of the other.

What this will sometimes mean is that even when something is later exposed as a lie, if it was accepted as a truth for a long time, the exposure of it as a lie is not believed.

It's in one ear and out the other."

I'm not a member of the Commission, and I can't offer true insight about how it is operating in this early stage. However, after studying Pepper's method in the MLK case, I can't think of a legal professional more qualified to start stripping away the layers of lies and obfuscation that surround 9/11.

I'm not saying that this Commission will uncover every scrap of Truth about 9/11, but I believe it will proceed forthrightly, and maybe there will need to be more independent Commissions in the future, perhaps an International Commission to distribute a more impartial justice.

Given the chance, however, I think Pepper will apply his skills as best he can, and this will mean trouble for anyone with secrets to hide about 9/11.

Will he and the Commission make mistakes? Undoubtedly, but compared to the block of Swiss Cheese that the original 9/11 Commission left us, it would have to fail in a most spectacular manner to be a worse product.

Please pass these links around, let's try and make this April 4th, the last April 4th that Americans blame a patsy named James Earl Ray for the murder of Dr. King.

Dr. William F. Pepper's closing argument to the Jury, December 8, 1999.

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William Schaap's testimony on US government Disinformation

William Pepper's opening statement to the Jury

* It has been suggested that the New York City Council will not approve the Commission. According to the Ballot Initiative website, an additional 15,000 signatures will override the Council's rejection, if required.

If you want to see a DVD documentary of this trial...

Please make some noise in the comments area, as there is some interest in producing one.

NOISE!! After coming at it


After coming at it from several different angles, I was able to successfully convince an acquaintance to take a closer look at 9/11 by educating him on the media blackout of this trial. He had no idea it had taken place. He was shocked that the official uncovering of a high-level conspiracy in the murder of one of the most important icons of the 20th century was never made public.

Prior to this revelation, he'd had enough remaining faith in media to believe if there were any validity to my skepticism of the official version of 9/11, enterprising journalists would have been all over it from the start. I was able to show him that journalists had been present at the King trial, and most likely had filed stories, but that they were clearly killed at the editorial level. A 30 minute discussion and comparison of the two events was enough to place him firmly in the 9/11 skeptics' camp.

A professionally produced documentary, focused on BOTH the results of the trial and the serious implications for "free media," would be an outstanding tool in the truth arsenal.


Seems necessary.

More Noise

Yes, a dvd would be great.

A DVD in time for April 4 would be most useful

but anytime would be great.

Another great post!

The truth shall set us free. Love is the only way forward.

Yes, and COINTELPRO infiltrated some of King's movement, as

I expect modern COINTELPRO is trying to do to the 9/11 truth movement also.

Consider mass emailing truth messages. More info here:

Sorry for this, if obvious to you, I have no shame to ask

My question is this:
Is this actual documentary material or reinactment with actors based on actual text?

If this is documentary footage of the actual trial proceedings, could you please make it clear for guys like me. Also, if it is documentary material, where has this material been hiding all this time?

In any case, thank you for this important post. You are right, the parallels and relevance with 911 are out standing.

The real thing.

In the eary 1990s Pepper was involved in a dramatization called "The Trial of James Earl Ray" made by the BBC, but not broadcast in the US, AFAIK.

This is documentary footage shot by Pepper's staff during the trial, fortunately, they used a MiniDV cam.

The press neved really covered this trial, except some minimal coverage by Court TV, and hardly anyone knows about it to this day. The footage has been in the possession of Pepper for nearly ten years, waiting to see the light of day.

Additional Resources


San Francisco's TUC Radio's "Who Killed Martin Luther King?" (March 2008) - Part 1

In 1977 the family of Martin Luther King engaged an attorney and friend, Dr. William Pepper, to investigate a suspicion they had. They no longer believed that James Earl Ray was the killer. For their peace of mind, for an accurate record of history, and out of a sense of justice they conducted a two decade long investigation. The evidence they uncovered was put before a jury in Memphis, TN, in November 1999. 70 witnesses testified under oath, 4,000 pages of transcripts described that evidence, much of it new. It took the jury 59 minutes to come back with their decision that exonerated James Earl Ray, who had already died in prison. The jury found that Lloyd Jowers, owner of Jim’s Grill, had participated in a conspiracy to kill King. The evidence showed that the conspiracy included J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, Richard Helms and the CIA, the military, the Memphis police department, and organized crime.

(29:02 Min - 8.31 Meg)

San Francisco's TUC Radio's "Who Killed Martin Luther King?" (March 2008) - Part 2

(29:00 Min - 8.32 Meg)

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KPFA's Guns and Butter with Bonnie Faulkner (May 31, 2006) - Part 1

An Act of State with William Pepper, author of "An Act of State: The Assassination of Martin Luther King", his second book on the King case. William Pepper was a close political associate of Dr. King's in the last year of his life. Pepper represented James Earl Ray on appeal of his conviction for the murder of Dr. King. This presentation was given in Long Beach, California in January 2003, after the publication of the book. Part Two continues Pepper's presentation, and concludes with a 45 minute question and answer session.

(57:59 Min - 16 Meg)

KPFA's Guns and Butter with Bonnie Faulkner (June 6, 2006) - Part 2

(56:29 Min - 16 Meg)

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More Interviews >


Dr. William Pepper (introduced by Cynthia McKinney)


An Act of State: The Execution of Martin Luther King, New and Updated Edition
By William F. Pepper

Product Description

The definitive account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr, published on the 40th anniversary of his death.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was the most powerful and eloquent champion of the poor and oppressed in US history, and at the height of his fame in the mid-sixties seemed to offer the real possibility of a new and radical beginning for liberal politics in the USA. In 1968, he was assassinated; the movement for social and economic change has never recovered.

The conviction of James Earl Ray for his murder has never looked even remotely safe, and when William Pepper began to investigate the case it was the start of a twenty-five year campaign for justice. At a civil trial in 1999, supported by the King family, seventy witnesses under oath set out the details of the conspiracy Pepper had unearthed: the jury took just one hour to find that Ray was not responsible for the assassination, that a wide-ranging conspiracy existed, and that government agents were involved.

An Act of State lays out the extraordinary facts of the King story—of the huge groundswell of optimism engendered by his charismatic radicalism, of how plans for his execution were laid at the very heart of government and the military, of the disinformation and media cover-ups that followed every attempt to search out the truth. As shocking as it is tragic, An Act of State remains the most compelling and authoritative account of how King's challenge to the US establishment led inexorably to his murder.

Back Cover:

"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

"No one has done more than Dr. William F. Pepper to keep alive the quest for the truth concerning the violent death of Martin Luther King who in courageous and important words once said 'The greatest purveyor of violence on earth is my own government.' In An Act of State, Bill Pepper argues that very government violence was turned on America's greatest prophet of non-violent change."

-Ramsey Clark, US Attorney General, 1967-69

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Also Michael Wolsey has an excellent interview with William Pepper as well:

Nothing in wiki about this

But I found the following useful as a summary. I had never heard of this trial nor of the recent verdict. Media blackout.

The following appeared in the May-June 2000 issue of Probe magazine, (Vol.7,No.4):

The Martin Luther King Conspiracy
Exposed in Memphis
By Jim Douglass

"According to a Memphis jury’s verdict on December 8,1999, in the wrongful death lawsuit
of the King family versus Loyd Jowers "and other unknown co-conspirators," Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. was assassinated by a conspiracy that included agencies of his own
government. Almost 32 years after King’s murder at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis on
April 4, 1968, a court extended the circle of responsibility for the assassination beyond the
late scapegoat James Earl Ray to the United States government."

"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?""

By all means, “get on with it!”

“If the doors of perception were cleansed,
Everything would appear…as it is, infinite.”

Critical and Historical Case

I was unaware of this case and its success.
Even more encouraging if Dr. Pepper becomes a leading figure per the 9/11 investigation/councils.

Thank you for justice, Dr

Thank you for justice, Dr Pepper and all those involved in delivering it..

Conspiracy FACT

This trial is proof that conspiracies do happen, and that the MSM is complicit in covering them up.

The historical significance of this trial and the MSM reaction to the verdict cannot be denied.
Arabesque: 911 Truth

I believe . .

conspiracy is the most prosecuted crime in the US