As many of you know, I and my friend and fellow researcher Stu Wexler have spent a great deal of time on the assassinations of Dr. King and of Robert Kennedy.  Unfortunately, while we think we may have developed significant new details of the conspiracy in the RFK murder, the total failure of the LAPD and the FBI in their investigations – including the LAPD’s provable effort to obfuscate the case – and our inability to connect with Sandra Serrano has left us hanging with our RFK research.  Fortunately we had a great deal more success in pursuing the King assassination, we were able to extend a good deal of the original 1968 investigation and to detail a series of attempts  to kill Dr. King. The level of detail in those attempts allow us to derive a concrete pattern in the assassination efforts – a pattern involving a very specific network of individuals.  We were fortunate enough to locate, connect with and re-interview a number of key individuals from that network as well as individuals in the original 1968 inquiries. Beyond that we were also able to locate an individual who had initially been involved with a bounty offer to kill Dr. King and ultimately had been used to carry funds to be used in the bounty payment. We were able to connect James Earl Ray to that same offer, although only circumstantially and not absolutely.  Extensive FOIA research also allowed us to  reexamine and raise issues with the evidence offered in both Ray’s criminal and civil trials – as well as to spell out specific holes in the criminal investigation.

We described that work and our conclusions in The Awful Grace of God.  But as many researchers know, the FOIA process grinds slowly, especially when you are challenging release decisions. Fortunately Stu is a stubborn guy and quite able to pursue FOIA work with an energy far beyond me.  Now, after several years in the King inquiry,  he has been able to expand our original work and update it in a new electronic edition of our book titled Killing King.  That work is now available on Amazon:

Fortunately we were also able to get some international press attention to the subject – the US media seems to consider it old news, over and done – and for that I would refer you to the following Daily Mail article:

Our MLK work has been challenging, not only because of the normal barriers in conspiracy research, but because the conspiracy we are tracking and writing about is not the one that many people want it to be.  As we have found in the past, when you come up with what people want to believe they consider you are doing great work and must be pretty smarty.  When you come up with a contrary view, its a far different story.




About Larry Hancock

Larry Hancock is a leading historian-researcher in the JFK assassination. Co-author with Connie Kritzberg of November Patriots and author of the 2003 research analysis publication titled also Someone Would Have Talked. In addition, Hancock has published several document collections addressing the 112th Army Intelligence Group, John Martino, and Richard Case Nagell. In 2000, Hancock received the prestigious Mary Ferrell New Frontier Award for the contribution of new evidence in the Kennedy assassination case. In 2001, he was also awarded the Mary Ferrell Legacy Award for his contributions of documents released under the JFK Act.

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  1. Jim says:

    Just read the electronic version of KILLING KING. Very interesting stuff. I’ve always felt that there was a t least one FBI informant that got caught up in the plot, and that that explains a lot of the FBI’s apparent sloppiness in looking too deeply at conspiracy. They can be feckless sometimes, but some of their sloppiness here is stretching things a bit. When they wanted to, they could bring a lot of power and coordination to bear. That didn’t happen here too much. As mentioned, there are files that got disappeared from the Mobile and Miami field offices. That would not have been a mistake. Be interesting to know where and with whom McManaman connected up with White Knights, and how Sybil Eure met McManaman.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it Jim! Actually we suspect that there were perhaps three individuals among the White Knights that had inside knowledge of the King conspiracy, we absolutely know some of them were being left in place even as they continued to commit bombings and other types of intimidation. That’s a very risky business for the Bureau, even when their sources are not full fledged informants. And its easy for them to get played. We were amazed to find Tarrants essentially playing the FBI with direct contacts at the same time he was already heavily involved as a White Knight terrorist. And of course to deal with such things, the Bureau has already protected all level of source and informant files beyond anything else, destroying them if necessary and totally insulating the most serious from FOIA whenever possible. Only on rare occasions does that break…as in the revelation a Black Panther informant a couple of years ago. Both Stu and I feel the same practice was in in play in and around both the Oklahoma City and Boston Bombings and that Bureau obfuscation and just plain PR CYA has made both of those more mysterious than they should be. I can say that Stu is still hot on the King assassination trail and has gotten some new support in pressuring for a more contemporary FBI fingerprint test for the unidentified prints relating to the evidence taken into custody relating to Ray…that’s a long shot but it could also blow it apart if there was a print hit.

      • Jim says:

        Oh, I’d love to see that AFIS run on the unidentified prints. And it would be an easy and quick thing to do. Getting there? Not easy. Anyone know a friendly pol with some juice? And I’m really curious about Sybil Eure. I’ve long suspected the involvement of women in some of these skuldugerous (is that a word?) acts. I’ve always been intrigued by the possibility of women being involved in JFK’s assassination. I don’t think they’d have gotten a second look.

      • Stu does have a couple of new volunteers with some clout who are willing to go to Memphis with him, and there is not the resistance there that you find in Washington. That’s
        all I should say about that at the moment but the chances are a bit better now than earlier.

        In regard to Eure, the thing is that for racial matters their were a number of women as violently and vehemently involved as the men. We write about a female Klan leader in the Midwest who
        was deeply into a King assassination effort and also connected to southern Klan and NSRP folks. The NSRP had a number of very involved women and again we write about a couple of those who
        were inside the deep inner circles involved in training rifle teams. I think law enforcement chauvinism really blinded them to how radical and involved a number of these women were…

        I’m not sure that the same thing applies to the JFK conspiracy, because of what I see in the different players there. Certainly among the exiles it was extremely rare to find an operationally
        involved woman (I’ve only found one and that was most definitely not Marita Lorenz). On the other hand, I think there were a series of women in Dallas who knew a great deal about Ruby,
        his connections and his probable involvement and that they quickly made themselves scarce. Of course since the official investigations wanted to avoid those things, nobody really pushed them either.
        I would say they were some of the most “at risk” individuals in Dallas immediately after the assassination…..they and a couple of reporters who knew too much about Ruby and perhaps a few
        folks in and around the TSBD who had seen things that didn’t at all jibe with the official line.

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