I’ve spoken about our new book, Killing King,  here previously so I’m not going to repeat that other than to say that the book represents some eight years of research on the conspiracy that actually assassinated MLK Jr.  It represents brand new research, explores leads only superficially examined by the FBI, identifies new sources and new suspects and is unlike anything  you have read previously (unless you read The Awful Grace of God).

This new edition takes our study much deeper, with new documents which were not available previously and most importantly with some new names and connections, especially in connection to the money behind the plot, where it was raised and how it was moved – and connecting those names to James Earl Ray.

The book also deals with the reasons why this story has not emerged up to this point in time.

Enough said, if you want to sample the book and get a feel for its direction, the first chapter is available for free viewing now, courtesy of CrimeReads.  You can find it at:

http://crimereads.com/the-dixie-mafias-plot-to-kill-martin-luther-king-jr/

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6 responses »

  1. JAMES D STUBBS says:

    Interesting about the State Line Mob. Sheriff Pusser believed that Kirksey Nix set up the ambush that killed his wife, and that it was done on a contract let by Carl “Towhead” White, who was probably the chief enforcer for the State Line people. It was believed that Nix got three men – Raymond Gagliardi, George McGann, and Gary McDaniel – to do the killing. Others think that State Line thugs Bobby Floyd and possibly W.O. Hathcock and Dewitt Curtis did the deed. A very nasty crew, whoever did it. They killed frequently without any real conscience. Any of these names, aside from Nix, ever come up?

    • larryjoe2 says:

      McGann definitely came up in our research and I think Floyd did as well. One of the things that complicates matters is that the Dixie Mafia network was very good at trading out jobs so that individuals from one area would do jobs in a different state. That was also a common tactic for the hard core inner circle groups of the most radical Klan groups in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. That sort of trade out practice explains why we found Dixie Mafia types from Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri involved with WKKK plots against King in Mississippi and Alabama – and most likely on board for Memphis as well. Its the sort of thing that compartmentalized FBI investigations missed and which only now is visible with the types of data mining we used.

      The WKKK used their crime contacts for a lot of things including sourcing weapons and doing intimidation and even assassination. On occasion they returned the favor, one example we note is a WKKK member going to New Orleans for a bombing. Again, something really hard to see without the larger picture in view.

      • JAMES D STUBBS says:

        Did you ever read an account of the King assassination that involved a guy named James Cooper Green, Paul (LNU), Butch Collier and some others? It supposedly got hatched in Caruthersville, MO and St. Louis by professional criminals. I read an article about in a Memphis newspaper entitled “maybe In Memphis.” It sounds like an old con blowing his horn for possible remuneration. Did you ever hear of this guy or this supposed plot?

      • larryjoe2 says:

        Oh yes, he became sort of a fixture in later years, active in self promotion. I would say we looked into more than half a dozen claims of that nature, some with a good deal more context to actually make them interesting – but in the end they end up being stories with no extended context or corroboration.

        What makes the conspiracy we trace much different is that all the basic leads in the plot emerge and are actually documented in advance of the assassination. In fact the FBI had leads into it and some solid names many months before Memphis. And all of the leads and suspects are “connected”, many over several years back to the original bounty offer to kill King in 1964.

        Given that the threats and suspects were on record in advance, a considerable part of the story is why they were not successfully investigated and how the plot itself evolved over some four years – including how Ray first heard of the offer in prison and intermittently followed it until it finally connected with him many months later in California.

        As with the JFK conspiracy there are a plethora of claims and “I was part of it” stories, virtually all of which emerged after the fact. The challenge is to spot the conspiracy as it actually developed before hand, thta’s where the real suspects are…not those who surfaced with claims years later.

  2. James Stubbs says:

    It sounded like Johnny come lately stuff. It interested me because my parents were from Caruthersville. Bad reputation for a lot of years. People there did business with the State Line Mob and other assorted miscreants throughout the south. It’s a border county of course.

    • larryjoe2 says:

      There were a number of places like that, Ray’s family actually came from one not far from St. Louis. However we found that the most suspect locations for contacts and connections were specific motels and restaurants frequented by the so called “traveling criminals” who networked jobs among each other by leaving coded messages at such locations. Their communications were relatively sophisticated and individuals operated across multi-state venues, always on the move but often having residences outside of their actual crime territories.

      A couple of the folks were were able to tie into the King conspiracy lived in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado while committing most all of their crimes in the deep south. One of the guys involved in the King bounty was on parole in Kansas at the same time he was visiting his girlfriend in Mississippi, a local real estate agent there who served as just one of the cut outs in the $100K White Knight bounty offer.

      The same level of tactical sophistication was practiced by certain of the most militant racist groups, who relied on multiple inner circles of operatives and intense security and compartmentalization. One of the most radical, and a major driver in the King plot, was Sam Bowers. Friends of his related that the had been a student and admirer of Lenin’s revolutionary tactics – even as a radical anti-government militant.

      All of those factors made the conspiracy very difficult to crack, it was simply far deeper than most of the crimes the FBI faced, and most of the racist violence it was dealing with at the time.

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