According to history, it was James Earl Ray. Personally, I have my suspicions about that. I don’t know, but I would say the chances are about 60% that the real killer walked.
I always had suspicions about the case. Call it a hunch. However, over the years, I have seen and heard things that have given me solid reasons.
- An episode of Law and order. The suspect was told that he would be given the death penalty if he didn’t sign a confession. The man said, “In the old days they used rubber hoses. I think I prefer that. At least I would have come out of it alive.”
Which is worse, beating a confession from a man or threatening him with death? Like the character in Law and Order, I would prefer the rubber hose. Regardless, I will never confess to a crime I haven’t committed.
Basically, this is what happened to James Earl Ray. I don’t know the exact percentage, but I would suspect that many people would admit to most anything if it means not being killed. In my book, it negates the value of the confession.
- They never tested the rifle. It seems to me that if the prosecuting attorney wanted to put the right guy in prison, he would have insisted on testing the rifle.
Not only did they not immediately test the rifle, but they also rested for years the testing of it. I can only conclude that they were afraid they would have egg all over their faces if it tested negative.
Finally, when the tested the rifle, it turned out inconclusive. If it tested inclusive at the time, it likely would have been devastating to their case. If it turned out negative, Ray would very likely have walked.
I have no idea what time played in the testing of the rifle, but if the test would have been inconclusive immediately after the crime, it could not have been used as evidence.
- I don’t know what proof they had against Ray. They never had to present it in court. I suspect it was a weak case at best. Moreover, Ray never got a chance to present his defense. I don’t think I like that. For that matter, I suspect that Ray never saw the evidence.
- It looked to me that they were in a hurry to convict someone. It appeared as if anyone would do. They just wanted the case closed.
I get it. I understand the advantage of confessions. They save time and money. If they tried the case, it likely would have lasted a couple of years and there is no telling how much it cost. More than that, they would have had to develop real proof and convince twelve people he was guilty.
By the way, there was also an unsettled populous in the city of Memphis. No one in the hierarchy of city government wanted to see that. Also, they didn’t much like the publicity that the assignation brought to The Bluff City.
The problem with that is that a mistake just might have been made. If so, an innocent man went to prison for life and a killer walked.
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First, let me say that I have a great deal of respect for the FBI and law enforcement in general. Yet, from recent observations with the the special counsel, I have come to one conclusion. If the FBI ever starts asking me questions, I will not say a thing. It would seem he is using the purjury without restraint, convictint people left and right, even if they did nothing wroing.
It would seem that, nowadays, you can be charged with perjury, even if I tell nothing but the truth. Moreover, I can lose my house and about everything I currently own just to pay lawyers. Therefore, I have one simple solution. I won’t need a lawyer either. All I need to do is keep my mouth shut. The only talking I will do is to remind my inquisitor of what the special counsel has done.
Again, it is the unintended consequences. The special counsel has shown the county what can happen if we open our mouths, even in the presence of a lawyer. I suspect I was not the first nor will I be the last to notice that the damage that can be done to a person’s life. Naturally, if I say nothing, they cannot charge me with lying.
Perhaps they can still convict me of something, but they will not be able to use my words to do it. So, until I see some reasonable restraint, I’m just going to keep my mouth shut.
It is time that someone put a restraint on the man. There is no reason to ruin a man’s life simply because of a slip of memory. It is all the more reason for me to keep my mouth shut. I am now 71. My memory is nowhere near what is used to be.
Whenever you try to fix a problem, you stand in danger of creating others. When they passed a law to allow people to seek asylem, they fixed a problem. Now they have a bigger problem.
They need to revisit the law and repair it or our national language will be Spanish. If in doubt, consider that there are some places in this country where Spanish is more common than English. Guess what? It is spreading quickly.
BUILD THE WALL!
Who is worse
Those that use tear gas to hold back a thousand violent invaders
Those who use children as shields?
There is something wrong with you if you have to think about it.
Fix the law! Build the Wall! After, there will be no need for tear gas!
Some may wonder how it was that the Dummycrats had so much success in the last electition. It’s simple.
One, they pretend to be Republicans. It is sot of like wolves in sheep’s clothing. Also, they tell a few lies. The process comes easy to them. They are well practiced at it. By the way, after they win, they go back to owing their alegence to the dummycrats.
Two, they cheat. They have taken the saying seriously, “He who counts the votes wins the election.”
Three, the roten news media throws their two cents in, maybe a little more. After all, they are as much a part of the dummcrat party as the politions are. If the republicans were to win, they would cry as much or more than their candidates.
Finally, they claim that the election was unfair. After all, shouldn’t we count the votes of those in prison and the illegal aliens? Then there are those who had to take the time to cross state lines. …and, of course, we can’t forget to count the votes of the dearly departed. Why should their death get in the way?
I guess I should add just one more. Some people are easily deceived. Indeed, some lazy people like getting freebees at the expense of others.
Side note: I spent a few days in the hospital. I’m just letting you know why I haven’t written for a while.
?I received two messages on my phone encouraging me to vote for Mike Espy (Senate runoff in Mississippi). After the second time, I replied that I don’t vote for Democrats. I received a reply that he would work with President Trump, which is a lie I am sure. I know how dumocrats work.
Regardless, the guy apparently has no courage. He is not even willing to stand for his beliefs. I would be more likely to vote for him if he were honest. Then again, what can you expect from a dumocrat? They know that they would hardly ever win an election if they were honest.
At any rate, I told the person to stop being a pest. I would have continued the conversation, but anyone with a brain knows that the cause would be useless. It would be like arguing with a fence post. Maybe worse. A fence post won’t change its opinion based on who’s talking to it.
Just heard the judge’s decision on Acosta’s hard pass. Immediately, I figured a good solution. Insist all questions be submitted in writing one hour before the conference. The selected questions could be read and answered. Conceivably, the questions could be selected at random.
What Acosta did during his his battle over the microphone was just almost assault. Had he gone just a little further, she could have sued him and taken a dollar or two home with her.