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ON EVE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, INCREASING CHORUS CALLS FOR APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE ASSASSINATION

 ON EVE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY, INCREASING CHORUS CALLS FOR
 APPOINTMENT OF SPECIAL PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE ASSASSINATION
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- National Press Books issued the following:
 The momentum is building for the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate the government's involvement in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. On Nov. 25, 1991, James Earl Ray's "Who Killed Martin Luther King? The True Story by the Alleged Assassin" was published by National Press Books, the leading Washington publisher known for its controversial books. The movie "JFK," released in December, refers to the conspiracy to kill King, taking aim at the unconvincing governmental theories that "lone nuts" killed both Kennedy and King.
 The Rev. Jesse Jackson wrote the foreword to Ray's book, joining in the call for a special prosecutor. Jackson wrote: "Denying James Earl Ray a trial and sealing the evidence to the year 2027 does not seem to me the best way for justice to be served."
 In December Barbara Reynolds wrote in USA TODAY:
 "Ray is calling for a full and open trial, and he should have it. Closing our eyes to these charges of murder in cold blood only assures that it could happen again."
 The book reveals that Ray was an unwitting pawn in the conspiracy to kill King; that he was not a "lone nut" as the FBI would have everyone believe and that Ray is not a racist. Unlike David Duke he was never a member of the Ku Klux Klan -- he was not a political person at all -- in fact he never voted in an election.
 While Ray has been serving his 99-year sentence for allegedly shooting King, he has painstakingly researched every scrap of evidence available to him. He reveals in "Who Killed Martin Luther King?" the fruits of hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests. Heavily censored FBI documents disclose that Director J. Edgar Hoover ordered operatives to have King "removed from the national scene."
 Ray's conclusion is that the FBI ordered King murdered and that he played an unwitting role of scapegoat in their complex plan. Arthur Murtagh, a 30-year retired FBI veteran, who was in the Atlanta bureau at critical times, said: "There was no one who was in a better position, or who had a stronger motive than Hoover's FBI."
 Attorney Mark Lane and Atlanta civil rights leader the Rev. Hosea Williams have formed the James Earl Ray Legal Defense Fund to push for the appointment of a special prosecutor, open the sealed files and gain a trial. Royalties from Ray's book will go directly to the Legal Defense Fund.
 Ray is a living time capsule. After 23 years of imprisonment, Ray now reveals to the world the events of the fateful months leading up to April 4, 1968, a date that changed the course of history.
 ISBN: 0-915765-93-4; $21.95.
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