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The making of an assassin: The life of James Earl Ray Hardcover – 1976

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316562416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316562416
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,892,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George McMillan was the husband of Priscilla McMillan, a longtime CIA media asset. The two of them devoted many years to publishing works supportive of the official stories of the JFK and MLK assassinations. George told reporter Jeremiah O'Leary (another acknowledged CIA media asset) before he began writing this book that he did not plan on investigating the assassination. He only assumed Ray's guilt and set out to write a book portraying him as the lone killer (much as Priscilla had done with her book "Marina and Lee"). O'Leary was friends with the CIA's David Atlee Phillips, and wrote a glowing review of George's book, recommending that the House Select Committee on Assassinations use it to guide their investigation.

A jury in a 1999 civil trial in Memphis determined that Ray was not the shooter, and that King was killed by a conspiracy involving elements both inside and outside the government.
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I really enjoyed this one. It tell you why James Earl Ray turned out the way he did. It was very sad how poor and dysfunctional the Rays were. It bothered me the way his father would take " Jimmy " to the pool hall at such an early age. The poor kid didnt have a chance. Thats how criminals are made. If you want to find out why the Rays turned out the way they did, this is the book is the one to read.
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