AN AMERICAN DEATH The True Story of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Greatest Manhunt of Our Time

Author: Frank (Gerold)
Year: 1972
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Edition Details: 1st Edn.
Book Condition: Vg+/Vg+
Price: 5.00
Hardback. Who really killed Dr Martin Luther King, Jnr.? Was it the hired assassin of a group of Southern white supremacists? Was it someone within King's own organisation, who disagreed with his non-violent principles and wanted a more militant leader? Was it a racist fanatic? The agent of a foreign power? Was it, perhaps, a man with a purely personal grudge? Was it possible that one man alone, without any outside help at all, could both conceive and execute such a plan? Could an ordinary person shoot down a well-guarded public figure in the midst of his friends? Could he then walk away and virtually disappear? The author spent more than 3yrs researching Dr King's assassination. In that time he interviewed in depth virtually every person in the US and abroad who had anything to do with the case. Working with police intelligence reports and making use of private diaries, letters and other confidential material, the author has vividly recreated the events that took King to Memphis; the horror of the deed; one of the greatest manhunts in history; the mysterious, quick trial of James Earl Ray. His account is vast in scope, and his cast of characters includes scores of informers, investigators, newspapermen, lawyers, judges, and any number of unforgettable human portraits, chief among them those of Dr King and his assassin. Based on some of the most massive documentation ever assembled in a criminal case, the author places the reader behind the scenes in one of the most historic events of modern times with such immediacy that he not only witnesses, but participates in the entire tragic, unfolding story. Illus., Epilogue, Notes and Index. 497pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. From the library of true crime writer, Wilfred Gregg, with his personal b/plate. Includes a loosely inserted newspaper cutting from the 'Washington Post' dated August 22, 1970 relating to Grace Elizabeth Stephens a potential eyewitness to the assassination, who had been committed to a mental asylum. Vg+ in Vg+ dw. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage.


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