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(The Smoking Gun)   TSG finds "Jane Earl Ray," the woman who almost killed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1958. She's now 98, and soon to be most famous resident of a Queens, NY nursing home   (thesmokinggun.com) divider line 47
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2014-08-04 01:07:08 PM  
 I wonder if we'd have more conspiracy theories if the assassin were a different race and gender?
 
2014-08-04 01:47:58 PM  
That was an interesting read.
 
2014-08-04 02:06:51 PM  

rkiller1: more conspiracy theories


Did someone just say weeaboo?
pbfcomics.com
 
2014-08-04 03:11:59 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: Did someone just say...


Actually, you're the only one...

*gets out paddle*
 
2014-08-04 03:15:18 PM  
She later was heard yellling "Where's Bill!?"
 
2014-08-04 03:15:52 PM  
Somebody warn JFK!
 
2014-08-04 03:16:46 PM  
Im guessing she was proud about her prejudice

/and good at flying
 
2014-08-04 03:17:15 PM  
I did not realize he was quite that old, huh.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-08-04 03:22:59 PM  
Clearly a neo-nazi lunatic.
 
2014-08-04 03:25:55 PM  

topcon: Clearly a neo-nazi lunatic.


Not this time. Good guess, though.
 
2014-08-04 03:26:01 PM  
Great read. Thanks for posting, smitty.
 
2014-08-04 03:26:47 PM  
Very clever of the CIA to recruit a middle-aged, mentally deranged, black woman to do the hit.
 
2014-08-04 03:31:19 PM  

Prey4reign: Very clever of the CIA to recruit a middle-aged, mentally deranged, black woman to do the hit.


Apparently the person who was supposed to follow her and spill pepper all over his clothes was compromised though.
 
2014-08-04 03:31:35 PM  
onlineathens.com
 
2014-08-04 03:37:36 PM  
Whoa, I had no idea this ever happened.  You think they would have mentioned it in the eleventy billion US history classes I had to take throughout primary, secondary, and college, but nope.  Very interesting article.
 
2014-08-04 03:39:27 PM  

topcon: Clearly a neo-nazi lunatic.


You're half right.
 
2014-08-04 03:52:57 PM  
FTFA:
She plunged the letter opener deep into the 29-year-old King's chest after asking him, "Why do you annoy  me?"

Did he nag her too?
 
2014-08-04 03:55:24 PM  
Say what you want about the man, but for just having had several inches of letter opener inserted into his chest, he looks pretty damned chill.


www.thesmokinggun.com
 
2014-08-04 03:59:01 PM  
Quotes that didn't make it:

"I had the weirdest dream."
 
2014-08-04 04:05:02 PM  

Embden.Meyerhof: Say what you want about the man, but for just having had several inches of letter opener inserted into his chest, he looks pretty damned chill.


I think that's shock.

I'd never heard this story before either. Thanks, subby.
 
2014-08-04 04:16:27 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: That was an interesting read.


I agree...I never knew anything about this.
 
2014-08-04 04:16:47 PM  
A correctional medical facility in the 50's and 60's must've been worse than the alternative, including a potential death sentence.
 
2014-08-04 04:19:38 PM  

rkiller1:  I wonder if we'd have more conspiracy theories if the assassin were a different race and gender?


James Earl Ray provides a prime example of how conspiracy theorist's brains don't work right. Here, we have evidence of an ACTUAL conspiracy (St. Louis Klansmen paid Ray to stalk and kill King), but they can't accept that and have to go looking for a conspiracy not backed up by any evidence.

Oh, and:

"I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were somebody else.' "
 
2014-08-04 04:25:25 PM  
Did MLK stick his dick in crazy?
 
2014-08-04 04:30:29 PM  
Pttht.

Thurgood Marshall--future member of the SCOTUS--was minutes away from being castrated then lynched. The only thing that stopped the police and citizens that had taken Marshall down to the river was a car driven by Marshall's colleagues.

Too many witnesses, too many blacks to murder. So they let Marshall go.
 
2014-08-04 05:13:18 PM  
LazyMedia:

"I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were somebody else.' "

You ain't never met no Martin Luther the King
 
2014-08-04 05:20:24 PM  

LemSkroob: LazyMedia:

"I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were somebody else.' "

You ain't never met no Martin Luther the King


Knocked the wind out of me, yes he did.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-08-04 05:21:39 PM  
That's weird. The URL says thesmokinggun.com, but the body of the page could be from a legitimate news site.
 
2014-08-04 05:51:09 PM  

LazyMedia: LemSkroob: LazyMedia:

"I met Dr. Martin Luther King in 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee. I walkin' down the street minding my own business, just walking on. Feelin' good. I walk around the corner, a man walk up, hit me in my chest, right. I fall on the ground, right. And I look up and it's Dr. Martin Luther King. I said 'Dr. King?' and he said 'Ooops, I thought you were somebody else.' "

You ain't never met no Martin Luther the King

Knocked the wind out of me, yes he did.


Sometimes he looks right into you. Right into your eyes. You know the thing about a MLK, he's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When he comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until he hits ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin'.
 
2014-08-04 05:54:34 PM  
FTA: "In fact, most Americans would be unable to name the man who actually succeeded in assassinating the civil rights leader. "
Well seeing as later evidence showed that James Earl Ray was forced to confess I'm not surprised. The King family themselves admit that he wasn't the killer.
 
2014-08-04 05:54:39 PM  
I'm trying to imagine what the world would be like had she succeeded. MLK hadn't done anything at that point but write a book and thump some bibles.
 
2014-08-04 06:01:55 PM  

Spare Me: I'm trying to imagine what the world would be like had she succeeded. MLK hadn't done anything at that point but write a book and thump some bibles.


Very different. Malcom X would have been the leading civil rights leader.... That would be very different.
/What if Malcom X wasn't killed after having the revelation that the Nation of Islam was wrong? Not Islam itself but that the Nation of Islam.
 
2014-08-04 06:06:25 PM  
"Curry was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic by two psychiatrists who reported that she had an IQ of 70, "low average intelligence," and was in a severe "state of insanity."  "

"a TSG reporter discovered that an "Izola Curry" had registered to vote from a Queens address three months before the 2012 presidential election "

So how crazy do you have to be before someone says, 'no, you probably shouldn't be helping decide who leads the nation?'

Just curious.
 
2014-08-04 06:12:53 PM  

Wild Eyed and Wicked: Bathia_Mapes: That was an interesting read.

I agree...I never knew anything about this.


Nor did I.
 
2014-08-04 06:18:21 PM  

TheSelphie: Whoa, I had no idea this ever happened.  You think they would have mentioned it in the eleventy billion US history classes I had to take throughout primary, secondary, and college, but nope.  Very interesting article.


Nah.  Won't be on the test.  Don't bother with the Puerto Rican nationalists opening fire in the House of Reps, either.
"1950s: Korean War, Prosperity, Commie Witch Hunt, Ike, Rock & Roll,  Marilyn Monroe, Baseball, TV, Disneyland, Khrushchev, Integration, Sputnik, Space Program, Nixon's 5 O'clock Shadow".  That about it?
 
2014-08-04 06:22:47 PM  

thatboyoverthere: FTA: "In fact, most Americans would be unable to name the man who actually succeeded in assassinating the civil rights leader. "
Well seeing as later evidence showed that James Earl Ray was forced to confess I'm not surprised. The King family themselves admit that he wasn't the killer.


"Who killed JFK?"
"Well, there are a number of theories, including the Mafia, the CIA, Castro, the......"
"Just say 'Oswald'".
 
2014-08-04 06:45:52 PM  

Billy Liar: TheSelphie: Whoa, I had no idea this ever happened.  You think they would have mentioned it in the eleventy billion US history classes I had to take throughout primary, secondary, and college, but nope.  Very interesting article.

Nah.  Won't be on the test.  Don't bother with the Puerto Rican nationalists opening fire in the House of Reps, either.
"1950s: Korean War, Prosperity, Commie Witch Hunt, Ike, Rock & Roll,  Marilyn Monroe, Baseball, TV, Disneyland, Khrushchev, Integration, Sputnik, Space Program, Nixon's 5 O'clock Shadow".  That about it?


Well, we didn't start the fire.
 
2014-08-04 06:46:04 PM  
That's fascinating, and is something I'd never heard of before. I skimmed the first part, and bookmarked for later. Thanks, Fark!
 
2014-08-04 08:02:48 PM  
The stabbing is the one thing I remember from the miniseries "King", from back in 1978.  Paul Winfield played the lead role I do believe.
 
2014-08-04 09:02:36 PM  

rkiller1: I wonder if we'd have more conspiracy theories if the assassin were a different race and gender?


There's plenty of MLK (and Malcolm X) assassination conspiracy theories.
 
2014-08-04 09:07:44 PM  

rkiller1: I wonder if we'd have more conspiracy theories if the assassin were a different race and gender?


It's actually JFK
They dyed his skin and changed his gender.
 
2014-08-04 09:19:03 PM  

DaisyandSpot: "Curry was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic by two psychiatrists who reported that she had an IQ of 70, "low average intelligence," and was in a severe "state of insanity."  "

"a TSG reporter discovered that an "Izola Curry" had registered to vote from a Queens address three months before the 2012 presidential election "

So how crazy do you have to be before someone says, 'no, you probably shouldn't be helping decide who leads the nation?'

Just curious.


This would explain Obama.
 
2014-08-04 09:49:28 PM  
before cameras, did schizophrenics feel they were being monitored and watched?
 
2014-08-04 10:16:27 PM  
She was upset because he never opened the letters she sent him.  She was just making a point:  "Try using a letter opener asshole".
 
2014-08-04 11:14:20 PM  

thatboyoverthere: FTA: "In fact, most Americans would be unable to name the man who actually succeeded in assassinating the civil rights leader. "
Well seeing as later evidence showed that James Earl Ray was forced to confess I'm not surprised. The King family themselves admit that he wasn't the killer.


Right. Because they're trained forensic investigators.

http://www.salon.com/2010/04/18/hellhound_on_his_trail/
 
2014-08-04 11:24:37 PM  

DaisyandSpot: Billy Liar: TheSelphie: Whoa, I had no idea this ever happened.  You think they would have mentioned it in the eleventy billion US history classes I had to take throughout primary, secondary, and college, but nope.  Very interesting article.

Nah.  Won't be on the test.  Don't bother with the Puerto Rican nationalists opening fire in the House of Reps, either.
"1950s: Korean War, Prosperity, Commie Witch Hunt, Ike, Rock & Roll,  Marilyn Monroe, Baseball, TV, Disneyland, Khrushchev, Integration, Sputnik, Space Program, Nixon's 5 O'clock Shadow".  That about it?

Well, we didn't start the fire.


Well, it has been burnin' since the world's been turnin'.
 
2014-08-05 03:31:47 PM  
She has been living in obscurity for 50 years, and then all of sudden decides to register to vote in 2012?!?

Sure she did.

Voter fraud, it's more likely then you think.
 
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