Melissa Heaton


Outstanding, Young Adult, James L. Swanson, Civil Rights, Martin Luther King, Jr., Assassination, African American History, Nonficton

Document Type

Book Review


Martin Luther King Jr. is dead and no one can find his killer. Surprisingly, James Earl Ray eludes police and the FBI for almost two months before his capture. How does Ray do it? He is an experienced convict who only knows a life of crime, but he makes some costly mistakes that eventually lead to his arrest. No one knows for sure why Ray chose to kill King, but many chilling events led Ray and King’s paths to cross and eventually collide.