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Complete Transcript of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination PDF Print
Written by Dave Ratcliffe   
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
Hello All,

This project has been in the works since 2010.  It is good to finally have it online.

Complete Transcript of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assassination Conspiracy Trial
November 15 to December 8, 1999
Memphis, Tennessee


This is a hypertext representation of the complete transcript of the 1999 trial held in Memphis, Tennessee, brought by the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. in a wrongful death action against Loyd Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators for the April 4, 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


In early 2003 I made an annotated transcript of William Pepper's talk on February 4 at the Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco on the release of his book, An Act of State - The Execution of Martin Luther King. In the process of annotating this transcript, footnote number 5 was fashioned to reference the complete transcript of the trial at thekingcenter.com (which has since changed to thekingcenter.org). Following my usual process when linking to significant content elsewhere on the web, I made copies of the entire file set of the trial transcript just in case it ever went away.

In January 2010 while reviewing the links in William Pepper's talk to confirm everything still worked, I discovered that the third through the fourteenth day of the trial transcript no longer existed on The King Center website. I sent two e-mails to The King Center to inquire about this and did not receive replies to either message.

Given the significance of this material, I decided to make a hypertext representation of the original 14 text files (matching the fourteen days of the trial) – plus a copy of the King Family's December 9, 1999 Press Conference on the results of the trial – so that this unique historical record is preserved for people to read, study, and learn from. In general terms this is the guiding purpose of rat haus reality, ratical branch: studying and presenting relevant and critical facts to increase awareness of our world and provide a more holistic view of our time.


A good place to start reading this document are the Closing Statements in Volume 14. The King Family Press Conference held the day after the trial is another starting point. Other than the courtroom participants, Jim Douglass was the only person who attended the entire trial. His article, “The Martin Luther King Conspiracy Exposed in Memphis,” published in Probe Magazine in Spring 2000, is an excellent introduction. See also William Pepper's talk on February 4 at the Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco on the release of his book, An Act of State - The Execution of Martin Luther King (Verso, 2003).

 

 
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