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Dan Hampton sides and -- -- -- Memphis Tennessee.
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All hell -- on his -- The stalking of Martin -- -- An international hunt for his assassin.
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He goes by various names.
Eric -- -- little -- John Willard Ramones and aid Paul Richmond but he's more famously known as James Earl Ray.
I came into this project probably -- he was part of this vast conspiracy grew up in Memphis and that's what I always heard.
But as I got into the evidence it became pretty clear to me that.
He did it and you know he bought the weapon he bought the scope we bought the -- he bought those binoculars right before the assassination and he left the scene of the crime one minute after.
In the getaway car that everyone describes so.
He just said that this other guy named Raoul actually pulled the trigger and I it has been a little time trying to -- -- this Rowell wasn't decided that he was really just.
Raise imaginary friend.
I know are so on and off there aren't that.
Well that was sort through -- boat.
That I one or two -- Detroit airport or it is.
About a broad of the dollar plan to go to Belgium right.
I'm thinking is gonna get away Morgan doesn't -- and honestly I could -- I made notes for the senator -- structural what we have an -- and he almost did get -- that -- you have -- -- -- -- -- hooked up with -- mercenary soldiers and in South Africa and he's going to Rhodesia.
And they didn't have an extradition -- -- came within minutes of of getting away with this.
-- her -- for the benefit dollar check and a path toward heaven knows that it I don't know passport renewal of this analysis and I -- -- If I would -- on that flight -- So I want to decide -- about social group from Memphis.
While I'd say that's really what started I grew up in Memphis it was -- most devastating in the most controversial thing in Memphis.
I was six years old when it happened.
My father was a lawyer who worked for the firm that represented -- when he came to Memphis some on the on behalf of those garbage workers who were on strike.
-- and so I heard a lot about from my dad and and of course is going up and going by the side of the Lorraine motel.
And I think all writers it -- -- go back to where they came from I live in Santa -- now.
And raise a family there but I've always want to go back to Memphis fascinating place a great city.
But a tragic city and in this this is big part of the tragedy is is this event in the continent the confluence of things that led.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And you know you could spend thirty years on this there's so much its documentation.
I had to find some way to kind of simplify this process and I learned about a -- -- -- Who is a retired copy was the dispatcher on duty that night April 4 1968.
And he was touched by this event so much that he's developed to -- is -- his entire retirement to.
Collecting everything and digitize -- everything to do with the assassination.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police documents Interpol Scotland Yard Memphis police FBI.
Photographs and recordings videos you name it some 20000 documents so.
Vince became my ace in the hole really in this the first book that.
It makes use of the of the collection is called -- Vincent -- collection.
And he's a colleague -- and scholar and and and a great friend or does he think -- Well he he like me you know I as I said at the outset I think -- did it but.
IE leave a lot of doors open about what sort -- team may have had along the way.
Who might who might have been aiding and abetting him who might have been helping him with aliases.
You know and get to Toronto together all these various aliases.
Questions about money -- biggest question is who's paying for all his travels.
And I think that Vince feels the same way that.
Yes he did it but there's a lot of open doors and unanswered questions and it was foolish of of me.
To sort of say we have it all figured out cased closed move on you know well it's not there are a lot of contradictions in the testimony there -- a lot of little quirky things that happen along the way and all of that -- -- -- raise.
Personality because he said such an oddball keeps making -- left turns.
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April 23 1960 news.
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Let's see he was in for armed robbery at that point but he -- you know it's a succession crimes that he was already on probation from earlier but -- -- a career criminal.
He had never as far as we know killed anyone and but petty criminal but a career criminal from Missouri was born in Alton Illinois.
He escaped from that prison which was a maximum security prison in fact he.
He's he's here from two maximum security prison because later after the assassination.
You may -- -- Hebert.
He broke out of -- mountain in east Tennessee.
He got out of bread box he curled himself up into a kind of fetal ball and got out of -- -- and in this bread truck and ran you know jumped up off the truck and ran on the railroad tracks instead.
In the history and was a fugitive for about a year before the assassination -- now -- was an April.
-- -- -- the first time in your book I think I'm right in November and Mexico right right where we are to -- What are big goal -- werewolves are different April November.
He did a variety things which is I.
Thought about picking up to the -- in any at any of those stops along the way Chicago.
He was briefly Toronto -- Montreal and Birmingham Alabama.
He bought car and in Birmingham he got it he got a driver's license and as Eric -- And the inning went down -- of -- -- in stated month to and a we've got and all kinds of troubled on the board to -- our goal is unlikely -- -- programs for Alice drugs or were not well it didn't come from atlas -- but it dumb.
And that was an actual person who lived in.
Toronto in a suburb of Toronto and he.
He clearly -- gathered these aliases all of his aliases or actual people.
But this the middle part it's -- saint Gault was the the actual person and he changed it to star -- and a lot of people -- star who was actually.
Some sort of trance position of -- us -- row and the James Bond character out.
Specter what was his what was the character's name -- staff -- and blow fields or whatever the guy with the cat you know and the bald head.
So so certainly when they when they figured out there were looking for a guy name Eric golf there's all kinds of speculation that he was libertarian reading -- you know and -- I I -- rents book and reading a lot of Ian Fleming's spy novels.
But it didn't actually turn out to be true social work with so you know what -- -- what -- referendum.
Mostly from his account -- -- -- borders of India that are well you know it's a problem that he.
We you know he wrote multiple accounts he wrote two books he gave some eighteen hours of testimony before the house select committee.
He gave interviews to Playboy and Dan rather and -- people on the way.
So you know piecing all that stuff together is a challenge because he lies a lot.
He changes his story a lot so many times in the narrative when he's by himself I have to sort of say.
According to his memoirs this is what he was doing well here's the evidence for -- one way or the other.
But there is a lot of stuff out there waiting through it is difficult because.
Rave makes these stories -- he changed his story so much.
I described as sort of like a school -- did you know who the kind of throws up a cloud of black ink all around him and you can't figure out where he is in there and it's a challenge -- -- game that he played with everyone and with history I think -- --
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