Blast From the Past

Digitized Tape of MLK’s Shooter Released

Just in time for the 45th anniversary of his death, new video footage of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassin, James Earl Ray, has been released. The newly digitized reels, delivered to the public by the Tennessee Shelby County Register’s office, shows Ray returning to Memphis for his trial, court proceedings, and interviews. “It is believed that the personnel using the equipment were learning how to operate this technology as they recorded,” the Shelby County Register explained in a statement. “As a result, the footage is not always as clear as we are accustomed to seeing today.”