By Sherwood Ross
President Lyndon Johnson and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover were behind the murder of the Rev. Martin Luther King, a new book on the controversial assassination charges.
"Hoover hated Rev. King because he thought he was a hypocrite, unfaithful to his wife, and a potentially subversive Communist, and he had opposed the Vietnam War," writes James D. Norvell, J.D., in the book "Treason, Treachery & Deceit," and "LBJ thought he would start a revolt against America's economic system."
Rev.King was shot dead April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn., on the second floor balcony of the Lorraine motel. Escaped convict James Earl Ray was convicted of the assassination in March of 1969. Ray pled guilty in order to avoid a trial and possible death penalty but Norvell says Ray never shot Dr. King.
The facts are clear, Norvell writes, that former FBI officials removed Dr. King's defenses just before he was killed, transferred potential witnesses the day before the murder and tampered with, "lost," and destroyed the evidence.
Norvell---who spent 13 years investigating the assassinations of Rev. King and the Kennedy brothers---reported that Hoover and Texas oil magnate H.L. Hunt had argued over how to put an end to King's crusades. Hunt initially thought his radio broadcasts would silence Rev. King but Hoover thought they needed a "permanent" solution, Norvell writes. After the assassination of Rev. King, Hunt conceded to John Curington, his security assistant, that Hoover had won the argument.
Author Norvell, late of Ft. Worth, Tex., was a 1964 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in naval engineering. While in the Navy, he obtained an MSE from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor with honors from George Washington University. He rose to the position of Lt.-Cmdr. in the U.S. Navy and after resigning his commission practiced law for 30 years, some of them as attorney for LBJ aide and confidant Billy Sol Estes.
"James Earl Ray was another innocent patsy (similar to Lee Harvey Oswald) sold down the river by his attorneys, much like Sirhan-Sirhan (alleged killer of Senator Robert F. Kennedy) was," Norvell writes. "Each attorney was interested more in his own pocketbook than in defending Ray (or the other alleged assassins)." Ray's prison escape from Jefferson City, Mo., was "engineered," Norvell asserts, so that he could be the fall guy for the murder and because Ray was probably looking at life imprisonment anyway, if captured, and wouldn't mind if his guilty plea for Rev. King's "murder" got him 99 years.
In addition to conspirators LBJ, Hoover and Hunt, Norvell identifies two shooters of Rev. King in his book: Lloyd Jowers and a mysterious U.S. intelligence agency operative known as Raoul, said to have confessed his part in the murder. Jowers was manager of Jim's Bar & Grill opposite the Lorraine motel.
According to author Norvell, Raoul was Ray's handler and gave him assignments, such as the purchase of a deer rifle, and moved him to several cities around the country before ordering him to Memphis. Ray was a poor shot and not used in the assassination except to be set up as a "patsy."
Rev. King's chauffeur, Solomon Jones, waiting in the parking lot of the Lorraine, saw two white men listening to Rev. King's conversation with his aides up on the balcony. When the fatal shot was fired, Jones cried out, "There they are, right there!"
Norvell says neither of the men was Ray. He also notes that the black officers of the fire and police departments were pulled off the job before the slaying.
The book, "Treason, Treachery, and Deceit: The Murderers of JFK, MLK & RFK" by James D. Norvell, may be ordered through Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, e-books, and nook books, among others.
The book has been widely acclaimed and endorsed, including by military writers. Brig. Gen. John H. Grubbs, Ret., PhD, who refers to it as "a spellbinding masterpiece." Douglas Horne, former Chief Analyst for Military Records of the Assassination Records Review Board, writes, "Mr. Norvell does not pull any punches and does not sugarcoat the assassination in any way."
The 585-page book contains several hundred pages of graphic exhibits.
On the book's cover is the following statement: "This historical novel solves all three murders and refutes government propaganda." The book is 585 pages in length.
(This article prepared by media consultants Sherwood Ross Associates, publicists for the book. Reach Sherwood Ross at email@example.com. Ross formerly reported for the Chicago Daily News, UPI, and Reuters, and was a personal friend of Dr. King.)