James Earl Ray

1928 - 1998

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James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American fugitive and felon convicted of assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. Ray was convicted in 1969 after entering a guilty plea—thus forgoing a jury trial and the possibility of a death sentence—and was sentenced to 99 years' imprisonment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Earl Ray has received more than 7,464,470 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). James Earl Ray is the 52nd most popular extremist (down from 43rd in 2019), the 1,136th most popular biography from United States (down from 998th in 2019) and the 19th most popular American Extremist.

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Among extremists, James Earl Ray ranks 52 out of 205. Before him are Abu Nidal, William Kemmler, Gudrun Ensslin, Whitey Bulger, Robert-François Damiens, and George Habash. After him are George Stinney, George Jung, Karl Denke, Emily Davison, Emperor Norton, and Jordan Belfort.

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Among people born in 1928, James Earl Ray ranks 64Before him are Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Ida Haendel, Pat Hitchcock, Marco Ferreri, Erik Bruhn, and Patrick McGoohan. After him are Joe Jackson, Colin Chapman, Carl Woese, Hardy Krüger, Herbert Kroemer, and James Randi. Among people deceased in 1998, James Earl Ray ranks 26Before him are Galina Ulanova, Frederick Reines, Linda McCartney, Alfred Schnittke, Lúcio Costa, and Julien Green. After him are Falco, Vasily Arkhipov, Nelson Goodman, Conrad Schumann, David McClelland, and André Weil.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Earl Ray ranks 1,136 out of 15,968. Before him are Daniel Goleman (1946), Dean Reed (1938), Jennifer Grey (1960), George C. Scott (1927), Peter Dinklage (1969), and David Scott (1932). After him are Robert Englund (1947), Geena Davis (1956), Mark Felt (1913), Hiram Maxim (1840), Kelly Preston (1962), and Sonny Liston (1932).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, James Earl Ray ranks 19Before him are Barry Seal (1939), Butch Cassidy (1866), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), Frank Sheeran (1920), William Kemmler (1860), and Whitey Bulger (1929). After him are George Stinney (1929), George Jung (1942), Jordan Belfort (1962), Timothy McVeigh (1968), Edmund Kemper (1948), and Aileen Wuornos (1956).