James Earl Ray

1928 - 1998

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James Earl Ray (March 10, 1928 – April 23, 1998) was an American man convicted for assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968. After this Ray was on the run and was captured in the UK. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Earl Ray has received more than 9,888,432 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia. James Earl Ray is the 77th most popular extremist (down from 53rd in 2019), the 1,564th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,135th in 2019) and the 27th most popular Extremist.

James Earl Ray is most famous for assassinating Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

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Among extremists, James Earl Ray ranks 77 out of 209Before him are Jean II, Duke of Alençon, Henry Lee Lucas, Jalaluddin Haqqani, Ma Barker, Richard Ramirez, and Willi Herold. After him are Robert-François Damiens, Carlo Gambino, Taha Yassin Ramadan, Oskar Gröning, Darya Nikolayevna Saltykova, and Johann Rattenhuber.

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Among people born in 1928, James Earl Ray ranks 90Before him are Marco Ferreri, Gene Sharp, Gaston Thorn, Patrick McGoohan, Ion Mihai Pacepa, and Fats Domino. After him are Musa al-Sadr, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Cy Twombly, Hans Modrow, Walter Mondale, and Robert Sheckley. Among people deceased in 1998, James Earl Ray ranks 46Before him are Ernst-Günther Schenck, Nelson Goodman, Imi Lichtenfeld, Lloyd Bridges, Nizar Qabbani, and Agostino Casaroli. After him are Cozy Powell, Tameo Ide, Maurice Bucaille, Verner Panton, Wolf Vostell, and Sonny Bono.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Earl Ray ranks 1,564 out of 18,182Before him are George Whipple (1878), William Daniel Phillips (1948), Valerie Solanas (1936), Anthony Bourdain (1956), Eddie Cochran (1938), and John Saxon (1935). After him are Paul Greengard (1925), Julia Child (1912), Diane Lane (1965), James Gandolfini (1961), Lee de Forest (1873), and Joseph Nye (1937).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, James Earl Ray ranks 27Before him are Barry Seal (1939), Timothy McVeigh (1968), Dennis Rader (1945), Henry Lee Lucas (1936), Ma Barker (1873), and Richard Ramirez (1960). After him are Gary Ridgway (1949), Susan Atkins (1948), Aileen Wuornos (1956), David Berkowitz (1953), Whitey Bulger (1929), and Charles Whitman (1941).