James Earl Ray

1928 - 1998

James Earl Ray

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 6,949,471 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 43rd most popular extremist.

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Among extremists, James Earl Ray ranks 43 out of 182Before him are Nathuram Godse, Gudrun Ensslin, Barry Seal, Butch Cassidy, Fritz Haarmann, and Abu Nidal. After him are George Habash, Sawney Bean, Henry Lee Lucas, Henri Désiré Landru, Vincenzo Peruggia, and Karl Denke.

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Among people born in 1928, James Earl Ray ranks 55Before him are Jacques Rivette, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Adam West, Francesco Cossiga, Reynaldo Bignone, and Jim Lovell. After him are Osamu Shimomura, James Ivory, Gene Sharp, Karlheinz Böhm, Bernard Buffet, and Hans Blix. Among people deceased in 1998, James Earl Ray ranks 24Before him are Raymond Cattell, Frederick Reines, Alfred Schnittke, Julien Green, Derek Barton, and Lúcio Costa. After him are Bob Kane, George H. Hitchings, Alan Hodgkin, Imi Lichtenfeld, Falco, and Allan MacLeod Cormack.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Earl Ray ranks 998 out of 12,171Before him are John Fenn (1917), James M. Buchanan (1919), Percival Lowell (1855), Ali MacGraw (1939), Harvey Milk (1930), and Jim Lovell (1928). After him are Alfred Hershey (1908), Sherwood Anderson (1876), George Kennedy (1925), Edgar Mitchell (1930), Poul Anderson (1926), and Nellie Bly (1864).

Among EXTREMISTS In United States

Among extremists born in United States, James Earl Ray ranks 16Before him are John Wayne Gacy (1942), George Stinney (1929), H. H. Holmes (1861), William Kemmler (1860), Barry Seal (1939), and Butch Cassidy (1866). After him are Henry Lee Lucas (1936), Timothy McVeigh (1968), Ma Barker (1873), George Jung (1942), Jeffrey Dahmer (1960), and Jordan Belfort (1962).