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KKK put 100k bounty on Martin Luther King?

CONTROVERSY: KKK put 100k bounty on Martin Luther King Jr? - New book makes disturbing claims

MARTIN LUTHER King's assassin shot him to get a $100,000 bounty which had been placed on his head by the Ku Klux Klan, according to a new book.

James Earl Ray, who was convicted of shooting King, was said to have been in prison when he heard that the racist group would pay the sum to anybody who killed U.S. civil rights leader.

Novel The Awful Grace of God, written by respected U.S. historians Stuart Wexler and Larry Hancock, suggests that the Klan may have raised the bounty money from 'union workers in Atlanta or the White Citizen’s Council in the city', reports the Daily Mail.

Ray, who escaped from prison in 1968, shot King dead at a motel in Memphis Tennessee in the following year.

Following their investigation, Wexler has allegedly made a call for that all the files relating to King’s murder should be re-investigated and made public.

In an interview with the Daily Beast he said: "The files should be released, especially the fingerprint files."

He added: "And there’s no reason not to run the existing fingerprints through the FBI’s extensive database."

The book’s title comes from a speech by Robert F Kennedy after Dr King’s death in which he quoted the Ancient Greek writer Aeschylus: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

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