17 episodes

According to the official story, on April 4th, 1968, a lone gunman assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. That man, James Earl Ray, pled guilty and for most people the case was closed. The MLK Tapes, a new true crime podcast from the creators of Atlanta Monster and Monster: DC Sniper, explores rare recordings of eye-witness testimony and new interviews with people who were there to reveal the true story of the plot to kill Dr. King.

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    • 4.7 • 39 Ratings

According to the official story, on April 4th, 1968, a lone gunman assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. That man, James Earl Ray, pled guilty and for most people the case was closed. The MLK Tapes, a new true crime podcast from the creators of Atlanta Monster and Monster: DC Sniper, explores rare recordings of eye-witness testimony and new interviews with people who were there to reveal the true story of the plot to kill Dr. King.

    Death of a King [1]

    Death of a King [1]

    Who killed Martin Luther King, and why? While some answers have emerged over the past 50 years, others have been hiding in plain sight.

    • 44 min
    Setting for a Murder [2]

    Setting for a Murder [2]

    The black firemen across the street told to report elsewhere. The black detective surveilling King taken off the job. King’s all-black police security unit ordered to stand down. All this and more on just what happened to be the day Dr. King was shot.

    • 45 min
    Who Are You? [3]

    Who Are You? [3]

    Attorney Art Hanes Jr. and his father decide to represent James Earl Ray who says he didn't kill King. As they prepare for trial, they discover serious problems with the case against Ray.

    • 53 min
    Sweet-Talking Percy [4]

    Sweet-Talking Percy [4]

    Famous criminal lawyer Percy Foreman talks his way in by telling Ray that his will be the easiest case he ever argued. Then, at the last moment, he informs Ray that he must plead guilty. Was Foreman working for someone offstage?

    • 43 min
    Jim's Grill [5]

    Jim's Grill [5]

    The back door of Jim's Grill in Memphis opens onto a yard just opposite the Lorraine Motel. Waitress Betty Spates hears a sharp noise and then sees her boss, Loyd Jowers, come through the door carrying a smoking rifle.

    • 55 min
    The Death Slug [6]

    The Death Slug [6]

    Bill Pepper's petition to reopen the case against Ray lands in the courtroom of Judge Joe Brown, a firearms expert, who has his doubts that the rifle found on the street was murder weapon.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

J. Oatmon ,

Amazing

This has got to be one of the most riveting true crime podcasts. Excellent investigation. Bravo. The finale will blow your mind.

Fangofthetooth ,

Remarkable revelations.

Thank you so much for making this series, for all the deep study and work to bring out the history of this terribly twisted event.

Sukey johal ,

5 stars

Excellent
This should be required listening in any school

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