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James Earl Ray - Poem by STANLEY PACION

From childhood on he had earned his reputation.

He was known to be the type of guy,
Who studied every brick and crack,
And by sight alone, so jailhouse legend claims,
He could spot a weak steel bar.

Escape was always on his mind.

He was a single-minded psychopath,
Always on the run, he loved disguises,
And had plenty of aliases and false IDs.
The man could hide in plain sight.

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*He was convicted of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He confessed to the crime and passed on a jury trial. A habitual criminal, Ray was sentenced to 99 years in prison. Later he recanted his confession and unsuccessfully tried to gain a new trial. He died in prison in 1998.

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  • Ellias Anderson Jr. (1/28/2013 4:54:00 AM)

    This work is so brilliant and new. i really enjoyed reading this work.
    Good job dude.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, January 26, 2013

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