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Crime History: MLK assassin escapes from prison

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On this day, June 10, in 1977, the assassin of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. escaped from prison. Using a jail-yard fight as a diversion, James Earl Ray and six other convicts used a ladder made of broken pieces of pipe to scale the 14-foot wall of the Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee. It was Ray's second escape from prison. He had managed to escape from a Missouri...

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