During James Earl Ray's incarceration at Missouri State Penitentiary, Jefferson City, MO he made two unsuccessful escapes, one in 1961 and the other in 1960. (See James Earl Ray's 'Missouri State Penitentiary records Nov. 19, 1961, interoffice communication on attempted escape of Ray; March 13, 1966, interoffice on attempted escaped of inmate Ray (MLK Document 060018). (176) Missouri State Penitentiary visitation records (MLK Document 240176). (177) James Earl Ray's 'Missouri State Penitentiary records: bank account records from 'March 22, 1960 to July 14, 1967 (MLK Document 060018). (178) James Earl Ray's 'Missouri State Penitentiary records: reports on escape investigations ('ILK Document 060018). (179) See, generally, FBI and House Select Committee on Assassinations interviews with former inmate associates of Ray and Missouri State prison officials, 2 vols.. approximately 130 interviews as summarized in MLK Document 280061. (180) Staff report on contents of Ray's Missouri State Penitentiary records, June 11, 1977, House Select Committee on Assassinations, pp. 8-9 (MLK Document 100038). Missouri State Penitentiary opened its doors in 1836 and operated continuously until 2004. The Missouri State Penitentiary, also called MSP or the Walls, was a notoriously brutal prison.
A book claims that James Earl Ray shot dead Martin Luther King because of a $50,000 bounty placed on his head by the Federated Ku Klux Klan Inc. Using unpublished FBI reports now available thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, the authors revealed that the White Knights put bounties on the prominent activist's life. Ray, who was arrested at Heathrow airport two months after King's death, confessed that he shot King dead in Memphis in April 1968 but recanted his confession a few days later. He was jailed for 99 years and died in prison in 1998 aged 70. In February 1935, Ray's father, known by the nickname Speedy, passed a bad check in Alton, Illinois, then moved to Ewing, Missouri, where the family had to change their name to Raynes to avoid law enforcement, James Earl Ray,DOB 3/10/1928, grew up in Ewing, Missouri. Leslie Allen Achter lived in East Prairie, Missouri. James Earl Ray, a career criminal, was in and out of the Missouri State prison he was sentenced to twenty years in prison for repeated offenses. He escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary in 1967 by hiding in a truck transporting bread from the prison bakery.
In a Civil complaint filed by the King family after the murder of MLK jr, “King versus Jowers and Other Unknown Co-Conspirators,” the only named defendant, Loyd Jowers, was never their primary concern. As soon became evident in court, the real defendants were the anonymous co-conspirators who stood in the shadows behind Jowers, the former owner of a Memphis bar and grill.
Leslie Allen Achter DOB 1/3/1937 was convicted by a Mississippi County MO jury of burglary and stealing and sentenced by the court as a habitual criminal. The only question presented by this appeal is the propriety of the trial court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress the use of certain evidence that was in his automobile and which had been stolen in the burglary. On December 20, 1972, the Bobby Johnson home near Anniston in Mississippi County MO was burglarized sometime between one o'clock and three o'clock in the afternoon. Among the items taken were a Revelation single-shot shotgun, a Remington electric razor, a table-type cigarette lighter, and a guitar. At about two o'clock the same afternoon Troopers Grissom and Crismon of the Missouri Highway Patrol were in their parked patrol car on a service station parking lot which adjoined Highway 80 on the outskirts of East Prairie. The officers saw a maroon Oldsmobile approaching on the highway, headed toward East Prairie. The Oldsmobile suddenly pulled to the shoulder of the highway, stopped a and the driver got out of the car and spoke to the driver of a farm tractor that the Oldsmobile had just passed. The troopers wondered why the automobile had stopped and decided to investigate. As the patrol car drove onto the highway and toward the Oldsmobile, with its red lights flashing, the latter vehicle drove back onto the highway and "started speeding up." The Oldsmobile continued to accelerate its speed as the two automobiles neared each other. The officers recognized defendant ["a known burglar"] as the driver of the Oldsmobile when the two vehicles met. They knew defendant's Missouri license to operate a motor vehicle had been revoked and saw the license plate on the Oldsmobile had expired. The patrol car was turned around and the automobile driven by defendant pursued. During the ensuing chase defendant's car exceeded the speed limit, was driven on the wrong side of the highway and was weaving in and out of highway traffic in such an erratic manner that other motor vehicles on the highway had to pull onto the shoulder or stop in order to avoid collision with the Oldsmobile, read more here.
Missouri Court of Appeals, Springfield District. October 11, 1974. Defendant Leslie Allen Achter DOB 1/3/1937 was convicted by a Mississippi County jury of carrying a concealed weapon in violation of § 564.610, RSMo 1969, V.A.M.S., and was sentenced by the court as a Second Offender, to a four-year prison term. The sufficiency of the evidence to support the jury's verdict is the only point preserved for our review In testing the sufficiency of the evidence the facts and evidence and favorable inferences reasonably to be drawn therefrom must be considered in the light most favorable to the state and all evidence and inferences to the contrary must be disregarded. The trooper said he saw approximately two and one-half inches of a .32 caliber automatic pistol protruding from the crevice between the seat portion and back portion of the driver's seat just to the right of where the driver would sit. The pistol, fully loaded, had been placed barrel down into the crevice. Trooper Grissom testified that with anyone sitting in the driver's seat it would not have been possible for one to observe the pistol from outside the vehicle
UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Leslie Allen ACHTER, DOB 1/3/1937, Decided: April 13, 1995..When deputies from the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department attempted to arrest Leslie Allen Achter on a warrant for forgery charges, he brandished a loaded pistol. The deputies apprehended Achter after he eventually dropped the weapon. Leslie Allen Achter was later taken into federal custody and charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Achter filed a notice of defense, claiming that he was exercising public authority on behalf of the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department. In response, the Government filed a motion in limine to prohibit Achter from introducing the defenses of public authority and entrapment by estoppel. The Government argued that these were not valid defenses in this case because the prerequisite authority must have been derived from the government under whose law the charge is brought. In other words, Achter was claiming that state, rather than federal, officials authorized him to violate a federal law. Achter makes a series of bizarre claims involving his relationship with the Mississippi County Sheriff and his deputies.
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