9 thoughts on “How Hoover’s FBI Murdered Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. Mr. Nelson-

    Thanks for all your hard work digging out the truth about American history in general and Lyndon Johnson in particular. In my view you are America’s premier historian, and one of the few who actually deserve the title.
    i have not read your book on the king assassination yet, but have a few observations of my own. I think it likely that King was shot with a Colt 656 sniper rifle, a weapon exclusive to Army Special Forces. This conclusion is based on the famous photograph of King lying on the Lorraine Motel balcony while the maids sit oblivious on the stairs some 50 feet away. If a high powered rifle had just boomed out, these folks would not be so relaxed- unless the rifle was equipped with a silencer. The testimony of one of the witnesses, who described the sound of the bullet passing near him- he would never have heard it unless the rifle was suppressed. I was a Federally licensed class 2 manufacturer for years, and worked extensively with suppressed rifles. We would often test their efficacy by standing downrange and shooting past each other. You don’t hear the bullet unless the rifle is equipped with a suppressor because the sound of the shot drowns it out.
    In 1968 there were almost no silencers in America. They had once been common, but the National Firearms Act of 1934 put a $200 tax on what had been a $7 item. All untaxed silencers became contraband. Thus it came to be that only the armed forces had suppressed weapons in 1968. The Colt 656 was a modified version of the M-16, purpose built to take the Sionics suppressor. It was the best assassination rifle in 1968 by a considerable margin and the logical choice for the job.
    If a large caliber weapon had been used for the job, the bullet would have certainly passed through King’s body and impacted the wall of the motel. That there was no bullet strike on the wall almost guarantees that a small caliber soft point bullet was used. The Colt 656 fires the 223 round, a small caliber high velocity projectile.


    1. Thanks for your reply, and the kind words.

      Your comment would also explain why the bullet that was sent to the FBI for analysis came back mangled, cut into three pieces and had never been matched to the gun that supposedly fired it. Here is what Judge Joe Brown, a weapons expert himself (who was supposed to preside over one of his appeals (until the Tennessee Appellant Court took him off the case, fearing his decision might not conform to their objective of denying him a fair trial) had to say about about that point, in 1974 I believe:

      “Metallurgical analysis excludes the bullet taken from the body of Dr. King from coming from the cartridge case they say was fired in that rifle. That bullet was originally sent to the FBI [lab] intact. What came back was fragments –but there was a piece of the intact bullet. In the last four years that photograph, which was marked into evidence, is missing. A number of items were removed from this case. There was one incident where [Brown’s own] court had to send one of its bailiffs to physically stop an individual from removing the bullet fragments from the courthouse.”


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