The official history in this timestream says that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died from a rifle wound.
However, even the official story has some conflicts. First, start with the story in this timestream.
MARTIN LUTHER KING’S DEATH IN THIS TIME LINE
Martin Luther King was shot and killed by a sniper on April 4, 1968, while standing on the second-floor balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. The gun was a Remington Gamemaster 760 .30-06-caliber rifle, purchased by James Earl Ray on on March 30, 1968, as Ray drove to Memphis.
Initially, Ray pleaded guilty to avoid the death sentence. At that time, it was death by electrocution.
Three days later, Ray tried to change his plea. Ray said that he did not “personally shoot Dr. King.” Ray admitted that he might have been, “partially responsible without knowing it.” He claimed he’d been approached in Montreal, Canada, to join a conspiracy to kill Dr. King, but Ray said he was not the killer. He’d only wanted to become famous.
Ray spent the rest of his life trying to withdraw his guilty plea, and prove his innocence. James Early Ray died in 1998 of complications from Hepatitis C, at age 70.
In 1997, Loyd Jowers, a Memphis restaurant owner, was sued as part of a conspiracy to assassinate Martin Luther King, Jr. Jowers was found legally liable for the assassination. Wikipedia reports that “The King family has since concluded that Ray did not have anything to do with the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
So, the official story of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. is already a little uncertain. That kind of “wobble” in history interests me, because it opens the door to questions about its stability in the timestream. Pivot points in history sometimes indicate an overlap with alternate history.
SOME ALTERNATE MEMORIES OF DR. KING’S ASSASSINATION
In another comment at this website, The Mandela Effect, Matt reports the following very clear and detailed memory:
“Per every source I can find, King was shot with a rifle by a white man named James Earl Ray. However, what I remember reading as a child and learning in school is that King was shot and killed with a handgun at close range by a black woman. The location remained the same, however. I don’t remember her name or other key details, except that I think she was mentally ill and almost certain she was killed not long after, either by police in some kind of altercation, or by her own hand.
“Again, this is a memory of what I ‘learned’ in school, rather than a memory of events current to me, since I wasn’t born until the late 1970s, long after his death. Maybe I’m somehow confusing King with another slain civil rights leader I learned about, or my memory is simply bad, but I just can’t shake that eerie feeling that both the historical account and my own memories are somehow ‘right’.”
Though I don’t have that memory, it resonated as something true. I felt confident that, when that comment appeared, others would recall it, too.
Right away, Gurluas — a frequent contributor to threads — was able to add to this:
“I also remember Martin Luther King being shot with a handgun, I remember reading that in school.”
If you share that memory, or have an alternate memory that might resonate with readers, I hope you’ll share them.