Shocking New Evidence
For James Earl Ray

From Stig Agermose
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
By The Associated Press
A former FBI agent who impounded James Earl Ray's car after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. said today he kept two slips of paper from the car that may bolster Ray's claim of a conspiracy.
Donald Wilson discussed the documents today with Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard and later told reporters he wants to give them directly to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
Wilson, then an agent with the FBI office in Atlanta, was one of two agents who impounded Ray's white Ford Mustang at an Atlanta housing project April 10, 1968, six days after King was assassinated in Memphis.
Wilson would not show copies of the papers to reporters today.
However, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that one of the papers he found is an itemized list of names, locations and figures that appear to be dollar amounts. At the bottom, the figure 450,000.00 is written along with a date and a word that appears to be Raul.
The other contains a telephone number and the name Raul, the newspaper said. The newspaper did not give any of the other names.
Ray, who pleaded guilty in 1969 but then recanted and has been seeking a trial ever since, has claimed he was set up by a shadowy gunrunner he knew only as Raoul. No independent evidence of Raoul's existence has ever been found.
Wilson said today he came forward not to help Ray but "on behalf of the King family, to secure hopefully what will be answers to the questions they've been seeking for some 30 years."
He wouldn't say why he withheld the papers or discuss them in any detail. He lives in the Chicago area and said he has the original documents in a vault there.
The Journal-Constitution said Wilson did not pass the documents to his superiors in 1968 because he did not believe they were conducting a serious investigation and did not trust them. He said he decided last year to share them with King's relatives, who are supporting Ray's efforts to win a trial.
Wilson was accompanied to the courthouse by William Pepper, an attorney trying to win a trial for Ray. Pepper said he urged Wilson to come forward now because Ray is seriously ill from liver disease and may not live much longer.
Pepper said the evidence was shared with Howard because it was recovered in Fulton County.
Cartha DeLoach, who was assistant to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in 1968, said he was not aware of Wilson's evidence.
"I doubt very seriously that is true," he told the newspaper from Hilton Head Island, S.C., where he lives.
In an odd twist, the newspaper said, the telephone number on one of the papers appeared to refer to Jack Ruby. The number is next to a capital J inside a circle. A check of that telephone number in a 1963 Dallas directory indicates it was listed to Ruby and the Vegas Club, the Journal-Constitution said. Ruby was arrested in 1963 for killing Lee Harvey Oswald.
A poll taken this month found that just 10 percent of Americans -- and virtually no blacks--believe Ray acted alone.
The CBS News telephone survey of 782 adults, released today, found 66 percent of whites and 94 percent of blacks believe others were involved in the assassination. Only 11 percent of whites, and 0 percent of blacks polled, said they believed Ray was solely responsible for the killing.
The poll was conducted March 1-2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

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