of racism and placating right-wing reactionaries.Later, Hoover told a group of reporters that King was “the most notorious liar in thecountry.” King and Hoover reached a fragile truce in late 1964 after they met face-to-face in an attempt to iron out differences. About this meeting, Hoover told underlings “hehad taken the ball away from King at the beginning.” For his part, King apologized for remarks he had made and thanked Hoover for the work the FBI was doing to investigatecivil rights violations. The cease-fire lasted just two weeks. On December 14, 1964, theSouthern Christian Educational Fund repeated King’s criticisms of Hoover and calledupon supporters to write President Johnson to have the president fire Hoover. Themudslinging continued over the years, including one episode where Hoover met with anAtlanta official in Washington for President Johnson’s inauguration. Hoover leakedunflattering details of King’s personal life obtained through wiretaps to this official, whoreturned to Atlanta and passed them on to Dr. Martin Luther King Sr., who thenconfronted his son.While King was sparring with the FBI and gradually shifting his focus from civil rights toa more general human rights/anti-war perspective, James Earl Ray was maintaining a low profile and slowly working his way north toward Canada. His escape from the Missouri prison caused little concern and resulted in almost no news. Wanted posters were printedwith Ray’s prison mug shots, but the first press run included the wrong fingerprints – something that gives conspiracy theorists fuel for their fires. A reward was offered for hisreturn: $50.
FBI Wanted poster
Ray managed to get a number of menial jobs on his journey north and his employersremember him as a hard worker and nice person. Most were shocked to find later the manthey hired was wanted for murdering Martin Luther King Jr. James, who had always been something of a miser, managed to put together a decent nest egg through hard work,