Interview 1272 – William Pepper Reveals Who Really Killed MLK

by | Apr 29, 2017 | Interviews | 18 comments

Dr. William Pepper’s remarkable 40 year investigation into the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is summarized in his equally remarkable book, “The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” In this conversation we discuss Dr. Pepper’s relationship with Dr. King, the mind-blowing evidence that destroys the official story of the assassination, who really killed MLK, and the complete media blackout that has served to keep this information from the public for half a century.



Website of Dr. William F. Pepper

The Plot to Kill King

“The Children of Vietnam” from Ramparts Magazine, 1967

Theodor Postol investigation of alleged Syrian chemical weapons incident


  1. Great interview, even if the subject matter is difficult to go through. Its a real shame to know when we had some publicly active figures that actually had a conscience that they were all snuffed out by the powers that shouldn’t be. “What those with power fear most is losing their power.” Can you imagine if MLK, JFK and his brother all stood publicly against the Vietnam War? Must be why all public figures today have their souls sucked out well before they’re put in front of a microphone.

  2. James, great interview! Will definitely be adding this book to my reading list.

  3. This is a landmark interview! One to be passed to further generations.

    William F Pepper turn 80 years old this August 2017.

    • Commendation on Corbett’s research:
      The link to Ramparts and also some of the footage & photos in the video — I had never before seen these although I have often viewed videos and online stories of Pepper’s work. I own William Pepper’s previous two books. Finally, with this Corbett interview I had a chance to see Ramparts.

      In 1972 I voted for Presidential candidate Benjamin Spock. Little did I know about the truth of the MLK assassination at that time.

      Corbett Report’s previous episodes in regards to “William F Pepper”

  4. Great interview.

    James, would love to see you make one of your sarcastic, 5-minute “everything you need to know about the MLK, Jr assassination” type videos.

    That would be great!

    • You are right – It would be great! An easy 4 minute “pass-around” to help wake up others.

      According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 48% of people believe a deep state, i.e. shadow government, exists…

      Here is the rub:
      It is bizarre about some people’s take on the Deep State.
      “Exists – Not a Problem” – 5%
      …or “Exists – minor problem” – 14%
      Essentially, 4 out of 10 people who are aware of the Deep State, see it as no big deal.

      The 35% who believe the Deep State is a “conspiracy theory” are living under a rock.

      And these people drive cars at 70 mph next to me?!

  5. James ! Words fail me ! You have outdone yourself.
    Great interview ! Great guest !

    Congratulations !

  6. William F Pepper in the UK. He was a visiting scholar. Pepper also convened a seminar on International Human Rights at Oxford with Hugo Chavez as one of his guest speakers. Later Pepper traveled to see Chavez in Venezuela. Pepper would also do work for international clients, such as Pakistan. With Pakistan, he would try to recover stolen money from previous ministers and directly learned about the ISI sending $100,000 to the 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta in Florida.

    Pepper is extremely well informed. One quote: …if you look at the whole history of the importation of cocaine from Columbia through Mena Airport in Arkansas when Clinton was Governor of Arkansas and how that was spread by gangs throughout the country and sold and what happened to the profits….

    Many fascinating anecdotes were brought up in a 2003 “Modern Times Bookstore” “Act of State” interview with William F Pepper. This wonderful video has since been expunged from YouTube, but the transcripts are available here:
    (I have the DVD. Perhaps someday I will upload it to YouTube.)

    William Pepper has led an extremely full, colorful life. One example of many: Pepper was quite a baseball player, learning as a kid by playing in the Black poverty neighborhoods because white kids did not want to play. He speaks about the time he spent in Cuba playing baseball where he got to know Fidel Castro. (This video has also been expunged. )

  7. A few anecdotes about the Media Cover-up.

    …That 1999 December trial (of course) was not covered, with very few exceptions. … Court TV’s camera stayed in the hallway with the rest of them except when Mrs. King testified or Andrew Young or Dexter [King] or somebody. They never came in and they certainly didn’t cover it live. All the other media people came and stayed in the hallway and came in at selected points and came and went. None of this was ever reported…
    … There was one ABC local anchorman [Wendell Stacey] who came in, very cynical in his outlook, and he started to film for his local station. As he started to listen to the evidence he was fascinated and intrigued. He decided he was going to stay and he was going to film this thing. He was told by his producer, ‘Don’t do that. Get yourself out of there.’ He ignored that, under threat of being fired and eventually he was fired. But he tried—and he did film it—and finally got his job back, ultimately through wrongful dismissal. But it was a chastening event for him to sit there and to listen to this evidence and to realize that he was being told to suppress it. To his credit he tried to hang on.
    But there was a narrow window of about 12 hours where there was some minor reporting. And then it just all went away and has never been heard of again. [A member of the audience interjects: “Page 15 of the Washington Post, five paragraphs.”] Yeah. The New York Times did a bit of it too. But then it just disappeared and it was never again reported or commented upon.
    Except wherever it was raised, critics would start attacking. None of them had ever been there [laughs] at the trial. They started attacking the Judge. They attacked the defense counsel. They attacked the jury. They attacked the King family. There were various shots of that sort to try to say that this trial was a farce, it didn’t make any sense, and made no difference anyway.

    • QUOTE
      …So Loyd Jowers conjures up with his lawyer and some others the idea that he’ll try to get this story out publically. They contact Sam Donaldson. (I don’t know if you know who he is.) He was an ABC journalist who ran a program called Prime Time Live. Donaldson agreed to put Jowers on and let him tell this story. So Jowers goes on television and tells his story on Prime Time Live and it seems like it’s a big news story.
      I actually got it covered in The Observer in England…
      …The next morning, after the Prime Time Live program, there is no coverage at all of this. Not even ABC News treated their own program as a news-worthy event. There was no coverage at all and no mention in the press. It just goes by-the-by….

    • QUOTE
      In 1992 I got the idea: Why don’t we try to do this trial on television? So HBO in this country and Thames Television in the U.K. sponsored a television trial called “The Trial of James Earl Ray.” The trial was prepared in 1992 and it began and was tried in 1993, the 25th anniversary of the assassination of Martin King.

      The Judge was a former federal Judge, Marvin Frankel out of New York, a very tough judge. We fought all the time, particularly in chambers. Eventually we became friends. But it was very hostile during the trial.

      The Prosecutor was Hickman Ewing Jr., a former U.S. attorney who had won 200 straight prosecution cases as a U.S. attorney. Some of you may know him and know the name. He was Ken Starr’s Number 2 in the Whitewater investigations for a number of months if not years.

      The jury came from all over the country and very strictly adhered to were the rules, Criminal Procedure of the State of Tennessee. It was a serious trial. Even though it had no script or anything. The witnesses were not scripted in any way.

      It took the jury about seven hours after that television trial to come back with a verdict of Not Guilty, James Earl Ray. You probably never heard of that. Because it was not reported anywhere and if it was it was mentioned once or twice in a couple of media entities. It was called “entertainment.” It wasn’t really serious you see. It was a form of entertainment.

  8. Something I have noticed in my studies of these public assassinations is the way they do it. It’s always the same! They really don’t stray from the manual. John Lennon has a similar story. You see the same “alphabet group” hiding in the shadows lurking about.

    EXCELLENT work James! Lots of good stuff to chew on here.

  9. Stale intro paragraph link to:
    ” summarized in his equally remarkable book, “The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.” “

    • Yes, I noticed the Skyhorse site was down yesterday, but it seems to be functioning again now. The link is currently working.

  10. Incredible that the story of and the identity of the real killer of MLK is known, I heard about the civil court case, up in Canada, especially back then, before 9/11, we had a much more interesting press. I never got to know how it ended due to then being inundated with brain cramming in college thus not having the time to keep up with the newspapers, but it’s amazing the killer is identified yet nobody seems to know?

    I think the domino that would make this process fall down much faster is what group killed JFK and whom among them, which seems like RFK thought it was the CIA plain and simple, but unfortunately for all those 3 murders (and while at it, the hoax that is Chappaquiddick relating to Ted Kennedy, which is pretty much proven yet nobody knows it seems) would only get huge coverage again if JFK’s is solved and the info reaches everyone, like it used to, then Sirhan will be freed, the real killer(s) of RFK revealed and then people will be, oh wow, MLK was already solved. I’m sure black Americans know about this more than others, though, maybe not by much though.

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