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Renee Hoehn
London, England


THE OFFICIAL STORY

Re Richard Goldstein's "Target: Martin Luther King—A New Look at America's Most Unresolved Assassination" [January 8-14]:

Goldstein pays worthy tribute to King by reminding us of compelling facts. Almost 40 years later, these facts remain shocking, perhaps because most television and newspapers ignore them.

Halfway through his piece, Goldstein even refers to an "official explanation" of the King assassination, as supported by skeptics such as Gerald Posner. The fact is that the last "official" reopening of these cases and "official" investigations were done in 1979 by the House Select Committee on Assassinations, which questioned the trial of the mentally retarded James Earl Ray.

This 1979 committee concluded that Ray probably got help from at least his brothers, if not from a wider conspiracy. Why, then, are these 1979 findings not the "official" version?

Who decides which version is "official" and which version should be ignored?

Gregg Wager
Gramercy Park

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