Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin

Hampton Sides / Apr 05, 2020
Hellhound on His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr and the International Hunt for His Assassin On April Prisoner J an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary escaped in a breadbox Fashioning himself Eric Galt this nondescript thief and con man whose real name was Jam
  • Title: Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin
  • Author: Hampton Sides
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  • On April 23, 1967, Prisoner 416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man whose real name was James Earl Ray drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace s racist presidential campaign On February 1, 1968, twoOn April 23, 1967, Prisoner 416J, an inmate at the notorious Missouri State Penitentiary, escaped in a breadbox Fashioning himself Eric Galt, this nondescript thief and con man whose real name was James Earl Ray drifted through the South, into Mexico, and then Los Angeles, where he was galvanized by George Wallace s racist presidential campaign On February 1, 1968, two Memphis garbage men were crushed to death in their hydraulic truck, provoking the exclusively African American workforce to go on strike Hoping to resuscitate his faltering crusade, King joined the sanitation workers cause, but their march down Beale Street, the historic avenue of the blues, turned violent Humiliated, King fatefully vowed to return to Memphis in April With relentless storytelling drive, Sides follows Galt and King as they crisscross the country, one stalking the other, until the crushing moment at the Lorraine Motel when the drifter catches up with his prey Against the backdrop of the resulting nationwide riots and the pathos of King s funeral, Sides gives us a riveting cross cut narrative of the assassin s flight and the sixty five day search that led investigators to Canada, Portugal, and England a massive manhunt ironically led by Hoover s FBI.
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        Hampton Sides Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the Hellhound on His Trail: The Stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the International Hunt for His Assassin book, this is one of the most wanted Hampton Sides author readers around the world.


    1. We ve got some difficult days ahead But it really doesn t matter with me now Because I ve been to the mountaintop.And I don t mind Like anybody, I would like to live a long life Longevity has its place.But I m not concerned about that now I just want to do God s will And he s allowed me to go up the mountain, and I ve looked over, and I ve seen the promised Land.I may not get there with you But I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the Promised Land So I m happy tonight I m [...]

    2. I was not particularly interested in the character of Martin Luther King s killer, James Earl Ray, but I trusted Sides to make the story of his crime and manhunt interesting and a means to elucidate the history of this time I was already batting a 1,000 with three five star reads among his books Blood and Thunder, Ghost Soldiers, and In the Kingdom of Ice His genius lies in telling an historical story like a novel, conjuring up characters with personal details and putting their dramatic actions [...]

    3. What could have been an utterly gripping account of the assassination of Martin Luther King was marred, for me, by an attention to detail that bordered on the lunatic In this account, Martin Luther King wouldn t vist a shop on the High Street to by some gum, for example Oh no That would be far too general The author would likely write, Dr King pushed through the swing doors of the Woolworths on 365A High Street and took out his Sears Wallet to extract one of the three five dollar bills therein [...]

    4. I wish I could give this book 6 stars it deserves it This book reads like a psychological thriller where the reader follows the hero and the villain as the move towards their fateful meeting He captures the time, place and feelings of those involved, and we can feel the tension as JE Ray checks into the flophouse from which he fires the gun while Dr King relaxes with his associates He portrays Dr King as a real human, warts and all, which only intensifies the importance of his mission Likewise, [...]

    5. This is a thriller and it is real You know the outcomes first MLK will be shot and then James Earl Ray will be caught Sides still has you at the edge of your seat It is not historical fiction, a true life novel or any other liberty taking genre It is a well documented history of a major 20th century event The only book that comes close in my experience is My Thoughts Be Bloody The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy by Nora Tilton interestingly abou [...]

    6. In Hellhound on his Trail, Hampton Sides chronicles the events leading up to, and the subsequent investigation into the assassination of Martin Luther King Junior, which culminated in the capture of James Earl Ray Sides highly detailed account is often told from Ray s perspective, which makes for some harrowing reading Sides has the sense of drama of a master Mystery novelist, which will keep readers in suspense even though they already know the final outcome The best and most complete book I ve [...]

    7. This has to be perhaps the creepiest book I ve ever read Telling the story of assassin James Earl Ray s trek of madness Hellhound on his Trail goes deep within and under the surface of one of the most heinous crimes in American History The story begins a full year before the events of April, 1968 with Ray s prison escape Delving into the psyche of just who James Earl Ray really was, the reader joins him on a bizarre trip through his ghoulish transformation We see him, rootless going from job to [...]

    8. I was recently introduced to Hellhound on his Trail , when the book was featured as the BBC Radio 4 Book of the week , where excerpts are read over five days Last week I bumped into the book on the shelves of the local town library Published this year, I was the first person to take the book out I m sure I will not be the last Hampton Sides has written a great account of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in Memphis on April 4th 1968.King s killer was a stalker, who pursues his victim ac [...]

    9. This is a terrific book, and anyone interested in the history of Martin Luther King, Jr the Civil Rights Movement, J Edgar Hoover, the history of the FBI or, quite simply, the Sixties, should put this one on their shelf Similarly much as I hate to say this anyone who enjoys crime fiction will probably enjoy this it s that good, but there s no fiction to be found here Plenty of critics may whine that 1 most of what s here is well known and has been in the public domain for some time and 2 Sides a [...]

    10. Sides is one of the finest historians working today While his research is always thorough, it s his ability to construct an entertaining narrative that separates him from many of his peers In Hellhound on His Trail, Sides patiently expands the backstory of MLK s assassin This allows him to slowly build the manhunt to a crescendo and expertly peal back the many layers of the killer s complicated personality one at a time And he manages to do this without bogging down the pace of the book Not quit [...]

    11. Sides does a remarkable job telling a story woven through with detail The story itself is incredible, almost too much to be believed And such a tragedy, one of the greatest our country has ever known One of the best works of popular history writing I ve read.

    12. Q Who is Eric Gault Stumped Join the crowd A Eric Salvo Gault is the pseudonym of James Earl Ray, Martin Luther King s assassin.Hampton Sides chooses to use Ray s pseudonyms as he tells how Ray escaped from prison in Jefferson City, lived on the lam for several months, and then as an escaped convict, assassinated Martin Luther King and evaded a national and international man hunt from April 4, 1968 in Memphis to June 8, 1968 in London As to Martin Luther King, Sides focuses on his life and the e [...]

    13. Spotted in a US airport bookstore, and bought on the Kindle thanks to the barcode remembering magic of Google Goggles This is a wonderful, wonderful book Really fascinating.I ought to preface this by saying that I had no idea of the story of either Martin Luther King or his killer I didn t know the killer s history, whether he was captured, or whether he lived to tell the tale This is probably quite bad but then, I wasn t born when this happened, but it was recent enough and remote enough not to [...]

    14. This book opens with the escape from Missouri State Penitentiary Jeff City at Jefferson City of Prisoner 416J on April 23, 1967 Through out the book we follow his travels to Mexico, where he is going by the name Eric Starvo Galt We follow him as he travels north to California, then west to New Orleans, Atlanta and Memphis He bought a gun using the name Harvey Lowmeyer and rented a room in Mrs Brewer s rooming house as John Willard From the bathroom of the rooming house he shot Martin Luther King [...]

    15. I was 15 when Martin Luther King, Jr was assassinated My 46 year old father, dead a month later, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery Soon thereafter Bobby Kennedy was assassinated, and I completely shut down I missed so much of what was going on during those times because it was just too unbearable for me to pay attention I left home at 17, and then things got even crazier.The Sixties and their aftermath were very frightening and tumultuous for teens and young adults, a time that only thos [...]

    16. While he breaks no new ground, Sides succeeds in bringing these two contradictory men and their troubled era vividly to life Meticulously researched and compulsively readable, Hellhound reads like nothing so much as a novel Oregonian , and Sides s sharp historical focus, forceful prose, evocative details, and short, crisp chapters create a sense of urgency and suspense worthy of any top notch crime novel Sides does not presume to understand Ray s motives, and he only briefly discusses the attend [...]

    17. If you haven t read Hampton Sides, you should The author of Ghost Soldiers, and Blood and Thunder, has once brought history alive with Hellhound on His Trail When reading Hampton it is easy to forget you are reading history His histories read live a novel In fact, his latest has a great similarity to the style of Truman Capote s In Cold Blood Unlike Capote, however, Sides history of the assassination of Martin Luther King is fully annotated with meticulous notes and a remarkable bibliography.S [...]

    18. I listened to this author on Public radio the other day and it was fascinating Another experiment in understanding history through the details of one event update details is the operative word unlike some other reviewers, I didn t find the details overwhelming this book treads the line between history and true crime and does it successfully.

    19. I would have been 13 year old when Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated While I remember the story, I do not remember all of the details This book was a real eye opener as to the events leading up to the assassination and what happened afterwards.What I like about Mr Sides writing is that he takes nonfiction and makes it readable He is very detailed and I find this makes the story enjoyable What I thought most impressive was the manhunt for James Earl Ray and that they were actually able to c [...]

    20. My Rating 5 Mustangs.An excellent book about Dr Martin Luther King Jr and his killer, James Earl Ray This is the story I never knew.The author paints a compelling picture of the lead up to the assasination and the escape.An added pleasure was hearing it read by the author, Hampton Sides.Do yourself a big favor and pick this up.

    21. Hellhound On His TrailThe Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr and the international hunt for his assassinHampton SidesThis is my third Hampton Sides book, after Blood and Thunder and In the Kingdom of Ice.These first two bring the reader right into the story, seeing what should be seen, feeling what should be felt One has a sense of being there, within the story Stalking has that also The reader walks with Eric Galt , and all his phony names One smells the stink of his cheap aftershave and dismal [...]

    22. MLK was assassinated on my 20th birthday in 1968 Washington, DC and other cities were torched in anguished response I remembering fearing anarchy and civil war the times were deeply paranoid, with the Vietnam War, J Edgar Hoover and his use of the FBI in his personal vendetta against MLK, not to mention Watts, George Wallace, Stokely Carmichael et al But reading this account made me realize those times were even worse than I ever knew This story is not so much about MLK, although it contains som [...]

    23. Hampton Sides is an incredibly talented writer The phrase, impossible to put down, is a cliche, but for this book, for me, this cliche was true Sides brilliantly tells the story of the stalking of Martin Luther King Jr and the international hunt for his assassin and in doing so captures a dark, sad moment in American history and provides insight to a whole decade of turmoil and upheaval At times the book reminded me of Manchester s Death of a President both have detailed behind the scenes descri [...]

    24. The mystery of James Earl Ray will never be solved Not whether he murdered Dr Martin Luther King Of course he did But why Ray was a dead bang loser He was pretty good at two things 1 Getting into jail 2 escaping from jail It seems to have never occurred to him to make an honest buck He settled on armed robbery to pay the bills and aspired to direct pornographic movies And he was a racist.But there were and are a lot of racist, career criminals around, and they didn t assassinate a civil rights l [...]

    25. Oh My God What a book I am from Alabama, live in DC, and work in housing law so I often feel like I am pacing along in the vague shadow of MLK s legacy This book did an amazing job of explaining that legacy alongside the odd trivia that makes his murder so eponymous James Earl Ray curled himself up in a tiny ball and escaped from a Missouri prison in the bottom of a bakers bin He drove around the country in a white Mustang Shot some porn Took some salsa classes And what ensued next is undoubtedl [...]

    26. Rzeczywi cie, trudno oderwa si od tej ksi ki Wy mienita lektura G wnie za spraw talentu autora Bo przecie wszystko wiadomo od pocz tku Pastor King zginie, wiadomo kto go zabije i jak to si sko czy Drobiazgowa rekonstrukcja wydarze jest i tak fascynuj ca Autor nie zajmuje si teoriami spiskowymi Albo zajmuje si nimi wcale o nich nie pisz c Bo po r d zebranych dowod w nie ma na nie miejsca S niewyja nione w tki, ale to normalne i powszechne przy ka dej zbrodni Zw aszcza je li ledztwo staje si wielo [...]

    27. Hellhound on His Trail is a number of books in one It is a detailed account of two men, one who changed the world with a hopeful message of non violence and equality, and one who changed the world with a gun It is also a book that acts as a window onto another time, the late 60 s in American culture, swirling with all of the defining elements that made this history possible We get portraits of all the players Johnson, Hoover, Abernathy, Bobby Kennedy, DeLoach, Wallace, Clark, and a truly unflatt [...]

    28. This book is a quick, exciting read, sure, ok Got that out of the way Here are the bigger things that struck me about the book and the time before my time that I didn t know Realization 1 Holy fuck, America was on the rocks Not even considering the Vietnam War, hippies, and the anti war movement which was substantial, and today seemingly much visibly eulogized , de segregation, race, and Civil War fault lines were never like faults in the Earth s plates, shifting and causing tremors throughout [...]

    29. As an Vine reviewer, I get a monthly newsletter of books to choose from and review Most of them are novels and religious spiritual books, but occasionally there are one or two technical, biographical, or political books that peek my interest Hampton Sides s Hellhound on His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther, Jr and the International Hunt for his Assassin.I had seen the book advertised or reviewed somewhere on the net, but my first thought was why read it The assassination of King was not even [...]

    30. Forget about spoilers Hampton Sides has done the seemingly impossible created a heart pounding, electrifying account of the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr in 1968 and the manhunt for his killer But everyone knows the outcome King was shot dead by James Earl Ray who was arrested several weeks later in London s Heathrow Airport Everybody knows that So how exactly did Sides keep the suspense ratcheted up until the very last page This is a true crime story like no other.I m still fairly numb fro [...]

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