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House Assassinations Committee / King #496852

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 29, 1978
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(Studio) Testimony of witness to House Assassinations Committee that he was offered $50,000 to kill Martin Luther King, Junior, stated. People allegedly involved in offer reported dead.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Testimony of small-time Saint Louis criminal Russell Byers about alleged offer made to him by attorney John Sutherland in meeting arranged by another Saint Louis-area criminal John Kauffman, detailed. Byers' description of Sutherland as man who wouldn't let Civil War die given. His report that he turned down offer and denial of ever knowing James Earl Ray noted. Committee reported to have circumstantial evidence that Ray might have known people who knew money was being offered for King's death; its inability to show direct link between Sutherland and Kauffman and King assassination, now that 2 are dead, mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Kur Artist: Betty Wells

Brinkley, David;
Kur, Bob

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