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King Assassination / 1966 Assassin Search Report #54890

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 26, 1978
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(Studio) Details given of "New York Times" report on hunt of assassin for Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, by Missouri buisnessmen prior to King's murder by James Earl Ray.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Saint Louis, Missouri) "Times" report outlined: suburban Saint Louis businessman Russell Byers' alleged testimony to House Assassinations Committee about offer to arrange King's death in 1966, reportedly made by Saint Louis businessmen John Kauffmann and John Sutherland. Is noted that Kauffmann and Sutherland, who was leader of White Citizens Council of Saint Louis, are dead and widows deny allegations. Film and photos shown. Times' statement with regard to federal investigators' interest in Byers' testimony because of possible link to Missouri State Penitentiary, where Ray and Byer's brother-in-law, John Spica, were both serving time in 1966, reported FBI response to report cited.
REPORTER: Richard Mayk (KTVI newstape)

Mayk, Richard;
Robinson, Max

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