Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin

From Chris Garland
author: Sides, Hampton
Hellhound on his trail : the stalking of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the international hunt for his assassin
James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King were at existential crossroads in 1968.  Each was looking for a new path to the next phase of his life.  Ray was seeking a way to give his life focus after his escape from prison.  King, struggling in his personal and professional life, was trying to jump start his movement in a new direction- away from Civil Rights and toward the issue of poverty. Chance found both men in Los Angeles where Ray had his epiphany. He would kill the Civil Rights leader and become a hero.  Thus, their paths led them to Memphis and to their ultimate fate.  Hampton Sides weaves together a fascinating account of these two men which led to the assassination of Martin Luther King in April 1968 and the historic manhunt for James Earl Ray that followed.

Finding Chandra

Jackie Cantwell
author: Scott Higham and Sari Horowitz.
Finding Chandra
Most of you already know the ending. But you probably don’t know about
what happened behind the scenes. Chandra Levy, a 24 year old woman, was
working as an intern at the National Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C.
to fulfill a requirement for graduate school. She went missing on May 1,
2001, about one week before she would have graduated from the University
of Southern California. It was revealed that she was having an affair
with an older, married congressman, Gary Condit, who represented her
hometown of Modesto, CA. The media insinuated that he was responsible for her disappearance, and the police focused on him as well. And then 9-11
happened, and the case was overlooked until her remains were found in Rock Creek Park on May 22, 2002 by a man walking his dog. The authors
interviewed most everyone involved in the case willing to talk. The
eventual suspect had attacked other women in the park that summer.
Apparently, the investigation was bungled in every way it could have been.
The authors, who are reporters for the Washington Post, explain that the
media frenzy was due in part to the fact that summer is a slow time for
news in D.C. They give an interesting history of the Metropolitan police
department, which was founded by Abraham Lincoln. They explain the unique nature of prosecuting crimes in D.C., where the jurisdictions of many
federal agencies overlap. The most poignant sections are the interviews
with Chandra’s parents, who still await justice.