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Page Ten.

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Sunday, April 7, 1968

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King Suspect Leaves Many Clues

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (M)-The man'
sought as the slayer of Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. gave his name
as John Willard. He spoke with
a Southern drawl'
He paid for his $8.50-a-week
room with a crisp $20 bill, fishing
it out of a pocket and holding it
in both hands before handing it
to the landlady at 422% South
~Main.
He wore a dark suit and ap-
peared to have little in common
with men who stay in flop-houses.
He took Rm. 5. It is no more
than 12 steps from there to the
dingy bathroom from which a kill-1
er struck Dr. King.
Dr. King was shot as he stood
alone on the balcony of the Lor-
raine Motel exactly 205 feet and
3 inches away across Mulberry
Street.
Didn't Have Gunk
The mn did not have with
him the 30-cabiler pump-action
Remington rifle and telescopic
sight that killed Dr. King. It was
3:15 p.m. when he checked into
the rooming house.
Mrs. Bessie Brewer said she
left the inside chain latch on
when the man eknocked at the
office door.
"I showed him Rm. 5 and he
said, 'This will be fine.'
"1He said his name was Jojhn
Willard and I wrote ',out a re-
ceipt. He paid with a $20 bill. He
reached into his right pants
pocket, pulled it out and unfolded
it with both hands."
Police investigators took the re-
ceipt carbon and the $20 to head-
quarters.
Six Feet Tall
Mrs. Brewer said the man was
as tall as her husband-about six
feet.
B. L. Reeves, a 74-year-old re-
tired hotel clerk, watched the
man as he talked to Mrs. Brewer.
"I seen him when she checked
dim in. He had his back to me,

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FLOPHOUSE BACKYARD through which Dr. King's killer made his escape after shooting from a
second-floor window.

but I judge.he was about 5'1". He
had dark hair and a pretty neat
hair cut."
,Charlie Q. Stephens, in Rm. 6-
between the room taken by Wil-
lard and the bathroom, got aj
better look.
"He was clean shaven and had
a long, sharp nose. He had nor-
mal eyes and a square chin, thick
hair at the front and receded on/
3each side.
"He was wearing a black dress
suit, a white shirt, and a very
dark or black, narrow tie. He
combed his hair straight back."
Mrs. Brewer said his features
didn't register too much with her,
but his neatness was noticeable.

"He spoke like any other
Memphian," she said.
She said she never asks ques-
tions.
Rm. 4 is rented by Willie An-
chutz, who works for a transfer
company. Frank Brewer, husband
of the landlady, said Anchutz saw
the killer immediately after the
shooting.
"He said he saw him r nning
odwnstairs c a r r y i n g something
wrapped."
Anchutz could not be reached.'
Stephens said he heard the
shot.
Heard Explosion
"I was in the kitchen working
on a radio. When that explosion
went off, it sounded like a Ger-
man 88. I went to the door and
walked out into the hall. I could
see the man at the offset in the
hall. He had in his hand some-
thing wrapped in a newspaper."
What the man who registered
did between 3:15 p.m. and 6:01
p.m. is cloudy.
He did not lay down on the
bad. There is evidence he sat on
the edge of it. He also moved
around the room which has a
well-worn wardrobe and a single
window with yellow and green
floral curtains.
From his window, there is a
clear view of Rm. 306 at the Lor-
raine motel. It was Dr. King's
room, but the window is at such
an angle that it would be diffi-
cult to shoot out of it.
Between 3:15 p.m. and 5 p.m.
no one recalls seeing "Willard."
Went to Bathroom.
Stephens said around 5 p.m. the,
man went to the bathroom and,
stayed about 25 minutes. Appar-
ently, he now had the weapon.
"Willie Anchutz - the man in
Rm. 4-tried to get in the bath
and then knocked on my door. I
told him that it was the man
who had rented Rm. 5. Anchutz
returned to his room."
There was bright sunshine at

6:01-24 minutes before sunset-
when the kiler fired the rifle.
The second - floor bathroom
window holds a commanding view'
of the Lorraine motel at 406 Mul-
berry.,
There is evidence that the killer
walked away from his crime in-
stead of running.
"I got a glimpse of him going
away after he dropped the rifle in
front of my place," said G. W.
Canipe. owner of an amusement!
firm. "He didn't seem to be run-
ning."
Canipe said the killer walked
south on Main.
A white Mustang with out-of-
state license plates was parked to
the north, in front of Jim's Grill.
Saw Mustang Leave
Lloyd Jowers, owner of the
grill, said h noticed the Mustang
had pulled away at 6:15 p.m.
"I. didn't see who drove it
away."~
If Dr. King had looked up and
to the west from the balcony
outside his room, he could easily
have seen his assassin.
He was looking down and talk-
ing to friends in the courtyard
below when struck.
While the assassin obviously
knew where Dr. King was staying
and concealed himself to shoot
the civil rights leader, he seems
to have carelessly left behind
many clues-fingerprints, the rifle
and other items.

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