The FBI file of Bureau’s lead investigator in the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination makes little mention of his efforts
As the third highest ranking official in the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Cartha “Deke” DeLoach worked some of the Bureau’s biggest cases, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination. However, you wouldn’t know that if you were just going off DeLoach’s own FBI file, which has more about his cholesterol levels in 1968 than leads on the civil rights leader’s murder.
Despite Donald J. Trump’s statement that “JFK Files are released, long ahead of schedule,” last week’s release was not what many expected. MuckRock’s FOIA community gathered on our Slack to discuss what had happened, what people had found, and what next April’s batch of records might bring.
Search through 50,000 emails from the Assassination Records Review Board that tell the hidden story of the JFK files
When much of the JFK files were released on October 26th, over 50 thousand emails from the Assassination Records Review Board, an independent agency to re-examine for release the assassination-related records, were separately released and largely overlooked. These emails show a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the ARRB, the review and release process, and provide new insight into how our history came to be written.
The underwhelming nature of the so-called “final release” of records related to the JFK assassination provides an excellent opportunity to talk about our culture’s curious acceptance of “classified” history.
Since the 1992 passing and signing of the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, millions of pages of this collection have been released. This Thursday, if all goes according to plan, the rest of the documents will finally be made public - and we want your help going through them.