After James Earl Ray was arrested for the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., fan mail began pouring in to the accused killer.
Ray, then 40 years old, was arrested in July 1968 after fleeing to London following King's killing April 4 in Memphis, and he got letters from all over the country once he was brought to the U.S. to face trial, reported the Los Angeles Times.
The Times published portions of two letters sent from supporters in California, where Ray had briefly lived in the months before King's murder.
"King stirred up violence and caused many to lose their lives," wrote a supporter from Loma Linda. "The FBI classified him as a trouble-maker. If you killed King, you did a good job, for he had it coming to him."
The letters were excerpted in the book, "He Slew the Dreamer," written by journalist William Bradford Huie, who detailed Ray's time in Los Angeles, where he said the convicted felon attended bartending school and met with psychiatrists, hypnotists and Scientologists.
"Many people out here are in your corner rooting for you," wrote another supporter from Goleta. "We will send you money for cigarettes, candy and magazines. We're sure you will be acquitted."