July 13, 1967: James Earl Ray hid in a laundry truck and escaped from the Missouri State Penitentiary. He robbed a bank in Alton, Illinois and used the money to flee the country.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.