Great Escapes With Morgan Freeman

HISTORY | 10:03 pm

The new episode "Assassin's Flight" examines how petty thief and lifetime criminal James Earl Ray managed to escape prison multiple times. In fact, it was during one of those "unexcused absences" from incarceration that Ray fatally shot civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. For that crime, Ray was sentenced to the notorious Brushy Mountain State Prison in Tennessee, widely believed to be virtually escape-proof. That didn't discourage Ray and some fellow inmates from scaling the prison walls with a makeshift ladder. Morgan Freeman is the host.