The 'Mole' Escapes

June 11, 1977

James Earl Ray, 5 Others Escape Tennessee Prison
By Going Over Wall and Fleeing in Hail of Gunfire;
Wide Search is Underway for Assassin of Dr. King

The coverage, which dominated the front page, included this piece of contextual reporting:

The "Mole" was back in operation last night.
It was at the Missouri State Penitentiary that James Earl Ray first got the Mole moniker.
Half his life has been spent in prison and a good part of that has been spent trying to get out.
The efforts have been half-clever, half-hearted, half-baked and… so far… unsuccessful.