Recently I have seen entries in the FPK website re: MLK,
I don’t know if the shotgun story was true or not, but I
definitely have no reason to disbelieve the story after having personally
entered, and witnessed the layout of the house myself. This was probably around
the 1972 – 1973 time frames. Driving down
As you first entered the side door, there was a 4’-5’ deep trench, approx. 2’ wide dug out. This trench continued under the house floor flooring. Directly alongside the foundation footing. The trench allowed the Panthers to utilize the concrete breath holes in the foundation footing as gun ports. The attic had 4’x 8’, and 2’x 8’ sheets of steel lined along the inside outer walls for protection. The sheets of steel also had openings in them so they could be used for gun ports. The interior walls of the home also had the same 4’x 8’ sheets spaced about in strategic locations. In addition, the trench connected to a tunnel that led North away from the location. I did not go into this tunnel, but I was told later that it led to a house, just North and East of the location. The next street over.
I would have liked to investigate the layout and tunnel further, but the house was blocked off for intelligence. I know they took pictures. It would be great if those pictures were still around to add to our FPK site.
We are also very fortunate that we (FPK Crews) never engaged the Panthers in a shooting at that location. With their fortification, and potential escape route, they realistically could have inflicted some serious injuries to us.