Posted on January 17, 2005

King Widow Moves to Condo After Break-Ins

Louise Chu, Newsday, Jan. 15

ATLANTA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow moved from the home she bought with her late husband in 1965 after a series of burglaries, including one by a man who later confessed to killing several women in the neighborhood, her oldest son said Friday.

Coretta Scott King, 77, moved in June to a new condominium in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood, Martin Luther King III told The Associated Press.

The younger King said the condominium was a gift from “a very dear friend,” but the Chicago Defender reported this week that Mrs. King’s new home was a gift from Oprah Winfrey. A warranty deed lists the buyer as Overground Railroad LLC, a company that is owned by Winfrey for real estate transactions, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The family home in southwest Atlanta’s Vine City neighborhood had a couple of minor break-ins during the early 1990s, but the family decided it was time to move its matriarch after a third break-in when the suspect later admitted to killing several women in the area, King said.