SERVED 40 YEARS IN THE SLAMMER
FARRAKHAN NEVER CHARGED IN THE KILLING
Thomas Hagan, one of the men charged with killing Malcolm X, and the only of the three to confess, has be granted parole after being denied sixteen times.
Mr. Hagan, 69, was a militant member of the Nation of Islam, known as Talmadge X. Hayer, when he gunned down Malcolm X on February 21, 1965.
He has been on work release for more than two decades, but he still spent two days a week in a cell at the Lincoln Correctional Facility.
Two other men, Muhammad Abdul Aziz (then known as Norman 3X Butler) and Kahlil Islam (then Thomas 15X Johnson), were also charged with the murder.
All three Muslim men were sentenced to 20 years to life.
In a 1977 affidavit, Mr. Hagan said in a 1977 affidavit that he and several accomplices decided to kill Malcolm X because he was a “hypocrite” who had “gone against the leader of the Nation of Islam,” Elijah Muhammad, by converting to Sunni Islam.
Mr. Aziz was paroled in 1985, and in 1998 was named by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, to be chief of security for the Harlem mosque that Malcolm X once headed. Mr. Islam was paroled in 1987.
In 1964, when Malcolm opted to abandon the Nation of Islam in order to establish Muslim Mosque, Inc. (MMI), an organization with ties to wealthy Saudi Sunnis, Elijah Muhammad said: “This hypocrite is going to get blasted off the face of the earth.“
In the December 4, 1964 issue of Muhammad Speaks, Louis “the Charmer” Farrakhan, who occupied Malcolm’s former position as Elijah Muhammad’s assistant and spokesman, wrote: “If any Muslim backs a fool like Malcolm in building a mosque, he would be a fool himself. . . . Only those who wish to be led to hell, or to their doom, will follow Malcolm. The die is set, and Malcolm shall not escape. . . . Such a man as Malcolm is worthy of death.”
Farrakan’s words served as a directive. On the early hours of February 14, Malcolm’s house in Queens was firebombed as he and his family slept. A week later, Malcolm was gunned down while addressing a crowd of 400 people at the Audobon Ballroom near Harlem. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Presbyterian Hospital.
The autopsy revealed that Malcolm had been hit 15 times with .9 mm caliber bullets and shotgun pellets, with 5 exit wounds. 9 bullets and pellets were retrieved from the body.
Malcolm hated America. He advocated racial violence and decried Christian values. “Christianity,” he said, “is a concocted religion based on lies to keep the black man ignorant.” He denounced Jews as “vampires” who “suck the life-blood of our community through their interests.” He advocated racial violence and met with Communist leaders, including Fidel Castro, to undermine American democracy. He encouraged blacks to shun military service and to refrain from pledging allegiance to the Stars and Stripes.
But the black Muslim leader is lionized by contemporary America. His Autobiography remains required reading in high schools and colleges. A glossy movie of his life with Denzel Washington became an international success. And the United States Postal Service in 1999 has issued a special commemorative stamp in his honor.