Central to the demand is a letter written on his deathbed by black cop Ray Wood in which Wood states that as an undercover agent on behalf of the FBI and the NYPD he had guards of Malcolm X arrested a few days before the assassination attempt. This would have cleared the way for the three murderers.
The demand to reopen the case is backed by Wood’s family and noted black human rights lawyer Ben Crump. Malcolm X was shot dead on February 21, 1965 by three members of the Nation of Islam of which Malcolm X was the founder. The three have been convicted of murder and have now served their sentences.
The assassination attempt took place a week after Malcolm X’s home was bombed. When Malcolm X had just started his speech in front of 400 in the Manhattan’s Auduban Ballroom on that particular February 21, there was a stir in the audience.
Martin Luther King (l) and Malcolm X (r) are waiting for a press conference. For years King advocated a non-violent policy of the black civil rights movement, Malcolm X, on the other hand, believed that violence was allowed.
Malcom’s other bodyguards tried to appease them, after which a black man with a rifle ran towards him and shot him in the chest, followed by two others who opened fire with pistols. Bystanders managed to overpower one of the attackers.
Of the three, only the overpowered Talmadge Hayer confessed to the murder. Hayer later testified that several ex-members of a mosque in Newark, NJ, were involved in the murder. The then leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, has also been charged with involvement in the murder.
The year before, Malcolm X had turned his back on the Nation of Islam, among other things because he was shocked by the adulterous relationships that a leader, Elijah Muhammed, had with six young private secretaries and because of the murder threat that Malcolm X of the Nation of Islam had. receive.
The reopening of the case was announced by the Manhattan prosecutor a few months ago. The case was brought by the Innocence Project, an organization that stands up for people who have been wrongly convicted. In the case of Malcolm X, the organization stands up for Muhammed Abdul Aziz and Khalil Islam, both of whom were allegedly imprisoned for 20 years for the murder.
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