Fifty-six years after the murder of the black civil rights activist Malcolm X, his daughters are demanding, according to several media reports, that the investigation into the case be reopened in the face of newly exposed evidence. They rely on the posthumously published letter of the apparently recently deceased policeman Raymond Wood, such as the British BBC and the Guardian messages.
Malcolm X was shot dead on February 21, 1965 while performing in New York. According to the letter, Wood was working as an undercover agent for the New York Police Department at the time. Supervisors urged him to set up a trap for Malcolm X’s two security guards so that they could be arrested a few days before the murder. Therefore, the access to the venue in Harlem was not guarded on the day of the attack. Malcolm X was murdered by alleged three perpetrators with 21 shots.
The letter is said to have been written by the former policeman Wood on his deathbed. Malcolm X’s three daughters and relatives of the police officer made him known at a press conference on Saturday. Ilyasah Shabazz, one of the daughters of Malcolm X, said that Guardian according to which any evidence that could help to solve the crime should be “carefully examined”. Nothing was said about when Wood had died.
At a distance from the Nation of Islam
The Manhattan prosecutor said after the press conference, according to reports, that an investigation was already “active and ongoing”. The New York police said in a separate statement that they had given the prosecutor “all records that were relevant to the case”. The FBI made no comment.
Three men were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 20 years to life for the attack on Malcolm X. Only one of them, Thomas Hagan, who was caught right on the scene, confessed to the crime, but described the other two convicts as innocent. They protested their innocence to the end. Hagan was released in 2010, the other two convicts in the 1980s.
As a motive for the act, Hagan, a member of the Nation of Islam, said he wanted to take revenge for Malcolm X’s criticism of the leader of the radical black civil rights movement, Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm X, at first himself a member of the Nation of Islam, had at this point increasingly distanced himself from the movement and its leader and was pursuing a course of rapprochement with the moderate civil rights activist Martin Luther King. This was viewed as treason by many members of the Nation of Islam. The presumption that the police and the FBI knew about the assassination attempt on Malcolm X and that they tolerated or promoted them has been around for some time, but it has not yet been proven.
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