Circumstances surrounding the trial, the assassination itself, accounts in the Press and subsequent official actions were peculiar, that to this day, the question of who killed Malcolm is still with us.
In 1981, in an intimate talk I interviewed Talmadge Hayer from his prision cell. Hayer explained in 1981 what his and his co-conspirators’ motivations were and what happened the day. Malcolm X was killed on February 21, 1965, at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York. Talmadge Hayer, the only man to admit shooting Malcolm X, was released after serving 45 years. (TBJ #1603 -- The Assassin)
CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE TRIAL, THE ASSASSINATION ITSELF, ACCOUNTS IN THE PRESS AND SUBSEQUENT OFFICIAL ACTIONS WERE SO PECULIAR, THAT TO THIS DAY, THE QUESTION OF WHO KILLED MALCOLM IS STILL WITH US.
Two Men Convicted of Malcolm X Murder Are Exonerated
In 2021 New York State Supreme Court Judge Ellen Biben tossed the convictions of Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam. Messrs. Aziz and Islam and a third man, Thomas Hagan, spent decades in prison after a jury found them guilty in 1966 of gunning down Malcolm X while he gave a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. Mr. Hagan, a militant member of the Nation of Islam, testified that he shot Malcolm X with a revolver out of anger, according to court filings. Malcolm X had been associated with the Nation of Islam for years before publicly breaking from the group in 1964.
Messrs. Aziz and Islam always maintained their innocence in the killing and fought to clear their names, even after they were paroled. Mr. Hagan, who previously was known as Talmadge X Hayer, also testified that Messrs. Aziz and Islam weren’t involved in the shooting and weren’t present at the ballroom, according to court documents. (“Two Men Convicted of Malcolm X Murder Are Exonerated,” By James Fanelli and Corinne Ramey, Wall Street Journal, 11/18/21, p. A3)
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