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MALCOLM X: The Assassination of Malcolm X

The Malcolm X Collection on DVD: The Malcolm X Collection on DVD: The Malcolm X Collection on DVD: Silent clip of the Audobon Ballroom immediately after the assassination of Malcolm X on February 21, 1965. Malcolm had just begun delivering a speech when a disturbance broke out in the crowd of 400. A man in the audience created a diversion, yelling "Get your hand outta my pocket! Don't be messin' with my pockets!" As Malcolm's bodyguards moved to quiet the disturbance, a man rushed forward with a shotgun and shot Malcolm in the chest. Two other men charged the stage and fired handguns at Malcolm, who was shot 16 times. The crowd caught and beat the assassins as they attempted to flee the ballroom. Malcolm was pronounced dead on arrival at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. After the assassination, Malcolm X was taken on a stretcher from the Audubon Ballroom to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Malcolm X received fifteen bullets and was pronounced dead on arrival at Vanderbilt Clinic, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. He was thirty nine years old. Three men had been convicted as the assassins of Malcolm X. One of them, Talmadge Hayer, aka Thomas Hagan, claimed that Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson were totally innocent. Hagan initially refused to name those whom he claimed were his actual co-assailants. But in 1977, he named them in two affidavits as Albert Thomas, William Bradley, Leon David and Wilbur McKinley, all fellow members of a Newark, New Jersey mosque with Hayer. Karl Evanzz, a staff writer for the Washington Post, researched more than 300,000 pages of declassified FBI and CIA documents for his book, The Judas Factor. In its introduction he states, "After analyzing these resources, I am convinced that Louis E. Lomax, an industrious African-American journalist who befriended Malcolm X in the late 1950's, had practically solved the riddle of his assassination." He believed that Malcolm X was set up for the assassination by a former friend, John Ali, who was an agent/informer for an intelligence agency. Malcolm X had previously commented that Ali had been responsible for his ouster from the NOI. Ali eventually rose to the position of National Secretary of the NOI. Lomax was later killed in an automobile accident (due to brake failure). It is now known that government and law enforcement agencies planted infiltrators in the OAAU, NOI and almost all of the other civil rights movement organizations. Some of these agent/informers were highly placed. Their assignments were not only to report on all of their activities, plans and members, but to create disruption, distrust and to frighten any supporters. The involvement of the government's "Cointelpro" (counter-intelligence program) operation to "neutralize" Malcolm X through BOSS, the NOI, and organized crime is strongly inferred by Evanzz in his book. The goal of the Cointelpro program was to neutralize radical and subversive political organizations and dissidents through covert means, such as "black-bag jobs," where agents/informers would enter homes and offices without warrants and remove or copy files, records ore plant incriminating material.
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