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Confessed Assassin Of Malcolm X Granted Parole

March 19, 2010

Confessed Assassin Of Malcolm X Granted Parole

“Did you ever touch him or have him smile at you? Did you ever really listen to him? Did he ever do a mean thing? Was he ever himself associated with violence or any public disturbance? For if you did, you would know him. And if you knew him, you would know why we must honor him…” Ozzie Davis, Eulogy of Malcolm X

Today brings the shocking story of Thomas Hagan, a confessed assassin of Malcolm X.  After 16 failed attempts to be released from the system, Hagan has been granted parole

From the NY Times:

Thomas Hagan has been held since moments after shots rang out in the Audubon Ballroom in 1965. He has been on work release for more than two decades, but he still spends two days a week locked up at the Lincoln Correctional Facility on West 110th Street in Manhattan.

On March 3, however, on his 17th try, Mr. Hagan was granted parole, the State Division of Parole said. His final release date is tentatively scheduled for April 28. The news was reported Thursday on The Village Voice’s Runnin’ Scared blog.

Mr. Hagan, who turned 69 in jail on Tuesday, was a militant member of the Nation of Islam on Feb. 21, 1965, when Malcolm X was shot while giving a speech at the Audubon, in Washington Heights. Mr. Hagan, then known as Talmadge X. Hayer, was captured by the crowd and shot at and beaten before being rescued by the police.

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. They maintained their innocence. Mr. Hagan did not, testifying at his trial in 1966 that he was responsible for the murder and that his co-defendants were innocent.

All 3 men were sentenced to 20 to life.  For Hagan apparently, his time is done- his dept to society has been paid- has it?

How does one even live their life as the assassin of an icon, a revolutionary?

Many people don’t even know there were arrests in the murder of Malcolm X- or anyone else of his stature.

Again, from the NY Times:

Mr. Hagan, who earned a master’s degree while in prison, according to a 2008 profile in The New York Post, was placed on work release in 1988. In 2008, he was spending his free days with his wife and children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and working in a fast food restaurant.

“I’ve been incarcerated for 40 years, and I’ve had a good record all around,” he told The Post. “I don’t see any reason for holding me.”

What do you think?  Has Hagan’s debt been paid?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Dennisdread_2000 permalink
    March 19, 2010 9:59 pm

    I don't believe his debt can really be paid, whether he stays in jail or not.

  2. March 20, 2010 4:06 am

    Well, I think the most important information to get from Hagan is this: Tell us WHO ordered the hit? What is solely the NOI? Was the CIA involved? What were the reasons? Identify the power structure. Explain the political situation at the time. How were you chosen as one of the Hit Men? Let him answer THESE questions. (You know these are the questions that would have someone coming to end HIS life.)I won't attempt to answer the question, “Has his debt been paid?” I don't know. BUT, if he spoke on some of these question I have (and I'm sure many others have), then his debt would be a bit more settled in my opinion.

  3. Selah permalink
    April 10, 2010 3:27 am

    Really? Debt paid when you took away the genius of this man? We will never know how his the longevity may have affected American/Black society, his family, or the world. This is just another example of the devaluing of a Black life.  Yet, the person who shot President Reagan will remain incarcerated for life.  I bet!

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