Friday, March 19, 2010

Malcolm X Killer Paroled

March 19, 2010

Assassin granted formal release after 17 tries before state board

MARCH 19----The last man still imprisoned, as it were, for the murder of Malcolm X was granted parole earlier this month and is scheduled to be freed in late-April, 45 years after the civil rights leader was shot to death at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom. Following his 17th appearance before a New York State parole board panel, Thomas Hagan, 69, was granted his formal release from custody on March 3. Hagan, however, has been a part-time prisoner for most of the past 20 years, spending as little as two days a week in custody at an upper Manhattan work release facility, according to state records. This "five out, two in" program allowed Hagan--pictured at right in a March 2008 mug shot--to work and live with his family. Hagan was one of three men convicted of shooting Malcolm X, who is pictured below in a post-mortem New York Police Department evidence photo. The two other gunmen were previously paroled. Hagan, who was shot in the thigh while trying to flee, was arrested outside the Audubon carrying a clip from the .45 caliber pistol he used during the attack. First-person accounts of the shooting were provided to investigators by a variety of witnesses, including a Queens man, William Parker, who was struck with a stray bullet, and Betty Shabazz, Malcolm's wife, who testified before a Manhattan grand jury. An NYPD report details the results of an autopsy performed at the Bellevue Morgue: "Cause of death: Multiple shotgun and other caliber bullet wounds of Heart and aorta." (11 pages)

1 comment:

XYBØRG said...

With the appalling March 4, 2010 announcement that Malcolm X assassin Talmadge Hayer/Thomas Hagan is due to be granted parole and released on or around April 28th, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and, above all, Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam should issue a joint statement calling on President Barack Obama to sign an executive order declassifying all federal files relating to this vicious (and as-yet-unsolved) crime, re-opening a full investigation aimed at identifying the real perpetrators and tasking Attorney General Eric Holder with bringing the full force of the Justice Department to bear against anyone and everyone who had any involvement whatsoever in the 21 February 1965 assassination of Malcolm X.