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Malcom X killer set for release

Thomas Hagan

Thomas Hagan in an emergency room after shooting Malcolm X

One of the men who shot and killed the outstanding African American leader Malcolm X has been granted parole. Malcolm was brutally slain on February 21st 1965 after being gunned down at the Audubon Ballroom Washington Heights New York.

Thomas Hagan the only man to have confessed to the shooting of Malcolm X is due to be released from prison after being granted parole on the 28th April.

There is now renewed speculation across the Internet on who was ultimately behind the murder of the African American icon with many suggesting that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation set up the assassination while others have suggested that Minister Louis Farrakhan ordered Malcolm’s death. Mr Hagan has always insisted that he was solely responsible despite being arrested at the scene with two other members of the Nation of Islam who were eventually convicted of murder along with Hagan.

Commenting on his imminent release after applying for parole on 16 previous occasions Mr Hagan said “I’ve been incarcerated for 40 years, and I’ve had a good record all around, I don’t see any reason for holding me.”

Despite these comments many will view his release as an affront to the family and supporters of Malcolm X. The release of Hagan will no doubt further fuel demands for a fresh investigation into the murder, despite Hagan’s conviction some 45 years later the question of who was behind the murder of Malcolm X remains unanswered.

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