this day in crime history: february 21, 1965

On this date in 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan. The three assassins were all members of the Nation of Islam. Malcolm X had previously been a member of the NoI, but had left the organization a year earlier after a falling out with the group’s leader, Elijah Muhammad.

All three of the killers were arrested, tried, and convicted. Two of them were paroled in the 1980s. The third was paroled in 2010.

Further reading:

MalcolmX.com

Wikipedia-Malcolm X

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3 thoughts on “this day in crime history: february 21, 1965

  1. Like Jack Ruby shooting Oswald, I wonder how these guys thought they were going to get away with shooting a famous/notorious person in a public place. Perhaps they considered this as some sort of martyrdom.

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  2. John D.:
    I suppose we had Muslim EXTREMISTS even back then…
    Yet, we still have Calypso Louie spouting off against America.
    Sure have come far.

    Good post.

    Stay safe out there.

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