Pressed further, Shabazz defended himself. “It’s an accusation,” he said. “They never spoke to me. They just accused me of something I didn’t do.”

The mystery surrounding Malcolm’s assassination has dogged scholars for decades and inspired endless conspiracy theories.

Three Nation of Islam members were arrested and convicted of the shooting at the Audubon Ballroom on Fed. 21, 1965.

Thomas Hagan, then known as Talmadge X Hayer, was captured at the scene. He later confessed but always maintained that the other two – Muhammad Abdul Aziz, then known as Norman 3X Butler; and Kahlil Islam, then Thomas 15X Johnson – were not involved.

But if not Aziz and Islam, then who else killed Malcolm? Malcolm’s relatives, supporters and several filmmakers wrestled with that question for years.


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