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Witches' Brew: Malcolm X's Assassin Is A Free Man

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Malcolm X's Assassin Is A Free Man

Thomas Hagan, the man who admitted his role in Malcolm X's assassination, was paroled today after serving 44 years in prison.

Hagan is the only person to admit to killing the activist in 1965 in New York's Audubon Ballroom.

Hagan says he has "deep regrets" about his participation in Malcolm's killing.

Hagan had been serving time in a minimum-security facility where he took part in a work-release program. He's held a job at a fast food restaurant for 7 years. Under the terms of his parole, he must stay employed, adhere to a curfew and support his children.

Hagan is 69 years old. Had he lived, Malcolm X would have turned 85 on May 19th.

Hagan image via AP

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At Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:25:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the fact that was on work release for the last several years....

At Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 9:45:00 PM EDT , Blogger Eddie said...

Actually, he was on work release for over ten years, I believe. I've met him (I'm a director of a re-entry program).

At Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:41:00 PM EDT , Blogger Reggie said...

For Christ's sake, it's time this man got out of jail. I'm on record as being in favor of the death penalty; but if we're not going to kill him, does he really need to stay in jail for 50 years?!?

Malcolm X was assassinated ten days after I was born.......and I'm old. It's time that man got out. He's had to live with the shame of what he's done for 45 years.

If we're not going to kill him, then let him die at home. For Christ's sake the man is damned near 70 years old, who is he gonna hurt?!?

At Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 8:48:00 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

robbing a man of his life by keeping him incarcerated for an extended period of time for robbing another man of their life is a fitting punishment. But as it was mentioned he has been out on work release for several years so Hagan's sentence has been more or less invalid.

Cold-blooded murder should never be forgiven, and punishment should never be eased over time.

There are other "crimes" that incur far more penalty that result in far less suffering.


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