Thomas Hagan, the only man who ever admitted involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X, will be getting out of jail next month. Hagan was granted parole on March 3rd and is scheduled to be released on April 28th.
Hagan was convicted of shooting the civil rights leader, along with Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. Both Johnson and Butler consistently maintained their innocence and provided alibis for the afternoon Malcolm was killed on the stage of the Audubon Ballroom, on Broadway and 165th Street, on February 21, 1965.
Hagan later signed affidavits saying that Johnson and Butler were innocent, and that he killed Malcolm X with two other men whom he only knew by first names. Hagan was the only one of the assassins who was caught at the scene of the crime.
Hagan is currently incarcerated at the Lincoln Correctional Facility on 110th Street. As of this writing, a spokesperson for the parole board was not available to comment.
[With reporting and text by Hunter Walker. Walker is currently working on a masters project about Malcolm X for Columbia Journalism School.]