I saw the author of this book, Manning Marable, speak in Rochester a few weeks ago. Marable died earlier today, at age 60. The book sounds fascinating:
The book’s account of the assassination of Malcolm X, then 39, on Feb. 21, 1965, is likely to be its most incendiary claim. Mr. Marable contends that although Malcolm X embraced mainstream Islam at least two years before his death, law-enforcement authorities continued to see him as a dangerous rabble-rouser.
“They had the mentality of wanting an assassination,” Gerry Fulcher, a former New York City police detective who participated in the surveillance of Malcolm X, told Mr. Marable for the book.
That is why “law-enforcement agencies acted with reticence when it came to intervening with Malcolm’s fate,” the book asserts. “Rather than investigate the threats on his life, they stood back.” Paul Browne, a spokesman for the Police Department, did not respond to e-mail and telephone requests for comment this week.
Based on his new material, Mr. Marable concluded that only one of the three men convicted of killing Malcolm X was involved in the assassination, and that the other two were at home that day. The real assassination squad, he writes, had four other members, with connections to the rival Nation of Islam’s Newark mosque — two of whom are still alive and have never been charged.
Update. I don’t want to go all birther on you here, but I have always been skeptical of the official story of the JFK assassination. It seems unlikely to me that Oswald acted alone. For that reason, I find research into high-level 1960s assassinations — awfully, there were so many — very interesting.