After a Netflix documentary brought to light some new questions about the assassination of Malcolm X, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is taking another look at his murder.
The civil right’s icon was assassinated on February 21st, 1965, while he was speaking at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
A year before his death, Malcolm X had split with the Nation of Islam. Mujahid Abdul Halim, Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Khalil Islam, all Nation of Islam followers, were convicted of his murder in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison.
Although Halim confessed to his involvement in the murder, he claimed that Aziz and Islam were innocent.
In Who Killed Malcolm X?, the new six-part Netflix documentary, historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad claims that the “two of them weren’t even in the Audubon Ballroom that day.”
A statement from District Attorney Vance’s office says that it “will begin a preliminary review of the matter.” (NBC News)
- It’s interesting the research of documentarians and podcasters is leading to reviews of what were thought to be closed cases.
- The Innocence Project, which seeks to free the wrongly convicted, is involved in this case.
- This sounds like an interesting documentary. I’ve got to add it to my watch list.