Code (Detroit) Red

Judas Factor author Karl Evanzz, who appears to have been digging around in the Malcolm X case files (to whose explosive contents I’ve lately drawn the world’s collective attention), has turned up a document which drives yet another nail into the rotting coffin of the Innocence Project’s ignoble effort to exonerate convicted Malcolm X killers Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson.

And it relates to a series of hospital visits that were paid to Harlem Mosque #7 assassin Johnson between August 1964 and December 1965 by at least three of the five Newark Mosque #25 hit men who were later named by confessed killer Talmadge X Hayer in his 1977/78 affidavits.

Those visitors were Leon 3X Davis (of 166 Wells Street, Paterson), Mosque #25 Asst. Secretary Benjamin 2X Thomas (aka ‘Robert 16X’ of 288 Hamilton Avenue, Paterson) and finally – and this one is a doozy!  Willard X McQueen (his real name at last!) – a man long known as ‘Wilbur McKinley’ yet whose correct name Hayer pretended not to recall when he referred to him as “Willbour or a name like it” (in his 1977 affidavit) only to later ‘refresh his memory’ by identifying him as “a Bro. named Wilbur or Kinly. I don’t know his full name…” (in the 1978 ‘confession’).

These hospital records give the lie to the fervent denials issued throughout the course of the 1965-66 Malcolm X murder investigation (and ever since) by the New York-based Butler and Johnson when they insisted that the New Jersey hit squad members were unknown to them. This document would seem to indicate that Johnson (and possibly Butler) had been roped into the murder plot as early as August 1964.

Will the Innocence Project’s Barry Scheck along with Malcolm X assassination ‘expert’ Abdur-Rahman Muhammad and the Ark Media folks behind the Netflix docuseries ‘Who Killed Malcolm X?’ now publicly step forward with the requisite mea culpas, immediately notify New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. of the new evidence and finally break the bad news to their mutual client Muhammad Abdul Aziz (Butler) that the Innocence Project can no longer, in good conscience, be party to any continued effort to seek an exoneration of which neither he nor the late Mr Johnson are deserving?


Paul Bitakaramire is a freelance writer based in Manchester who has previously been published in Britain’s Spectator magazine and has launched a petition to secure the declassification of the FBI and CIA files on the Malcolm X assassination. That petition can be found here.