Friday, November 14, 2014

FBI’s letter, demanding that Martin Luther King commit suicide, released in full

In 1999, the family of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevailed in a jury trial that found the government responsible for MLK’s murder. The family sought a mere $100 in damages, to make the point that their only goal was justice. The verdict was read aloud by the judge: “In answer to the question did Loyd Jowers participate in a conspiracy to do harm to Dr. Martin Luther King, your answer is yes. Do you also find that others, including governmental agencies, were parties to this conspiracy as alleged by the defendant? Your answer to that one is also yes. And the total amount of damages you find for the plaintiffs entitled to is one hundred dollars. Is that your verdict?” The jury responded in unison, with a resounding “Yes.”

Decades after Dr. King’s murder, the FBI’s un-redacted letter, demanding that MLK kill himself, was made public on November 11, 2014. It was found by a Yale University historian, who was conducting research in the national archives. The letter is rife with vile descriptions and accusations, referring to Dr. King as “a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that … dirt, filth, evil … evil, abnormal beast.” It concludes with a demand that MLK commit suicide within 34 days, or else compromising information about his alleged sexual indiscretions would be made public.