FBI letter urging MLK to commit suicide finally revealed in its entirety


(NaturalNews) A once-heavily redacted letter sent by the FBI to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., before his death reveals that the nation’s premier federal law enforcement agency once urged the civil rights leader to commit suicide.

As reported by Beverly Gage, a professor in American history at Yale, in The New York Times:

When the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received this letter, nearly 50 years ago, he quietly informed friends that someone wanted him to kill himself – and he thought he knew who that someone was. Despite its half-baked prose, self-conscious amateurism and other attempts at misdirection, King was certain the letter had come from the F.B.I. Its infamous director, J. Edgar Hoover, made no secret of his desire to see King discredited. A little more than a decade later, the Senate’s Church Committee on intelligence overreach confirmed King’s suspicion.

‘You are done’

Gage said that King received the letter – which was headed simply and disrespectfully “KING” – may have been sent with an audiotape, which the letter described as “immoral conduct” in action.

“Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure,” the letter demanded, concluding with the issuance of a deadline of 34 days “before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

“There is only one thing left for you to do,” the letter’s author warns rather subtly in the final paragraph. “You know what it is.”

“You are done,” it says. “There is but one way out you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal, fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

As Gage notes, the letter is a classic example of how Hoover’s FBI had gotten completely out of control.

Until recently, the only versions of the letter – so-called the “suicide letter” – available in public were all heavily redacted. But Gage ran across a full copy of it while researching a biography of Hoover among a set of reprocessed official and confidential files of his at the National Archives.

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  1. And MLK kept going and he refused to cave in. He was a man to be admired, no matter what faults he had. He was a human being and not perfect. But, he was amazing.

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