Thomas Hagan is the only person to admit participating in the assassination of Malcom X. Hagan, also known as Talmadge X Hayer, was a radical member of the Nation of Islam.
On Feb. 21, 1965 in the Audubon Ballroom in Manhattan, Malcolm X was getting ready to address the Organization of Afro-American Unity when a man rushed toward him and shot him in the chest with a sawed-off shotgun. Two other men attacked the stage using semi-automatic handguns. Hagan was grabbed and beaten by the crowd. The other two assailants were identified by witnesses as Muhammad Abdul Aziz and Kahlil Islam. All three were tried and convicted, though Aziz and Islam did not confess and claimed they were innocent. Hagan also claimed that they were not the men involved in the assassination.