But Rogers says when he tried to raise the subject of the second suspect and the suspicious omission from The New York Herald Tribune’s coverage, in follow-up and secondary stories about Malcolm’s killing, Breslin’s mood quickly changed. “When I asked Jimmy about the reports of a second suspect and his strange disappearance, both in his Tribune story and the Times piece. All of the sudden Breslin got quite cagey,” Rogers said. He knew exactly what I was referring to and refused to talk any further.”
According to Rogers, this was Breslin’s response just before the interview ended: “Fuck it, I don’t want to know no more, that’s it! I don’t fucking know what is what. I don’t know if there was two editions or one. I don’t want to remember. I don’t want to read it. Fuck it. Who cares! It’s 2005, I … fucking dead and disinterested.” If Rogers’ allegations are true, is Jimmy Breslin, one of American journalism’s most respected voices, harbouring deep secrets about the execution of Malcolm X? Does the celebrated journalist know something more about this political killing?
If Breslin was tipped-off by sources within the NYPD then it means the NYPD, at the very least, allowed the assassination to happen and did nothing about it. Were people in the NYPD actually involved in the 1965 killing? Remember, many people have already questioned the mystifying lack of any police presence on the day Malcolm was killed—which was reportedly unlike the usual police presence when Malcolm spoke in New York. When The Black Star News contacted the NYPD’s office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information (DCPI) and asked for a comment concerning Rogers’ claims, this publication was asked to send the question via e-mail message. There was no response by deadline.
Was the mysterious unidentified “suspect” a police informant named William Bradley as Roland Sheppard, who wrote a recent Black Star News article alleges? Talmadge Hayer also fingered Bradley as the real assassin later. Bradley, who now resides in New Jersey, was also identified as the assassin in the late Manning Marable’s book, “Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention.” But back to Mr. Breslin.