Is execution done on Cawdor? Are not
Those in commission yet return’d?
They are not yet come back. But I have spoke
With one that saw him die; who did report
That very frankly he confessed his treasons,
Implor’d your Highness’ pardon, and set forth
A deep repentance. Nothing in his life
Became him like the leaving it.
Macbeth Act 1, scene 4, 1–8
It is becoming increasingly clear that Louis Farrakhan’s duties at Newark Mosque #25 on the 21st of February 1965 went beyond mere lecturing. More than likely, Farrakhan had been assigned to serve as the de facto ‘interim minister’ of that temple for the day and quite possibly in the week(s) leading up to Sunday the 21st of February. This would have placed him in charge of all Fruit of Islam (FOI) and Muslim Girls in Training (MGT) members at Mosque #25 and made him the person to whom they all reported. As such it would have likely been Farrakhan’s responsibility to assign Newark FOI lieutenant Agurs Linward X Cathcart (aka Abdul Karriem Muhammad) to the Audubon Ballroom that afternoon in order to serve as the supervisor of the Mosque #25 hit squad which had been assigned to murder Malcolm X and it would have been to Farrakhan, in turn, to whom Lieutenant Cathcart was to report the outcome of their mission.
This may further explain why Cathcart, following Malcolm’s assassination (and by his own admission), lingered behind at the Audubon Ballroom and, among other things, conversed with the famous Harlem bookseller Lewis Michaux. It would also confirm the infamous “laughing lieutenant” account contained in Peter Goldman’s 1979 biography The Death and Life of Malcolm X. Cathcart’s purpose in loitering at the venue following the shooting is highly suggestive of his role that afternoon, namely, to await news regarding Malcolm’s condition. There is a further possibility that Cathcart may have even accompanied Malcolm’s bullet-riddled corpse to the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Centre and, upon learning that Malcolm had succumbed to his injuries, Cathcart likely sought out a nearby phone booth in order to relay the news to Farrakhan. Farrakhan would have then contacted Supreme Captain Raymond Sharrieff or National Secretary John Ali and provided them with a definitive report.