“Well, I was supposed to receive a journalism award in Syracuse that evening, but I got a tip [from the NYPD] that I should go up to Harlem to see Malcolm X speak. I sat way in the back smoking a Pall Mall cigarette…” – Jimmy Breslin interview with Toby Rogers in ‘The Ganja Godfather: The Untold Story of NYC’s Weed Kingpin’ (2005)
Establishing for a certainty whether or not the widely-acclaimed Jimmy Breslin was scheduled to receive a journalism award in Syracuse, New York on the wintry afternoon of 21st February 1965 (as he has claimed) is of cardinal importance. For it would make his fateful ‘detour’ to the Audubon Ballroom that same day all the more noteworthy.
And if it be true that Breslin’s Detour came about as a result of a tip-off he received from the NYPD that Malcolm X was likely to face harm that afternoon and Breslin, rather than notifying Malcolm’s security guards of the danger that loomed (and potentially saving a life in the process), instead opted to sit himself “well-back” from the ‘kill zone’ and, while pulling on his Pall Mall cigarette, elected to gleefully await his ‘exclusive’ then Breslin will go down as the single most despicable figure in the history of American Letters and a man who had reserved for himself a special place in Hell.
For such an act as his is the kind for which human souls earn for themselves Eternal Damnation.
“An accessory-after-the-fact is someone who assists 1) someone who has committed a crime, 2) after the person has committed the crime, 3) with knowledge that the person committed the crime, and 4) with the intent to help the person avoid arrest or punishment. An accessory after the fact may be held liable for, among other things, obstruction of justice…”
“Whoever, knowing that an offense against the United States has been committed, receives, relieves, comforts or assists the offender in order to hinder or prevent his apprehension, trial or punishment, is an accessory after the fact… An accessory after the fact is defined as follows: Access after the fact is a person who with knowledge of the other person[‘s] guilt gives assistance to a felon in an effort to hinder the felon[‘s] detection, arrest, trial or punishment…” – Morgan v. Lafler, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93580 (E.D. Mich. Oct. 7, 2009)
Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Minister Louis Farrakhan has maintained a decades-long association with (and had in his organisation’s employ) a man – Abdul Karriem Muhammad aka Linward X Cathcart – of whose role in the Malcolm X assassination (which occurred at New York’s Audubon Ballroom on 21st February 1965) Mr Farrakhan has undoubtedly been fully aware.
And that by providing Mr Cathcart with safe harbour and ongoing employment in the NOI (while feigning ignorance of Mr Cathcart’s role in Malcolm’s murder) Mr Farrakhan stands guilty of obstructing justice in a manner that indicts the NOI leader of being, at a minimum, an ACCESSORY-AFTER-THE-FACT in the crime.