The FBI’s Letter To Martin Luther King Jr. Urging Him To Commit Suicide

The anonymous note ends, “King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.” Via Letters of Note:

In November of 1964, fearful of his connection to the Communist Party through Stanley Levison, the FBI anonymously sent Martin Luther King a threatening letter, along with a cassette that contained the fruits of a 9 month surveillance project — allegedly incriminating audio recordings of King with women in various hotel rooms.

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20 Comments on "The FBI’s Letter To Martin Luther King Jr. Urging Him To Commit Suicide"

  1. So, the FBI is some kind of proto-troll!

  2. Liam_McGonagle | Jan 21, 2013 at 1:32 pm |

    Only Herbert Hoover could make Kim Kardashian look like a viable presidential candidate. ‘De gustibus non disputandum est’ and all that, but you have to admit that transparency is a virtue. In any contest between someone with a series of sex videos on the web or a secret transvestite masturbating behind bulletproof tinted glass, the open pervert gets my vote every time.

  3. Merkasylum | Jan 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm |

    Well if it’s on the internet, it must be true.

  4. Where is the evidence that this letter was sent/originated from the FBI? That is a pretty big accusation with out any facts or solid evidence. Now i know why this site is called DISinformation

    • http://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/select-committee-report/part-2e.html

      The nature of the Bureau’s campaign against Dr. King is vividly illustrated by one incident. Shortly after Director Hoover’s press conference in November 1964, in which he referred to Dr. King as the country’s “most notorious liar,” (50) a package was mailed to Dr. King. It contained an anonymous diatribe against the civil rights leader and a copy of an electronic surveillance tape, apparently to lend credence to threats of exposure of derogatory personal information made in the letter. (51) The committee was unable to locate the original letter, but an apparently authentic copy was found in the files of Assistant Director Sullivan. The final paragraph clearly implied that suicide would be a suitable course of action for Dr. King:

      “King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it, has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy fraudulent self is bared to the Nation. (52)”

      In addition to Sullivan’s admission of involvement in the scheme in testimony before the Senate select committee.7 (53) the committee received evidence raising the possibility that the package was delivered to Assistant to the Director Belmont prior to mailing.(55) If this was the case, the committee considered it highly likely that Director Hoover had before-the-fact knowledge of the action.

    • KeepItToYourself | Jan 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm |

      Take Hux’s advice and read up on Cointelpro…. it wasn’t just King, it was every civil rights leader, anti-war protestor of influence, influential rock band, actors, politicians, reporters, school teachers and professors. If you questioned the motives of or revealed truths about government crimes, and were in a position to influence other to do the same…. you had a file on you, at the very least, if not an attempt to get you removed from said influential position by character or even outright assassination.

  5. Dear all people claiming this note is “fake”: do some basic fucking research.

    It’s well known that the FBI had King under surveillance at the time of his death (same with Tupac Shakur, Malcolm X and many others). MLK’s Wikipedia page clearly references this very letter in the opening paragraphs!

    The idea that this is just ‘too bold’ to be real is false. Read up on Cointelpro and then tell me our government is above this kind of thing. Since most of you apparently don’t like to read, here’s an excellent video on the subject:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwdx1ewLBYA

  6. Dear all people claiming this note is “fake”: do some basic fucking research.

    It’s well known that the FBI had King under surveillance at the time of
    his death (same with Tupac Shakur, Malcolm X and many others). MLK’s
    Wikipedia page clearly references this very letter in the opening
    paragraphs!

    The idea that this is just too bold to be real is
    false. Read up on Cointelpro and then tell me our government is above
    this kind of thing. Since most of you apparently don’t like to read,
    here’s an excellent video on the subject:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwdx1ewLBYA

    • I don’t dispute that it is real or not, I just want to inform you that wikipedia is not a reliable source. That inclusion hurts your arguments, I am not sure where one would go to cite a situation like this, perhaps a reputable journal.

  7. Alexander the ____ | Jan 21, 2013 at 6:17 pm |

    MLK was also an avid supporter of the second amendment!! … Yes he feared his government…

  8. Its real. They had a lot of dirt on MLK, He definitely was no boyscout regardless of how influential he was.

  9. Reads like the prosecutors last call to Aaron Swartz…..

  10. NadePaulKuciGravMcKi | Jan 27, 2013 at 6:33 am |

    JFK 1963, Malcolm 1965, MLK 1968, RFK 1968, John Lennon 1980,
    False Flag 9-11-2001, Michael Jackson 2009, Sandy Hook 2012 …

    • kowalityjesus | Jan 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm |

      you forgot Paul Walker 2013 and Oprah Winfrey 2015…oops not supposed to tell!

  11. darren kis | Jan 20, 2014 at 9:02 am |

    more proof that the FBI are a bunch of hateful, vindictive, evil, petty, small dicked bastards.

  12. I just say this… meanwhile back in Washington…. it’s just par for the course. He as leader of a movement, and his personal life makes no difference to what most of the leaders of the country were involved in also. Just more powerful leaders took out a less powerful leader. Holding their thrones and securing their abilities to do the same things, if not worse. He was a ladies man and sure messing around on your wife is not good. But sex has nothing to do with standing up for your rights as a person, and section of society, and demanding equality.

  13. Jin The Ninja | Jan 20, 2014 at 3:40 pm |

    “First, I must confess that over the past few years I
    have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost
    reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling
    block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler
    or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to
    “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the
    absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice;
    who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I
    cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically
    believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives
    by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to
    wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people
    of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from
    people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than
    outright rejection.”
    -MLK

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