Malcolm X Assassin Is Freed : It's All Politics The confessed killer of black nationalist Malcolm X has been paroled from prison, 45 years after the assassination.

Malcolm X Assassin Is Freed

Thomas Hagan, the only person to admit to the killing of Malcolm X in 1965, has been freed on parole.

Hagan was known as Talmadge X Hayer when, on Feb. 21, 1965, he was one of three men who shot Malcolm X at Harlem's Audubon Ballroom.  Hagan said at the time that the two men convicted with him were not involved; they insisted they were innocent and were pardoned in the 1980s.

The assassination stemmed from Malcolm X's split from the Nation of Islam and its leader, Elijah Muhammad, in 1964.  The Nation of Islam has always denied any involvmenent in the murder.

Hagan was freed from the minimum-security Lincoln Correctional Facility in Harlem, which is at the intersection of West 110th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard.

Malcolm X would have turned 85 next month.