The Murder of Fred Hampton
"You can kill a revolutionary, but you cannot kill a
revolution. You can jail a liberation fighter, but you cannot jail liberation."
Fred Hampton is perhaps better known today as the slain Chairman and leader of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party from the late 1960's; A
young, charismatic leader slain in the most brutal and undignified fashion, shot to death while he slept in his apartment near his fellow party
members and heavily pregnant girlfriend. In my opinion this is honestly one of the most inspiring figures I’ve ever come across, someone who was
almost certainly murdered by those in government and finally someone who by far deserves to be discussed and remembered by far more than he currently
is today. I mean It really is a shame that he’s not in all honesty, especially here on ATS, the biggest conspiracy forum out there.
Many of those today who have heard of his story, like myself, also choose to believe his death to be a murder and one ordered by some of the highest
serving officials in a position to serve and protect the common people, most notably J.
Edgar Hoover for example, the head of the FBI at the time
and one of those in particular highlighted as being involved in his death through the
controversial Cointelpro (Counter Intelligence Program) ran by Hoover and his FBI. For those who may not be fully aware of what Cointelpro is btw, I
suggest It’s something you do read up on. Speaking of which, here is some reading material.
- Wikipedia - Cointelpro
- Cointelpro: The FBI's Covert Action Programs Against American
- FBI Records - Cointelpro
- A Short History of FBI Cointelpro, by Mike Cassidy and Will Miller
Now, Cointelpro has been, and in fact still is, largely and publicly criticized since It's outing in 1971, 2 years after the death of Hampton, after
documents of It's secretive existence were stolen from an FBI field office in Media, Pennsylvania and were then handed to various news groups, and
they’re criticized in large part due to the highly illegal
way in which it went about gaining the information it had acquired; such as
through the use of burglary for example, among much more. The program also set about targeting individual people it deemed an enemy, It made threats
against them, lied publicly about them, humiliated them publicly and even more activity of this nature.
(J. Edgar Hoover, Head of the FBI and founder of
Martin Luther king is perhaps their most famous "enemy" to date, some still believing that his demise is in large part down to Cointelpro, especially
after documents were uncovered showing how he was targeted, how his apartments were bugged, how personal letters aimed at forcing him into killing
himself before he was to receive his Nobel Peace Prize were found and so on, all of this among even more routes of personal attacks, intimidation and
character assassination used upon him through this secretive program.
- FBI agents that spied on Martin Luther King
also ran Cointelpro's 'Omaha Two'
- The FBI’s Attempt to Blackmail Martin
Luther King Into Suicide
- Cointelpro: FBI tried to drive
Martin Luther King, Jr. to suicide
- The FBI's Vendetta Against Martin Luther King, Jr.
In the 1950's and 60's in particular, this before Cointelpro was established by Hoover, a revolution in America was underway, a civil rights
revolution. The FBI, and J. Edgar Hoover in particular, saw this movement as a threat to the social order of America and immediately set about putting
an end to it through any possible means, thus Cointelpro was born and was actually originally designed to "increase factionalism, cause disruption and
win defections" *
inside the Communist Party U.S.A (CPUSA), It's claimed, however later being
expanded to tackle Civil rights, the KKK and other organisations that were deemed a potential threat to America in any way shape or form.
By the late 60's some of America's most famous and respected Civil Rights leaders had already passed away in the most brutal fashion,
for example was assassinated in 1965, something which was also later heavily blame on
Cointelpro due to the outing of an FBI informant whose job it was to physically get close to Malcolm prior to his death, and most notably
Martin Luther King's
demise as mentioned above already, King being murdered in 1968 by
James Earl Ray
according to the official story, something Ray denied up until his death in
With their demise however, a new leader was free to emerge; Fred Hampton, a young 20 year old Law student. Hampton was born in Chicago in August of
1948, and he grew up studying law at Proviso East High School in 1966 and then Triton Junior College. Following graduation, and with growing up during
the height of the civil rights movement, Hampton continued to study law and was said to often be on the streets willingly sharing what knowledge on
the law he had, particularly to local police officers in police brutality situations, much to their disdain.
While still a student, Hampton started to become more and more involved in the civil rights movement, even studying law and correcting police on the
street when needs be, as mentioned above. Still a student, he joined the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), showing
his leadership skills by becoming the Youth Council leader of the West Suburban branch. In the mid 60's though, a new party emerged in America, the
Black Panther Party (BPP), founded by Bobby Seale
in 1966. The Black Panther party initially set about protecting local communities
primarily in Oakland and also protecting citizens from racism and brutality, particularly from the police.
Rather quickly the party grew in size and stature, creating a new chapter in American history, but at the same time attracting unwanted attention from
the government. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, once described the party as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country,” calling
for "hard-hitting counter-intelligence measures to cripple the Black Panthers", which is essentially and rather unfortunately what occurred through
Cointelpro. In 1967 the FBI also began to steer their attention towards an emerging leader, Fred Hampton, opening a file on him due to the speed he
was growing in size, reputation and popularity as a speaker in Chicago.
Despite this, a year later in 1968 Hampton was still able to found the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther party, quickly becoming responsible for
organizing weekly rallies, he taught police education classes in the early morning hours, even educating the police on the streets when he saw them
doing wrong, and he also launched a project for community supervision of the police, something he himself had been doing for years before anyway.
With the demise of Luther King and also Malcolm X, Hampton as a leader, despite being tremendously young still, continued to grow and become widely
respected. With founding the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther party Hampton make vast changes, most notably helping to establish a free breakfast
program for local children in the community, free medical clinics for poor citizens, and something Hoover himself was never able to achieve, he
persuaded the Chicago street gangs to stop fighting in what is commonly known as the 'Rainbow Coalition.'
The Rainbow Coalition was a coalition active in the late 1960s and early 1970s, founded in Chicago, Illinois by Fred Hampton of the activist Black
Panther Party, along with William "Preacherman" Fesperman, Jack (Junebug) Boykin, Bobby Joe Mcginnis and Hy Thurman of the Young Patriots Organization
and Jose (Cha-Cha) Jimenez, the Puerto Rican founder of the Young Lords. It later expanded to include various radical socialist groups. It was
associated with the rising Black Power movement, which mobilized some African-American discontent and activism by other ethnic minority groups after
the passage of the mid-1960s civil rights legislation under Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. (Source)
The coalition also included members of various local ethnic gangs, among whom Hampton, Rising Up Angry, the Young Patriots, and the Young Lords had
brokered treaties to end violence between them. The leaders worked to reduce conflict by the treaties, as they believed that poor youths' fighting
each other in gang wars achieved little benefit for them. Hampton and his colleagues believed that the Daley Machine in Chicago and the American
ruling class used gang wars to consolidate their own political positions by gaining funding for law enforcement and dramatizing crime rather than
underlying social issues.
This same year it was even revealed by an FBI agent that the Black Panther Party were primarily feeding breakfast to children and doing overall good
in their respective communities, a far cry from what was being reported about them in the media thanks to Cointelpro which was determined to paint
them in the darkest, most negative light possible. Hoover quite famously is said to have quickly fired back a memo to the FBI Agent which stated that
his career ambitions were directly related to his supplying of evidence to support Hoover's view that the BPP was "a violence-prone organization
seeking to overthrow the Government by revolutionary means" and more of the like. In other words forcing him to supply evidence they were a
terroristic organisation, even if no such evidence existed.
This was seemingly common practice of Cointelpro from what I can find and have read about it over time. A short while after this Hampton was even
arrested with stealing $71 worth of sweets which he's said to have given to local children - The FBI at the time were following certain people they
deemed a threat, including Hampton, and it was common practice for Cointelpro to look for a reason to arrest those it deemed a threat, or, if needs
be, arresting them knowing full well no crime had been committed.
Hampton was initially convicted for the crime but this decision was later overturned. The Chicago branch of the Black Panther Party in particular
became a real threat in the eyes of Hoover, the threat being the sheer popularity of Hampton. In 1969 Hampton was even finally in line to be appointed
to the Black Panther Party's Central Committee's Chief of Staff, a position which came as no surprise and also a position he certainly would've
achieved if he wouldn't have been the next potential victim of Cointelpro.
Hampton, along with his 8 month pregnant girlfriend at the time, lay asleep in one of the bedrooms in his Chicago apartment while a surprise raid took
place. According to the official version of events, Black Panther party members fired the first shots at police, and continued to fire at police,
injuring them thus causing a shoot-out to take place thus causing the death to Fred Hampton and also
. According to Panther Brenda Harris however, the first shot fired
actually struck Clark in the chest as he sat guarding the apartment, this causing him to drop his gun this causing it to go off.
During the shoot-out police claimed that panthers repeatedly fired back at them, however according to a federal grand jury It was later shown that
only one shot could be proven beyond doubt to have been fired from the apartment, this perhaps the shot from Clark’s gun, and instead the vast
majority of shots were fired in, officially between 82 and 99 shots.
It was later proven through the Church Committee, an investigation from the mid-70's chaired by Frank Church originally set up to investigate Illegal
activities by Intelligence groups such as the CIA and FBI, an investigation which also doesn’t receive as much attention as it should on ATS in my
opinion, Hampton’s body guard was actually an FBI informant at the time working under cover for Cointelpro, his name was William O'Neal. Prior to
the raid which resulted in the death of Hampton and Clark, he provided them with detailed information on the apartment location, the location of the
beds and furniture and anything else of interest. It was also later found that the majority of shots fired into the apartment were also conveniently
aimed towards Hampton’s bedroom.
Prior to the raid he even seemed to meet up with Hampton as well as fellow Panthers in order to set them up. Hampton was just returning from teaching
a political education course at a local church where he was greeted by O'Neal who had prepared them all a late night dinner. O'Neal had also slipped
the powerful barbiturate sleep agent, secobarbitol, into Hampton's drink to ensure he didn't wake during the pending raid that was about to take place
a few hours later.
Although Hampton was not known to take drugs, Cook County chemist Eleanor Berman would report that she ran two separate tests which each showed a
powerful barbiturate had been introduced into Hampton's blood. An FBI chemist would later fail to find similar traces, but Berman stood by her
After going to sleep that night Hampton would never wake up again. However, It's claimed by his girlfriend that he didn't die as a result of the raid
itself, although he was shot in the shoulder still, but instead he was later murdered at point blank range. He is said to have been
dragged from his bedroom, shot in
the head and then left in the hallway
(Graphic image!). Deborah Johnson, Hampton's 8 month girlfriend, and other surviving BPP members currently
staying at the home of Hampton, were also arrested after the raid and then charged with attempting to murder the police.
Automatic gunfire then converged at the head of the bedroom where Hampton slept, unable to wake up as a result of the barbiturates that the FBI
infiltrator had slipped into his drink. He was lying on a mattress in the bedroom with his pregnant girlfriend. Two officers found him wounded in the
shoulder, and fellow Black Panther Harold Bell reported that he heard the following exchange: (Source)
"That's Fred Hampton."
"Is he dead?... Bring him out."
"He's barely alive.
"He'll make it."
Two shots were heard, which it was later discovered were fired point blank in Hampton's head. According to Deborah Johnson, one officer then said:
"He's good and dead now."
Hampton, a young 21 year old leader determined to stick up for his fellow man, determined to bring some good and equality into out rather depressing
world, seemingly shot down before he could achieve all he was destined to and shot down simply for trying to achieve good. He’s the largely
forgotten leader, the one people, for whatever reason, don’t ever really seem to focus on or spend too much time thinking about today. With this
thread though, I want to bring him to light for those who may not be fully aware of him.
Also William O’ Neal is a name which, once again in my personal and humble opinion, should be easily recognizable by most today due to his actions.
According to some, and much like Hampton, he also went onto be killed in odd circumstances:
"We were just sitting around drinking beer," Heard recalls, "talking to some friends of mine. We had company. The company left and that's when he
started acting kind of strange." (Source)
At 2:30 AM the 40-year-old O'Neal ran out of his uncle's apartment, across the westbound lanes of the Eisenhower Expressway, and was struck by a car
and killed. His death was ruled a suicide.
O'Neal achieved lasting infamy in 1973 when his role in the 1969 raid in which Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were murdered was
revealed. Though O'Neal was a Panther insider to the point where he was in charge of security for Hampton and possessed keys to Panther headquarters
and safe houses, he was at the same time serving as an informant for the FBI. Among the information the teenaged O'Neal fed his FBI contact was the
floor plan of Hampton's west-side apartment that was used to plan the fatal raid. After his cover was blown O'Neal entered the federal witness
protection program, assumed the alias William Hart, and moved to California. He secretly returned to Chicago in
Thanks to all of those who took the time to read this thread. I hope to hear your thoughts.
*Thread note: I've also posted this thread on my site which is in my sig*
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