The FBI Campaign To Destroy “Evil” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Vicious 1964 Letter Urged Leader To Kill Himself

Arash Norouzi

The Mossadegh Project | November 14, 2014                   

“You evil, abnormal beast...You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time...You are finished.”

The FBI Campaign To Destroy "Evil" Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) in 1964 Letter

Fifty years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. received a scathing letter purportedly written by a disillusioned black follower who had since concluded that King was a Satanic monster who should kill himself.

The actual source of this November 1964 letter was not a fellow Negro but the U.S. government—or more specifically, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who openly despised MLK, was determined to expose him as a Communist, and ordered a targeted, unconstitutional surveillance program to help do so. Though these wiretaps failed to reveal any Red inclinations, they did document his various extramarital affairs.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover despised Martin Luther King, Jr. The FBI campaign to destroy the iconic civil rights leader, including portions of this menacing letter, have been common knowledge for decades—but only recently was an entire copy, in all its puerile glory, discovered accidentally by a researcher while searching the National Archives.

There was nothing genial about the repetitive, typewritten, insult-laden message, which was apparently packaged with incriminating audio recordings from their extensive wiretapping. The “filthy”, “sexually psychotic” Reverend was repeatedly referred to as “evil”, “abnormal” and a “fraud”. Twice, the recent Nobel Peace Prize awardee was likened to a savage animal.

“You are done”, the highly redundant letter, apparently concocted by FBI assistant director William Sullivan, repeated five times. “Your end is approaching”, it read.....“You are finished.” Reeking of blackmail, it ends by warning vaguely that King had 34 days to take his “one way out”—seemingly hinting that he commit suicide.

The defamation and psychological warfare used against Dr. King, a figure now lionized with a federal holiday and extravagant Washington, DC memorial, is highly reminiscent of the dirty tricks the CIA and State Department devised about two decades prior to subvert Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh, the highly popular, democratically elected Iranian Prime Minister.

Mossadegh, an honest statesman still regarded as an Iranian national hero, was smeared at the time as an irritating Commie dupe, depicted variously in the media as “treacherous”, “crafty”, “sly”, “ruthless” and of course—“evil”.

“The influence of Mohammed Mossadegh upon his country, it is true, has been evil and its fruitage has been deadly.”
The Brooklyn Eagle, August 21, 1953

“Mossadegh was an evil influence in world affairs. His elimination may save Iran.” The Milwaukee Sentinel, August 21, 1953
“Mossadegh is no longer in power but the evil effects of his absolute rule still linger to plague the men who want to rectify his mistakes.” U.S. editorial, December 11, 1953
Anything but neutral, the Shah, who cooperated in the 1953 coup plot which delivered him to absolute power in Iran, concurred:

“Mossadegh is an evil man who wanted only one thing out of life: power at all costs.” Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, August 21, 1953

Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Mohammad Mossadegh

If King and Mossadegh are prime examples of leaders possessed by unadulterated evil, then here’s to more evil.pure evil


In view of your low grade, abnormal personal behavoir [sic—behavior] I will not dignify your name with either a Mr. or a Reverend or a Dr. And, your last name calls to mind only the type of King such as King Henry the VIII and his countless acts of adultery and immoral conduct lower than that of a beast.

King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all of us Negroes. White people in this country have enough frauds of their own but I am sure they don’t have one at this time that is any where near your equal. You are no clergyman and you know it. I repeat you are a colossal fraud and an evil, vicious one at that. You could not believe in God and act as you do. Clearly you don’t believe in any personal moral principles.

King, like all frauds your end is approaching. You could have been our greatest leader. You, even at an early age have turned out to be not a leader but a dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile. We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins a man of character and thank God we have others like him. [NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins] But you are done. Your “honorary” degrees, your Nobel Prize (what a grim farce) and other awards will not save you. King, I repeat you are done.

No person can overcome facts, not even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. I repeat — no person can argue successfully against facts. You are finished. You will find on the record for all time your filthy, dirty, evil companions, male and females giving expression with you to your hidious [sic—hideous] abnormalities. And some of them to pretend to be ministers of the Gospel. Satan could not do more. What incredible evilness. It is all there on the record, your sexual orgies. Listen to yourself you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record. You have been on the record — all your adulterous acts, your sexual orgies extending far into the past. This one is but a tiny sample. You will understand this. Yes, from your various evil playmates on the east coast to [left blank or omitted] and others on the west coast and outside the country you are on the record. King you are done.

The American public, the church organizations that have been helping — Protestant, Catholic and Jews will know you for what you are — an evil, abnormal beast. So will others who have backed you. You are done.

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 significant. [sic—significance] You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulant [sic—fraudulent] self is bared to the nation.

FBI letter to Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)


Related links:

Visionary ‘Negro’ Journalist P. L. Prattis Praises Dr. Mossadegh (1953)

March on Washington | Black Rights vs. White Fragility, 1963-2020

Slandering Mossadegh With Impunity: Foreign Analyst Edgar Ansel Mowrer

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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