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WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO KILL LOUIS FARRAKHAN? THE DAUGHTER OF MALCOLM X OR THE MAN SHE TRUSTED?

That the world of FBI informers is full of squirrelly characters is no surprise. You can't expect Boy Scouts to tell you much about the seedier corners that law enforcement needs to poke into. Even so, there may not be many government informants more rough-edged than Michael Fitzpatrick. Convicted bomber, alleged coke user, he is also the man whose accusations led to the arrest of Qubilah Shabazz, a daughter of Malcolm X, two weeks ago. In an increasingly controversial case, Fitzpatrick's credibility has become central to the government's charge that she tried to hire a hit man to kill Nation of...

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