‘Who Killed Malcolm X’ Filmmakers on Exoneration of 2 Wrongly Convicted Men: Clues ‘Have Been Out There for Decades’

The 2019 Netflix documentary helped lead to the reopening of the 50-year-old case, and to the exoneration of Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam

Producers of the Netflix documentary series “Who Killed Malcolm X” were hot on the trail of the influential Black leader’s most likely murderer, William Bradley — a member of a Newark mosque who once served time in prison on charges that included threatening to kill three people — when Bradley died in 2018.

However, questions raised during the production of the series, which premiered in 2020, helped to relaunch the investigation into Malcolm X’s killing, which in turn led to Thursday’s exoneration of two of the men found guilty of the 1965 assassination, each of whom spent more than 20 years in prison.

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Diane Haithman

Senior Entertainment Business Reporter • diane@thewrap.com • @dhaithman