4 Articles by: Conor A. Gallagher

Conor A. Gallagher is a researcher and educator from Brooklyn, New York. He coauthored the book Heavy Radicals: The FBI's Secret War on America's Maoists (2015) with Aaron Leonard.

We Obtained New FBI Documents on How and Why Fred Hampton Was Murdered

FBI files related to the 1969 murder of Fred Hampton, newly obtained by Jacobin, shed light on two key aspects of the bureau’s anti–Black Panthers operation: one, FBI informant William O’Neal was more vital — beyond helping murder Hampton — than previously understood. Two, sabotaging the Panthers’ ability to work with other organizations was an explicit FBI goal.

Newly Obtained FBI Files Shed New Light on the Murder of Fred Hampton

The horrifying story of the 1969 police murder of Fred Hampton is now well known. But there’s still much to be revealed about the case — like the information in bureau files newly obtained by Jacobin showing the FBI awarded Special Agent Roy Martin Mitchell, the handler of informant William O’Neal who was key to the raid that killed Hampton, a $200 bonus for work well done.