When the FBI sent a letter to Martin Luther King persuading him to kill himself.

Arturo Perozo
4 min readOct 20, 2021

Why did the FBI think something like this would work?

On November 21, 1964, a package containing a letter and alleged recordings suggesting that MLK had harassed women, were delivered to his wife, Coretta Scott King. The letter had been written anonymously, had a petty, moralistic tone, was full of personal insults, and threatened to expose the leader’s private life, in order to show the world that he was in fact, a phony.

This letter finally ended up in the hands of MLK:

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In view of your low grade, abnormal personal behaviour 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 giant 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. 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 morally 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.

Arturo Perozo

Im a Chef, Krav Maga practitioner/enthusiast and a Writer. I know, weird combination. Not a native english speaker and writer, so feel free to correct me.