The graphic contents of an anonymous letter that was written by a deputy of J. Edgar Hoover in 1964 and sent to Martin Luther King have been made public for the first time. The chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has hoped that the letter, which refers to King as a “filthy abnormal animal,” would convince the civil rights activist to commit suicide.
As reported by The New York Times, the infamous “suicide note” was heavily censored when it was first published, with the majority of its outrageous language remaining secret. However, the full contents of the letter have been made public thanks to Beverly Gage, a historian from Yale University who unearthed an uncensored copy in the National Archive while researching a book.
William Sullivan, the agent that was identified as the author of the letter, went so far as to use near-hysterical sexual slurs against the already-revered pastor, who would be assassinated just three years later. The letter was accompanied by a cassette recording containing evidence of King’s now well documented extramarital affairs, which the FBI had obtained by wiretapping his homes and hotel rooms.
The letter read: “You are finished. You will find on the record for all time your filthy, dirty, evil companies, male and females giving expression with you to you 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 for the record, your sexual orgies.”