Judas and the Black Messiah: What Happened to Roy Mitchell?


After the historical drama Judas and the black messiahYou may be curious about the fate of FBI agent Roy Mitchell after the infamous robbery and where he is now. The film tells the true story of the death of the Black Panther chairman, Fred Hampton, by the US government, aided by infiltrator William O’Neal, who avoided jail time to get the FBI near Hampton. Mitchell was the agent at the helm of O’Neal’s business who sat down with the prospective informant in Cook County Jail after he was arrested for stealing a car and driving it across state lines. Mitchell told him that if O’Neal agreed to work for the FBI to find out everything about the Black Panthers, particularly Hampton, he would forget about the charges. O’Neal agreed to the deal and eventually gave Mitchell a full floor plan of Hampton’s west side apartment, which in turn led to the charismatic leader’s tragic robbery and eventual death. Where is FBI Agent Mitchell now?

Where is FBI Agent Roy Mitchell now?

Roy Mitchel had a 25-year career with the FBI, working on some of the most notorious cases in Chicago and the United States until his death at the age of 66 in 2000. With his extensive experience, Mitchell specialized in getting witnesses to speak , and there are still many accounts of its ability to get people to release information. US District Judge Charles Kocoras even spoke to the Chicago Tribune about Mitchell’s involvement, saying, “He had an uncanny ability to get close to people and get them to talk.” The FBI agent worked on several high profile cases including solving the murders of three civil rights activists in Mississippi and the murders of young men in Chicago known as the “River Killings.” Mitchell also starred in the famous Hit Squad case, in which a Chicago police sergeant was convicted of the murder of drug traffickers.

Mitchell’s most famous case is without a doubt the deal he made with O’Neal, which resulted in Hampton’s gruesome death in an FBI shooting in his own apartment. After this Chicago TribuneMitchell actually had up to nine informants within the Black Panther Party, though O’Neal was by far the most significant after becoming the Panthers’ chief security officer. Kocoras told the newspaper that Mitchell “became like a father to O’Neal” and that “he trusted Roy at a time when not many people trusted anyone”. But when you thought of both Hampton’s murders and O’Neal’s 1990 suicides, the case undoubtedly correlated with a guilt complex from the events. The case was and is nothing less than tragic.



Robert Dunfee