Jonathan Peter Jackson


Overview


Born: 23 June 1953
Died: 7 August 1970

This file concerns the events at Marin County Superior Court in San Rafael, California, on August 7, 1970. Jonathan Jackson brought a briefcase of weapons to the trial of James D. McClain, where William A. Christmas and Ruchell Magee were also present. All three were inmates at San Quentin. The four took Judge Harold J. Haley, attorney Gary W. Thomas, and three jurors hostage. While fleeing, Jackson, McClain, Christmas, and Haley were killed in the gunfire.

Much of this file concerns the FBI's investigation into the source of the weapons Jackson possessed as well as monitoring of the revolutionary funeral held by the Black Panther Party and Panther assistance in Jackson's burial at Bethel Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The Bureau also alerted various government agencies as well as federal, state, and local courts to the possibility of more "kidnap[p]ing, murder and collateral incidents" being carried out by the Panthers, though the FBI seems to have accepted Huey Newton's claim that Jonathan Jackson was not a Panther and the party had no knowledge or involvement in the events.

Angela Davis is the almost certainly the redacted subject of the investigation to determine the source of Jonathan Jackson's weapons in this file. She was subsequently charged with and found innocent of criminal conspiracy, kidnapping, and murder in June 1972.

FOIA Information


This release consists of 98 pages of documents. This is file 157-SF-18413 (Civil Unrest).

List of Deletions
Release Letter 1 – "Responsive Records"
Release Letter 2 – "No Further Records"

Documents

SERIAL DATE DOCUMENT CROSS REFERENCES
157-18413-1 1970 August 7 SAC San Francisco to Director • William A. Christmas
• Harold J. Haley
• George Jackson
• Ruchell Magee
• James D. McClain
157-18413-1 1970 August 10 Director to SAC San Francisco • Harold J. Haley
157-18413-8 1970 August 10 SAC San Francisco to Director • George Jackson
• Huey Newton
157-18413-7 1970 August 11 SAC Los Angeles to Director and SAC San Francisco
157-18413-11 1970 August 11 SAC Los Angeles to Director and SAC San Francisco
157-18413-11 1970 August 11 SAC Los Angeles to Director • George Jackson
157-18413-9 1970 August 11 SAC San Francisco to Director and SAC Los Angeles
157-18413-2 1970 August 12 SAC Los Angeles to Director
157-18413-5 1970 August 12 SAC San Francisco to Director and SAC Los Angeles • William A. Christmas
• Harold J. Haley
• James D. McClain
157-18413-4 1970 August 13 SAC San Francisco to Director, SAC Los Angeles, SAC Springfield, SAC St. Louis, and SAC Chicago
157-18413-15 1970 August 14 SAC Los Angeles to Director
157-18413-10 1970 August 14 SAC San Francisco to Director • William A. Christmas
157-18413 1970 August 14 SAC San Francisco to Director
157-18413-12 1970 August 14 SAC San Francisco to Director, SAC Los Angeles, SAC Chicago, SAC Springfield, and SAC St. Louis
157-18413-12 1970 August 14 SAC San Francisco to Director and SAC Los Angeles • Harold J. Haley
• Lester Jackson
• Huey Newton
157-18413 1970 August 15 SAC Chicago to Director, SAC Springfield, SAC San Francisco, and SAC St. Louis
157-18413-14 1970 August 15 SAC San Francisco to Director and SAC Los Angeles
157-18413 1970 August 16 SAC Chicago to Director, SAC Springfield, SAC San Francisco, and SAC St. Louis
157-18413 1970 August 16 SAC Springfield to Director and SAC Chicago
157-18413-3 1970 August 16 SAC St. Louis to Director, SAC Chicago, SAC Springfield, SAC San Francisco, and SAC Los Angeles
157-18413-16 1970 August 17 SAC Chicago to Director, SAC San Francisco, SAC, St. Louis, and SAC Springfield
157-18413-6 1970 August 19 Director to SAC San Francisco • Huey Newton
157-18413-17 1970 September 9 SAC San Francisco to Director • George Jackson
• Huey Newton
157-18413 1970 September 22 SAC San Francisco to Director
157-18413-18 1970 September 29 SAC San Francisco to Director • James L. Browning Jr.
• William A. Christmas
• Angela Davis
• Maria Elena Graham
• Harold J. Haley
• George Jackson
• Georgia Jackson
• Lester Jackson
• Jim Kean
• Ruchell Magee
• James D. McClain
• E. Warren McGuire
• Huey Newton
• James W. Park
• Gary W. Thomas
157-18413-19 1970 December 15 SAC San Francisco to Director • Angela Davis
• Ruchell Magee
• E. Warren McGuire
• Joseph G. Wilson