Born: ca. 1949
Died: 12 June 1969
Michael Baynham was a member of the Black Panther Party in Detroit who died under mysterious circumstances at age 20 as a result of a gunshot wound to the right temple. It was ruled an apparent suicide, but some believe it was a homicide.
The FBI indicated that records that may have been responsive to this request were destroyed on March 3, 2005. The Records Management Division will provide no further information on destroyed records. However, I have included documents below from COINTELPRO files in which using BAYNHAM's death is mentioned as a possible means of sowing fear and anxiety among the Panthers.
|100-HQ-448006||1969 June 20||SAC Detroit to Director|
|157-SF-601-270||1969 June 20||SAC Detroit to Director||• Charles Diggs
• David Hilliard
|157-SF-601-287||1969 July 3||Director to SAC Detroit|
|157-SF-601-310||1969 July 14||SAC Detroit to Director|
|1157-SF-601-349||1969 September 19||SAC Detroit to Director||• Alex Rackley|