Michael Baynham


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.

FOIA Information

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.

Letter 1 – "No Records"
Letter 2 – "Records Destroyed"


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