Interview with William O'Neal
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

Tell me about your recruitment to the FBI.

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

OK, am I ready now?

INTERVIEWER:

Yes.

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

Well, simply, I stole a car and took it across the state line. The FBI had a case on me. They could either prosecute me and put me in jail or decline to prosecute because I assisted them in one of their investigations. I think I understood that. So the day he called and asked me to join the Black Panther Party, I understood what my role was to be, and that's what I did. Was that good enough?

INTERVIEWER:

Yeah, except you didn't say Mitchell. Will you try it one more time?

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

Mitchell, OK.

INTERVIEWER:

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

OK, it's simple. I stole a car and went across the state line, which violated federal law. Mitchell, an agent from the FBI had a case on me. He had a choice of either prosecuting me and sending me to jail or declining to prosecute as a result of me aiding him in another case. And I decided to take the latter. When he asked me to join the Black Panther Party, I did so and I understood what my role was to be.

INTERVIEWER:

We didn't quite catch it I think, but, I mean--

INTERVIEWER:

we can do it again.

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

Well, we can do it again.