Interview with William O'Neal
QUESTION 39
INTERVIEWER:

WILLIAM O'NEAL:

Was there a loss? Yes. I think that the slaying of Fred Hampton was definitely a loss to, to Black people in general. He would have made a fine, he was a fine leader then and he would have made a better leader. He was only maturing then, I mean, he was 22 years old. And, We tried to develop negative information to try to to discredit him just like we did everybody else. We meaning the FBI. I tried to come up with signs of him doing drugs or, or something and never could. He was clean. He was dedicated. I've had private conversations with him. we got along pretty well**. For seven months I was his personal body guard. He wouldn't go anywhere without me. I know Fred Hampton better than anybody, to tell you the truth. He was dedicated, that's all I can say to it.