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Izola Ware Curry, the “demented black woman” who nearly killed Martin Luther King, Jr. by plunging a steel letter opener into his chest, died Saturday at a New York City nursing home, according to The Smoking Gun.

Curry’s death was confirmed by the New York City medical examiner’s office.

After attacking King at a 1958 book signing, Curry lived in virtual anonymity, first at the Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane, and then, upon her release from state custody, a series of group homes in Queens.

Learn more on The Smoking Gun about her story and attempt to kill one of our greatest civil rights leaders.

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