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Posted: 4/10/2010 12:43:09 PM EDT
I was reading an article about the Supermax prison in Colorado, and found out Woody Harrelson's dad is an inmate

Charles Voyde Harrelson (July 23, 1938[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson#cite_note-0][1][/url] – March 15, 2007)[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson#cite_note-CBC2007-1][2][/url][url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson#cite_note-2][3][/url] was an American freelance[dubious discuss] hitman connected with organized crime and was convicted of assassinating a federal judge. He was the father of actor Woody Harrelson.[url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Harrelson#cite_note-CBC2007-1][2][/url]

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Harrelson was sentenced to two life terms for the May 29, 1979, assassination of U.S. District Judge John H. Wood, Jr. Harrelson was convicted of shooting and killing Wood in the parking lot outside of Wood's San Antonio, Texas, townhouse after being hired by drug dealer Jamiel Chagra of El Paso. Wood — nicknamed "Maximum John" because of his reputation for handing down long sentences for drug offenses — was originally scheduled to have Chagra appear before him on the day of his murder, but the trial had been delayed.

Harrelson was apprehended with the aid of an anonymous tip and a taped conversation between Jimmy (Jamiel) and his brother, Joe Chagra. He claimed at trial that he did not kill Wood, but merely took credit for it so he could score a huge payout from Chagra.

Harrelson was eventually convicted based largely on Chagra's conversation with his brother who was visiting him in prison. Both Harrelson and Chagra's brother Joe were implicated in the assassination. Harrelson was sentenced to life imprisonment, while Joe Chagra received a ten-year sentence. Jamiel Chagra was acquitted of the murder when his brother Joe refused to testify against him. Chagra was represented by current mayor of Las Vegas, Oscar Goodman. In a plea bargain, Chagra admitted to his role in the murder of Judge Wood and the attempted murder of a U.S. Attorney.

After his release in 2003, Jimmy Chagra claimed that Harrelson did not murder Judge Wood. While he did not identify the real killer, Chagra indicated that he or she was long deceased. Jamiel and Joe Chagra allegedly misled federal officials by talking about hiring Harrelson to kill Judge Wood when they knew they were being illegally taped during a legal visit in the prison because Harrelson had been blackmailing Joe Chagra with information he did have about the murder of the judge.[citation needed]

This incident is mentioned in Cormac McCarthy's book No Country for Old Men. In the film adaptation of the book Charles Harrelson's son, Woody Harrelson, plays a bounty hunter.







Harrelson's attorney was Percy Foreman, who had been counsel for convicted Martin Luther King assassin James Earl Ray and lost only 53 of 1500 death-penalty cases with only one finally resulting in execution. At Harrelson's first trial Foreman produced a surprise witness: a nightclub singer who claimed that she had been with Harrelson at the time of the murder. The trial ended in a hung jury: 11 for conviction, one for acquittal.

Harrelson was re-tried in 1974 in Brownsville, Texas. Texas Ranger Tol Dawson, the lead investigator on the Degelia case, was in the courtroom with a perjury arrest warrant for the nightclub singer, but she had learned of it and fled to Aruba. Without the help of her testimony, Harrelson was found guilty and sentenced to 15 years in prison. With time off for good behavior, he was free in five years.

Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:44:45 PM EDT
Man...

He was a natural born killer.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:46:39 PM EDT
... and Woody Harrelson is a douchebag.


Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:47:15 PM EDT
Kind of puts his role in No Country for Old Men into perspective...
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:48:43 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2010 12:50:29 PM EDT by MACD]

Originally Posted By FTAggie:
Kind of puts his role in No Country for Old Men into perspective...

That, and isn't the hitman in NCFOM also named Chagra? ETA: Chigurh, close enough


Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:49:54 PM EDT
I thought that this was common knowledge?
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:49:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MACD:

Originally Posted By FTAggie:
Kind of puts his role in No Country for Old Men into perspective...

That, and isn't the hitman in NCFOM also named Chagra?

Chigurh
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:51:17 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MACD:

Originally Posted By FTAggie:
Kind of puts his role in No Country for Old Men into perspective...

That, and isn't the hitman in NCFOM also named Chagra? ETA: Chigurh, close enough

http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r316/MACDD/1257742761187.jpg


No, but it's close. Like if a gay man said "sugar".
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:52:21 PM EDT
remembered when it happened. chateau dijon condos where judge wood lived. done with a .240 weatherby which was then cut apart and sunk in a lake.

the rifle was purchased by lynda chagra, jimmy's wife at a san antonio gun shop.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:54:15 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2010 12:55:03 PM EDT by whomper]
My mom used to live in a town home in the same complex the judge was killed.

ETA:
That's the one, Kieth.

Nice place, but there's a bunch of oldies over there.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:56:23 PM EDT
Some people think he was part of the JFK assassination.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 12:57:01 PM EDT
^ I've leased a few apartments at Chateau Dijon, some bizarre floorplans there
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:14:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ScoutOut:
Some people think he was part of the JFK assassination.

pure lunacy there.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:27:08 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ghetto:
I thought that this was common knowledge?


Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:28:37 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Ghetto:
I thought that this was common knowledge?


It is unless you've been living under a rock.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:29:44 PM EDT
Old news.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:38:01 PM EDT
Five years for killing a judge?
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:47:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2010 8:31:49 PM EDT by turboscott]
Did you just now crawl out from under a rock? This is old news, man
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:49:51 PM EDT
For you readers out there....

Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:55:56 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By ScoutOut:
Some people think he was part of the JFK assassination.

pure lunacy there.


Was he confirmed to be there?
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 1:57:30 PM EDT
Welcome to the 80's!
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 2:00:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
remembered when it happened. chateau dijon condos where judge wood lived. done with a .240 weatherby which was then cut apart and sunk in a lake.

the rifle was purchased by lynda chagra, jimmy's wife at a san antonio gun shop.


Yeah, I was driving up Broadway that day to go see a friend and saw all the cop cars. Saw it all on the news that night.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 2:01:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BillofRights:
Originally Posted By Keith_J:

Originally Posted By ScoutOut:
Some people think he was part of the JFK assassination.

pure lunacy there.


Was he confirmed to be there?

he was not any of the 3 hobos.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 2:17:29 PM EDT
I wonder if woody likes his dad?
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 2:25:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/10/2010 2:28:30 PM EDT by Searcherfortruth]
He was also looked at for the Kennedy assassination, and held for questioning.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 2:30:55 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 2:33:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By digitalebola:
Welcome to the 80's!

actually, late 1970s.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 3:14:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Keith_J:
remembered when it happened. chateau dijon condos where judge wood lived. done with a .240 weatherby which was then cut apart and sunk in a lake.

the rifle was purchased by lynda chagra, jimmy's wife at a san antonio gun shop.


Interesting caliber choice.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 3:18:30 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DV8:
... and Woody Harrelson is a douchebag.




It runs in the family. His brother was a motorcycle racer who got nailed for stealing motorcycles to pay for his habits. He would take them for test rides and not bring them back to their owners.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 3:21:38 PM EDT
Some people claim he is one of the 3 tramps arrested in Dallas the day JFK was shot.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 3:26:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By sparsedirect:
Five years for killing a judge?





Thats what grabbed me too......WTF?????
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 3:32:14 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BFish:
Originally Posted By sparsedirect:
Five years for killing a judge?





Thats what grabbed me too......WTF?????


No, that's a different case. He got life on the judge. WJ
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 4:00:23 PM EDT
In other really old news, Lucky Lindy flies the Atlantic solo.....Truman wins.....Sputnik orbits the earth.....
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 6:59:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Strela:
In other really old news, Lucky Lindy flies the Atlantic solo.....Truman wins.....Sputnik orbits the earth.....

News to me. Killing judges doesn't rate in the same universe of common knowledge as the things you cite.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 7:04:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:

I was reading an article about the Supermax prison in Colorado, and found out Woody Harrelson's dad is an inmate


Not anymore.

Link Posted: 4/10/2010 7:42:36 PM EDT
Too bad his son is such a squirrely woman.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 8:07:30 PM EDT
Hello and welcome to 1985.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 8:13:19 PM EDT
I believe Woody's dad died in prison.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 8:27:20 PM EDT
Never knew any of this. Interesting.
Link Posted: 4/10/2010 8:43:25 PM EDT
Originally Posted By BigOzzy86:
For you readers out there....

Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton
Hahahahahaha! Hey Andy....don't feed da bears! BTW,I used to live at Merrick Place,continued my main job as habitual drunk there.

Link Posted: 4/10/2010 8:47:23 PM EDT
Small caliber high velocity weapons were his trademark-bullet disintegrated upon impact. Real piece of work, and yes, Woody is still, and always been, at total tool.
Link Posted: 4/11/2010 9:23:44 AM EDT
Originally Posted By BigOzzy86:
For you readers out there....

Bluegrass Conspiracy by Sally Denton


What does this have to do with Woody's father please? I read the wiki entry, but don't see the connection.
Link Posted: 4/11/2010 9:25:50 AM EDT
I would preferred he was a abortionist and took his work home with him
Link Posted: 4/11/2010 9:27:34 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/11/2010 9:31:04 AM EDT by trwoprod]
Originally Posted By fugi99:
Some people claim he is one of the 3 tramps arrested in Dallas the day JFK was shot.


He claimed this on and off. He was a psycho and he lied about everything, all the time. I used to date the daughter of one of his co-workers. I heard enough unsavory stories about him to last a lifetime. He was really, really horrible to women.

ETA:

To put this into perspective, people I considered unstable thought that he was unstable. That was more than enough for me. A decent number of folks he worked with are still around in Houston. They are all old, diabetic, testy geezers, but their memories of Charlie are really clear. He was not liked or trusted.
Link Posted: 4/11/2010 9:29:31 AM EDT
Tied up with the Mob - old news to me.
Link Posted: 4/11/2010 9:33:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By TheTreeOfLiberty:
Never knew any of this. Interesting.


Link Posted: 4/11/2010 9:34:40 AM EDT
I never knew that thanks for the info.
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