Although it is widely believed that people are a product of their immediate environment, it is left to them to determine whether they want that immediate environment to positively or negatively influence their lives.
Well, the latter is the case for actor Woody Harrelson, who, despite being a son to a professional hitman that was convicted of multiple murders, did so well in his field that he got an Oscar nomination.
Like every kid with eccentric parents, Woody Harrelson stopped seeing his father at age seven.
His father, who was involved in a series of crimes, left a huge record in America’s history.
In 1968, he was arrested for the murder of Alan Berg, a carpet salesman but was acquitted in 1970.
He was later convicted of the murder of Sam Degelia Jr, a grain dealer, and was sentenced to fifteen years in Prison.
Although he was freed in 1978, earlier than his allotted term of service, his freedom didn’t last long.
Charles Harrelson’s Crime
In 1979, a year after being freed for his good conduct in the prison premises, Charles Harrelson was arrested for the assassination of US District Judge John Wood Jr.
He had been hired by a Texas drug lord, Jimmy Chagra, to kill the judge before his own scheduled appointment with him in July 1973.
Although the decision was too desperate, the district judge served as a hindrance to a non-extreme sentence that would be melted out to Jimmy Chagra.
Not only was the defense attorney strict, but he was also known to pass harsh judgments to drug dealers.
He was nicknamed “Maximum John.” Upon settling payments with the drug lord, Charles Harrelson agreed to kill the judge.
On May 29, 1979, while the district judge was preparing for work, Charles Harrelson spotted him outside his home in San Antonio, trying to fix his car, which had a flat tire.
As the judge bent, Charles Harrelson shot him using a high powered rifle.
The bullet hit the judge’s back, and he fell to his death.
The assassination was the first time a sitting federal judge was assassinated in American history.
The FBI immediately launched a two-year, $12 million investigation to track the assassin bold enough to murder a federal judge.
Months after the case was opened, the FBI arrested the notorious contract killer with a reputation for ruthlessness.
The Sad Reality Of Woody Harrelson
As Charles left his family when his son was still a child, Woody Harrelson had no idea about his father’s occupation until he heard a news broadcaster discussing the murder trial of Charles Harrelson.