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Charles Voyd Harrelson is known mostly because of the fact that he was convicted in 1982 of murdering Judge John Wood, but, What has sparked a lot of controversy is the fact that Harrelson is suspected of being one of the three tramps that were arrested on the day of the Kennedy Assassination. Harrelson was indeed involved with some very dirty people in his criminal life but was he involved with the assassination?

Harrelson was born in Huntsville Texas in 1939 although he did not plan on staying there long and was drawn to the more attractive sights of Houston. In Houston Harrelson made a living selling dental equipment and was also believed to have sold encyclopaedias.(1) Harrelson wished to earn money at a quicker rate and soon became involved in criminal activities.

Harrelson was fingered by Chauncey Holt as being one of the three tramps taken from a train hours after the assassination “so I scooted under the train, went under to the other side, encountered Harrelson and Montoya”(2) said Holt in a Newsweek interview with John Craig, Philip Rogers and Gary Shaw. Holt states that he did not know Harrelson that well but said, “I’m confident that’s who it was”. Lois Gibson a forensic artist and facial expert for the Houston Police Department compared the photos of the tramps with those of Holt, Harrelson and Charles Rogers and came up with a match for all three(3). It is said that Harrelson once while high on cocaine exited the Corvette he was driving and shot it full of holes as it made too much noise(4). Harrelson was wanted for the contract murder of Judge John Wood and was stopped by police, a six hour stand off ensued when the police found him, and he allegedly held a .44 magnum to his head and confessed to the murder of both Judge John Woods and President John F. Kennedy(5).

A reporter for the Dallas morning news by the name of Chuck Cook interviewed Harrelson on the judge Wood case and subsequently asked him about his claims of murdering the President, Cook said that Harrelson ‘got this sly little grin on his face, Harrelson is very intelligent and has a way of not answering when it suits him’(6). At a later interview Cook brought the subject up again and at that point Harrelson became very serious, Cook quoted Harrelson as saying “Listen, if and when I get out of here (prison) and feel free to talk, I will have something that will be the biggest story you ever had” and added “November 22, 1963. You remember that!”. Cooks claims seem to be sensational as every other time Harrelson has been questioned with regard to the assassination he has emphatically denied it. Cook later showed the photos of the three tramps to Harrison’s wife Jo Ann Harrelson who was “amazed at the similarities”, Cook later revealed that Harrelson's jail conversations were indeed being monitored although this is the norm in some prisons including the maximum penitentiary in Colorado in which he is currently incarcerated(7).

When later questioned on the assassination and the murder of Judge Wood by Dallas TV newsman Quin Matthews, Harrelson said “ At the same time I said I killed the Judge, I said I had killed Kennedy, which might give you an idea as to the state of my mind at the time… it was an effort to elongate my life... well, do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy alone, without any aid from a rogue agency of the U.S. Government or at least a portion of that agency? I believe you are very naïve if you do”(8). Harrelson was also shown the photos with comparisons of himself and the tall tramp on Nigel Turners documentary ‘The Men Who Killed Kennedy- The Cover-up’, Harrelson admitted a striking similarity between himself and the tramp but that it was not him and that he was dining with a friend in Houston at the time. I recently asked retired Texas Ranger Captain Jack Dean what he thought Harrelson might do when questioned about the photos, he stated “my thought's are that if asked he would not say yes or no but make some statement as “it does look like me”” , Capt. Dean has not seen the documentary yet he predicts that this would be Harrelsons likely response.

In Harrelsons wallet the day he was arrested was the business card of Russell Douglas Matthews(9), Matthews was believed to be Harrelson's idol although this has not been conclusively proven. Russell Matthews is described by the FBI as a burglar, an armed robber, a narcotics pusher and a murderer(10). Matthews worked for mob controlled casinos in Cuba during the 1950’s and later turned to the Dallas underworld in the 1960’s. He was a known associate of Santos Tafficante the Miami mob boss and Joseph Campisi a leading Mafioso who also testified for Harrelson at one of his trials. Matthews and Campisi were seen together in both Dallas and Las Vegas in 1978(11). Perhaps the most interesting fact is that Matthews was a known associate of Jack Ruby the murderer of Lee Harvey Oswald. This is just one of many ties between Harrelson and Ruby although it may well be that they never met, nevertheless they were both indirectly connected with the same people. Four witnesses say that they knew that Matthews and Ruby knew each other well(12), although the Warren Commission states that Matthews was only a ‘casual acquaintance” of Ruby’s, and this link alone proves that Ruby was involved with organized crime, a fact that the Warren Commission refused to acknowledge. On October third 1963 a call was placed from Jack Ruby’s Carousel club to a number in Shreveport, Louisiana listed to Elizabeth Matthews, Russell Douglas Matthews former wife(13). Matthews was also the best man at the wedding of George McGann and Beverly Oliver. Beverly Oliver was a witness to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and captured the whole event on film only to have her film confiscated by the FBI and was never to be seen again, Beverly also worked in the Colony club as a dancer, this club was right next door to Ruby’s Carousel club, it was frequent for dancers to go from club to club watching their friends dance . Beverly Oliver has also stated that she saw Jack Ruby and Lee Harvey Oswald together and remembers seeing David Ferrie in the Carousel(14). Another claim by Beverly Oliver is that she and McGann once had a meeting with Richard Nixon in a hotel in 1968 in Miami. George Mcgann was murdered in the home of one Ronny Weeden, the case was never closed. Harrelson knew Weeden during his stay in prison and claims that Weeden committed the murder and that Weeden disappeared afterwards. Harrelson also stated that Weeden “had a reputation as a hit man”(15); Weeden's name was also in McGann's notebooks. Even if Harrelson was not involved in the assassination he may have learned of it from Matthews who may well have had knowledge of it from his friend Jack Ruby.

Another associate of Matthews was Lewis McWillie. McWillie was once employed as the manager of the Tropicana Casino in Havana where Jake Lansky brother of Mayer Lansky held considerable influence. Jack Ruby went on a weeklong trip to Cuba in 1959 where he met with McWillie on several occasions. Ruby once shipped 4 guns to Cuba for McWillie, Ruby also sent a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver from Rays Hardware Store Dallas to McWillie in Las Vegas(16). Over a four-month period Ruby called McWillie 8 times at the Thunderbird in Las Vegas. Another man believed to be involved in the assassination was Frank Fiorini/Sturges who was once in Government with Castro before he defected and worked for the CIA, Sturgis was the government overseer at the Tropicana during the time of Lewis McWillie's employment there(17). Marita Lorenz, Castros former lover once stated that she drove to Dallas with Sturges carrying weapons in their caravan.

One man linked McWillie, Matthews and Harrelson altogether, although the link with Harrelson is somewhat tenuous and is mostly speculative.

Benny Binion (1904-1989) was at first a bootlegger and involved in illegal gambling in the 40’s and 50’s until he opened his own casino ‘The Horseshoe’. Binion was investigated by the FBI all his life. Benny ran craps games in 1936 from a hotel, he killed a bootlegger and got 2 years in jail, he also killed another rival but was acquitted on the grounds of self defence. He served 3½ years for evading income tax and once proclaimed “I’ve been a hustler all my life, since I was nine”(18). Binion's horseshoe was a place of much controversy and also a lot of money. Binion was once nearly convicted of shooting someone in his own casino but was later acquitted after all 3 witnesses did a 180 and fingered a pit boss at the casino instead(19). Lewis Mcwillie was employed by Binion in 1942/43 involving his underground schemes in Dallas(20). Matthews was once manager at Binion's casino ‘The Horseshoe’(21). Both men have worked with Binion and both men knew Jack Ruby, this implies some sort of connection.

The contract for the murder of judge Wood was put out by Jimmy Chagra who was convicted and sentenced by Judge Woods. It was in Binion's Horseshoe Casino where Harrelson first met Chagra although there were no members of the Binion family present at the time(22). Harrelson introduced himself to Chagra and after he had left Chagra asked someone “That guy is passing himself off as a killer, what do you think?” An investigation into Binion by the FBI in 1983 states that there was one member of the Binion drug ring in El Paso Texas which is where Chagra was from and definitely implicates Binion in the murder of Judge Woods and so links Binion with Harrelson, “(censored) was a principal subject in the FBI major case-WOODMUR, dealing with the murder of San Antonio Federal Judge John Wood. Information indicated that it was the Binion family that introduced (censored) to (censored) in the wood shooting. It is believed that their introduction took place at the Horseshoe Casino”(23), we must assume hat the censored names are those of Charles Harreslon and Jimmy Chagra.

Sheriff Steve Guthrie of the Dallas police was once recorded as saying “We all know Bill Decker is a payoff man with Benny Binion”(24), Bill Decker was sitting in the lead car of the motorcade when President Kennedy was assassinated and was also involved in the transfer of Lee Harvey Oswald from the Police station to the county jail where he was ambushed by Jack Ruby who mysteriously entered or was let into the building. Decker was also known to be friendly with the aforementioned Russell Douglas Matthews and also with Joseph Campisi who as I have already stated was involved with organized crime and testified at Harrelsons trial. This is quite a strong connection between Ruby, McWillie, Matthews, Binion, Harrelson and Decker although it seems Harrelson was not included on quite the same level as everyone else, nevertheless he was involved with these people, indirectly with some but directly with others.

Chauncey Holt, the man who claims that Harrelson was one of the three tramps also claims that Harrelson was connected to John Masen(25), the gunsmith of Dallas, where Holt had to send ammunition previously. There is speculation that Masen was involved in gun running with Jack Ruby. John T. Masen told the FBI that he acquired and sold 10 boxes of mannlicher Carcano ammunition (the type Oswald Supposedly used to assassinate the president) in 1963(26), Masen had previously been investigated for violation of the firearms act. Masen was associated with Manuel Rodriguez of the Alpha 66 group (mercenary group with anti-Castro feelings).

A man who has more dealings than most with Charles Harrelson is retired Captain Jack Dean, United States Marshall and Texas Ranger. Charles Harrelson was brought to Edinburg, Texas in September 1970 to stand trial for the hired killing of Sam Degilia Jr. The case had been worked on by two Rangers Tod Dawson and Skippy Rundell until Jack entered the service in 9-1-70 and inherited the case as he put it “I did the leg work on this case”. Harrelson had just been in court in Palcious texas for another hired killing and was found to be innocent, during the next four years he came to know Harrelson very well. The first trial was a hung jury as a nightclub singer came forward and claimed to have been with Harrelson at the time although the second trial resulted in his conviction as the singer feared perjury charges and did not turn up and instead went to Aruba. Harrelson was sentenced to 15 years in prison but was let out in five due to a new state law passed allowing him credit due to jail time served.

During Harrelson's time in prison he wedded a nurse who worked in the penitentiary. He also attempted to escape from prison and was sent down on a gun charge in Kansas for a year or two after he had served his time. The next dealing Jack had with Harrelson was when Judge John Wood was murdered outside his San Antonio condo by a shot in the back by a high-powered rifle. A few days after the murder Jack received a phone call from an unknown source, “How are doing, Jack”, “Who is

this”, “You know who this is”, “I don’t think so”, “Charles Harrelson was in San Antonio the day Judge Woods was Killed”, Jack asked “Did Charlie kill the judge”, “Charles Harrelson was in San Antonio the day judge Woods was killed”, the caller then hung up and Jack was never sure who the caller was. In an operation of this size one would assume that people would be tight lipped as to who was responsible for such a serious crime, someone would only tip off the authorities if they had themselves something to gain, perhaps a rival to Chagra/Binion.

Recently Harrelson has made an appeal on the grounds that he did not receive a fair trial and claims that he was 270 miles away in Dallas when the Judge was murdered, part of his lawyers strategy was to discredit a key witness who testified against him 16 years previous. His son Woody was asked whether he believed if his father was innocent in the Judge Wood case he said “I’m not saying my father is a saint, but I think he’s innocent of that, yeah!”(28). At one point Harrelson apologises to Judge Orlando Garcia for going on at length to which the judge responded “ We’re talking about your freedom, so you need not apologise”. Jack Dean does believe that Harrelson is guilty of the murder of Judge Wood as it was his own information that the FBI used to start their case. He also believes that Harrelson is/was only dangerous to a select few and only when money was involved, “He has a conman's personality, and you would like him if you met him”.

Jack Dean also knew Harrelson's father who ironically was a prison guard and his Uncle who was a prison warden. Jack has also said that ‘Charlie’ liked to gamble which ties in with his involvement of things at the Horseshoe casino and with other figures who used to be involved in gambling. Jack stated that to his knowledge Harrleson was not involved with the Mafia but was involved with the ‘Dixie Mafia’ who he described as “a bunch of Texas and L.A. bad guys” he also said that “He did do some collecting for some people related to organized gambling……at one time he supposedly had a cocaine habit”, this could be relating to McWillie and Matthews who were heavily involved in these rackets. Harrelson had a reputation of getting the job done according to Jack but when he got caught he took everyone else with him, which is something that I think any of us would do to save our own hides. Capt. Dean was in charge of security at the court hearings presided over by judges Beiery and Garcia and during this time he let Harrelson see his grandchildren, Jack received a note of appreciation afterwards, he also at another point told Jack that when he got out he would buy him a beer to which Jack responded that HE would buy the Beer IF Harrelson did get out.

Another possible tie to the assassination or others like it is the fact that Harrelson was once represented by the Lawyer Percy Foreman. Foreman had an impressive record as a lawyer, by 1958 he had defended 778 accused murderers, of which one was executed, 52 went to prison and the remaining 705 were acquitted of the crime(29). Foreman famously defended James Earl Ray who was accused of assassinating Martin Luther King in Memphis although after Ray's death it was proven that he did not do it and the assassination was funded by wealthy Texans and Businessmen from New Orleans(30). Foreman urged Ray to ditch his attorneys and pick him as otherwise he would face the electric chair, he convinced Ray to plead guilty to the murder as if he did so he would spare his own life(31). Foreman also defended oil tycoon HL Hunt, Hunt was believed to be one of the men that funded the assassination of Martin Luther King, Hunt sponsored a radio show that denounced Martin Luther King, was involved with the FBI’s phone tapping and was also a member of the racist John Birch Society. Foreman was indicted by a federal grand jury for obstruction of justice as the sons of Lamar Hunt, Nelson Hunt and W.Herbert Hunt paid him $100,00 to ensure that two of his clients (Rothermel and Curington) would not testify against the Hunts(32). When the Hunts were brought to trial they had only to pay a fine and it was rumoured that due to political pressure from Washington the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee received $50,000 from the Hunts for lobbying for their case. Perhaps most amazing of all is the fact that Foreman also represented Jack Ruby albeit only for 4 days after he had been convicted of murder and sentenced to death, Ruby’ sentence was later commuted to life in prison. It is worth noting that it was Foreman who called Joseph Campisi as a witness , Campisi was the number two man in Carlos Marcello’ Dallas Organization. Campisi dined with jack Ruby the night before the assassination and was the first to visit him in jail(33). The water surrounding Percy Foreman is somewhat murky, Harrelson aside Foreman representing 2 figures in the assassination of Martin Luther King (Ray and Hunt) and one in the assassination of John F. Kennedy (Ruby). Ruby did not want to be represented by Foreman , Ray was convinced to plead guilty although he was proven innocent later and Harrelson was convicted for the murder of Degelia.

At the moment Harrelson is in his jail cell (8x12), which he leaves only for visits of family or his legal team, He has not much chance of getting out of prison unless some new evidence is found. The prison in which he is incarcerated is one of the most secure prisons in the world, some of its former and present inmates include Timothy McVeigh the Oklahoma city bomber, Terry Nichols, McVeighs accomplice, Eyad Ismotil, bomber in the first world trade centre attack, Luis Felipe leader of New York's Latin Kings gang and Rodney Hambrick serving on bomb charges(34). The average sentence in the Colorado penitentiary is 36 years although Harrelson was sentenced to more than that, life.

It is unclear if Charles Voyd Harrelson was involved in any way with the assassination of John F. Kennedy but it is clear that he associated with a number of people who had knowledge of the assassination and were involved on some level with organized crime in Dallas and Las Vegas. Perhaps Harrelson was telling the truth while high on cocaine or perhaps he was as he claims not in the right state of mind, however many that knew him saw the photos and believe there to be a resemblance. Information regarding Harrelson during the early 60’s is hard to come by, and nobody can definitely tie him to being in Dealey Plaza on 22 November 1963, all there is, is circumstantial evidence and the confession of one man. Charles Harrelson may have done a lot of bad things in his time but we can not jump to conclusions that may be untrue based upon things which remain unfactual. Even Ross Perot is getting in on the act, he claims that Harrelson was given a contract to assassinate him!(35) There is evidence that Harrelson was identified in 1982 by Florida Law enforcement officials as being a member of a group of hired gunmen known as ‘The Company’(36), which takes its name from the CIA. It is claimed that ‘The Company’ owned $30 million in assets including planes ships and real estate. Florida officials claim that ‘The Company’ imported drugs from South America and also were involved in gunrunning and mercenary operations. This scenario is comparable with the situation in 1963 where there was collaboration between the CIA, Mafia, Cuban exiles and some FBI men in operations against Cuba, most notably in the training camp at lake Ponchartrain Louisiana. It is said that Jimmy Chagra once hired ‘The Company’ as protection . This name ‘The Company’ could just be a composite name used by Florida officials for the well known Cuban exile force that launched the Bay of Pigs invasion and also separate raids on Castro’s Cuba. There is no proof to suggest Harrelson was involved with this group in 1963 although his involvement with Jimmy Chagra in the late seventies does suggest that he knew them at some level. Charles Harrelson was 25 when the assassination happened, what needs to be known is what he was doing at that stage in his life, was he selling dental equipment or was he establishing his reputation as a hit man? Something to ponder, the cost of the trial and investigation into the assassination of judge wood exceded that of the Warren Commission.

I would like to thank Captain Jack Dean for his assistance to me in writing this piece and also to Ms. Judy Shoffner the librarian of the Texas Ranger Research center for her advice and help in contacting Capt. Dean. I would also like to thanks Mr. Charles Voyd Harrelson for responding to my letters.

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1. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKharrelson.htm

2. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKharrelson.htm

3. http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/lois1.htm

4. Mick Farren, CIA Secrets of the Compan, page 190

5. Ibid.

6. Jim Marrs, Crossfire:The Plot that Killed Kennedy

7. Letter from Charles Harrelson 23rd June 2004

8. Jim Marrs, Crossfire:The Plot that Killed Kennedy

9. http://www.jfkresearch.com/

10. David E. Scheim, The Mafia killed President Kennedy, pg 101

11. Ibid.

12. Ibid.

13. Ibid.

14. Nigel Turner, The Men Who Killed Kennedy Documentary

15. David E. Scheim. The Mafia killed president Kennedy, pg 101

16. Ibid. page 102

17. Anthony Summers, Conspiracy, page 448

18. Eyewitness News Las Vegas: http://www.klas-tv.com/

19. Peter O’Connell, Las Vegas Review Journal Sunday June 24th 2001

20. David E. Scheim, The Mafia killed president Kennedy, pg 102

21. Ibid. page 101

22. Peter O’Connell, Las Vegas Review Journal Sunday June 24th 2001

23. Ibid.

24. David E. Scheim, The Mafia killed President Kennedy pg 110

25. http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/holt1.htm

26. Anthony Summers, The Kennedy Conspiracy pg 553

27. Texas News Monday 3rd August 1998

28. Ibid.

29. www.fans offieger.com/foreman.htm

30. Act of state

31. Jerry McLeer: http://www.jfkresearch.com/

32. Ibid.

33. Ibid.

34. www.talk left.com/news-archives/001680.html

35. Gerald Posner, Citizen Perot

36. Jim Marrs, Crossfire:The Plot that Killed Kennedy

Edited by John Geraghty

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John, in Cartwright's book - page 225 - he has some interesting information about an associate of Harrelson's, Jerry O'Brien Watkins, who testified that he had posed as a CIA agent and tried to buy weapons for anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami, a scam which involved Harrelson.

We talked with Cartwright who could remember no details but he said the testimony should be on file in the courthouse down in Edinburgh.

It might be very interesting to find out what year that was and some details on it; if it was in 1962 or 1963 it might be really worth some follow up.

Or somebody might be able to track down Watkins...

- Larry

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John,

John, kudos in contacting Harrelson and others. It really adds to the impact. A well-measured and interesting look at the life of a hitman.

I look forward to seeing you apply yourself to other areas of the case.

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Larry,

I was aware of Watkins but I did not want to include him in my article as The only information I had on him was what you have previously mentioned. I will take a look into him though, google searches always seem to find something for me, I shall ask Jack Dean whether he has heard of him.

Greg,

thanks for the compliments, I shall keep digging into this one as i think benny binion is an interesting character and has been glazed over.

john

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John,

What you don't know is that before Chauncey's encounter with Montoya and Harrelson in the boxcar, so before the shooting, he had met with Harrelson (not Montoya) on the parking lot behind the picket fence. Harrelson walked up to him and introduced himself as Charles Harrelson in his Texas accent. It was part of Chauncey's specific instructions to meet Harrelson behind the fence to deliver him these lapel pins of the ATF., if I recall correctly. So that is why Chauncey said he was sure it was Harrelson.

Wim

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A reporter for the Dallas morning news by the name of Chuck Cook interviewed Harrelson on the judge Wood case and subsequently asked him about his claims of murdering the President, Cook said that Harrelson ‘got this sly little grin on his face, Harrelson is very intelligent and has a way of not answering when it suits him’(6). At a later interview Cook brought the subject up again and at that point Harrelson became very serious, Cook quoted Harrelson as saying “Listen, if and when I get out of here (prison) and feel free to talk, I will have something that will be the biggest story you ever had” and added “November 22, 1963. You remember that!”.  Cooks claims seem to be sensational as every other time Harrelson has been questioned with regard to the assassination he has emphatically denied it. Cook later showed the photos of the three tramps to Harrison’s wife Jo Ann Harrelson who was “amazed at the similarities”, Cook later revealed that Harrelson's jail conversations were indeed being monitored although this is the norm in some prisons including the maximum penitentiary in Colorado in which he is currently incarcerated(7).

When later questioned on the assassination and the murder of Judge Wood by Dallas TV newsman Quin Matthews, Harrelson said “ At the same time I said I killed the Judge, I said I had killed Kennedy, which might give you an idea as to the state of my mind at the time… it was an effort to elongate my life... well, do you believe Lee Harvey Oswald killed President Kennedy alone, without any aid from a rogue agency of the U.S. Government  or at least a portion of that agency? I believe you are very naïve if you do”

Congratulations on this detailed account of the life of Charles Harrelson. It was good to see that you actually made contact with him in prison.

I have on several occasions raised questions about the value of so-called “confessions” made by people like Harrelson. As I have pointed out, such confessions are common in famous murder cases. This is one of the reasons why detectives are careful about holding back information about the crime scene. This enables them to dismiss most of these crank claims. The problem with confessions about being involved in the assassination of JFK is that there is so much information that has been published that they can include in their confession.

I am especially sceptical about confessions that have been made by people serving a term of “life imprisonment”. Clearly, their confession means they will not have to suffer punishment for their crime. It is clearly very appealing for someone who knows they will never be released from prison to make a confession that they were involved in the killing of Kennedy. Not only do they create publicity, they also provide an opportunity to make money from their story (either for themselves or their family).

As you point out in your seminar (quoted above), Harrelson has not been consistent in his confessions. Am I right in believing that he retracted his confession soon after making it. In 1988 Harrelson told the producer of The Men Who Killed Kennedy, Nigel Turner, that "on November 22, 1963, at 12.30, I was having lunch with a friend in a restaurant in Houston, Texas." He also told Turner that he would not have accepted such a contract as he knew that if he had, he would have ended up, like Lee Harvey Oswald, being killed by the Mafia.

Did Harrelson say anything to you about this in his letter to you? Is he still saying he was in Houston on 22nd November, 1963?

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Yes he still claims that he had no involvement and had no knowledge of the assassination, I was aware of his claim that he was dining with a friend at the time, he did not mention it to me although I shall most likely correspond with him a bit more if he is good enough to write back just to clear up some details and possibly ask him who he was dining with. There is only a certain amount of information that you can obtain on a person, the best person to ask about Charles Harrelson is Charles Harrelson. I will hopefuly be receiving case files on Harrelson in the near future so there may be more work to be done, and possibly some investigation into Mcwillie and Matthews.

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James Richards has a personal experience with Woody exploding after being confronted with the tramp photos. I hope James is willing to relate it here.

The question of course is: Why would Woody be so touchy if his dad is not the tall tramp? Woody knows.

Wim

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one astounding fact that I forgot to add to the article is that the trial and investigation into the murder of judge wood cost more than the warren commission!

i shall place that piece of information in now

john

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James Richards has a personal experience with Woody exploding after being confronted with the tramp photos. I hope James is willing to relate it here.

The question of course is: Why would Woody be so touchy if his dad is not the tall tramp? Woody knows. (Wim Dankbaar)

Hi Wim,

Yes indeed. I did some work a few years ago on the film 'The Thin Red Line' in North Queensland. Woody Harrelson was a part of the ensemble cast. During a meal break, one of the larrikin Australian crew members placed a 'Tramps' photo in front of Woody and asked if he could get his dad to autograph it. The young Harrelson didn't see the funny side and flew off the handle. Touchy is an understatement.

Charles Harrelson below.

James

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Just an update on th charles harrelson situation. I wrote another letter to him in december, I mentioned a lot of names including jerry o brien watkins, r.d. matthews, lewis mcwillie, kames files/sutton and a list of other names.

I have not received a reply from harreslon and he was obviously not pleased and certainly unaware of what is known of his previous associates.

I shall in the next week or two be obtaining high school photos of harrelson from the huntsville public library.

They should prove interesting and might be a help with identifying or ruling out harrelson as the tall tramp.

john

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[Geraghty:

Tell us everything you know.

Was harrelson the tramp, was he with holt, or hunt?

Who was the third tramp, the French OAS?

Flown out of the country by David Ferrie?

What is Harrelson's rap now that he is fingered?

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[Geraghty:

Tell us everything you know.

Was harrelson the tramp, was he with holt, or hunt?

Who was the third tramp, the French OAS?

Flown out of the country by David Ferrie?

What is Harrelson's rap now that he is fingered?

Well Shanet, Harrelson has not divulged anything to me and denies being one of the tramps and calls Chauncey Holt a "Certified xxxx". Im still not sure whether Harrelson was the tramp, I have my doubts about charles rogers, but if he was not one of the tramps then holt must be lying.......whats a guy to do.

Im looking into the theory that the small tramp was Raoul, the man who james earl ray says helped to set him up and handled him in the MLK assassination, there are a lot of similarities in the two cases which I am currently looking into. Ray was shown a photo of the tramps before and said that the small tramp could very well be this Raoul but he was unsure.

With regards to harrelsons rap I guess you mean his take on the situation, he denies it as i have said above.

Perhaps Beverly oliver may have some information about him or people related to him such as R.D. Matthews or others.

john

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