cheers or natural born killers

Harrelson2Although it takes way too much of my time than it should I read Talking Points Memo every day.

There’s a big hubbub about a senator that said something inappropriate on the floor of the senate — obliquely inferring that judges getting murdered had it coming. One of the follow up posts had this:

Sen. John Cornyn’s hometown is San Antonio, Texas. And San Antonio is a city with some tragic experience with violence against judges.

On May 29th, 1979, a killer-for-hire, Charles Voyde Harrelson murdered Federal District Judge John Wood Jr.

In the words of a New York Times article (11/20/1982) that appeared three years later during Harrelson’s trial, he hid “in ambush outside the judge’s apartment [and] used a high-powered rifle to shoot Judge Wood in return for a $250,000 payment from a drug dealer [Jamiel Chagra] who was facing trial before the judge.”

(ed.note: Note of thanks to TPM Reader JW. And for those of you who are addicted to trivia, yes, Harrelson is the father of actor Woody Harrelson.)

Bold is mine! Did you guys know that Woody Harrelson’s father was a killer for hire? His IMDB page even goes one further with this juicy bit:

His father, Charles, in addition to being a convicted felon, is believed to be one of “the hobos” taken away from the area known as “the grassy knoll” right after the shooting of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

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