Charles Harrelson

Charles Harrelson

Born Jul 23, 1938

Charles Voyde Harrelson was an American organized crime figure who was convicted of assassinating federal judge John H. Wood, Jr. , the first federal judge killed in the 20th century. He was the estranged father of actor Woody Harrelson.

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1938 Birth Charles Harrelson was born on July 23, 1938, in Huntsville, Texas, the son of Alma Lee (née Sparks) and Voyde Harrelson. … Read More


1960 21 Years Old In 1960, he was convicted of armed robbery. … Read More
According to Woody, his father disappeared from the family's home in Houston in 1968, leaving his wife Diane to raise Woody and his two brothers. … Read More


1973 34 Years Old Harrelson was retried in 1973, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
1978 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1978, after serving 5 years, he was released early for good behavior.


1979 40 Years Old On May 29, 1979, U.S. District Judge John H. Wood Jr. was shot dead in the parking lot outside his San Antonio, Texas, townhouse. … Read More
1980 41 Years Old In September 1980, Harrelson surrendered to police after a six-hour standoff in which he was reportedly "high on cocaine". … Read More


1989 50 Years Old According to Jim Marrs in 1989's Crossfire, Harrelson is believed to be the youngest and tallest of the "three tramps" by many conspiracy theorists. … Read More
1995 56 Years Old On July 4, 1995, Harrelson and two other inmates, Gary Settle and Michael Rivers, attempted to escape from the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary using a makeshift rope. … Read More


2007 69 Years Old He was found unresponsive in his cell on March 15, 2007, having died of a heart attack; and an autopsy showed he had severe coronary artery disease. … Read More
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