Actor’s hit-man father murdered federal judge

Minutes after the fatal shooting of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, Dallas police found a trio of unusually well-dressed tramps in a boxcar behind the “grassy knoll” and marched them singlefile through Dealey Plaza.

Photographers snapped several pictures of the passing parade. In the ensuing years, the youngest and tallest of the three was identified by assorted laymen and at least one forensic expert as Charles Voyde Harrelson, a notorious killer-for-hire and father of popular actor Woody Harrelson.

Born in the East Texas community of Lovelady in 1938, Harrelson went to California in his early twenties where he sold encyclopedias door-to-door in the daytime and gambled all night. It was in The Golden State in 1960 that he was convicted of his first felony – armed robbery.


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