- NAME: Chaz Williams
- OCCUPATION: Thief
- Originally: Charles Williams
- Nickname: Slim
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Chaz Williams robbed over 60 banks, aiming to get back at what he saw as a racist system. Upon being released, he founded Black Hand Entertainment. See Biography.com.
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Bank robber. Born Charles Williams in Harlem, New York, the middle of three children. His father was a WWII veteran, and his mother stayed home to raise the family. When Williams was five years old, the family moved to Jamaica, Queens, where they lived hand-to-mouth in the notorious "40 Projects."
At an early age, Williams' visits to the
South to visit extended family made a deep impression. His experiences
with segregation, Williams later said, affected how he felt about law
enforcement, society, and the government. The violence, fear and
inequality facing African-American citizens struck Williams as unfair,
and he became determined to do what he could to strike back at the
people in power.
For Williams, going to school and following rules weren't producing the results he wanted to get ahead. So instead, he turned to robbery. Williams had his first encounter with the law at the age of 12, when he robbed a local drug store. He was immediately captured by law enforcement officials, and held in a Bronx youth facility.
The arrest had little affect on Williams, who continued to buck the system. He was kicked out of a string of schools during his youth, and his overwhelmed family eventually shipped him to Florida to live with relatives. The move didn't change Williams' behavior, either; he carried out a string of petty robberies in his new environment, and was finally sent back to New York by his frustrated grandmother.
As soon as he was back with his parents in Queens, Williams was caught yet again for breaking the law. This time, he was given an 18-month juvenile detention sentence. While in the detention center, Williams plotted a successful jailbreak that involved distracting security with an outburst. Upon his escape, he fled over the U.S. border to Canada, where he was almost immediately caught for another attempted robbery.
Williams was sent to Montreal's Prison de Bordeaux with a stiff sentence. After completing his time, the 17-year-old returned to New York with the intention of living the extravagant lifestyle he felt the country owed him. In order to pay for what he thought were the finer things in life—expensive cars, jewelry, and high-priced houses. He decided to rob federal banks, believing that he was somehow getting revenge on a federal government that he felt ignored the needs of African-Americans.
In 1971, Williams and his band of bank robbers were caught after one of the bandits was arrested on an unrelated charge. In an effort to plea bargain, the robber revealed the identities of Williams and his crew.
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