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Friday, 05 December 2008 18:45

Stanley Tookie Williams III

Born: December 29, 1953, New Orleans Louisiana, U.S.

Died: December 13, 2005, Marin County, California, U.S.

Age: 51

Cause of death: Lethal injection

Notable because: A leader of the Crips gang in LA. Was arrested for murder, found guilty and sentenced to death. While in prison where he became famous for writing and his changed ways raised the issue of redemption. Governor Arnold Scwhartzenneger described the decision whether to grant clemency as "the toughest thing when you are governor, dealing with someone's life" but failed to spare Tookie who died still proclaiming his innocence. His son Stanley "Little Tookie" Williams, IV a Neighborhood Crip, was found guilty of shooting a 20-year-old woman to death in an alley off Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Williams Jr. was sentenced to sixteen years in prison for second-degree murder. Jamie Fox plays Tookie in the movie 'Redemption.'


Stanley Tookie Williams  born in New Orleans, Louisiana, was a convicted murderer and an early leader of the Crips, a notorious American street gang which had its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1971. In December 2005 he was executed for the 1979 murders of Albert Owens, Yen-Yi Yang, Tsai-Shai Lin, and Yee-Chen Lin. While in prison, he was nominated for a Nobel prize for authoring books that were intended to help youth.

Williams refused to aid police investigations with any information against his gang, and was implicated in attacks on guards and other inmates as well as multiple escape plots. In 1993, Williams began making changes in his behavior, and became an anti-gang activist while on Death Row in California. Although he continued to refuse to assist police in their gang investigations, he renounced his gang affiliation and apologized for the Crips' founding, while never admitting to the crimes for which he was convicted. He co-wrote children's books and participated in efforts intended to prevent youths from joining gangs. A biographical TV-movie entitled Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story was made in 2004, and featured Jamie Foxx as Williams. December 13, 2005, Williams was executed by lethal injection after clemency and a four-week stay of execution were both rejected by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, amidst debate over the death penalty and whether Williams' anti-gang advocacy in prison represented genuine atonement. Williams was the second inmate in California to be executed in 2005.




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