E195: GANGSTER – Stanley Tookie Williams III

This week Beth and Wendy discuss the case of Stanley Tookie Williams III, co-founder of The Crips, Los Angeles’ first major black street gang.

This episode was researched & scripted by Wendy & Beth Williams and edited by Minnie Williams.

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SCOCAL. (04/11/1988). People v. Williams. Retrieved 04/23/2023 from https://scocal.stanford.edu/opinion/people-v-williams-23302

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ABC News. (11/20/2001). Crips Co-Founder Nominated for Peace Prize. Retrieved 04/23/2023 from https://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=94963&page=1

Thompson, Tony. (03/13/2019). The Guardian. Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams: one of the last men to be executed in California. Retrieved 04/23/2023 from https://www.theguardian.com/books/2004/nov/28/biography.tonythompson

Finz, Stacy; Fimrite, Peter; Fagan, Kevin; Chronicle Staff Writers. (12/13/2005). WILLIAMS EXECUTED / LAST HOURS / Gang co-founder put to death for 1979 murders of 4 in L.A. area. SFGate. Retrieved 04/28/2023 from https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/WILLIAMS-EXECUTED-LAST-HOURS-Gang-co-founder-2557277.php

Justia Law. (09/09/2004). Stanley Williams, Petitioner-appellant, v. Jeanne S. Woodford, Warden, California State Prison, San Quentin, Respondent-appellee, 384 F.3d 567 (9th Cir. 2004). Retrieved 04/29/2023 from https://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F3/384/567/483813/

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StudyLib. (n.d.). Gang History – History of South Central, Los Angeles. Retrieved 05/02/2023 from https://studylib.net/doc/9029545/gang-history—history-of-south-central–los-angeles

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Taylor, Dennis L. (02/08/2009). A LIFE FROM CRIPS TO CHRIST. Monterey Herald. Retrieved 05/06/2023 from https://www.montereyherald.com/2009/02/08/a-life-from-crips-to-christ/


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