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Actor James Arthur Williams Biography

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Actor James Arthur Williams

Facts of Actor James Arthur Williams

Name Arthur James Williams
Mother Blanche Brooks Williams
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Gordon, Georgia
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Profession Preservationalist
Famous for death of Danny Lewis Hansford
Died January 14, 1990

Quick Timeline of Actor James Arthur Williams

1955 Born in Georgia, Gordon
1955 Started his restorataion business
1969 Bought a house built for Hugh Weedon Mercer
1981 Arrested for the murder of Danny Hansford
1989 Acquited by the Jury after 4 trials
1990 Died in 1990
1994 Book related to his trial was published
1997 A film of the same name Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was made

Detail Timeline of Actor James Arthur Williams

December 11 , 1955

Born in Georgia, Gordon

James Arthur Williams was born on December 11, 1931, in the state of Gordon, Georgia to mother Blanche Brooks Williams.

1955

Started his restorataion business

Williams was just 24 in 1955, when he brought three houses in the East Congress Street, and started his works on restoration.

1969

Bought a house built for Hugh Weedon Mercer

Williams bought a home originally built for General Hugh Weedon Mercer, great-grandfather of famed American songwriter Johnny Mercer and changed the house into his operating place for antique restoration.

1981

Arrested for the murder of Danny Hansford

Williams was arrested for the shooting death of assistant Danny Lewis Hansford in his Savannah with whom he was believed to have a sexual relationship.

1989

Acquited by the Jury after 4 trials

Williams was finally acquited by the jury of Augusta, Georgia, after facing four trials for the murder of Danny Hansford.

January 14 , 1990

Died in 1990

Six months after his trial, Willaims died unexpectedly in his home. He was 59 at the time and died in the same spot where Danny Hansford had died.

1994

Book related to his trial was published

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a book about Hansford's murder and Willaims' subsequent trial for the killing was written by author John Berendt and published in 1994.

1997

A film of the same name Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was made

The book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was adapted into a movie with the same name, and was directed by Clint Eastwood, and the role of Williams was played by Kevin Spacey.

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James Arthur Williams was the only person in Georgia to be tried four times for the same crime. He was charged with killing his assistant Danny Lewis Hansford.

Arthur Williams was born on December 11, 1931, in Gordon, Georgia. He was a renown Savanah, Georgia antique dealer, and historic preservationist. In 1955, at a young age of 24, he bought and restored his first three houses located in the East Congress Street. Over the 35 years, he restored almost 50 houses in Georgia and South Carolina, which included Odingsell House, Merault House, Hampton Lillibridge House, Habersham's Pink House, Armstrong House and Mercer House.

In 1969, he bought a house built initially for General Hugh Weedon Mercer, the great-grandfather of the American songwriter Johnny Mercer. Williams renumerated the house in the course of two years. After its restoration, it became his permanent residence from where he began operating his life-long career of antique restoration business.

Arthur was arrested in 1981 for the murder of Danny Hansford, with whom he is believed to have the sexual relationship. After four trials, he was found not guilty at the final trial in 1989. His case was first defended by lawyer Bobby Lee Cook and was convicted and almost got sentenced to life in prison. He appealed posting a bond of $200,000. By the end of the last trial, he was found not guilty by the court in Augusta, Georgia.

James died on January 14, 1990, six months after his final trial. He was 59 at the time and died of pneumonia and heart failure. He was buried next to his mother Blanche Brooks Williams, in Ramah church Cemetery in Gordo, Georgia.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a book that deals with the Hansford's murder and Williams' subsequent trial for the killing was written by author John Berendt and was published in 1994. It also became the finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize in General Nonfiction.

The book was later adapted into a movie in 1997. The movie is directed by Clint Eastwood, and the role of Williams is portrayed by actor Kevin Spacey.

Talking about the financial aspect of his life, it has been a bit of a mystery. There are no details available about his net worth at the time of his death.