Cincinnati Merchants Await Annual Visit of Terrible Williamsons
CINCINNATI, May 12 The terrible Williamsons are due back any day now, as regular as springtime, and some merchants here can hardly wait. Every year, just before Memorial Day, the Williamsons return to town, peeling off hundreddollar bills to pay for their Cadillacs and their stocks and their funerals.
The Williamsons are gyp artists an inbred clan of about 2,000 that fleeces people all over the country. That canada goose store is why the police have labeled them “terrible.” They will blacktop your driveway, trim your trees, sell you Irish linen, then speed across the county line before you find she flaws.
Some drive canada goose black friday sale new cars and stay in motels. Others drive new campers and stay in trailer lots. Some are named Stewart or McDonald or Reid, rather than Williamson. And Cincinnati is as much of a home as they have. It is their major burial ground.
The Williamsons used to keep canada goose uk outlet the bodies in storage until the clan could assemble on Memorial Day for a common service. Fast cars and interstate highways have now made it easier to hold funerals all year Canada Goose Parka round, but the buy canada goose jacket cheap family still congregates here in May.
The cemeteries and funeral homes tend to be discreet about such steady customers, perhaps recalling the automobile dealer who used to sell dozens buy canada goose jacket of new models every May until publicity scared the Williamsons to another dealer.
Security is heavy at Williamson funeral, with admittance gained only by reciting the clan password in a Scottish brogue, but one cheap Canada Goose observer counted 125 new cars at a recent funeral.
Most of the funerals used to be held at Spring Grove Cemetery on the north side of town, where the family owns at least 25 plots and has buried 60 relatives, usually beneath large red granite tombstones.
At Highland Cemetery, across the river at Fort Mitchell, Ky., a suburb of Covington, at least eight plots are owned by people named Williamson; Stewarts are even more numerous. Not all the Williamsons or Stewarts interred there are related to the clan, canada goose but an employe said some of them were “people in the home repair business gypsies, I’ve heard.”
Emigrated From Scotland
The Williamsons are not the traditional Latin or Eastern European gypsies. They are descendants of Robert Logan Williamson, who emigrated from Scotland to Brooklyn in the eighteennineties and soon sent for his relatives.
Marriage and intermarriage spread the clan around the country. Families rarely owned homes and the children rarely attended school. Their parents taught them what they thought was necessary to carry on the family’s traditions.
A few unrelated clans grew up, too, such as the Johns of the Southwest. But the police include such Canada Goose Jackets groups with the Williamsons, making the name a generic term cheap canada goose uk for itinerant hustlers.
The clan has eight or 10 family names, and a limited number of given names, reportedly to confuse the police. Among the Canada Goose Coats On Sale common names are Jean, Catherine, Isaac, John and George. Nick names are more exotic. The family leaders at one time were reported to be Isaac (Two Thumbs) Williamson and his wife, https://www.canadagooseoutletshop.co.uk Jennie (Black Queen) Williamson. Their sons were nicknamed Gopher, Goose Neck and Texas.
Occasionally, the families will quarrel over territory and their names will flood a police blotter, as when George Williamson killed Cotton Williamson with an canada goose uk black friday ice pick in Oklahoma City a generation ago. George was sentenced to two years.
Not Exactly Crimes
But most of their deeds are not violent and many of them are not exactly crimes.
“Unless uk canada goose outlet you get something in writing, it’s very tough to indict these people,” said a detective in the crime division of the Cincinnati Police Department. canada goose factory sale “And most people, once they’re Canada Goose online swindled, don’t want to testify,” he added. “We used to tell the canada goose coats on sale family to get out of town until the civil rights bill made that impossible.”
In a classic Williamson maneuver, a Canada Goose Online few of the men will drive up to a house in a tank truck. They have just resurfaced somebody’s driveway, they say, and they would hate to waste their leftover blacktop. They offer to resurface the driveway for a bargain and the homeowner Canada Goose sale accepts. Later, when the rain washes the gunk off the driveway, the swindled homeowner realizes that the “blacktop” was crankcase oil.
The women also contribute to the family fortune. An attractive Williamson woman can tell a sad story of having to sell her dead mother’s valuable linen to buy canada goose clearance sale milk for her baby, who is conveniently bawling in her arms. Many a tenderhearted old woman has bought worthless material as a result canada goose sale outlet of this routine.
An Operating Expense
Usually, the Williamsons escape. If they are arrested, they jump bail and chalk it up as a standard operating expense. They often canadian goose jacket hire rep utable and expensive lawyers. canada goose clearance Some have served time, then caught up with the family.
“It’s tough to keep after them,” said George C. Young, president of the Cincinnati Better Business Bureau, who has spent much of his adult life keeping tabs on the clan. “They canada goose coats keep moving,” uk canada goose Mr. Young said. “You try to keep the public aware but there’s always somebody else to fool.”
While the police say the family has not “worked” in Cincinnati in several years, few retired members reportedly live here yearround, going to the races and betting on horses they own or visiting their stockbroker.
“They got a reputation for being good at the canada goose uk shop stock market,” said a woman who grew up in the same neighborhood as the Williamsons and later worked at their stockbroker’s. “People would follow their moves so closely that they would wait until 5 minutes to 3 before buying or selling.” She added: Canada Goose Outlet.