July 10, 2011

The Story Of Frank Matthews

One thing that I vowed to do before changing OnlyRocky over to a gossip blogsite is to write about topics that everyone will be entertained from reading.  I dedicated myself to not only write about celebrity gossip but, to use this site as a detour to some young girl or boy that is traveling down a road of destruction.  Some might read this site and think that some articles glorify drug dealers and gangsters.  It doesn't it gives you the end of their demise.  It gives that seventeen year old boy that's considering drug slanging the possible end results of being a drug dealer.  Every child isn't able or comfortable enough to go to a parent, adult, or family member/friend to discuss certain things.  I want to provide an informative platform for THAT child.  So, now that we got that out the way let's move on to some old but juicy information from the past.
Out of all the crime stories that we read and hear about on a daily basis seldom, do we witness a successful ending.  Either someone is murdered, committed murder, dead, or incarcerated. Fortunately, this isn't any of the circumstances when regarding Frank Matthews.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the story of Frank Matthews I'm going to give you a brief rundown.  Frank Matthews was a self made millionaire in the drug trade of the 70's era.  He started of in the numbers racket and his desire for more money directed him to sell drugs.  After being turned by two major crime families, The Gambinos and The Bonnanos to help supply him with narcotics he joined forces with a Cuban cocaine dealer.  This connection was made through Harlem's number runner, Raymond Marquez.
In less that one year, Matthews became one of New York's biggest drug dealers.  Matthews proclaimed the image of Robin Hood until crossed.  By the early 70's, his organization was handling multi-million dollar shipments in at least 21 states.  According to the Government, Matthews was controlling the cutting, packaging, and selling of heroin to every major East Coast city.
As his empire grew, he was given the name of Black Ceaser.  Of course, years later the movie, Black Ceasar and Hell Up In Harlem will be made emulating the life and disapperance of Frank Matthews portrayed by actor Fred Williamson..  It wasn't unusual to see Frank out in Harlem with a mink sable, leather safari suit, pipe in his mouth and a harem of beautiful, exotic women.  Frank had six mistress spread across New York City in six of his apartments.  He drove a fleet of Cadillacs that he paid for with cash money.  During frequent trips to Las Vegas, he would lose as much as $190,000 in one gambling session.  That was nothing to him.  His main reason for visiting was to launder his drug money through his business contacts. 
Eventually, Frank moved his family to a multi-million dollar home and sent his children to private school.  Paul Castellano was growing irritated with Frank's flamboyant lifestyle and didn't take to kindly to Frank moving into his neighborhood.  Of course, this caused contemplations of Castellano murdering Frank.  Fortunately for Frank, Castellano was murdered before his plan came into motion. 
Frank Matthews was the only black man affiliated with The French Connection.  His net worthed was sixty million dollars.  Instead of  re-investing his profits into his drug business, he invested it into real estate and put additional funds into overseas money laundering havens.  Authorities estimated that he deposited at least one million dollars into a special savings account. 
In 1972, Frank's supplier was arrested in Miami, FL.  Frank was arrested a few weeks later and could possibly face 50 years in prison. 
On July 2, 1973, Frank Matthews was scheduled to appear in court.  He never showed.  He and girlfriend, Denise Brown disappeared with 20 million dollars in cash.  The authorities have been looking for him since.
As always I am forever grateful for your constant support by reading Only Rocky. May you blessed abundantly..Peace........


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