Melvin Williams was the heroin king of Baltimore who amassed nearly a half billion dollars during the '70's and early '80's. In the '60's, he was a genius gambler who, at age 12, played against gang members and crime bosses winning thousands of dollars. By age 15, Williams was a millionaire and had established himself as a figure on Pennsylvania Avenue during its heyday when top stars played the Royal Theater. After the Martin Luther King assassination, Baltimore City officials would call on Melvin Williams, age 27, to help stop the riots.
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