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Wised Up is a true crime story of atonement for Charlie Wilhelm, a career criminal who ended his life of crime the year he turned 40. Going to the FBI with no lawyer – and no criminal charges against him – he went undercover, wearing a wire to catch his life-long friends for drug dealing, bribery, loan sharking and murder. This intimate story, told in Charlie’s voice, is the first to expose organized crime in Baltimore. It also reveals Charlie's friendship with a childhood friend, Bruce Hall, who became an FBI agent and helped Charlie leave his life of crime. The book unravels the complex relationship between an informant and his FBI handlers, and explores the tormented mind of a man with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who faces the consequences of doing the right thing, while turning against his crime family. In this second edition of Charlie Wilhelm's memoir, a new chapter takes up where the original Wised Up left off when it was first published in 2004 after Charlie put his best friend in prison for murder. Read the updated version, with a new cover and new photos, and find out what happened next.
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WISEGUY HEAVEN Arson, loansharking, drug dealing, extortion – it was all in a day’s work for Charlie Wilhelm. In Baltimore, an organized crime syndicate of over 200 men took orders from him and his partner, strong arm enforcer Billy Isaacs. For over twenty years, Charlie lived the sweet life, making $10,000 a week in untaxed cash. ORDERED TO KILL But everything changed in 1995, when Isaacs demanded that Wilhelm take out two men he suspected of cheating him. Charlie Wilhelm didn’t want to kill – but he didn’t want to die, either. Turning to FBI agent Bruce Hall – who’d grown up in the old neighborhood with Charlie – he became a double agent, working undercover against his former associates. DOUBLE LIFE Danger lay everywhere, from suspicious hoodlums to dirty cops and even a Mob tipster working in the U.S. Attorney’s office. One misstep could spell death not only for Charlie, but for his wife and children. Yet Wilhelm’s efforts not only saved lives – they resulted in twenty convictions for offenses ranging from bribery and conspiracy to drug dealing and murder. Now, in his own words, Charlie Wilhelm tells his incredible true story of a wild life lived on both sides of the law.About the Author:
Charlie Wilhelm is a carpenter who renovates houses in Baltimore and dotes on his eight grandchildren in his spare time. Joan Jacobson was a reporter for the Evening Sun and Baltimore Sun for 28 years. She met Charlie in a courtroom when he testified against his best friend for a long unsolved murder.
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