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On October 26, 1970, Muhammad Ali triumphantly returned to the world of boxing in Atlanta, Georgia. But every national front-page headline the next morning featured the story of one of the biggest heists in history. At the center of it all - a hustler named “Chicken Man”. Fans arrived in Rolls Royces delivered from New York City. Adorned in vibrant fur coats and dripping with diamonds, they grabbed engraved invitations then strutted into the arena. The sold-out crowd stood and cheered when the first-round bell rang, minus two empty seats. After the fight, many celebrating the victory, including top black mafia leaders, headed to Chicken Man’s house with invitation in hand. Instead of women and wine greeting them at the front door, each walked into the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun. On FIGHT NIGHT, J.D. Hudson, one of the first black detectives in Atlanta’s desegregated police force helped lead Muhammed Ali into the ring. The next day, he was assigned to the robbery by the chief of police. When asked by a journalist years later, “When did the investigation end?” J.D. summed it up perfectly, “When everybody was dead.”

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On October 26, 1970, Muhammad Ali triumphantly returned to the world of boxing in Atlanta, Georgia. But every national front-page headline the next morning featured the story of the largest black-on-black heist in history. At the center of it all - a hustler named “Chicken Man”. Fans arrived in Rolls Royces delivered from New York City. Adorned in vibrant fur coats and dripping with diamonds, they grabbed engraved invitations then strutted into the arena. The sold-out crowd stood and cheered when the first-round bell rang, minus two empty seats. After the fight, many celebrating the victory, including top black mafia leaders, headed to Chicken Man’s house with invitation in hand. Instead of women and wine greeting them at the front door, each walked into the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun. On FIGHT NIGHT, J.D. Hudson, one of the first black detectives in Atlanta’s desegregated police force helped lead Muhammed Ali into the ring. The next day, he was assigned to the robbery by the chief of police. When asked by a journalist years later, “When did the investigation end?” J.D. summed it up perfectly, “When everybody was dead.” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The Case of a Lifetime

The Case of a Lifetime

2020-10-2630:411

Enter J.D. Hudson. Assigned to the case by the Chief of Police, this tough no-nonsense cop had knowledge of the streets and the crooks who ran them. The first black detective in Atlanta’s desegregated police force, Hudson headed security for the Ali fight. As the lead investigator for the crime, Hudson’s job was to bring Chicken Man down. But few knew of the mutual respect and friendship they shared from opposite sides of the street. Could Atlanta’s homegrown version of Shaft save the hustler and solve the crime? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
A Hustler's Life

A Hustler's Life

2020-11-0228:361

Gordon Williams Jr breaks down his dad's life as a hustler and drug dealer. New characters associated with the party and the heist are introduced like Buddy Gloss and Frank Moten, who was known as the "Black Godfather". JD Hudson, the lead detective on the robbery case, reveals a shocking discovery. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Chicken Man

Chicken Man

2020-11-0930:37

In this episode, we're visited by the ghost of one of the lead characters, learn the background of the afterparty and discover the mastermind of the subsequent heist. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
In this episode we explore how Atlanta was poised to host the huge bout between Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry. Plus, Chicken Man tries to make last minute plans for the after-party. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Fight Night

Fight Night

2020-11-2330:56

Muhammad Ali steps back into the ring for the first time in over three years. The robbers place themselves in position for the heist as the partygoers leave the Municipal Auditorium in Atlanta. The mastermind sets his plan in motion. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
The partygoers are in for a shocking surprise when they arrive at Chicken Man's house. And when Chicken Man shows up, he realizes his world is about to be turned upside down. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
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