Additional information on Chester Campbell Wheeler below. " Black Underworld: Frank Ward not only met with Max Julien (above-with his two brothers) to make sure the actor portrayed him correctly, but he also provided protection for the cast and crew on the set of "The Mack." Ward was the biggest black crime boss/black godfather to come through Oakland, ever.
Backstory: A convicted murderer and reputed hit man for drug dealers -- who triggered a furor in 1975 when he was arrested with notebooks filled with details about drug investigations and top law enforcement officials -- was arrested Wednesday by federal agents. He was also a pimp with the largest stable in Northern California. Trouble came when Huey Newton and the Black Panther Party-who ran the political side of black Oakland-felt the production had infringed on their turf.
It’s the Metro Police Departments’s SWAT and Vice units and investigators from the Internal Revenue Service. It is the rental home of suspected pimp Wheelchair Mike who’s real name is Micah Duncan. By the time I was 14, men were already beginning to notice me. Harlem hustler John Levy might have been good looking and a sweet talker, but John was a man who took money from women.
Investigators detain Duncan, along with his 19-year-old companion, as SWAT officers move from room to room. Hell, he’d want to pimp me and I’d want to pimp him. And – I found out later – if John didn’t get what he wanted from a woman fast enough, he’d beat the hell out her.
It wasn't unusual to see Mike in the VIP section of the top nightclubs with a beautiful woman sitting in his lap. He'd drive downtown, to the 57th Street Diner, waiting by the car while his boss ate breakfast with Frank Costello. He'd start talking about philosophy, read me from Tom Paine, 'The Rights of Man' . Thankfully, this never happened because Frank was murdered before completion of the film.