When someone is in the public eye, we feel like we know them. Despite the fact that we may never meet this person, we see so much of them that it can feel just like they’re a friend of ours. But regardless of how much of their public life we see, that person has a private life that is completely separate and usually hidden from our eyes.
We can assume that most famous people are more-or-less just like everyone else in their private time. But just like ordinary folks, that means they can have the same kinds of problems as you or me…
Bit By The Wrestling Bug
As a young man, Chuck Williams loved professional wrestling. There was something about the showmanship and physicality of sport that was somehow irresistible to him. So he sought out the mentorship of 2 legends of the sport, Robert Gibson and Ricky Morton, better known as the tag team duo “The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.”
Under their tutelage, Chuck made his professional wrestling debut in December of 1988 for the Tri-State Wrestling Alliance under the name “Rockin’ Rebel.” Fighting for the Philadelphia-based organization, he would have a great deal of success both as an independent wrestler and as part of a tag team duo…
Over the next couple of decades, Chuck would work for a number of different organizations, smaller ones like ECW, as well as the “pepsi and coke” of the wrestling world at the time, WCW and WWF (now WWE). His work would take him around the country and around the world to places like Japan and Korea. It was the kind of career a young wrestler would dream of.
Meeting The One
Along the way, he accomplished something arguably greater than a stellar wrestling career: finding the love of his life, a woman named Stephanie. The two of them fell for each other and got married, eventually settling down in West Goshen, PA…
Let’s Have A Baby
As Chuck and Stephanie reached middle age and the Rockin’ Rebel’s career began to wane, they decided to try for a child. They were ecstatic when they found out that instead of just one child, they’d been blessed with fraternal twins, a boy and a girl who they named Colton and Maddison.
As the bright lights of the wrestling ring began to dim, Chuck started working for more small-time, local promotions while Stephanie ran a small daycare business out of their home. But though there was exposure, glitz, and glamor for him, it’s not to say the Rockin Rebel wasn’t without a loyal fanbase…
Chuck, now in his early 50s, would still communicate with his fans through his Facebook page, posting positive messages like “Wake up every day and smile, it’s a new day and a fresh start…” or “Days of spending time with the ones who love you and you love them are far and few, make them count…” But behind the positive messages, not everything was great in his life.
There’s Always Problems
According to Chuck and Stephanie’s neighbors, it wasn’t uncommon for there to be some sort of domestic altercation at their home. “They were quiet, they kept to themselves,” said one neighbor, a woman named Stephanie Seiple. “There were always problems over there. The police were there a lot.” …
We don’t know exactly how long the domestic issues had been going on but we do know with absolute certainty when they ended. One morning in early June of 2018, Colton woke up in the morning just as he would on any other day. The first thing the 10-year-old did was go to see his parents.
But when he got to his parents room, he saw something that no kid should ever have to see. Colton was witness to a terrible scene with both his parents lying cold on the floor, blood pooling beneath them, and in his father’s hand was a pistol…
Mommy And Daddy
“Colton only being 10 years old found both his mommy and daddy,” said Stephanie’s brother, Chad. “He took their pulse and then ran upstairs to get his sister and had to tell her what happened.”
“They both had to pass their mother and father again on the way out,” Chad continued, “while Colton also retrieved their dog Appolo.” Despite his young age, Colton handled the situation in a remarkably responsible fashion…
No More Hurt
After getting his sister Maddison and their dog out of the house, Colton told her to wait outside in the driveway. He then “went back to the house to call 911 where he then found the gun that was used and moved it from his father’s hand so no one else could be hurt,” Chad said.
When first responders arrived on the scene, they confirmed what Colton already knew: both his parents were dead. By the time Stephanie’s brother arrived on the scene, there was already a working theory about what had happened…
When Chad arrived, Colton told him that “his Daddy shot Mommy and then himself.” Apparently, during the night there had been an altercation between Chuck and Stephanie like the many that had happened before. But this time, things had gone beyond the point of no return.
That Chuck would do such a thing came as a massive surprise and devastating shock to the Rockin’ Rebel’s fans and former colleagues. “I have known him for over 30 years and I am in absolute shock,” said his promoter, Rob Feinstein…
Rembering The Good
“I have not talked to him in a long time but he was legit one of the funniest guys I have ever been around,” Rob added. “I never had any issues with him ever as he was always a barrel of laughs. God, I have so many stories and memories and I just want to remember him for who he was, not the past 24 hours.”
“We live in a crazy society and this is just tragic as I feel bad for their kids,” Rob continued. It was unclear at that point what would happen to Colton and Maddison, though 2 things are sure. First, they will surely be scarred for life by their parents’ deaths. Second, their extended family will step in to help the now parentless twins…
She Was Many Things
Chad set up a GoFundMe to help pay for the unexpected funeral costs where he described her as “the first born leader, the glue, the best friend, the heart of gold, the crafty one, the brain, and most importantly the best mother those children could ever have.” Within a short period of time, they had surpassed the $20,000 goal set.
There Is Help For You
If you are currently experiencing domestic violence, know that you’re not alone and there are people who will help you, whatever your situation. Please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1 800 799 7233 or, if you’re sure that your internet usage is not being monitored, go to www.thehotline.org. If you are concerned that a friend or loved one may be in a domestic abuse situation, please visit http://www.thehotline.org/help/help-for-friends-and-family/.