Margaret Johnson who earned her street stripes by sh00ting a robber who tried to rob her in a wheelchair di*d on Monday (November 28, 2022). Margaret Johnson was the granddaughter of the legendary Harlem mobster Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson. She was 66 years old.
Anthony Hatcher Johnson, her son, published a notice of her passing on Facebook. Keith Wright, a longtime Harlem assemblyman. Johnson had a heart attack and was in a coma until medics removed her respirator.
A man tried to steal Johnson’s handbag and a gold chain in September 2006 as she was in her motorized wheelchair close to her house at Lenox Ave. and 133rd St. Johnson was a retired municipal bus driver with a fractured hip and a ruptured disc.
Police reported that Johnson took out her legal. 357 Magnum and sh0t the robber in the left elbow. A little while afterward, police arrested him said Wright, a friend (According to NY Daily News)
“She was as feisty as they came. After the incident when someone had the bad judgment to try to violate her, I started calling her the Annie Oakley of Harlem. She always tried to be helpful. She was one of the most outspoken people for the betterment of our neighborhood.”
A Harlem crime boss who served as the model for Bumpy Jonas in the 1971 cult classic Shaft was Johnson’s grandfather. Characters in The Cotton Club and American Gangster was also modeled after him.
The in-person Former Alcatraz prisoner Bumpy is renowned for his conflict with criminal Dutch Shultz over leadership of the Harlem numbers racket. Bumpy, with a mix of compassion and ruthlessness, became a Harlem hero after fending off Schultz and his gang.
Johnson claimed in a previous interview that although she was Bumpy’s granddaughter, the drug lord treated her like one of his children, treating her with expensive birthday parties, pony rides and a chauffeur-driven limousine to private school.
She claimed that she learned math by counting her grandfather’s winnings from illegal gambling and earning her allowance. Bumpy passed away in 1968 after a heart attack not with the ferocity that some had predicted.
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A virtual library of official documents, black-and-white images and prison records could be found at Johnson’s Harlem apartment. she once said (as reported by NY Daily News)
“I was always looking for Daddy in all the wrong places.”
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