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Arthur "Artorius" Williams is an American-born counterfeiter and subject of the book, The Art of Making Money by Jason Kersten. He is most known for having counterfeited the 1996-issued $100 Bill, the quality of which is on par with the supernote. He currently resides in Chicago. His story was featured on NPR's The Diane Rehm Show on June 15, 2009. He was also featured in a season 5 episode of American Greed.
Currently, Arthur is working on a book of his own writings called Cain's Dagger. It's a story that highlights secret teachings taught to him as a child. These teachings were passed from his family to him and disclosed the true teachings of a secret society known as the Solomon Order. The base of the story, Cain's Dagger is that Jeshua the Anointed also known as Jesus has manuscripts written by his own hand. This is the truth of the Holy Grail and what the secret societies protected.
Arthur Williams is also a painter and artist. During his incarceration, he painted old paper currency onto canvas, and imbedded secret symbols into each painting. While mastering his craft, he became fascinated with the art of fashion, and decided to design his own clothing line with the same symbolism he infused into his paintings. He used the ancient myths taught to him as a child to help him build the Julius Davinci clothing line. Due to the historical content of the American currency and his ambition to be a benefit to the economy rather than a hindrance, Williams refused to outsource the making of his clothing line. He chose to build the Julius Davinci brand as an American made fashion house, thus creating American jobs.
Williams was born on Thanksgiving, 1972. Raised on the south side of Chicago in the projects on 31st and Halsted, Williams grew up to be diehard White Sox fan. He was schooled in the ancient art of counterfeiting by his master "Da Vinci" at the age of 15. Due to his teacher's untimely disappearance, Williams was soon recruited by Chicago's street underworld. After numerous close stints with the law, he moved to Texas where he met his wife, whom he married twice.
Challenged by the new 1996 note, Williams painstakingly developed the process that allowed him to break all the security features that the Bureau of Engraving said were unbreakable.
Brian Robbins is producing with Sharla Sumpter and Brad Weston. Frank Baldwin wrote the script.
Pine would play Art Williams, the alias for a Chicago man who rose from petty theft to become a master counterfeiter.
Paramount acquired the project based on a 2005 Rolling Stone article by Jason Kersten, who turned his reporting into the book "The Art of Making Money: The Story of a Master Counterfeiter." Source:Variety October 12, 2009.
Synopsis - Cain’s Dagger
From the depth’s of Lucifer’s Hell to the Kingdom of Heaven in Jerusalem, Cain’s Dagger is a fantastical tale of epic proportions that weaves subliminally between love and hate, Heaven and Earth, reality and the surreal, and what can only be imagined over the depth of time. Angel and Demon warriors juxtapose between episodes of historical fiction, fantasy, and a blend of mythology that centralizes in a memorizing story that tests our accepted limits on the origin of man, creation, and christendom.
Take a fascinating ride from the dawn of time, and the glories of Heaven, through the history of Mankind up to the modern day in a whirlwind of activity that uncovers the truth behind religion, the Bible, and the Creator. If Hollywood could get it so right, this novel combines the legends, myths, and folklore our society reveres. From the eternal godliness of Heaven’s Glory and the Lord’s Creation to modern day angel warriors battling demon infested hosts, and waging wars for the souls of humanity, bereft of the lost knowledge and wisdom past down through the eons that explain the purpose of the world and human evolution.
With the secret society’s Christian ideology and hidden orders entrenched among us, charged with protected and preparing the way for the King of Heaven, two figures out of Biblical lore come to life. Cain’s Dagger takes a hard look at the mythical icons we have held dear to our hearts since the beginning of time, and twist them into an alternative history that is so complex and believable, it seems more real than the accepted history of our world. The multi-layered textures of this breathtaking story will draw you in and leave you wanting more. The discoveries made in this fictional tale will have you questioning all you have ever learned or imagined or even thought possible. Challenge your beliefs and knowledge concerning life, honor, and love by reading Cain’s Dagger. It will give you a whole new perspective on what is and what might be.
“Cain’s Dagger is a mix between Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and The Game of Thrones. Arthur Williams Jr. has written a masterpiece that combines the best elements of fantasy of historical fiction. This is a must read for fans of those genres and this novel will end up with a cult following for sure.” - Seth Ferranti, Author of Prison Stories and Gorilla Convict:The Prison Writings of Seth Ferranti
As he was writing the book, Cain's Dagger, he was seeing visuals during the process of creating. It was a deep desire to paint and draw the visions that he had seen. It reminded him of when he was a young child, and his teacher da Vinci spoke of his love for art and for painting, and through that teaching, it led him to begin to create his own creations. He joined a painting class in prison, and his first painting was three flowers in the clouds, and he could not finish it because he could not find an interest in what he was drawing.
It was then that he met an interesting man named Melchizedek 8 who showed him certain techniques that allowed him to excel with graphite, pastel, and eventually oil. With pastels, Melchizedek guided his hand with the $2 bill of the Educational Series of money. After that, he rejoined the prison art class and chose to start on the 1896 $1 bill of the Educational Series.
Williams took the name Artorius as a pseudonym for his paintings because of the impact the movie Excalibur had on him. In that movie, King Arthur did not have his parents and felt alone in the world. Williams related to King Arthur in that film. From that point on, Williams believed that he was much more than what he could see on the outside. As Williams grew into a man, he took on the Artorius name as the bear because it is a representation of becoming something that society says is impossible, and what people say cannot be done. Above all, it represents believing in oneself.
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