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Encyclopedia > Billy Van Arsdale

William Brester 'Billy' Van Arsdale III (1935-1962) is the husband of Francesca Corleone in the novel, The Godfather Returns. The Godfather Returns is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. ...


Billy Van Arsdale was born to unamed parnets in New York in 1935. His family made fortunes seling citris juice for many business men, including Vito Corleone. He was a trouble-some child and often had parties when he was a teenager. In collage, he met sweethart Francesca Corleone in 1955. 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Vito Corleone (December 7, 1891 - June 25, 1955), born as Vito Andolini, aka The Godfather or The Don, is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novel The Godfather, as well as Francis Ford Coppolas trilogy of films based on it. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Spoiler warning:Plot and/or ending details below.

Bill and Francesca got married in January 1956 and had two children, Frank and Bill Jr. Around this time he became a spy for the Sheas. He also started campain work for the President elect, James Shea. He also did not personally like Michael Corleone because he would not let him in on any secrets. Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... James Kavanaugh Jimmy Shea (1919-1964) is the fictional president of the 1960 Presidential Election. ... Michael Corleone (December 25, 1920 - December 29, 1997) is a fictional character in Mario Puzos novels, The Godfather and The Sicilian. ...

By 1961, he started to have an affair with one of Danny Shea's secrataries. Francesca never knew about this and thought he would not have inter-course with her because he knew she was pregnant. By early 1962, Francesca had learned that Billy was a spy for the sheas and he was having an affiar. 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ...

He was staying at a hotel the night of his murder. Francesca drove a car, crying, and saw him leaving. She saw him and started peddeling faster until she hit him. The force of the hit broke his body into two-halves. To this day, his murder was never solved.



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