William Bedford, aka "Billy Bedlam", is one of the two secondary antagonists in the film Con Air and Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom's left-hand man. He is a convict guilty of murdering an entire family due to a combination of an unfaithful spouse and an irrational mental instability. Billy Bedlam is portrayed by Nick Chinlund.

Events prior to Con AirEdit

Billy Bedlam is a convict, guilty of murdering his wife's family, after catching her with another man in bed. He did not harm her, but instead murdered her entire family (including the dog). Facing multiple consecutive life sentences, Bedlam was incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison. He was apparently familiar with the prison's north block, where he eventually got to know all of its 159 fellow inmates.

Con AirEdit

William Bedlam arrives at Vacaville, CA to undergo a separatee transfer to a supermax facility in Mobile, AL. Being put in one of the higher security cages, Bedlam keeps a permanent icy glare towards everyone, both fellow convict and guard alike. He especially notices Cameron Poe, an honorably discharged U.S. Army Ranger taking notice of him, to which Poe remains unshaken by Bedlam's intimidating demeanor.

Soon thereafter, the plane is hijacked by fellow convicts, lead by Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom. With a transfer in Carson City, NV to be performed en route to Mobile, Grissom follows the plan as expected, much to Bedlam's shock. Three volunteers are required and Bedlam bluntly refuses, considering his expected prison sentence. The transfer is nevertheless successful and the Jailbird proceeds to Lerner Airfield, where a final escape jet awaits.

During the flight, Bedlam suspiciously questions Poe's history at San Quentin and does not recognize him from the north block. Poe cleverly dismisses the suspicion, adding that he didn't want to know anyone while he was incarcerated. When he found out where their belongings are in the plane, he decided to check Poe once again.


Bedlam meets his end shortly later when he investigates Poe's personal belongings in the plane's cargo hold and discovers a letter of parole, identifying Poe as a free man, plus a birthday gift for his daughter Casey. When Poe orders Bedlam to put the gift back in the box, Bedlam simply laughs angrily and attacks him. After a brief struggle, Poe impales Bedlam on a exposed pipe, killing him.


Plain and simply, Bedlam was a sadistic, mentally unstable and mass-murdering psychopath with a very violent personality which unsurprisingly causes most of the prisoners to be slightly afraid and cautious of William. Even fellow convict and serial killer Garland Greene takes into notice that Bedlam "holds a lot of anger" and speculates that the cause of Bedlam's personality is the result of a few possibilities (i.e. a coddling or neglectful mother, unwelcome schoolmates, compromising relative), which cause any joy he feels to be painful. Despite his violent and intimidating nature, he has some fear towards Cyrus "The Virus", as Cyrus proves to be more dangerous than him.


Bedlam's disappearance remains no concern to anyone until later when the plane lands at Lerner Airfield. A convoy of police and SWAT Team members are approaching to apprehend the convicts. Grissom locates the plane's weapon supply and discovers Bedlam's body in the cargo hold. It is unknown whether his body was discarded or left inside the plane, but after escaping from Lerner, Grissom adds the killing of Bedlam to a list of traitorous deeds done by someone aboard.


  • He is Cameron Poe's second kill in the film.
  • He is the first of the villains introduced to the audience.
  • He is the first of the convicts to be killed mid-film.

Quotes by Billy Bedlam Edit

  • Cyrus Grissom: We let you out, you gonna play nice, Billy?
  • Billy Bedlam: [smiling viciously] Probably not.


  • Billy Bedlam: [to Poe] I knew you was a punk. I was right. You were playing us all along!


Quotes about Billy Bedlam Edit

  • Vince Larkin: Well, we told you today's flight would be special. That's William Bedford, aka "Billy Bedlam".
  • Willie Sims: The mass murderer?
  • Vince Larkin: The same. He caught his wife in bed with another man. Left her alone, drove four towns over to his wife's family's house. Killed her parents, her brothers, her sisters, even her dog.


  • Garland Greene: He's a font of misplaced rage. Name your cliché; mother held him too much or not enough, last picked at kickball, late night sneaky uncle, whatever. Now he's so angry moments of levity actually cause him pain; gives him headaches. Happiness, for that gentleman, hurts.