By Dennis McDougal
The riveting real account of the 2001 homicide of Bonny Lee Bakley, starring Robert Blake—the Hollywood icon accused of killing his spouse in chilly blood
In could 2001 Bonny Lee Bakley used to be shot to demise in a vehicle parked on a depressing Hollywood aspect road. 11 months later Robert Blake—her husband, the daddy of her baby, and the big name of the vintage movie In chilly Blood and the preferred Nineteen Seventies television detective sequence Baretta—was arrested for homicide, conspiracy, and solicitation. Did Blake kill his spouse? Did he rent anyone to do the activity for him?
Award-winning journalist Dennis McDougal and entertainment-media specialist Mary Murphy recount a real-life crime tale extra surprising and weird than any motion picture, chronicling the parallel worlds of Blake and Bakley, from their afflicted youths to their sham of a wedding. by means of the overdue Nineties Blake was once coasting on his prior good fortune. Bakley was once a con artist who concocted on-line intercourse scams and victimized...
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Bobby and Bonny were alike in other ways too. When he told her about growing up abused, Bonny nodded sympathetically. She too had been abused by her own father. Here was a man capable of seeing beyond her fading bleached-blond charms to the real Bonny underneath—a sad, successful survivor of her own mean childhood. One of the first things Bonny did was to run an asset check on him. There was no sense in chasing down a celebrity if the only thing he owned was his celebrity. Bonny smiled when she got the report back on Blake’s portfolio.
Even the wallpaper had a Lone Ranger motif. Blake’s inner child seemed to have turned interior decorator. There were far fewer reminders inside the Dilling Street house of the many homicidal characters who grew out of Robert’s “inner child,” like the mass murderer Perry Smith in Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1967) or Blake’s Emmy-winning portrayal of notorious New Jersey killer John List, who slaughtered his entire family in Judgment Day (1993). As 1998 wound to a close, he could count himself lucky.
Simpson finally made a U-turn and headed home to Brentwood, where he was taken into custody without further incident. Unlike Blake, Simpson alone was charged with murdering his wife. According to police, Robert Blake had an accomplice. At the same time detectives were arresting a dark, diminutive and defiant Blake in Hidden Hills, another cadre of cops arrived at an apartment in Burbank, where Blake’s burly forty-six-year-old chauffeur and bodyguard lived. Earle Caldwell, the subservient handyman who had been at Blake’s side since he married Bonny eighteen months earlier, was charged with conspiring with Blake to kill her.