Murder in Hollywood: The Secret Life and Mysterious Death of Bonny Lee Bakley

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Her husband was Robert Blake, the award-winning star of In Cold Blood. But she found her own fame at point-blank range...

Obsessed with glamour and wealth, she followed her dream to Hollywood, and finally found fame— in death.

Bonny Lee Bakley's dream was to marry a movie star. Using sex and guts, the ruthless small-town blonde finally struck it rich by wedding Robert Blake, the Emmy Award-winning actor who scored in the hit show "Baretta." ...

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Overview

Her husband was Robert Blake, the award-winning star of In Cold Blood. But she found her own fame at point-blank range...

Obsessed with glamour and wealth, she followed her dream to Hollywood, and finally found fame— in death.

Bonny Lee Bakley's dream was to marry a movie star. Using sex and guts, the ruthless small-town blonde finally struck it rich by wedding Robert Blake, the Emmy Award-winning actor who scored in the hit show "Baretta." When Blake found his bride of six months with a bullet in her head outside a Los Angeles restaurant, he was thrust back into the spotlight, and Bonny Lee was exposed for the manipulative woman she was— a grifter with a sordid criminal history of sex swindles, credit-card fraud, and Social Security scams. But her specialty was fleecing wealthy men for quick cash— a lucrative sting that finally brought Bonny Lee Bakley to Hollywood to live— and die— among the rich and famous...

But who really murdered Bonny Lee in cold blood? How did it play into Robert and Bonny's turbulent marriage? Was she a victim of her own con— or something more sinister? What was the truth behind her fears of being stalked? And what secrets were hidden in Bonny's past that she found impossible to outrun?

Now, in this riveting, fascinating account, Gary C. King brings you the inside details of the most talked-about Tinseltown murder in years.

With 8 pages of unforgettable photos!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312982768
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/20/2001
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

For the last twenty years, Gary C. King has been one of America's foremost crime writers. Over 400 of his stories have appeared in crime magazines across the United States, Canada, and England, including True Detective, Official Detective, Inside Detective, Front Page Detective, and Master Detective. His books Web of Deceit, Driven to Kill (which was nominated for an Anthony Award in the Best True Crime Book category at Bouchercon 25) and Blood Lust: Portrait of a Serial Sex Killer were chosen as a featured selection of the True Crime Book Club. He is also the author of Blind Rage and Savage Vengeance, co-written with Don Lasseter. A full-time writer, Mr. King is an active member of the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and two daughters.

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Murder In Hollywood

Author's Note

THE STORY THAT FOLLOWS BROKE ON FRIDAY NIGHT, May 4, 2001, and continues to unfold as I write these words. Six weeks have passed since actor Robert Blake's wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, was murdered in Hollywood, California. The teams of detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department are still trying to figure out who killed her. This book makes no assumptions or presumptions regarding who Bonny's murderer might be—I simply do not know, and the LAPD has released few details. What I have attempted to do here is to present the facts of the case as they are known and as they have been presented to the public in various media formats—newspapers, magazines, tabloids, television and radio news and entertainment programs, and so forth. I have also refrained from making any judgments about Bonny's chosen lifestyle and her relationship with Blake, having decided that it is best that the reader make up his or her own mind after reading what is known. At this time there is no ending, at least not in the traditional sense of the word, because of all of the loose ends that still need to be tied up. This book marks the first time in the twenty years that I have been writing true crime that I have written about a case that has not reached a satisfying conclusion. But, if I may be so bold as to borrow a phrase, the truth is out there!However, whether we ever find out just what the truth is remains to be seen.

The dialogue that appears herein is based on statements that were made in the news media as well as from my own interviews with certain individuals. The dialogue quoted from news sources includes but is not limited to the following: The Los Angeles Times; The San Diego Union-Tribune; The San Francisco Chronicle; The New York Daily News; The New York Post; The Associated Press; CNN; MSNBC; ABC News; CBS News; and The National Enquirer.

 

—G. C. K. June 15, 2001

Copyright © 2001 by Gary C. King Enterprises, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Pass on this one

    This book was bad. Boring, many spelling and grammatical errors. Not a good ending, just kind of abruptly stopped. One of the worst true crime books I've ever read. Don't waste your money.

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