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On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of enemies. She left behind a trail of men she’d scammed, and she had a volatile relationship with Christian Brando, the troubled son of movie star Marlon Brando. 
Not since the O.J. Simpson case had the eyes of the nation been so fixated on a homicide. The search for Bonny’s killer took detectives on an eleven-month odyssey across the country and through Hollywood's underbelly of hustlers, drug addicts, and would-be hitmen. It would be the most expensive murder investigation in LAPD history to date. 
This is the story of Robert and Bonny’s toxic relationship, her shocking murder, and his chaotic trial. Did actor Robert Blake kill his wife? Or was the murder someone else's vendetta?
From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders, Death of Starlet) comes a six-part series about love, obsession and fame gone wrong.  Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas.

The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 3.6 • 90 Ratings

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New episodes come out every Monday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
On May 4, 2001, Bonny Lee Bakley was found fatally shot in a car on a dark North Hollywood street. The prime suspect was her husband, famed actor Robert Blake. But Bonny, a longtime con artist, had plenty of enemies. She left behind a trail of men she’d scammed, and she had a volatile relationship with Christian Brando, the troubled son of movie star Marlon Brando. 
Not since the O.J. Simpson case had the eyes of the nation been so fixated on a homicide. The search for Bonny’s killer took detectives on an eleven-month odyssey across the country and through Hollywood's underbelly of hustlers, drug addicts, and would-be hitmen. It would be the most expensive murder investigation in LAPD history to date. 
This is the story of Robert and Bonny’s toxic relationship, her shocking murder, and his chaotic trial. Did actor Robert Blake kill his wife? Or was the murder someone else's vendetta?
From Wondery, and the team behind the hit series Hollywood & Crime (The Dating Game Killer, The Wonderland Murders, Death of Starlet) comes a six-part series about love, obsession and fame gone wrong.  Co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Josh Lucas.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    United Singles Incorporated

    United Singles Incorporated

    Bonny Lee Bakely is found dead in a car in Studio City. When the press learns she is the wife of someone famous, all hell breaks loose. Detective Ron Ito and his team of Homicide Special detectives have their work cut out for them. Bonny Lee was a con artist who had fleeced hundreds of men out of money, but it’s her husband, Robert Blake, who is of primary interest.

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    • 47 min
    I’m Not Going Down

    I’m Not Going Down

    The Homicide Special squad finds the weapon that killed Bonny in a dumpster at the crime scene. They suspect her husband Robert Blake. But when they search Blake’s house they don’t find any evidence. Bonny’s sister Margerry reveals shocking details about Blake and Bonny’s relationship.

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    • 44 min
    Double Helix, Double Crossed

    Double Helix, Double Crossed

    A pregnant Bonny tries to convince Robert Blake they belong together. Blake hires a private investigator to dig into Bonny's past and is stunned with what he learns. Detective Ito suspects someone close to the actor is hiding information about the murder. Meanwhile, Blake's lawyer and the LAPD clash over Bonny's image in the press. Is she a cold-blooded con artist or is Blake a cold-blooded killer?




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    • 46 min
    For Better, for Worse

    For Better, for Worse

    A retired stuntman claims Blake tried to hire him to kill Bonny. Then another witness comes forward, saying a second retired stuntman was approached with the same offer. But when the Homicide Special Squad tries to get him to talk, he clams up. Meanwhile Bonny holds out hope she and Blake can work things out.




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    • 45 min
    The Stuntman Cometh

    The Stuntman Cometh

    Bonny’s belated honeymoon with Robert Blake takes a strange turn. Meanwhile, detectives learn about a key piece of evidence that could lead to Blake’s arrest. But first they’ve got to find it. Ito gives an old stuntman an offer he can’t refuse.




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    • 46 min
    The Trial Begins

    The Trial Begins

    Almost a year after Bonny’s murder, Detective Ito finally arrests Robert Blake. Blake pulls off a surprise move to have his side of the story told. The defense discovers a potential bombshell witness. The prosecution begins their case by painting Blake as a cold blooded killer.




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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

Potatoquest ,

Compelling, sensitive.

Unfortunately the reviews are skewed by people who don’t understand the way to podcast works and therefore left irrelevant reviews. This story is well produced and sympathetic to the victim; something important when the victim in question was far from perfect herself. This is a study in how society acts when confronted with an imperfect victim and how things can go so wrong. Worth a listen if you enjoy Wondery’s style.

redmondsky ,

Loved this podcast

I really enjoyed this podcast. Everything from the actors, narration & storytelling had me hooked from the first episode. You know when you are a bit sad after reading reading an amazing book? I felt that way after the last episode played out!

CarlyBelle05 ,

Robert Blake

I’m chucking at all the whiny 😫 reviews AND boohoos 😢 about ADs ... Who Cares! Relax • Enjoy • Drift Off • CHILL! Who the hell is SO busy SO important you can’t stay still and listen to an AD or two or three? Loved Robert Blake as an actor! Great informative podcast-Thanks!

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