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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.

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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.

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

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    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?

    For Better, For Worse

    For Better, For Worse

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    Bonny’s dream to marry a celebrity finally comes true. But it’s not what she imagined. When a tabloid drops a bombshell, she reaches out to her former lover, Christian Brando. A series of bizarre witnesses come forward with a shocking story about a murder for hire. They say behind the plot is Robert Blake.

    Introducing: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

    Introducing: The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley

    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.

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

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