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April 24, 2002 | Dana Parsons
It's a celebrity murder case that has proved irresistible to TV's legal experts. And why not? It took police awhile--a year, in fact--to make their case. They have a theory as to who did it but no witness. Proving it in court is far from a sure thing. By now, much of America knows the outlines of the Robert Blake case, in which the former TV star is accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, while she sat in their car. But Orange County has its own celebrity murder--one with the same dark themes, a delayed arrest, no witnesses--but much richer in intrigue.
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June 11, 2004 | Dana Parsons
Michael Goodwin sounds unusually upbeat for a guy who nearly got out of jail after 2 1/2 years -- only to learn he'll soon be charged in a different county. You wonder how long that will last. My prediction: not long. Pretty soon, I'd guess, Goodwin will realize all over again he's in the clutches of a legal system not designed for easy exits for double-murder suspects.
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April 16, 2002 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors outlined their case Monday against a businessman accused of murdering racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife in 1988, bringing forward a witness who claims Michael Goodwin vowed to kill Thompson two months before the slayings. Thompson, the first American to break the 400-mph land speed mark, and his wife, Trudy, were fatally shot in the San Gabriel Valley community of Bradbury by two masked men on bicycles who have never been identified.
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July 17, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former business partner of murdered car-racing pioneer Mickey Thompson pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges that he concealed and transferred more than $500,000 in assets during federal bankruptcy proceedings. Michael F. Goodwin, who law enforcement officials said has not been eliminated as a suspect in the 1988 murder of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, was ordered back to a federal cell in Los Angeles pending the posting of bail, which has been set at $850,000.
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December 18, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former business partner of Mickey Thompson told two confidants that he was involved in the 1988 execution-style slayings of the legendary racing promoter and his wife, authorities allege in an affidavit obtained by The Times. In the early 1990s, Michael Goodwin made incriminating statements to a friend as they lounged together while watching a reality crime show on television that re-created the murders of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, the affidavit states.
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March 28, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the Orange County Grand Jury meets to hear evidence in the 13-year-old murder of legendary racing promoter Mickey Thompson, the man police have named as the prime suspect is mounting a media campaign to clear his name. Michael F. Goodwin, speaking publicly for the first time in more than a decade, denied involvement in the death of his former business partner. "I don't think they're looking at anyone else," said Goodwin, 56.
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April 25, 2004 | Dana Parsons
From his Orange County jail cell, Michael Goodwin has won a big one. The man charged with arranging the execution-style hits on former business partner Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy, in 1988 has beaten the Orange County district attorney. Goodwin has argued that the county had no legal jurisdiction to charge him, and last week a state appeals court agreed and dismissed the case, while leaving open the possibility it could be filed in Los Angeles County, where the murders occurred.
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August 14, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day after being arrested in his Dana Point home, a suspect in the 1988 slayings of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife was released from Los Angeles County Jail on Monday. Michael Goodwin appeared in a police lineup at the jail Monday morning and was released seven hours later, after sheriff's investigators determined they did not have enough evidence to keep him in custody. Two witnesses identified Goodwin in the lineup, his attorney said.
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July 16, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer Rene Lynch contributed to this story
The case files were so thick they could reach the ceiling of the police office, encompassing more than 1,100 leads that ultimately led nowhere, detectives said. Pleas for help went out on TV's "Unsolved Mysteries." Psychics even rushed forth to offer visions of the people who gunned down millionaire car-racing pioneer Mickey Thompson and his wife in front of their 13-car garage in the San Gabriel Valley in 1988. But still, no arrests.
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