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January 5, 2007 | John Spano and Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writers
Collene Campbell arrived in court Thursday wearing the St. Christopher medal her brother, slain racing legend Mickey Thompson, wore during his races. It lay over a diamond necklace her mother gave her on her deathbed 11 years ago, asking Campbell not to take it off until her brother's killer was brought to justice. On Thursday, after nearly 19 years, 74-year-old Campbell was released from those mystic bonds.
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October 26, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Abowitz is a freelance writer.
Nightclubs in Vegas usually avoid politics, but on a recent early Saturday morning I observed one of the rarest sights you'll ever see at a Strip property. I was at the Caesars Forum Shops, one of the most trafficked malls in the world, to view a protest. As private property, most any protest there would usually result in arrests for trespassing.
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April 25, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
After spending 28 months behind bars, Michael Goodwin, the Orange County businessman accused of plotting the 1988 murders in Los Angeles of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, could soon be freed for lack of evidence. He isn't bitter about the time he has lost, Goodwin, 59, said Saturday, a day after a court of appeals ruled that Orange County prosecutors lack jurisdiction to pursue the case.
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August 13, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO and EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Thirteen years after auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife were shot to death in front of their San Gabriel Valley mansion, the man long considered a prime suspect in the murders was arrested Sunday night, authorities said. Michael F. Goodwin, a former business partner of Thompson, was taken into custody at 7:25 p.m. while he was eating dinner with his father and brother at his home in Dana Point, according to his attorney.
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December 14, 2001 | JACK LEONARD MONTE MORIN and ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County prosecutors have filed murder charges against a businessman long suspected of masterminding the 1988 execution-style slaying of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, authorities said Thursday. With pistols drawn, sheriff's deputies broke down the door of the Dana Point trailer belonging to Thompson's former partner, Michael F. Goodwin, about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
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June 3, 2004 | David Haldane and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Orange County prosecutors apparently will not appeal a court ruling dismissing murder charges against Michael Goodwin in the 1988 killings of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife. The decision, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jim Mulgrew told Associated Press on Wednesday, means that Goodwin, Thompson's former partner, could be released from jail by the end of the month.
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October 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
A disgruntled former business partner of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson threatened to have him "wasted" not long before Thompson and his wife were killed outside their home in 1988, a prosecution witness testified Monday. Gregory Keay, a cousin of defendant Michael Goodwin, told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that Goodwin appeared angry when he discussed Thompson and their soured business relationship at a family gathering in late 1987 or early 1988.
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April 27, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
Lawyers for a businessman accused of orchestrating the 1988 ambush slayings of race car legend Mickey Thompson and his wife asked Monday that he be released from jail after an appeals court ruled there is not enough evidence to try him in Orange County. Michael Goodwin's attorneys said that because their client has already spent 28 months in Orange County Jail, the 4th District Court of Appeal should speed up his release by making its unofficial decision final as quickly as possible.
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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 reenacted the killings of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, the affidavit said.
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January 2, 2007 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Michael Goodwin, brash creator of the motor sport of super-cross and a relentless self-promoter, was certainly a "jerk," his lawyer conceded recently. He was also an "egomaniac." A "braggart," too, she said. But the question, which jurors return to this week, is not Goodwin's character but whether he killed his former partner, racing legend Mickey Thompson, and Thompson's wife, Trudy.
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