The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley


The Execution of Bonny Lee Bakley


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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 throu...

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Score: 4.8

Lauren Passell • Podcast The Newsletter Jul 4, 2022

"...worthy of some unpacking. It sounds like two friends were obsessed with this story and decided to make a 2-man radio program about it. Again, it’s a wild story strangely told."

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Score: 5

Hannah Verdier • The Guardian Jun 23, 2022

"If scandal had a voice, Tracy Pattin would own it...a twisty murder case."

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Score: 4

George C. Jul 21, 2022

"Great story, generally well done but I found some of the narration detracted from it. Specifically the description of Bonnie's thoughts and motives seemed extremely naive and child-like - as if the story was being told to a child, which it is not. I found this distracting, hence my rating of 4, which is still relatively high because overall I did enjoy it…"

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