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Talk about a cold case:...more on MSN


PASADENA, California (AP) -- Michael Goodwin, once a high-living motorsports promoter, was convicted of two counts of murder Thursday in the 1988 ambush killings of Mickey Thompson and the racing legend's wife.

The jury also found that special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murder were true. The prosecution has said it will not seek the death penalty.

Goodwin was a former business partner of Thompson, a posthumous Motorsports Hall of Fame inductee who pursued land-speed records and drove everything from dragsters and funny cars to midgets.

Goodwin, 61, was accused of planning the murders and hiring hit men to commit them. The prosecution has said it will not seek the death penalty.

The killing of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, seemed to be the ultimate "cold case." But Thompson's sister kept the pressure on to solve it.

In the beginning, it seemed to be the perfect crime.

Two unknown assailants on bicycles penetrated the gated confines of Thompson's home, shot him and his wife as they left for work, then escaped through a wooded area where a car could not have traveled.

Neighbors described hearing screams and seeing two men pedaling away. One neighbor actually tried to shoot at them but was too far away and too late to do any good. The men were never seen again.

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Cool, I wonder what the prosecution gave as a reason as to why he was murdered?


Another interesting story is that of Don Aronow. Google up the one from Men's Vogue if you want to waste some time.

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During the trial, Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson told jurors that Thompson and his wife were executed in the driveway of their Bradbury home by Goodwin, Thompson's one-time business partner, on March 16, 1988.

"This was not a robbery. This was a professional execution, plain and simple," said Jackson, who noted that nothing was taken from couple, including a diamond necklace Trudy Thompson was wearing when she was killed.

Goodwin, who has been jailed without bail since his December 2001 arrest in Orange County, was tried on two counts of murder, along with the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murder, for the shooting deaths of the 59-year-old off-road racing legend-turned-promoter and his 41-year-old wife.

Goodwin, 61, is accused of having the couple killed outside their home in the gated San Gabriel foothills community east of Monrovia after a business dispute stemming from the 1984 merger of their companies was resolved in Thompson's favor. The judgment against the racing and one-time concert promoter amounted to nearly $750,000.

Jackson told jurors that Goodwin was stealing money from Thompson from the day they signed a contract to work together.

"Michael Goodwin was siphoning off the top and out of the pocket of Mickey Thompson," Jackson said.

But Goodwin told friends he had no plans to pay Thompson back, Jackson said, adding that Goodwin told one associate that "before he (Thompson) sees a dime I'll have him wasted."



BTW: MT was the first over 400mph on land if I remember right

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