Hollywood Murder Trials ~ Robert Blake ~ Menendez ~ Phil Spector + Quizzes
These are three separate powerpoint presentations on the Blake, Spector and Menendez cases.. Each has its own multiple choice quiz with answer key included. There are 30 Questions Total. All three presentations deal with murders committed by people in the entertainment world in L.A.

The author is a retired lawyer, instructor and textbook author.

The Robert Blake murder trial was of his wife Bonny Bakley, a woman who made a lifelong career out of bilking lonely hearts men. She was about as reprehensible a victim as has ever been seen in the criminal courts. Blake was charged with her murder and used her character as a good part of his defense. He won the case.

This is also a case presenting a great deal of reasonable doubt by the defense. The two key witnesses put forth by the prosecution were former stunt men on "Baretta", Blake's old tv show. However, both of these men in the years since had become very hard core drug addicts. They had frequent hallucinations and were almost incapable of coherent thought by the time they took the witness stand. The prosecution was also never able to link the murder weapon with Blake plus forensic evidence showed someone else had to have actually shot her.

Erik and Lyle were tried for the murders of their parents, Kitty and Jose Menendez. Their father was an entertainment executive and they lived in Beverly Hills. The brothers claimed they were victims of a pedophile, their father. The prosecution claimed they were after their parents' $14.5 million dollar estate. Because Lyle threatened their psychologist, the California Supreme Court allowed into evidence some of their tapes with the psychologist. Ordinarily these are inadmissible as confidential. They were convicted.

Phil Spector was tried for the murder of B actress Lana Clarkson. The judge's decision in both trials was to allow evidence of prior acts by Spector involving women and guns. Female witnesses at both trials described Spector waving guns at them or other women, especially if he’d been drinking a lot.

Prosecutor Truc Do called Spector “a very dangerous man who played Russian roulette with women -- six women. Lana just happened to be the sixth.”

Devra Robitaille, Spector’s former girlfriend and employee, testified that he threatened her when she wanted to leave two separate parties, one in the 1970s and the other in the ‘80s. In the 1986 one, she testified that he was "screaming, ranting and raving: 'You're not going. You're not leaving. I'm not opening the door... I'll blow you away. I'll shoot you.’” He was convicted.
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Created: Oct 9, 2016

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