Case 248

Abraham Shakespeare

*** Content warning: Gun violence ***

When 41-year-old Abraham Shakespeare won the 30 million dollar Florida Lottery prize, his underprivileged life changed overnight. Yet, he quickly realised his newfound wealth was a curse.

Despite showing limitless charity, he became demoralised by the pressure and expectations thrust upon him by those seeking his money. Then in April 2009, Abraham vanished. Had he voluntarily left to escape the stress, or had something more sinister occurred?



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Research & writing – Milly Raso

Creative direction – Milly Raso

Narration – Anonymous Host



‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro –

Audio production – Mike Migas 

Scoring – Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn



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Unlucky Number by Deborah Mathis



Lawsuit: Millionaire stole lotto ticket – The Ledger

Lotto win stays with trucker – Tampa Bay Times

Famed attorney and client victorious in $30 million lottery trial – LA Sentinel

Lottery winner led problem-filled life – NBC News

Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare’s sudden millions led to celebrity and tragedy – Orlando Sentinel

Body of lottery winner found buried in Florida – BBC News

Recordings shed light on acquaintances – The Ledger

Convicted murderer Dee Dee Moore denies guilt in lotto killing – ABC News

Informant suggested ‘fall guy’ take blame for Shakespeare’s disappearance – The Ledger

Dee Dee Moore found guilty – ABC News

Tampa woman who killed lottery winner backs bill to keep names secret – Tampa Bay Times

Abraham Shakespeare won the lottery, then lost it all – Tampa Bay Times



Lotto winner hasn’t altered frugal lifestyle – Herald-Tribune

Big victory in lottery dispute – The Tampa Tribune

Man found not guilty of taking winning Lotto ticket – The Stuart News

Trucker keeps Lotto win as jury denies co-worker – Tampa Bay Times

Was he fed up or was it foul play? – Tampa Bay Times



20/20: a man wins and loses the lotto – ABC News

Lotto winner’s killer says she’s sorry – FOX 13 Tampa Bay

Florida man swindled, killed over lottery money – Crime Watch Daily



Moore Affidavit for Search Warrant

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