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Originally posted 12/19/2012 12:50PM
The bodies of two men put to death for the 1959 murders made famous in Truman Capote's 1966 bestseller In Cold Blood – and subsequent film depictions – were exhumed Tuesday as detectives probe an unsolved 1959 quadruple homicide in Florida.
Investigators hope to see if DNA from Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, who were both hanged in 1965 for the grisly killing of the Herb and Bonnie Clutter family of Holcomb, Kan., matches any evidence in the equally brutal murder of the Cliff and Christine Walker family in Osprey, Fla.
"Maybe it will bring closure to the Walker family, and even after 53 years that would be a good thing," Kyle Smith, deputy director of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, tells Reuters.
To the Associated Press, he added, "Obviously, where these perpetrators are dead, it's not going to result in any prosecution." Still, he conceded, "There's a lot of historical interest, as well."
Originally posted 11/18/2005 04:00PM
Actor Robert Blake has been found liable in the wrongful death of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, and ordered to pay $30 million in damages by a jury in California.
Originally posted 03/31/2005 08:00AM
Robert Blake, acquitted two weeks ago of criminal charges stemming from the 2001 murder of wife Bonny Lee Bakley, is set to reach an out-of-court settlement with Bakley's family in order to avoid a civil wrongful death trial, lawyers for both sides are saying.
Originally posted 03/25/2005 08:00AM
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Originally posted 03/23/2005 08:00AM
DEFENDED: Parents Martin and Janet Sheen tell Entertainment Tonight they will not permit tabloid rumors about their son Charlie Sheen to go unanswered. "We cannot remain silent during what appears to be a ruthless and savage attack by the media on Charlie's character. To imply that he is in any way regressing to the behavior that cost him so dearly and almost ended his life just seven years ago is not only the lowest form of journalism, but sinks to the level of defamation." Sheen's wife, Denise Richards, filed for divorce last month, causing speculation over why the marriage was ending while Richards is seven months pregnant with their second child. Added the elder Sheen: "What happens between two people in a relationship or marriage is so private and deeply personal that it is not possible for anyone outside to truly understand or judge responsibly."
Originally posted 03/18/2005 12:00PM
LESS MOORE: Demi Moore spoke out for the first time about persistent tabloid reports that she is pregnant, telling PEOPLE: "The rumors are just that: rumors." While at the New York nightclub Marquee on Wednesday night, Moore, 42, and boyfriend Ashton Kutcher, 27, were the buzz of the VIP section. The couple tried to avoid addressing the baby talk, but when asked about the stories, Moore smiled and said they were "rumors." Moore's rep, Stephen Huvane, has also said: "Having another child is something Demi would like to do, but she cannot at this time say she is pregnant."
Originally posted 03/17/2005 08:00AM
Emotions ran high in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom Wednesday afternoon as accused murderer Robert Blake was declared a free man.
Originally posted 03/16/2005 05:00PM
After eight days of deliberations, a Los Angeles jury found Robert Blake not guilty of the May 2001 murder of his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, the jury forewoman announced Wednesday afternoon.
Originally posted 02/23/2005 05:00PM
Robert Blake will not take the stand in his own murder trial. Lawyers for the actor rested the defense Wednesday without calling him to the stand.
Originally posted 02/15/2005 08:00AM
There was drama in the Robert Blake murder trial Monday, when the former Baretta star broke down in tears as the prosecution's case drew to a close.
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