There are few American actors who literally grow up in front of the camera. Jodi Foster maybe? And Drew Barrymore possibly? Perhaps the very first American kid to enter our hearts and entertain us for generations was Robert Blake.
He began acting at about the age of four, and by the time he hit his peak, winning an Emmy for his role in the TV series Baretta, Blake had acted in hundreds-of-hours worth of movies and TV shows. But he may be remembered for something far more sinister — his connection to a Murder in the Family.
On a spring evening in May 2001, Robert Blake’s wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley, was murdered in cold blood on a dark side street in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Studio City. Who shot Bonnie and why?
After about a year-long investigation, cops and prosecutors in L.A. arrested Blake and pointed the finger right at him. But as we examine in this episode, Bakley was a complicated person, to say the least. She had enemies and a sordid criminal past. Is it possible that one of those enemies may have wanted her to be killed in a mob-style hit?
This is a story with so many twists and turns, it’s nearly impossible to fit it into one television program.
But we’ve done our best to try, and we've included Blake’s attorney, who speaks for the actor and tells his side of the story. What happens to Blake and Bakley is something we’re certain you’ll never forget.
There is much more to learn as I host Murder in the Family: Robert Blake on Saturday, January 23, at 9 p.m. ET on REELZ.
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