Unlucky Number

Unlucky Number

The Murder of Lottery Winner Abraham Shakespeare

eBook - 2015
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Poor man. Rich man. Dead man.

It sounded like a fairy tale: A homeless man named Abraham Shakespeare spent his last dollars on a Florida State lottery ticket--and miraculously won $31 million.

Unprepared for his newfound fortune, Abraham hired Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore to help manage his winnings and field the numerous requests for loans and assistance that he received. But somehow, Dee Dee was the only one benefitting.

When Abraham quietly disappeared from his home in Florida, friends and family grew suspicious--though he could not read or write, his only form of contact was through odd letters and texts.

But it wasn't until investigators began to question Dee Dee about her role in Abraham's finances that a complicated web of lies--and the desperate lengths to which one woman would go to cover it up--was exposed...
Publisher: New York : Berkley Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780698159259
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Smith, Gregory Todd

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Jul 17, 2015

I've read quite a few true crime stories over the years, but this one is based on a single motive, dollar signs. We're all too familiar with people who win the lottery then get taken in by "friends" or financial advisers with malevolent intentions. This is the story of a down on his luck man who got lucky, helped so many people he barely had anything left, and when he confronted his manager paid the ultimate price. In these days of financial straits, one can understand why we need lotteries as an unwelcome source of revenue to pay for health and education. But often times the consequences are not so obvious at the beginning. I thought this book was entertaining as much as it was chilling, and I read it in one sitting. As for the defendant's claim she was only covering up the murder after the fact, it is too implausible to contemplate for any reasonable person.


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