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Old 01-05-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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SOLVED! Mickey Thompson murder

LOS ANGELES -- After nearly 19 years of pursuing justice for her slain racing star brother and sister-in-law, Collene Campbell walked out of a courthouse and waved a checkered flag Thursday.


"I was the one that everbody called the pain in the that wouldn't let go of it," she said.


Campbell, 74, waved the victory banner Thursday on behalf of Mickey and Trudy Thompson after a jury convicted the famed racer's former business partner, Michael Goodwin, of two counts of murder and found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and multiple murder.

The Thompsons were gunned down in 1988, and it seemed to become the ultimate "cold case." But Campbell wouldn't let it die, insisting for nearly two decades that investigators pursue Goodwin.

Thompson, who pursued land-speed records on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, drove everything from dragsters and funny cars to midgets, and popularized off-road contests, had gotten into a business partnership with Goodwin that ended in bitter legal battles.

Campbell finally prevailed and prosecutors built a case accusing Goodwin of having two hit men carry out the murders.

When the verdicts were read, Goodwin shook his head slightly back and forth. He faces life in prison.

Public Defender Elena Saris said the verdicts will be appealed.

"We don't believe justice was served," Saris said. "We believe passion controlled and there was a Hollywood version of events."

Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorneys Alan Jackson and Pat Dixon said the case will never be fully closed until the actual killers are caught.

"This shows the system does work even if it sometimes works slowly," Dixon said.

In the beginning, it seemed to be the perfect crime. Two unknown assailants on bicycles penetrated the gated confines of Thompson's home, shot him and his wife as they left for work, then escaped through a wooded area where a car could not have traveled.

Neighbors described hearing screams and seeing two men pedaling away. One neighbor actually tried to shoot at them but was too far away and too late to do any good. The men were never seen again.


As years passed without strong evidence, the case was considered closed. But Thompson's sister, a former mayor of San Juan Capistrano with wide political connections, pressed authorities to reopen the murder case and look at Goodwin as a suspect.

Eyewitness identifications didn't help much. The only witness to see the killings was a 14-year-old girl who testified at the trial. As an adult she claimed her memory of events was good, but defense attorneys questioned that. A couple who claimed to have seen Goodwin casing the area with binoculars before the killings did not come forward until 13 years after the crime when they saw a TV show about it that they said triggered their memories.

At the six-week trial, Goodwin's attorney presented testimony from a psychologist who said memories fade quickly and suggested that a 13-year-old identification would not be trustworthy.

Lacking direct evidence, the prosecution put on a strong circumstantial case, alleging that Goodwin arranged the March 16, 1988, slayings of Thompson, 59, and his 41-year-old wife as revenge for a soured business deal. They showed that Goodwin and Thompson entered into a partnership to stage motocross racing events -- a business that failed.

The partnership disintegrated into a bitter legal battle and Thompson, who claimed he was cheated, won a legal judgment of more than $700,000 against Goodwin.

They showed that Goodwin, 61, liquidated his assets around the time of the killings, bought a $400,000 yacht and sailed off with his then-wife to spend three years in the Caribbean and elsewhere.

Goodwin was arrested in 2001 when he returned to the United States and has been held without bail.

His lawyer contended he was innocent and that the killings occurred during a robbery attempt. The defense contended Goodwin was a victim of false assumptions and of TV shows that created a "folklore" and prompted people to come forward with unsubstantiated accounts.

Numerous witnesses gave accounts of Goodwin threatening to kill Thompson, saying Goodwin confided he planned to "waste him," "take care of him" and see him dead before he would pay him a dime. One witness reported hearing Goodwin say: "I'll kill him. ... I can get it done for 50 grand."

His own attorney acknowledged that Goodwin may have been "a jerk," but said he was not a killer.

During every day of the trial, Thompson's sister sat in court with her husband, Gary Campbell, and stared at Goodwin.

"This has been a long endurance race for justice," she said when the trial began. "We don't phan to drop out till we get to the finish line."

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Mickey Thompson was an innovator in the hot rod industry of 50's-60's-early 70's till he was capped.
He was found murdered oodles and oodles of years ago.
It was finally solved very recently and found to be his old disgruntled business partner.
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I am glad it finally ended. I remember seeing a special about the investigation 5 years ago. They suspected his business partner back then too. Mickey Thompson was the man!
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... and he would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for those meddling kids!
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cartoon network never shows old Doo shows anymore. that's where they lost my vote.
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ha i used to watch late night doo all the time. what evidence did they have against goodman? just the eyewitness accounts that he said he might do something? thats enough evidence for life in prison? wtf
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