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No Justice: The Family Of Robert Blake’s Slain Wife Bonnie Bakley Receives Only $450,000 Of $30 Million Civil Judgment

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Jul. 24 2014, Published 7:22 a.m. ET

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Justice has yet to be served for the family of disgraced actor Robert Blake’s slain wife.

Nine years after a civil court jury ruled Blake liable for Bonnie Bakley’s 2001 death, the New Jersey native’s estate has only received thousands out of the $30 million they were awarded in the case, can exclusively reveal.

“The administrator for the Estate of Bonnie Bakley….has been paid $450,000,” Blake’s recent bankruptcy documents state.

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The In Cold Blood star, 80, filed for bankruptcy in 2006, listing his biggest liabilities as the $30 million judgment and a $1,274,783 million federal tax bill.

Bakley, 44, was killed by a gunshot to the head after the couple dined at Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City, Calif. on May 4, 2001. The next year, he was arrested and charged in connection with the murder, but was acquitted in a 2005 criminal trial.


Bakley was survived by four young children.

In 2012, Blake plotted a return to Hollywood.

“If I can go out in front of the camera, making the most beautiful film that I ever made, that’s all I really want from life,” he told Piers Morgan in 2012.



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