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Body Of Missing $30 Million Florida Lottery Winner Abraham Shakespeare Found Buried (3 VIDEOS)

February 6th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

VIDEO 2 starts at 1:20 Video 3 starts at 2:10 — I put together three chronologically placed videos. The first is a raw interview with Shakespeare about his troubles after winning, the second is of the investigation and the last is the report from today.

STORY: (1/29/09)

**PLANT CITY, Fla. — A body found buried in a backyard has been identified by authorities as missing Florida lottery winner Arthur Shakespeare.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Friday the remains were identified through fingerprints. The body was found Thursday at a Plant City home connected to a woman who had befriended him.

The house is owned by the boyfriend of Dorice Moore, who authorities have called a “person of interest.”

Moore has said she doesn’t know where Shakespeare is, but authorities say she transferred more than $1 million from his bank account into hers. She said the money was a gift. No charges have been filed.

Shakespeare — who had a criminal record that included arrests and prison time for burglary, battery and not paying child support — won $31 million in 2006 and took a lump-sum payment of $16.9 million instead of annual installments.

He bought a Nissan Altima, a Rolex from a pawn shop, a $1 million home in a gated community. He talked about starting a foundation for the poor and insisted the money wouldn’t change him.

“I’m not a material person,” he said in 2007. “I don’t let material things run me. I’m on a tight budget.”

The money quickly caused him problems.

A former co-worker sued him in 2007, accusing Shakespeare of stealing the winning ticket from him. Six months later, a jury ruled the ticket was Shakespeare’s.

Then there were the people constantly asking him for a piece of his fortune.

“They didn’t wait. They just came right after they found out he won this money,” his mother, Elizabeth Walker, said recently.

She said her son was generous, paying for funerals, lending money to friends starting businesses and even giving a million dollars to a guy known only as “Big Man.”

Not long after he bought the million-dollar home in early 2007, he was approached by Moore, said family and officials.

Moore said she was interested in writing a book about Shakespeare’s life. She became something of a financial adviser to Shakespeare, who never graduated high school.

Property records show that Moore’s company, American Medical Professionals, bought Shakespeare’s home for $655,000 last January. His mother said the last time she saw him was shortly afterward, around her birthday in February.

The sheriff said the last time anyone saw Shakespeare was in April — but it wasn’t until Nov. 9 that he was reported missing, by a police informant.

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  1. pazeem
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:18 | #1

    Most states try and …
    Most states try and force you to come forward when you win money, but legally I do not think they can force you to do it. I would not want any body to know if I got a dime. People love money to much, and they are willing to suffer in for eternity to have it. This guy was so nice he gave away millions where was his family to protect him. I also heard he was very illiterate. So these people found a good mark. Who they could run this scam on. RIP

  2. eliastucker
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:18 | #2

    Then they kidnap …
    Then they kidnap you and bury you in the sand dunes.

  3. Sahbisun
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:18 | #3


    They …

    They really need to work on those stupid laws. Not everyone wants to tell the world come kill me cause I just one the lotto!

    Poor guy.. he must’ve cursed his win, before taking his last breath.

  4. blkthingblkthing
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:18 | #4

    Obviously, it has …
    Obviously, it has more to do with what you didn’t say.

  5. blkthingblkthing
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:18 | #5


  6. Ger2may
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:18 | #6

    This is so …
    This is so up the way that they buried his body in concrete. I hope that the police arrest those people who were responsible for his death and get the punishment they deserve It seems like winning the lottery money is very dangerous.

  7. Detroitdee37
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #7

    the talking …
    the talking sounds guilty also

  8. lukasbimba95
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #8

    you win the lottery …
    you win the lottery?? go to africa (not to be racist) just that no one knows you there

  9. eliastucker
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #9

    It’s absolutely …
    It’s absolutely absurd. Only the IRS needs to know.

  10. readynow12345
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #10

    Did I say that.
    Did I say that.

  11. blkthingblkthing
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #11

    Illiterate? So I …
    Illiterate? So I guess the people who killed him and the put the body in their own back yard were smart?

  12. telepark
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #12

    Stupid lottery law: …
    Stupid lottery law: from the Florida Lottery FAQ…

    Q. Can Lottery winners remain anonymous?

    A. No. Florida Lottery winners cannot remain anonymous. Florida law mandates that the Florida Lottery provide the winners name, city of residence, game won, date won and amount won to any third party who requests the information; however Florida Lottery winners’ home addresses and telephone numbers are confidential.

  13. jpsmart59
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #13

    The wicked have no …
    The wicked have no peace. They are as the roaring seas. Greed is in their hearts and out of it rises murder and lust.

  14. readynow12345
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #14

    This guy is sadly …
    This guy is sadly illiterate I don’t mean this in a mean way, this is what allowed people to take advantage of him, the money should had been the best thing that ever happened to him instead it was the worst go figure..

  15. grhr69
    February 6th, 2010 at 22:19 | #15

    bury me under a big …
    bury me under a big pile of rock so i can get away from your annoying ass

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