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Mickey Thompson's relationship with Trudy Thompson ended when Mickey Thompson died on March 16, 1988.

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Mickey Thompson

Sports - Racing

Why Famous: The Auto Speed King

Age: 59 (12/7/1928 - 3/16/1988)


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Trudy Thompson

Other - Spouse

Why Famous: Wife of Mickey Thompson

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Why did Mickey Thompson and Trudy Thompson break up?

On March 16, 1988, Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy were killed by two gunmen at their home in Bradbury, California in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.

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On the morning of the murder two gunmen waited outside of the Thompson home for Mickey and Trudy to leave for the day - Mickey opened the garage door for Trudy to pull out in her vehicle, and as he headed for his own vehicle to pull out of the garage the gunmen attacked, shooting and wounding Mickey and then dragging him out into the driveway, and then one of the gunmen went after Trudy as she was driving down the driveway in her vehicle and shot and killed her. The gunman then came back up the driveway where the other gunman was watching over Mickey and shot Mickey in the head, killing him. The gunmen then made their escape on the bicycles that they had ridden to the Thompson residence. Mickey, his wife and his pets are interred in the Rose Hills Memorial Park, in Whittier, California.

An intense police investigation led nowhere until thirteen years after their deaths, when former business partner Michael Frank Goodwin was charged in Orange County, California with the murders. However, that case was overturned on jurisdictional grounds by the California District Court of Appeal. On June 8, 2004, Goodwin was formally charged in Pasadena in Los Angeles County. In October 2006, a Pasadena Superior Court judge ordered Goodwin to stand trial for the murders.

On January 4, 2007 a jury found Michael Goodwin guilty of two counts of murder in the death of Mickey Thompson and his wife. Goodwin was sentenced to two consecutive life-without-parole terms for the murders of Thompson and his wife. The judge also denied Goodwin's motion for a new trial. The murder investigation was the subject of the April 28, 2007 episode of the CBS television program 48 Hours Mystery. The murder investigation was also the subject of an episode of NBC's Unsolved Mysteries and TruTV's Murder by the Book. A local band in Rhode Island, That'll Learn Ya, wrote a song about the incident, titled "Murder of the Speed King". The CSI episode "Early Rollout" was based on this murder case.

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