The Mystery of Abraham Shakespeare

By David Schoetz

Jan 25, 2010 6:10pm

From a drifter with a criminal record to multi-millionaire in a twist of fate. Such is the story of Florida lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. But instant riches made him a target for charity - and now, the money is gone, Shakespeare has been missing more than nine months, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd believes he may be investigating a homicide. A woman tied to Shakespeare, Dorice Donegan “Dee Dee” Moore, has been called "a person of intense interest" in the missing persons case. Moore, who told detectives she was interested in writing about Shakespeare but then fulfilled his wish by helping him vanish, allegedly moved some of Shakespeare’s money into her account since he was last seen in April. Moore has not been charged with anything in the case, and her lawyer has said his client has nothing to do with the disappearance. Earlier today, local Lakeland, Florida, police officer Troy Young was arrested and charged with illegally providing confidential information to Moore that he accessed in his law enforcement position. See the press release from Polk County Sheriff’s Office here. Winning the lottery is not always a blessing. Tonight, Jeffrey Kofman has the whole stranger-than-fiction tale. Did instant riches ultimately kill Abraham Shakespeare?

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