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The Arrest of Robert Blake(6 posts)

The Arrest of Robert Blakejtolleson
Apr 19, 2002 12:17 PM
OK, maybe it is a function of my age (38), having been about a 5th grader in the hey-day of Beretta (not to mention lazy days of "Our Gang" reruns) but I think this could be one of the great pop news stories.

Will it be Simpson-esque or will lots of folks not care because they are too young to remember him on TV (or in In Cold Blood at the movies?)

In Cold Blood has always been a fascinating movie, with him being executed at the end. Notwithstanding my absolute opposition to the death penalty (that's another thread) the irony of him possibly being executed is kind of remarkable. He rose to movie fame playing a famous small-brained murderer who wound up on death row... truth is stranger than fiction.
re: The Arrest of Robert Blakesteve1244
Apr 19, 2002 1:19 PM
For a variety of reasons, I don't think Robert Blake's situation will draw the same level of media attention and hype that OJ did, but, I agree with you, there is a bizarre element to this story.

I'm 36, but I can remember watching reruns of the "Our Gang" series and seeing Robert Blake as a very young kid, playing around with Spanky, Alfalfa and Darla. To see him now, sixty or so years later in life, accused of murder is a trip, to say the least.
b'caw!, b, caw! b'caw!ColnagoFE
Apr 19, 2002 1:24 PM
don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine...
thought it was "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time"...Tig
Apr 20, 2002 5:38 PM
...or somethin' like that. I didn't really know the words until a local radio station played the old Beretta theme song. It sounded like Sammy Davis Jr. singing.

I never watched the show back when it was on. I was more a "Baa-baa Blacksheep" kid.
you're probably right...been a while since i saw baretta (nm)ColnagoFE
Apr 22, 2002 8:01 AM
He'll cop to murder in the secondmickey-mac
Apr 19, 2002 3:39 PM
That's my best guess. I saw his attorney Harlen Braun on TV yesterday saying of course Blake was there and of course he had a motive, but he told me he didn't do it and I believe him. It didn't sound very convincing. Normally good defense attorneys who think they have a shot a completely clearing their clients come out very strong and indignant right after the arrest. I would imagine that after a year or so of investigation, LAPD has uncovered some good information. Blake strikes me as the type of guy who would have a hard time keeping his mouth shut, and he has probably said something incriminating to the wrong person over the past year. Ultimately, I think he'll confess to it and say it was a heat of passion killing, claiming that she was already trying to make his life miserable, and then she just said the wrong thing at the wrong time causing him to snap. I can't imagine that anyone would commit a premeditated murder in the manner this killing was done and the DA will probably have a hard time getting a first-degree murder conviction. I just don't see this one turning into another O.J. saga.