More details revealed in lotto winner’s murder

September 17th, 2010 by Staff

TAMPA – Newly released documents paint a picture of the days leading up to lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare’s death.

In more than 4,000 pages of discovery, Dee Dee Moore is depicted as a savvy businesswoman who set up numerous shell accounts into which she was able to transfer most of Shakespeare’s money and assets.

They also describe an elaborate con that Moore could no longer control, which eventually ended in Shakespeare’s death.

The evidence doesn’t show a smoking gun in Shakespeare’s murder. But the trails lead repeatedly back to Moore, prosecutors say.


The documents begin with interviews with both of Dee Dee Moore’s parents, who tell deputies that Moore seemed to suggest that her elderly, frail father take the fall for Shakespeare’s murder.

According to a transcript of the interview, Moore’s father Patrick Donegan was consoling Moore after Shakespeare’s death, and said to her that he “wished he could take all of it” for her, meaning he wanted to take her burdens away from her.

She then asked if he really would do that, and asked him questions about his age and health.

Her father replied that he was only kidding, and Moore said it didn’t matter because she was not guilty anyway.


Further in the documents are more details about how Moore transferred most of Shakespeare’s money and real estate into her control.

In one section, they describe how Moore set up a corporation in Moore’s name, called “Abraham Shakespeare LLC,” with her name as a signatory.

She then transferred more than $1 million into the account.

According to the documents, she later went to Bank of America, charged Shakespeare with criminal activity, and got them to remove Shakespeare’s name from the corporation.

This is one of a series of transactions the documents lay out in which Moore and Shakespeare transfer his money and assets into accounts controlled by Moore, purportedly to avoid paying child support.

But the documents reveal that Shakespeare began having doubts. According to an affidavit:

“By the month of April 2009, bank records and public records reveal that Dee Dee Moore was in virtually complete control of all Abraham Shakespeare’s assets and accounts. Further, Shakespeare had not received payment for those assets as agreed. Shakespeare had begun to ask questions about his money and express concerns about his dealings with Dee Dee Moore.”

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