Abraham Shakespeare

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Abraham Lee Shakespeare
Born(1966-04-23)April 23, 1966
Sebring, Florida
United States

April 7, 2009(2009-04-07) (aged 42) ?

(Date of death is unconfirmed)
Plant City, Florida
United States
OccupationTruck driver's assistant
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Abraham Lee Shakespeare
Born(1966-04-23)April 23, 1966
Sebring, Florida
United States

April 7, 2009(2009-04-07) (aged 42) ?

(Date of death is unconfirmed)
Plant City, Florida
United States
OccupationTruck driver's assistant

Abraham Lee Shakespeare (April 23, 1966 – 2009) was an American casual laborer who won a $30 million lottery jackpot, receiving $17 million in 2006. In 2009 his family declared him missing, and in January 2010 his body was found buried under a concrete slab in the backyard of an acquaintance.[1] Shakespeare's troubles after winning the lottery were profiled in the American E! television program Curse of the Lottery.[2]


Early life

Shakespeare dropped out of school after seventh grade, and as a result was illiterate. He was jailed after being convicted of a string of burglaries. Subsequently, he worked various labor pool jobs.[3]


The Florida Lotto winning ticket worth $30 million was sold at a Town Star convenience store in Frostproof, Florida, on November 15, 2006.[4]

On that day Abraham Shakespeare and co-worker Michael Ford were headed toward Miami when they stopped briefly at the convenience store in Frostproof to buy drinks and cigarettes. Ford got out of the truck and asked Shakespeare if he wanted a soda. Shakespeare instead asked Ford to buy him two Lottery tickets. Shakespeare said that he paid Ford $2 for the tickets out of the $5 he had on him that day.[5]

Michael Ford later approached Shakespeare demanding a share of the jackpot of no less than $1 million, which Shakespeare refused to pay, prompting Ford to sue Shakespeare accusing him of stealing the two tickets from his wallet.[5]

Shakespeare chose a one-time, lump sum cash payment of $17 million, before taxes,[6] instead of 30 annual payments totaling $30 million.[citation needed] He moved out of his working-class neighborhood in Lakeland, Florida and into a gated community.[3] Several months after his lottery win, apart from a $1 million home, his only other major purchases included a Nissan Altima and a Rolex watch from a pawnshop.[7] By late January 2010 the sheriff involved in the investigation of Shakespeare's disappearance told AP that the lottery money "is gone now."[8]

Friends stated Shakespeare had grown frustrated with the apparently constant appeals for money from both hangers-on and strangers. He told his brother, "I'd have been better off broke," and told a childhood friend, "I thought all these people were my friends, but then I realized all they want is just money."[1] One of these was Dorice Donegan "Dee-Dee" Moore, who launched a business with Shakespeare, Abraham Shakespeare LLC, giving herself control of the firm's funds. Moore subsequently withdrew $1 million and bought herself a Hummer, a Chevrolet Corvette and a truck before going on vacation. She later claimed that the money was a gift from Shakespeare.[3]

Missing status and death

On November 9, 2009, Shakespeare's family reported him missing, stating that they had not seen him since April of that year. Family and friends had originally hoped that he had taken his money and was living on a beach in the Caribbean Sea. A tip-off led investigators to the backyard of Moore's boyfriend Shar Krasniqi, where Shakespeare's body was found buried in five feet of dirt under a newly constructed concrete slab.[1] Shakespeare was 43.[3]

Hillsborough County detectives say Shakespeare died April 6 or 7 in the single-story ranch home in Plant City.[9] Police took Moore into custody on February 2, 2010 in connection with the murder of Shakespeare and a judge set a $1 million bond. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact in first-degree murder. Police state Moore tried to convince an acquaintance to unearth the body and move it a week after the death, and continued to try to convince others that Shakespeare was still alive.[10] On February 19, 2010 Dorice Donegan Moore was arrested on a charge of first degree murder.


Before police found Shakespeare's dead body, Moore claimed Shakespeare decided to leave town and went to Texas, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Orlando, Florida or was sick in a hospital. Moore even claimed that Shakespeare was sick of people asking him for money, so she helped him leave town.[3] Moore told police different versions of what happened to Shakespeare, after they found his body under a concrete slab, in the backyard of the home she put in her boyfriend's name. Moore claimed drug dealers killed him, a lawyer did him in and then blamed her 14-year-old son.[11] She also claimed she killed Shakespeare in self-defense.[10]

Soon after Shakespeare disappeared, Moore, who was living in Shakespeare's house, kept using his cell phone and sending text messages to his friends and relatives, as though she were Shakespeare. Moore would text messages, which people thought did not sound like him and were suspicious because Shakespeare was illiterate.[3][11] When people texted Shakespeare's phone back with questions that could not be answered by Moore, no response was given.[11]

During the same time that Moore was trying to make it appear that Shakespeare was alive, she tried to find a person who would take the blame for Shakespeare's death, for $50,000. She also offered to pay someone to dig up and move Shakespeare's body to another location.[12]

Somehow, property records show that Moore's company, American Medical Professionals, bought Shakespeare's house.[1] Moore told investigators she paid Shakespeare $655,000 for his home and bought $185,000 for loans which were actually worth much more, which people owed him; however, there is no evidence showing she paid Shakespeare anything.[3]

Moore offered the mother of a son of Shakespeare's, a $200,000 home if she would lie to detectives and tell them she had seen him recently. She also paid a relative of Shakespeare's, $5,000, to give his mother a birthday card, implying it was from him.[3]

Through the investigation of Moore, it was learned that she had once staged a scene to fraudulently keep a Lincoln Navigator, of which she was in jeopardy of having repossessed, after falling behind on the payments. She had someone store the car in a garage and then pretended she was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and carjacked. Investigators claimed she taped her wrists and threw herself from someone else's car to make a scene. She even took a rape exam. She later pleaded no contest for the charge and received probation.[13]

In media

The difficulties Shakespeare experienced as a result of winning the lottery, including his murder, were the focus of the American E! television program Curse of the Lottery[2] and part of an episode of Lottery Changed My Life.


Dee Dee Moore's first degree murder trial is scheduled to begin on November 26th in 2012.[26]


  1. ^ a b c d "Body of lottery winner found buried in Florida". BBC News. 30 January 2010. Archived from the original on 31 January 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8489582.stm. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Curse of the Lottery 2; E!; September 11, 2010
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Stutzman, Rene (30 January 2010). "Polk man's sudden millions led to celebrity -- and tragedy". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/os-dead-lottery-millionaire-profile-20100130,0,5892259,full.story. Retrieved 31 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Florida Lotto Winning Number"
  5. ^ a b c d "Lawsuit: Millionaire Stole Lotto Ticket"
  6. ^ Lush, Tamara (3 February 2010). "Judge sets woman's bond at $1 million in lotto winner's slaying". The Associated Press. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/100203/world/us_dead_lottery_winner. Retrieved 4 February 2010. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Lotto winner hasn't altered frugal lifestyle"
  8. ^ "True Crime Report: Abraham Shakespeare, Missing Florida Lottery Winner, May Be Dead"
  9. ^ a b c "'Helper' arrested in killing of Lotto winner Abraham Shakespeare". St. Petersburg Times. Feb 3, 2010. http://www.tampabay.com/news/helper-arrested-in-killing-of-lotto-winner-abraham-shakespeare/1070291. 
  10. ^ a b c Green, Merissa (Feb 3, 2010). "Judge Sets 'DeeDee' Moore's Bond at $1 Million". The Ledger. http://www.theledger.com/article/20100203/NEWS/2035023?p=1&tc=pg. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f Martin, John (Sept 17, 2010). "Lotto murder case records: DeeDee Moore's mother describes 'erratic behavior'". http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/lotto-murder-case-records-deedee-moores-mother-describes-erratic-behavior/1121938. 
  12. ^ "Friend charged with hiding Tampa lotto winner's death". Gainsvile Sun. Feb 3, 2010. http://www.gainesville.com/article/20100203/ARTICLES/100209843?p=1&tc=pg. 
  13. ^ Jenkins, Colleen (Feb 10, 2010). "Lotto case suspect DeeDee Moore has record of staging schemes". tampabay.com. http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/lotto-case-suspect-deedee-moore-has-record-of-staging-schemes/1072046. 
  14. ^ a b Green, Merissa (Nov 24, 2009). "Lakeland Lottery Winner Missing". The Ledger. http://www.theledger.com/article/20091124/NEWS/911245058. 
  15. ^ "Famed Attorney and Client Victorious in $30 Million Lottery Trial". Los Angeles Sentinel. Nov 1, 2007. http://www.lasentinel.net/Famed-Attorney-and-Client-Victorious-in-$30-Million-Lottery-Trial.html. 
  16. ^ a b Green, Merissa (Jan 7, 2010). "Sheriff: Lottery Winner May Be Dead". The Ledger. http://www.theledger.com/article/20100106/NEWS/100109879?p=1&tc=pg. 
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  18. ^ Geary, Jason (Feb 17, 2011). "Suspect 'DeeDee' Moore Fights to Keep Lotto Winner's House". The Ledger. http://www.theledger.com/article/20110217/NEWS/102175032?p=1&tc=pg. 
  19. ^ Green, Merissa (Dec 5, 2009). "Woman Says Missing Man Publicity Upended Life". The Ledger. http://www.theledger.com/article/20091205/NEWS/912055047. 
  20. ^ "Dorice "Dee Dee" Moore Interview 11/12/2009". acandyrose.com. Nov 12, 2009. http://www.acandyrose.com/deedee_moore111209.htm. 
  21. ^ "Detective Christopher Lynn Report 02/02/2010". acandyrose.com. Feb 2, 2010. http://www.acandyrose.com/christopher_lynn020210-1200pm.htm. 
  22. ^ "Elizabeth Walker Interview 12/28/2009". acandyrose.com. http://www.acandyrose.com/elizabeth_walker122809-0800am.htm. 
  23. ^ "Variety of stories leads to murder charge for Dee Dee Moore". www2,tbo.com. Feb 19, 2010. http://www2.tbo.com/news/plant-city/2010/feb/19/moore-charged-killing-lottery-winner-shakespeare-ar-79608/. 
  24. ^ Mitchell, Robbyn (Feb 20, 2010). "DeeDee Moore charged with first degree murder in lottery winner's homicide". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.tampabay.com/news/deedee-moore-charged-with-first-degree-murder-in-lottery-winners-homicide/1074609. 
  25. ^ "Woman pleads not guilty in death of lottery winner". CNN. Mar 16, 2010. http://articles.cnn.com/2010-03-16/justice/florida.lottery.death_1_lottery-millionaire-hillsborough-county-abraham-shakespeare?_s=PM:CRIME. 
  26. ^ [1]

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