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Millionaire, Abraham Shakespeare Body Has Been Found!!!

Winning $30 million in the Florida Lottery should have been the best thing that ever happened to Abraham Shakespeare. But with his newfound wealth came a string of bad choices and hangers-on who constantly hit him up for money. Nine months ago, he vanished. Friends and family hoped he was on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean. On Friday, detectives confirmed that a body buried under a concrete slab in a rural backyard was his.

The home Shakespeare was found behind belongs to the boyfriend of a woman who befriended him in 2007, the year after he won the lottery. Authorities believe he was murdered and the woman may know something about it, but they do not yet know how he died and have not arrested anyone.

Shakespeare's brother, Robert Brown, said Friday that Shakespeare often wished he had never bought the winning ticket.

"'I'd have been better off broke.' He said that to me all the time," Brown said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's detectives used fingerprints to identify Shakespeare's body, which they found buried 5 feet deep and covered by a 30-by-30 concrete slab in the backyard of a two-story ranch house. There are no neighbors, save for an empty trailer next door and an orange grove across the street.

When Shakespeare won the lottery, he was an assistant truck driver who lived with his mother in a rural county east of Tampa. He was barely literate, had a criminal record and was extremely generous with his newly acquired wealth.

"He really didn't understand it at all," said Samuel Jones, who has known Shakespeare since both were 12. "It was moving so fast. It changed his life in a bad way."

Jones said Friday that Abraham told him in March that he wanted to get out of Lakeland, where he had bought a million-dollar home. After he chose a lump sum payment of nearly $17 million, people gathered outside his mother's home, clamoring for cash.

Jones said Abraham would tell him, "I thought all these people were my friends, but then I realized all they want is just money."

Among those new friends was Dorice Donegan "DeeDee" Moore. Shakespeare met her in 2007, shortly after he bought his home. She told him she was interested in writing a book about his life.

But officials said she was interested in his money.

"DeeDee Moore is a con artist, and if she tried to sell me anything, I certainly wouldn't buy it," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a news release earlier this month. "DeeDee Moore has cheated Abraham Shakespeare out of his money, and possibly his life."

Moore — whose known phone numbers were all disconnected Friday — became something of a financial adviser to Shakespeare.

Property records show her company, American Medical Professionals, bought his home for $655,000 in January 2009. In February, she helped him open a company and gave herself the ability to sign for money, detectives said, including a $1 million withdrawal.

Moore told detectives Shakespeare gave her the cash as a gift. She bought a Hummer, a Corvette and a truck, and went on vacation.

Three months later, 26-year-old Shar Krasniqi — identified by Judd as Moore's boyfriend — bought the home in Plant City that Shakespeare's body was found behind. A tip led detectives there this week.

Howard Stitzel, who happened to be Shakespeare's lawyer in a child support case, started working out Krasniqi's home after Shakespeare disappeared.

Stitzel said he could not comment when reached by The Associated Press on Friday. His lawyer, Glenn Lansky, said Stitzel rented space in the home in mid-2009.

"The landlord was DeeDee Moore," Lansky said. "If the police have any questions, we'll answer them."

A phone number listed in public records for Krasniqi rang to Stitzel's law firm Friday.

Shakespeare was last seen in April. Moore, who spoke several times to the Lakeland Ledger newspaper last year about his disappearance, said he was "laying low" because people constantly tried to get money out of him.

She also told the paper she helped Shakespeare disappear. But Polk detectives say she tried to make it appear that he was alive for several months, at one point using his phone to text his relatives and friends.

Detectives say Moore also paid one of Shakespeare's relatives $5,000 to deliver a birthday card with cash to Shakespeare's mother, suggesting it was from her son.

So far, only one person has faced charges in the case, but not for Shakespeare's disappearance or death. Troy McKay Young, 42, a Lakeland police officer, was charged with unlawful compensation and misuse of confidential information after detectives said he provided Moore with information he obtained through law enforcement databases.

Meanwhile, friends and family puzzled Friday over Shakespeare's rapid rise and fall. Jones said his friend lived a humble life, and just before he bought the winning ticket he joined a church and was baptized.

"When he won the lottery," Jones said, "he forgot about being saved."


This is the Nightline report on Abraham Shakespeare...This is so sad....Aired on 1/25/10


Woman of interest Dee Dee Moore video with Abraham Shakespeare.....What do you think?

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Comment by carlo scarlatti on February 2, 2010 at 11:58am
Nuh truss no baddi, di wolf dem behave betta dan normal people. Dem try fi win yu ova, den dem act like di best ting since slice bread, den BOOM!! dem flip di scrip pon yu, dog nyam yu suppa. Hus nuh trus nobaddi too tuff.
Comment by brent antoine on February 1, 2010 at 9:55am
the curse of lottery
Comment by sheryl nolan on January 31, 2010 at 8:32pm
THERE U GO AGAIN,NOTHER FELL FOR THE BLUE EYE DEVIL,DAMM SHAME
Comment by JANICE L. on January 31, 2010 at 7:35pm
It's sad what happened to him. Deh man had a real good heart and dem people know it so they tek advantage of him. Put she and her man in jail. Better yet hang them
Comment by dennis neville on January 31, 2010 at 3:15pm
IT'S JUST TOO BAD HE WASN'T SMART ENOUGH TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN FRIEND AND ENEMY!
Comment by Josephine campbell on January 31, 2010 at 11:23am
that b**** guitly as hell
Comment by tricie james on January 30, 2010 at 7:01pm
i think its the white b**** dee dee and her boyfriend they killed him
Comment by N.Deane on January 30, 2010 at 6:38pm
nowadays u can't let people know that u win lottery money, u're jus gonna get alot of headache & trouble...smh
Comment by Carl on January 30, 2010 at 1:06pm
DeeDee Moore is another larcenous b****!

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