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48 Hours Murder In The Fast Lane 04.28.07

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04.28.07 48 Hours Murder In The Fast Lane

Murder In The Fast Lane
A Woman Seeks Justice For The Murder Of Her Brother And Sister-In-Law

(Page 1 of 6)April 28, 2007
Mickey and Trudy Thompson (CBS)

(CBS) Mickey Thompson's name became synonymous with speed—from dragsters, to Indy, to off-road racing. Like American legends Chuck Yeager, who broke the sound barrier, and John Glenn, who orbited the earth, Thompson would also go on to make history.

By the time he was 25, he was racing professionally. He’d eventually go on to set 395 different speed records.

After an early first marriage, he did make a key stop along the way Mickey met and married Trudy Feller a former secretary at Hot Rod Magazine. "Just special people together. They had fun together," remembers Mickey's younger sister Collene Campbell.

"He was the man. He was a dad, he was a great dad you know? Coached baseball, coached football, still was out racing—like I said he was, he was the man," remembers Mickey's son, Danny Thompson.

But as correspondent Bill Lagattuta reports, Mickey was still one step away from the history books. That would all change on April 10, 1960, when Mickey climbed into a car he had built from the ground up at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the Utah desert.

Mickey put the pedal to the metal, and drove his car, the "Challenger One," 406 miles per hour. It was an amazing feat, topping a British racer, and setting a new world record.

What he had done was go faster than any man had ever gone before, without leaving the confines of the earth. The headlines proclaimed him the speed king.

Twenty-eight years later, with his racing business still going strong, Mickey would once again make front-page news. Only this time there would be no joy: Mickey and Trudy were gunned down in front of their home.

It was March 16, 1988. The light hadn’t come yet to California’s San Gabriel Mountains, when Mickey and Trudy set out for work, as they always did together at 6:00 a.m.

"And I got a phone call. From one of my dad’s employees at the office and he said 'There’s something happened up at the Bradbury house. And we don’t really know what it is but something’s happened,'" Danny remembers.

Danny grabbed his car keys and made a phone call to his aunt Collene.

"And I says, 'What is it Danny?' And he says, 'I don’t know. I'm on my way up. I don’t know what happened they just said there were gun shots up there,'" she recalls.

Neighbor Lance Johnson would recall being startled out of bed. "And all of a sudden we were awakened by some gunshots. About 15 seconds went by with silence and all of a sudden I heard Mickey Thompson, who was our next door neighbor, who lived right over here, and he was screaming. Just screaming at the top of his lungs," he recalls.

When Danny arrived, he saw the bodies of his father and Trudy uncovered.
"I was in shock," he remembers.

Everyone in the racing community expressed their shock and outrage, no one more than Michael Goodwin, Mickey Thompson's business partner.

"It was just a tragedy and it was apparently an assassination. Somebody shot them, so it wasn’t an accidental death," Goodwin said.

Detective Mark Lillienfeld would spend much of his career piecing together exactly what had happened. The motive, says Lillienfeld, was murder and nothing else; investigators had found about $500 on Mickey Thompson.

Police put out sketches of two African-American hooded gunmen, which eyewitnesses had described. But the shooters were long gone, escaping on bicycles.

Fourteen years later there were still no arrests. And that's what’s most troubling to Thompson’s family and friends. Because they say they knew from the moment they heard about the murder who was behind it.

(CBS) Both Collene and Danny believe Michael Goodwin was behind the killing; and Det. Lillienfeld acknowledges Goodwin was the main focus of suspicion.

There was a theory, but no indictment. Did Goodwin get away with murder, free to live the good life?

Police couldn’t prove it. But over the course of the past 18 years, they wouldn’t be the only ones investigating Michael Goodwin. Thompson's sister Collene was determined he would be brought to justice.

Collene is all too familiar with murder close to home, even before Mickey and Trudy were shot dead. Hard-boiled detective Larry Flynn watched 20 years ago as Collene, a housewife and mother, learned what it takes to solve a murder.

This victim wasn’t famous. He was young and nobody much knew him, but he was even closer to Collene than her brother Mickey. The victim was Scott Campbell, one of Collene's two children.

Scott was, according to his mother, a good kid who fell into bad company. When Scott was 29, he disappeared without a trace. That’s when his mother first met Det. Flynn, who was with the L.A. County Sheriff's Office.

"I said, 'Come back in 24 hours,' and she said 'Oh no, no, no. That’s not gonna work that way,'" he recalls. "We locked horns the first time we ever met and I mean you don’t want to lock horns with Collene because if you do you are gonna lose."

With Collene on their backs, police learned Scott had met two men, Larry Cowell and Donald Dimasio, and was to fly in a private plane to Fargo, N.D.

Asked if this could have been drug related, Flynn says, "Probable."

Scott never made it to Fargo—he never made it home alive. Somewhere between Los Angeles and Catalina Island, Scott met his death.

"Dimasio reached around and broke his neck. And according to Kalb he put the plane in a right bank and opened the door, and he went out," Det. Flynn explains.

Scott's body was never found.

How did police know this? Not through their own work, but through Collene. Frustrated things were going slow, she tracked down the man her son was to meet in Fargo.

"I picked up the phone and called him and said 'I know you know what happened to my son. You were the last phone call he made,'" Collene explains.

Collene convinced that man to come to California and wear a wire. Conversations about Scott's killing were then recorded on tape.

Having pretty much solved her son’s murder and having sent his killers to prison, Collene decided she liked getting things done and needed a platform. She began working as an advocate for victims' rights.

"What is it that you know about the system most people don’t?" Lagattuta asks.

Says Collene, "I know the system sucks."

And so when that call came about Mickey and Trudy, Collene knew that she was beginning a hideous personal journey once again. "I know what it feels like to have people say this will bring you closure. There’s no closure when somebody’s been murdered. It just goes on and on and on," she says.

In order to change the system, she decided she had to be a part of it. She became the first woman mayor in her hometown of San Juan Capistrano.

And now Collene—that whirlwind of energy and sadness—is aimed at solving her second set of murders and she's got another detective who has become part of her life: Det. Mark Lillienfeld.

"It’s a unique position being a murder cop. And you kinda take on, I think, somewhat the life of the victim," Lillienfeld says.

Lillienfeld has come to know everything about Mickey Thompson—and about Collene. "She’s a grieving, pissed off elderly woman that lost a brother and a sister in law that she loved dearly," he says.

And as the years go by, for the detective and for Mickey's sister, there are two constants: Collene's unshakeable resolve; and secondly, Michael Goodwin, another legend of the racetrack, and from day one, the man Collene was convinced was behind the murders.

"This is a man who told a lot of people that he was gonna kill my brother," Collene says.


(CBS) Like Mickey, Michael Goodwin's life is all about living to the max, as a big-time rock 'n' roll concert promoter, and as the inventor of the stadium-sized motor-cycle road-show called "Supercross."

Back then, Goodwin had a beautiful wife named Diane and all the perks money and fame could buy. "We traveled a lot, diving, snow skiing. I had a fairy princess wife and we just did wonderful things together," he tells Lagattuta.

Bill Wilson, a retired cop-turned stadium manager, remembers what made Mike Goodwin so special. "Michael was highly competitive, an excitable individual. It was an, 'I can do anything' kind of an attitude," he says.

He got things done, just like Mickey Thompson.

Mickey's son Danny remembers how in 1978 his father transformed the car racing world, by bringing outdoor auto racing indoors. "He said 'I want to bring 25 million pounds of dirt into your stadium. I want to run these pickup trucks up through your bleachers and back down. I want to jump them 70 feet back into the floor,'" Danny recalls.

Even Det. Lillienfeld admits, when it came to thinking big, Goodwin and Mickey had the same DNA. "In some ways very similar personalities in that they were, I don’t know if bull-headed is the right term, but very much knew what they wanted," he says.

It was only a matter of time before Goodwin and Mickey would go into business together and it was all about the dirt: each man was paying a fortune hauling tons of dirt in to the stadium for his own race. They decided to split the cost by bringing in one load of dirt, racing motor bikes one night and cars the next.

Asked what being in business with Mickey Thompson was like, Goodwin says, "It was truly hell from the first day."

And Mickey would have agreed, according to his sister Collene. "Mickey called me on the phone and he said, 'Goodwin has stolen $50,000 from me.' And I said, 'What!' And he said, 'Collene, I think the guy’s a crook.'"

Shirley Brown, Mickey's personal assistant and bookkeeper, says she soon began to get complaints from the company's outside contractors. "And that was the first indicator Goodwin was running off with Mickey's money," she says.

Goodwin denies stealing any of the partnership’s money. Always willing to defend himself to 48 Hours, Goodwin insists the problem was that Mickey just wouldn’t live up to the deal.

"Although Mickey had signed an agreement to turn all the decisions over to me, because we did recognize we couldn’t have two bosses, that was not the case; he wanted to continue to run the show," Goodwin says.

Mickey went to court claiming Goodwin had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars straight out of their business; he won a $514,000 judgment, but Goodwin says he did not pay up. In fact, Det. Lillienfeld says Goodwin never paid a dime.

Instead, Goodwin declared bankruptcy, and appealed the ruling. It would drag on through the legal system for two years before Goodwin’s appeal was shot down.

Mickey's family and friends say that's when Goodwin got ugly. "Mickey called me on the phone and he says 'Sis, I'm really concerned.' I says 'What is the matter, Mick?' He says 'I'm afraid Goodwin is going to hurt my baby,' meaning Trudy. He says, 'Sis, I am telling you this guy is capable of it, and I feel it in my bones,'" Collene remembers.

"It would be phone calls and Mickey would say, 'Goddamn, Goodwin is at it again,' and the death threats were 'Get off my back,'" Shirley Brown recalls.

Death threats, one after the next. That's what those close to Mickey Thompson remember.

"I said, 'How are things going, Mike?' He said, 'Thompson is killing me, taking everything I got.' He says, 'I am going to take him out,'" Bill Wilson says.

But Goodwin denied that claim. "I did not tell Bill Wilson or anyone else I was going to take out Mickey Thompson and I didn’t," he told 48 Hours in 2002.

But when 48 Hours saw him a few years later, his story seemed to change. "I am sure that dozens of guys, or hundreds of them in the racing world, including myself at one time or another is gonna say, 'I'm gonna take that guy down or out..,' now in motor cross racing that means you’re gonna knock the guy down or push him off the track," Goodwin said.

"And so I said 'C’mon Mike, nobody wins that way.' I said, 'He’s dead and you’re in prison.' And he said, 'No, they won’t catch me. I'm too smart for that,'" Wilson recalls.

But soon after that conversation with Wilson, Mickey and Trudy were shot dead in their driveway.

And Det. Lillienfeld says he believes Goodwin is behind the killings, and that he was responsible for hiring those hit men.

"Michael Goodwin is a four letter word. He’s evil. He’s evil all the way through," Collene tells 48 Hours.

(CBS) For Michael Goodwin, it seems as if there has been nothing but suspicions and allegations since the day he met Mickey Thompson. But so far there has been no proof.

So Goodwin carries on, living life in the murky limbo that comes with being tagged a murderer but not being arrested.

Under suspicion but never charged, Goodwin says he has been a convenient target, and it has ruined his life. "I cannot imagine a more quantum change from what our life was back then to what it’s been now. I’ve lost my wife over this. I’ve become a pariah in many circles," he says.

But the police won’t stop chasing Goodwin. He claims when it comes to the murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson, he is victim number three. "If they want ya’, they’ll get ya’. I mean I truly do believe that they’ll sometime come and grab me on fabricated evidence," Goodwin says.

His life as a jetsetter is over and his savings are all but gone. Goodwin now lives in a trailer with his aging father. And he blames the politically connected Collene Campbell for all his troubles. "She doesn’t really want the real killers of Mickey Thompson. She wants Michael Goodwin," he claims.

But Collene says she doesn't care about Goodwin at all. "I only care about the person who murdered my brother and if that happens to be Mike Goodwin, then I'd like to have him behind bars," she says.

It's August 2001, and Michael Goodwin’s fears—and Collene's wishes—may be coming true. Two new witnesses claim to have important information.

Goodwin was arrested by police, to stand in a line-up.

Det. Lillienfeld brought in the witnesses. He says they did come forward at the time of the murders, but only now has their information come into clear focus for the cops. "And what they saw was two men sitting in a car in front of their home and they were just watching the roadway using a pair of binoculars," he says.

Lillienfeld believes that it was "some type of a dress rehearsal." But there’s just one problem with the detectives theory: the car was at the bottom of the hill and the Thompson home is at the top.

Goodwin attorney Elena Saris is quick to point out that slight problem with Lillienfeld’s theory: “There’s no proof it was Michael Goodwin.” “The car was facing the wrong way.” “This evidence is laughable to me.”

Twelve hours after his arrest, and back at the county jail, Michael Goodwin is walking out a free man once again.

The two witnesses did identify him in the lineup, but unbelievably, authorities decided not to hold him. Goodwin says that's because there’s no case against him.

Asked if it was him in the car with the binoculars, Goodwin says, "Absolutely not."

About the witnesses, Goodwin says, "They are lying. They’re not wrong. They’re lying. It’s been set up that way. This is all part of Collene Campbell and Detective Lillienfeld’s script to convict me for the crime because they can’t find the real killer."

But Lillienfeld says he doesn't have a "personal agenda or grudge" against Mike Goodwin. "I mean he’s the man all the evidence led me to. So the logical conclusion at the end of the trail is Mike Goodwin," the detective says.

"Here’s one of the reasons some people say you look guilty. You owed Mickey Thompson money, he’s murdered and you leave the country," Lagattuta remarks.

"Yes, but they may not be asking for the real facts," Goodwin replies.

"Did you leave the country?" Lagattuta asks.

"Yes, but not for five months and for the two and a half to three years that we were out of the country, they never called and asked for me to return. Because there is no evidence to connect me," Goodwin says.


(CBS) After the murders, Goodwin headed to the Caribbean on his yacht, but when he returned to the U.S., he found himself in a sea of trouble. But it wasn’t about the murders; Goodwin was charged with filing false loan statements. He was convicted and sent to prison for 30 months.

Not surprisingly, Goodwin says. He claims Collene wanted to put him there and that the charges were "all fabricated."

Asked if he thinks he will be indicted, Goodwin says, "Yes."

Goodwin’s convinced his time is up—so convinced, he has set up one of 48 Hours' video cameras in his living room. On Dec. 17th the tape was rolling when the bang on the door finally came and he was arrested.

The next morning, Goodwin is arraigned for the murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson.

Goodwin would plead not guilty and say he was eager to go to trial, but justice would move slowly, and strangely. After two and a half years, the case against Goodwin was dismissed by Orange County.

He was just about to walk out the door a free man, when he was re-arrested by authorities from Los Angeles County; they would hold him another two and a half years.

Finally after five years locked up without bail, Goodwin would go to trial in Pasadena, Calif., his future in the hands of a young prosecutor, who wasn’t even in college yet when Mickey and Trudy Thompson were murdered.

Prosecutor Alan Jackson would make the case that the very nature of this murder was a give-away, the road map that inevitably led to Michael Goodwin. "This was an incredibly well-orchestrated, well conducted , execution style murder," Jackson tells Lagattuta. "This was about pride, this was about ego. This was about winning and losing. Mike Goodwin saw paying a nickel to Mickey Thompson as a loss and he’d be seen as a loser the rest of his life."

"What they have is that Michael could have had a motive because he was a business partner, and the business had gone sour. That’s all they have," says public defender Elena Saris, for whom this murder has now gotten personal.

"The scariest case that you can try is with a client that you believe to be innocent. There’s just nothing that’s more fearful," she explains.

Saris says she does believe her client is innocent.

And so it would all finally begin, 18 years after that bloody morning: the murder trial of Michael Goodwin.

The prosecution's case is built on the memories of witnesses, like former cop Bill Wilson, who says Goodwin said, "I'm gonna take him out."

And the death threats he recalls hearing so many years ago.

"What the evidence will show is that the killers of Mickey and Trudy Thompson have never been identified, never been named, never been caught, never been arrested. The police have no murder weapon, no forensic evidence, nothing tying any individual to this crime—much less tying Michael Goodwin to these unknown assassins," Saris argues in court.

"Regardless of whether you like this man, regardless of whether they told you for the last seven weeks what a jerk he is, the law protects the unpopular, the law protects people when the district attorney does not present enough evidence to convince you beyond a reasonable doubt," she tells jurors.

Goodwin is the only one in the Pasadena courthouse who knows for sure if his were the hands behind the Thompson murders.

"They have absolutely no idea who killed these people. And they’re looking for someone to blame, because it’s been unsolved for 18 years," Saris says.

"I worry everyday a jury is out. There’s no way not to worry. I mean I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit on pins and needles. But I’m real superstitious," prosecutor Jackson says.

Even he knows why his case is a tough one to sell. "There is no single smoking gun in this case," Jackson acknowledges.

And he admits there is no physical evidence at the crime scene linking Goodwin to the murders.

Asked if he will be acquitted, Goodwin tells Lagattuta, "I do believe I will. I can’t be 100 percent sure. But I do believe I will."

And Collene can’t be sure either, fearful that the case might falter on something like a hung jury. "No matter what happens, no matter what the jury comes back with, it doesn’t bring Mickey and Trudy back," she says.


(CBS) For five days the jury deliberates. Finally, there is a verdict: guilty of first degree murder.

"I touched Elena on the arm and I told her I’m sorry cause she worked so hard on this," Goodwin says, recalling the moment he heard the verdict. "And I said I didn’t do it. And I didn’t. I mean I'm looking at 30 years in a cage. I’m sorry."

While defense attorney Elena Saris was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the verdict, Mickey's son Danny told reporters, "It’s a great feeling. This doesn’t bring my dad back, but there’s some justice here."

It’s was a tough case all around. For prosecutors and police, not a single piece of physical evidence to tie Michael Goodwin to the Thompson murders. Their case and their hopes were that Goodwin would be done in by his own big mouth, his ego, his anger, his threatening words—words at least one witness will never forget.

"It was just the totality of all the evidence is what did it," says Bill Wilson, who thinks jurors rendered the right verdict.

The jury heard a parade of witnesses like Wilson, the ex-cop for whom that one phrase echoed like a shot.

"And as a former cop, how did you interpret those words 'I'm gonna take him out?'" Lagattuta asks.

"Well, I'm going to kill him, there’s no question," Wilson says.

There was no DNA, no phone calls, and no hard evidence. Still, for the juror's 48 Hours spoke with there was also no question.

"Well obviously we believe he meant the threats," one juror told Lagattuta.

Asked what kinds of witnesses helped them make their decision, a juror said,
"We counted, I believe 15, people that testified about either hearing a threat, or being the target of a threat."
"Twelve people sat in judgment. And twelve people voted guilty," Lagattuta remarks to Goodwin.

"Without half the evidence that they should have seen, Bill," Goodwin replies.

Asked if he thinks he got a fair trial, Goodwin says, "Absolutely not."

Goodwin and his defense team insist the jury never got to hear their claim that Mickey had other enemies. "We were not able to present the other suspects to the jury, we were not able to present the other theories of the crime, any other person that may have had a vendetta against Mickey Thompson," Saris explains.

"Find one other case in this country one other case. Where there’s been a conviction where they didn’t identify the killers. Apprehend the killers. Or tie a meeting or a payment or something linking the person that got convicted. In this case me. To the people that got killed. Didn’t happen. And the judge instructed them they could do that," Goodwin says.

The trial may be over, but the investigation into the murders isn’t done yet, and that means his sister won’t be resting anytime soon. "We still want these people, they are killers," she told reporters.

And Det. Lillienfeld says he won't be resting either. "This case is not over me, it’s still an active open investigation and I hope someday that the information comes forward where we’ll be able to identify and prosecute the actual gunmen," he says.

As Mickey Thompson was ripped from his racing throne, now Goodwin’s fall is also complete. All that’s left is talk—something everyone agrees—Mike Goodwin was always a champion at.

"As we sit here, in this jail, after your conviction, you’re still telling me you’re completely, 100 percent innocent of these murders?" Lagattuta asks.

"Well, I’m either 100 percent or zero. It’s no where in between. I’m a 100 percent not guilty of these murders. No connection to them," he says.

"He will die saying 'I'm an innocent man.' And, you know, he’s as evil as they get," Collene says.

For a racing family, winning is everything and while speed was Mickey's claim to fame, it was his sister’s endurance that won the day.

"Checkered flag is the symbol of winning the race and we've been in a long endurance race and we finally crossed the finish line and the winner gets the checkered flag and Mickey knows that," Collene says.




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