Actor Robert Blake never spoke a word on the witness stand during his murder trial, in which he was accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, yet the three-month proceedings were filled with memorable lines some delivered in the courtroom, others just outside its doors. It was green and appeared to be regurgitated spinach.
Homicide detective Steven Eguchi describing Blakes crime-scene vomit
He said, Im gonna make this work Ill even fuck her if I have to.
Blake friend John Solari recalling Blake bracing for his marriage to Bakley
Prosecutor Shellie Samuels, interrupting defense attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbachs cross-examination
Just let them come to my house, let them come over the fence! Ill shoot them dead and the birds can pick the flesh off their bones.
Cody Blackwell, Blakes personal assistant, recalling Blake's words after the pair had spirited away his daughter from Bakley
Ive heard he can bore a starving dog off a meat truck.
Samuels on Schwartzbachs long, tedious opening statement
Here come the hillbillies.
CBS radio reporter Steve Fetterman upon the courtroom entrance of witnesses Keith Seals and Donna Lorraine Sharon, who testified about stuntman Duffy Hambletons San Bernardino drug-lab ranch
Well, you know, a lot of people want to strangle their wives, and I thought maybe he was venting his anger.
Witness Gary McLarty, answering why he didnt report Blakes incessant pleas for the stuntman to kill Bakley
He had me up there for two and a half days, and he could have finished in two and a half hours. My butt hurt.
Homicide detective Ronald Ito, complaining about defense attorney Schwartzbachs drawn-out questioning
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Youre a lying, two-faced punk!
John Solari to Blake, in a corridor confrontation after the actor cut off their friendship
They never asked me, so I never brought it up.
Private investigator and retired LAPD detective William Jordan, explaining why he never told police that his client Blake had once returned to Vitellos restaurant to retrieve a gun hed left behind after the two had dined there an action foreshadowing Blakes crime-scene alibi