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Plant City plays starring role in crime shows on lottery winner’s slaying

PLANT CITY For at least the third time in recent months, a true crime series has profiled Dee Dee Moore’s conviction for killing lottery multimillionaire Abraham Shakespeare.

The sensational case involving the former Plant City resident was most recently profiled on “Snapped,” an Oxygen Network, a show that focuses on criminal cases involving violent betrayals of love or trust. Moore was convicted in December of killing lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare after charming him into giving her access to his fortune.

She was arrested after his body was discovered in January 2010 on property she owned in Plant City.

The episode, which first aired Sept. 15, included several scenes from around downtown Plant City, including exteriors of the Whistle Stop Cafe, State Theatre Antiques and All A Bloom floral shop.

The hour-long “Snapped” told the rags-to-riches story of Moore, who grew up poor in a rural home on Turkey Creek Road. But she overcame her early obstacles to build a successful nursing staffing business before she befriended Shakespeare and became his financial advisor.

Shakespeare also grew up poor but won a $30 million jackpot in 2006. He had spent much of it before meeting Moore.

Authorities say Moore, 41, shot Shakespeare twice after scamming him of his remaining millions. The Lakeland man was 42 when he disappeared in April 2009.

The show included interviews with Shakespeare’s family, law enforcement officers and reporters, including The Tampa Tribune’s Howard Altman.

Moore, now serving a life prison term at a state prison for women in Ocala, proclaimed her innocence during the show.

“Snapped” replays its episodes after they premiere although an Oxygen Media spokeswoman was unable to say when the story on Moore might be re-aired. The segment is available for cable subscribers who have On Demand service, she said.

Earlier this summer, Moore was profiled on CNBC’s “American Greed” and Investigation Discovery’s “Deadly Women.”

Jerry Lofstrom, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, said he’s not surprised at all the attention the case has received. He said Shakespeare’s shooting death was a hot topic among diners at his downtown restaurant.

“There was so much talk about it because it’s all about greed and money,” said Lofstrom, who is an occasional columnist for the Plant City Courier.

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