Don't Shoot!: Death of a racing promoter Mickey Thompson

Death of a racing promoter

A world-renowned speed racer turned millionaire sports promoter, Mickey Thompson took a daring attitude toward trouble. Last November he remarked to friends in the Los Angeles area that some "nut" had been phoning him with death threats. "Mickey told me that some cuckoos were calling him at home," recalled Ernie Alvarado, who knew Thompson for 30 years. "He thought he knew who it was. I asked if he had called the police, and he just said it was taken care of."

Thompson was wrong. Early one morning last week, as he and his wife Trudy prepared to leave their estate in...

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