Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Murder of Ennis Cosby

While we at the Pop Culture Institute don't condone murder (or, indeed, crime of any kind) certain crimes - even murder - we can understand; crimes of passion, for instance, as senseless as they are, are at least rooted in some cause or other.

PhotobucketThe murder of Ennis Cosby was not; the killing of comedian Bill Cosby's only son was an entirely senseless act of violence, made 'good' only by the killer's confession, thereby saving the state of California some expense.

While driving on LA's Interstate 405 on this day in 1997 Cosby's car developed a flat tire; he pulled over to the side of the road and was attempting to fix it when he was confronted by Mikhail Markhasev. Markasev demanded money, and when he didn't get it, shot Cosby in the head. After shooting Cosby Markasev didn't even then attempt to rob him, but fled the scene. Ennis Cosby was 27.

Training to be a special education teacher at the time of his death (Cosby - like Theo Huxtable, who was based on him - was dyslexic) after his murder his family set up a foundation in his honour called Hello Friend, which has in the past benefited from the sale of his father's iconic sweaters (as worn on The Cosby Show).
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Anonymous said...

The public never did, and probably never will know the truth behind the murder of Ennis Cosby.

michael sean morris said...

I agree that it is a mystery, but have to respect the family's wishes for privacy. Maybe it'll all come out sometime.

I remember at the time there was some talk of connection to the Russian mafia, but that seems unlikely.

Anonymous said...

Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today….
anyhow thanks for the good read!