MIKHAIL MARKHASEV ( killer of Bill Cosby's son ) - prison photo, newsletter ( 2012 ) SIGNED
1 page article of writings and prison photo from Mikhail Markhasev. The newsletter page includes short articles written for a youth magazine ( for juvenile delinquents in the San Francisco Bay area. ) - titled, "The Beat Without".
The photo measures 3 1/2" by 5" and is printed on quality photo paper. ( not a cheap color copy ) It includes a message written on the back from Mikhail.
In which he writes ( in regards to the photo ), "This is from 2011. Our life is held in tension between the cross and the resurrection -- This is displayed in these ancient icons."
Signed, "Respectfully, your friend, Mikhail"
On the evening of January 16, 1997 as Ennis Cosby, on break from school, was driving to visit a friend in Los Angeles when his car developed a flat tire along Interstate 405. He telephoned his friend, who drove out to assist. As Cosby was changing the tire and the friend remained in her car, a man with a gun approached the friend's driver-side window. The friend sped away twenty to fifty feet, and by the time she returned Ennis had been shot in the head. He was buried January 19, 1997 at the Cosby estate in Shelburne, Massachusetts.
After America's Most Wanted and The National Enquirer offered a $100,000 reward for information, the Enquirer received a call telling them that Mikhail Markhasev, an 18-year old Ukrainian immigrant, had bragged that he'd shot a black man and that the case was on the news.
Born in Lviv, Markhasev had come to the U.S. in 1989 with his mother, attending a program for gifted children in West Hollywood, where a teacher described him as well-liked and well-behaved. But after moving to Los Alamitos, California in 1992, he began hanging out with a gang and exhibiting racism. In 1995 Markhasev and other gang members attacked two African-American men with a knife at a gas station, and served six months at a juvenile correctional facility. According to a friend, his time in the facility changed him, he seemed more combative and angry upon his release.
Prosecutors said that Markhasev, after demanding money from Cosby, shot him in the head because he was moving too slowly. Markhasev's DNA was found on a knit cap wrapped around a gun found five miles from the crime scene, and the gun was matched to the bullet that killed Cosby. At trial jailhouse letters were presented in which Markhasev wrote, "I shot the nigger ... I went to rob a [drug deal] and obviously found something else."
In 1998 Markhasev was sentenced to life in prison without parole, plus 10 years, for first-degree murder and attempted robbery. (The Cosby family had asked prosecutors not to seek the death penalty.)
In 2001 Markhasev confessed in a handwritten letter to a California Deputy Attorney General: "Although my appeal is in its beginning stages, I don't want to continue with it because it's based on falsehood and deceit ... I am guilty, and I want to do the right thing ... More than anything, I want to apologize to the victim's family. It is my duty as a Christian, and it's the least I can do, after the great wickedness for which I am responsible."