Doc Anderson Tells It Like It Is: Verse by Verse

By Robert Mladinich on January 3, 2012
Doc Anderson Tells It Like It Is: Verse by Verse
Anderson steadfastly maintains that Parker insisted he take a dive against Mark Gastineau

Anderson refused the offer and beat the stuffing out of Gastineau in a fight that referee Marty Sammon described as “Man Against Boy…”

Former journeyman heavyweight Tim “Doc” Anderson admits that he is a killer, but won’t admit to being a murderer. However he still finds himself serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for shooting to death his former manager Rick “Elvis” Parker in an Orlando, Florida, hotel room in May 1996.

Anderson, who once played pro baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization, never denied shooting the behemoth Parker multiple times in a case that was chronicled in British author Jon Hotten’s controversial book “The Years of the Locust.” But the reasons behind the killing have raised many questions as to whether the immensely likeable Anderson deserved such a severe sentence.

He steadfastly maintains that Parker, who had a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for being corrupt, disreputable and morally bankrupt, insisted he take a dive in a June 1992 fight against former football legend Mark Gastineau. If Parker, who managed both Anderson and Gastineau, could get the lumbering onetime gridiron star to 12-0 he was reportedly promised a multi-million dollar purse against George Foreman.

Anderson refused the offer and beat the stuffing out of Gastineau in a fight that referee Marty Sammon described as “Man Against Boy.” At the end of the nationally televised bout, Parker’s nostrils were flaring.

Anderson left Parker immediately after the bout, but was lured back six months later for a rematch in Oklahoma City, where there was no state commission. Although infinitesimally more talented than Gastineau as a fighter, Anderson, who had been forced to wait in the ring for 45 minutes until Gastineau’s arrival, believes he was given tainted water by his corner men. 

Saying he was light-headed, nauseous and hallucinating, he was brutally stopped in the sixth round. Hours later, after everyone had left the arena, a janitor found him lying in a pool of his own vomit on the locker room floor.

Anderson is certain that his corner men poisoned him on the orders of Parker. For several years, the once vibrant, youthful and perpetually health-conscious Anderson could barely get out of bed. When he threatened to take Parker to task for his alleged crimes, men wielding baseball bats attacked him. He also claimed that Parker regularly threatened to kill Anderson’s beloved quadriplegic sister, Erin, and her two daughters if he went to the authorities or took civil action.

Determined to make one last attempt to get Parker to admit what drugs he used to poison him so he could get much-needed treatment, Anderson set up a meeting with Parker in an Orlando hotel room. Anderson’s best friend, a rock solid citizen named Jim Murphy, had insisted he go armed because Parker was known to always be strapped with a Glock. Anderson also went to the fateful meeting with Parker’s sister, Diane McVey, and Parker’s son, which discounts any notion of premeditation. 

After failing to get Parker to admit what he needed to hear, Anderson claimed that he lost it when Parker snarled at him, “For that stunt you just pulled, your sister Erin is dead.”

The next thing Anderson recalls is rolling Parker over and counting eight bullets in his rotund body. He then sat on the bed and said, “Forgive me Lord,” as he tried to take his own life but the gun jammed. He then went to the front desk, told the clerk what happened, and calmly waited for the police to arrive. Describing himself as “a very sick man” at the time, he urged the detectives to forsake the questioning and take him directly to the electric chair.

After the well-publicized trial, several jurors wrote to the judge and said they had hoped he would show leniency toward the sympathetic Anderson. Had they known Anderson would be subject to such a heavy mandatory sentence, they would have found a way to give him a break. Two jurors, including the foreman, said they felt “blindsided” and “misled” to learn the judge had no discretion in the sentencing. 

The now 54-year-old Anderson, who had fought the likes of George Foreman, Larry Holmes and Jimmy Young in compiling a 27-16-1 (13 KOS) record, has been in prison ever since.

He is still as likeable and laconic as always, and recently put his thoughts on paper in the form of the following poem. In it he attacks his corner men, as well as Parker, and asserts that the referee in the second fight, Houston Perkins, was nowhere near the ring that night. When all the facts are assessed, a compelling case can be made that Anderson has served more than enough time for what many consider nothing more than a misdemeanor homicide.

Here is “Abra Cadabra in Oklahoma” by Tim “Doc” Anderson…

Outside the arena in early December 1992 was a blizzard
Making the promoter think he was Don King, the wizard
But Gastineau couldn’t fight, looking more like Betty Crocker
After his beating in San Francisco, this was a shocker

[My corner men] thought they were so discreet
But all they wanted was for Doc Anderson to get beat
Rick Parker was hoping in all the confusion
That the boxing world would believe in his delusion

Instinctively in the ring, Tim knew something was amiss
And if somebody told the truth would be his only wish
Houston Perkins lied he was the referee at the trial
The real ref was Steven Thomasson, but lying wasn’t his style

Parker had no clue to prizefighting protocol
As he turned out to be Doc’s real downfall
Remember the sweet science is not a game
Another black eye for boxing and that’s a shame

Anderson on the video seems lost with the speed
As Rick was smiling about his wicked deed
His plan was set in motion with only a seed
Or was it just revenge and his inner greed

Until the end, Parker was diverting suspicion
Because the drugged warrior couldn’t follow his intuition
Even in this business, it was too grimy
But this Elvis was completely slimy

Old sins usually have long shadows
And they can lead you to the gallows
Tim had destroyed the former gridiron great and would not retreat
But hour later the janitor found him in a nightmare on Elm Street

Amongst the storm and coldest of crowds
With taped hands in gloves and head in the clouds
Mark thrust his fist against the ring post
But Doc insists he still sees the ghost

Anderson welcomes correspondence from his fans, old or new. Don’t hesitate to send some stamps and you’ll definitely get a reply. He can be reached at:

Timothy Anderson
DC #538979
F-1102
Florida State Prison
7819 NW 228th Street
Raiford, Florida 32026-1190

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  1. Kid 03:56pm, 02/04/2017

    If Mark was indeed involved in something nefarious, then he has now been given a sentence to hell from which there is no return. Talk of a rematch is total hogwash.

  2. William Purallo 11:24am, 02/04/2017

    I never understood how a respected trainer like Jimmy Glenn went on with the Mark Gastinaeu hoax .

  3. Diane Morse 10:59am, 02/04/2017

    My mother also has Alzheimer’s and she’s had it since February of 2011 and her long-term memory is intact. He was just diagnosed so his long-term memory is very very intact. We don’t need any testimony from him we would just like to hear from him in exposing that fight for what it really was. He’ll never do it. But I’m wondering if he’d like a rematch with Tim.  And if he happens to read this and wants to contemplate doing so I suggest he start sparring and getting in shape. Because Tim would be the first person to say yes.

  4. William Purallo 08:25am, 02/04/2017

    Well Mark Gasinaeu is suffering from early dementia Alzhimers and Parkinsons syndrome too many blows to the head in the NFL so dont know how well his destimony could hold up.

  5. Diane Morse 08:20am, 02/04/2017

    We are working on a clemency as I speak on this 4th day of February 2017. Wouldn’t it be cool if there could be a rematch? Or at least a rematch on Words where Mark Gastineau can clear his conscience on participating in such a horrible unforgivable Act

  6. Diane Morse 08:00am, 02/04/2017

    Ron Hansen, please contact me at morseandassociatesinc@gmail

  7. Ron Hansen 08:28pm, 09/16/2016

    I worked for Rick Parker I knew Tim very well. I didn’t know that he was sentenced to life without parole. I’m going to write a letter and state the facts about Parker. If Parker said he was going to do something to Tims sister it would have been done but Parker wouldn’t have done it personally but he would have had some of his thugs do it, and they they would have done it. Rick Parker was an evil scandalous person who idolized Don King to the point mimicked Don King with his words and his actions a class A thug. Tim should have been made a saint for what he done not a convict in fact I would goes as far as saying Tim probably saved other people’s live by committing the action he is wrongfully imprisoned for

  8. DIANE MORSE 12:27pm, 09/09/2013

    I WAS TIM’S LOVE OF HIS LIFE, AND I WAS THERE FOR 5 OF TIM’S FIRST YEARS IN THE BOXING INDUSTRY.  HE GAVE UP BASEBALL FOR BOXING, AND IT DID HIM IN.  I WARNED HIM THAT IF YOU LAY DOWN WITH MAGGOTS, YOU WILL BECOME A MAGGOT.  I BEGGED HIM NOT TO CHOOSE BOXING, BUT THAT’ S NOR HERE NOR THERE.    I MET RICK PARKER MANY TIMES, AND TOLD HIM TO HIS FACE WHAT A SCUMBAG HE WAS, AND YOU BETTER NOT F OVER TIM.  WE BROKE UP IN 1986, AFTER 5 YEARS, DUE TO THE BOXING WORLD.    I KNOW ALL TOO WELL ABOUT MARK AND THEY BOTH DESERVED THEIR ARSES BEAT TO A PULP.  YES TIM CHOSE WHAT HE CHOSE, AGAINST HIS OWN WILL,  AND HE NO DOUBT DESERVES TO RELEASED.  PLEASE, EVERYONE WHO READS UP ON TIM, WILL SEE HE NEEDS TO BE RELEASED, AND MAYBE ONCE YOU SEE WHAT FANTASTIC MAN HE IS, YOU WILL WRITE TO THE PAROLE BOARD AND ASK FOR CLEMENCY.   

     

     

  9. tommy chiarella 11:53pm, 02/06/2013

    i remember working the corner for timmy in jacksonville and going to other fights where parker always reneged on his agreements as far as a purse and accomodations.  timmy always handled it with a calm and cool response. there is no way he shood still be paying for this. after all, he took out our trash and did the world a much needed favor and saved his family.

  10. William Purallo 05:50am, 10/21/2012

    What gets me if Doc Anderson took the dive   and Gastineau   did get a fight with Foreman it would of been a case of legal murder .Foremans jab alone would of put Gastineau in a state of shock followed by an uppercut.Foreman was still trying to impress the boxing world and would of not taken mercy on this football player it would of been over in less than a minute but the most painful in Gastineaus career .

  11. the thresher 03:18pm, 01/10/2012

    Bob Mladinich is the best. Of the real good guys in Boxing.

  12. pete 11:57am, 01/10/2012

    Boxing is such an edgy sport—that’s probably why we like it. But boxing is too full of these gut-wrenching stories. Perhaps, in the years ahead, there will be a happy ending for Anderson. Meanwhile, I tip my hat to Bob Mladinich for this story and his steadfast support for a guilty man who seems to have been punished well beyond reason

  13. the thresher 10:46am, 01/04/2012

    Here is an interesting link to another article written by one of my favorite writters

    http://www.thesweetscience.com/news/articles/2340-clemency-for-tim-doc-anderson

  14. the thresher 10:42am, 01/04/2012

    Gastineau and Parker were two foul peas in the same pod.

  15. Pete The Sneak 10:36am, 01/04/2012

    Iron Beach, same here….Just purchased the extra stamps. Peace.

  16. Iron Beach 10:30am, 01/04/2012

    Remember this case well, Parker is pond scum…or less. Went to Fl DOC and found Doc under inmate search, he doesn’t look anything like the pic used in the article anymore although he is listed at 6’2, 194. This travesty should be investigated again and possibly commute his sentence, believe I’ll write Tim, see how he is doin’, send him a few $$...shame.

  17. the thresher 10:11am, 01/04/2012

    pugknowes for sure. He was a bit phony and when his opponents started to go down in “spectacular” KO’s, I would puke. Didn’t take a Dick Tracy to know what was going down there.

  18. pugknows 10:01am, 01/04/2012

    Mark Gastineau was to boxing what stink is to manure.

  19. the thresher 09:03am, 01/04/2012

    “Gastineau’s best punch, and this sticks in my craw, was a hook to Brigitte Nielsen’s jaw”

    BINGO!!

    In his last pro fight against some other crossover fraud, he actually turned his back and screamed as he was pummled like he pummeled Brigitte. Justice.

  20. Pete The Sneak 08:49am, 01/04/2012

    Everytime I read or hear something about what happened to Doc Anderson, it always leave me with a heavy heart. Reading his verses inspired me to write down a couple of my own if I may be so bold and with all due respect:


    It’s almost like fate, had to be goaded,
    Incarcerating a man, truly railroaded


    The crime it was bad, yes that is true
    But before you judge, walk a mile in his shoe


    Yes someone died, but this was by chance.
    It was a most unfortunate circumstance


    He brought the man’s sister, he brought the man’s son
    Who the heck brings witnesses, to murder someone


    The man’s life was threatened, his family too
    The guy had him poisoned, what would you do


    I wonder what type, of strong medication, his accusers ingested, to charge pre-meditation


    Some jail time was just, with that we don’t quarrel, but life with no parole, man that brings great sorrow


    To think this all happened, for a dive not to take, to a guy who in Boxing, was a total fake


    Gastineau’s best punch, and this sticks in my craw, was a hook to Brigitte Nielsen’s jaw


    We think they’ll be justice for Doc one fine day, till then we’ll continue to hope and pray


    That Doc will be free of this wrongful confinement, and we’ll see him one day on a Boxing.com assignment.


    Peace.

  21. the thresher 07:55am, 01/04/2012

    What a great article about an affair that only aficionados and historians know about.

  22. Don From Prov 07:35am, 01/04/2012

    That is a nasty prison Mr. Anderson is in.
    Has he resolved the issues with his health??

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