Ten years later, brothers to testify in mother's brutal murder

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The young brothers who watched their mother brutally killed by their father more than 10 years ago will finally get a chance to testify in a civil trial that began Tuesday in Nassau Supreme Court. Full Story

“I am the truth”

Since: Jan 07

Far Rockaway

#21 Mar 28, 2007
WHY IN THE HELL WOULD YOU DO THAT TO YOUR WIFE?!? I THOUGHT THIS WAS AMERICA. WHAT AM I IN A COMMUNIST CONTRY OR SOMETHING? I THOUGHT I WAS IN AMERICA
Chris Patterson NJ

White Plains, NY

#22 Mar 28, 2007
Horrendous crime but as in any court case I want all the facts to come out. We're missing alot of details so I am not rushing to judgement. God bless the children.

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#23 Mar 28, 2007
This is a ten year old case the facts have been let out this man and his parents are disgusting. The grandmother to say to the boy who was just horrified by watching his father kill his mother and his grandfather plant a knife in her hand says to him "your mother got what she deserves", is a sick old hag and should be hung. They didn't care about anything not even those grandbabies. That is sick and is not of normal behavior. 60 TIMES he cut her throat there is the facts for you.

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#24 Mar 28, 2007
The witness sat manacled hand and foot in the stand at the Nassau
County Family Court yesterday.
"Do you feel any remorse for killing your wife?" attorney Dominic
Barbara asked. The witness had been advised by his lawyer to plead the
Fifth, but he ignored the advice.
"What I feel, I'm sure, wouldn't interest you," came the reply from
Eugene Goldberg, who had been bused to court from an upstate prison
where he is serving a long sentence for stabbing his wife to death on
Dec. 8, 1996.
"My client takes the Fifth!" said Goldberg's lawyer, N. Richard
Wool, too late.
Barbara continued to successfully bait his witness. "Can you look at
this picture and tell me - what's all over the walls, all over the
windows and all over the sheets of the bed?" asked Barbara. He handed
Goldberg a police photograph of the blood-smeared crime scene.
Janet Goldberg, a social worker who had recently told her husband she
wanted a divorce, was stabbed by him 57 times. The killing took place in
front of two of their three children. Her blood was all over the walls
of their Merrick home.
Goldberg looked at the photo. "What's all over the walls is
wallpaper. What's all over the windows are curtains. What's all over the
bed, mostly, are sheets," he said. His lawyer, Wool, stared straight
ahead.
It is hard to judge from courtroom testimony what the real
relationship is between a killer and his crime. Might a remorseful
person behave arrogantly in court? It's probably happened, especially if
showing remorse would be an admission of guilt.
But in this strange case, Eugene Goldberg has already admitted
guilt. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter. He accepted a prison term of
12 1/2 to 25 years.
The hearing yesterday before Family Court Judge Leslie Koenig was
about whether he should be permitted to see his children. These are the
two boys, ages 12 and 9, who witnessed the crime, and a girl, 6.
The issue was not guilt. The issue was responsibility:
Even though convicted of killing their mother, could Goldberg be
permitted to resume some sort of limited role as a parent - hosting
visits from his kids at his upstate maximum-security facility? How would
he deal with the central event of his children's lives, which was the
killing of their mother by their father?
"When you did this, did you think at all of your children?" asked
Barbara, who represents Janet Goldberg's family.
The family does not want Eugene Goldberg to see his kids. They claim
that on previous visits in jail, he has told the children their mother
was a drug addict, which the family says is not true; that their mother
was insane, which they say is not true; and that their mother "wanted to
die," which they say is not true.
"I thought of my children when I thought of her hurting them,"
answered Goldberg, adding a new twist to his account of what happened
that night. "I thought she was going to kill them."
Police said after a quarrel that began in their bedroom, Goldberg
attacked his wife with a knife and chased her down the hall. She entered
the room shared by the two boys, followed by Goldberg and Goldberg's
father, Benjamin Goldberg.
In court documents, the older boy said his grandfather held him by
the arm, shouting, "Don't interfere!" (Police later charged Benjamin
Goldberg with evidence-tampering for having moved the body and for
placing a small knife in the woman's hand. He is serving a one-year term
in jail.)

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#25 Mar 28, 2007
"I didn't care if she killed me. I only was worried when she went in
the kids' room," Eugene Goldberg testified yesterday.
"Is it a fact that you told your children it was their mother's
fault that she died?" asked Barbara.
Goldberg said he couldn't remember.
"Didn't you tell them that she wanted to die?"
Goldberg said he couldn't remember.
"If you could today say something to your children, what would you
say about this?" asked Barbara.
"I wouldn't discuss it with them," said the father.
The hearing was expected to continue for several days.
Goldberg's children now live with their mother's sister and
brother-in-law, and their children. The Family Court could decide to
deny him any contact with his kids until they turn 18. After that, they
are free to do as they wish.
In war, the victor writes the history. In families, it is more
complicated than that, though the last one standing would seem to have
some advantage.
Sounds like a real nice guy huh!!
lisandra

Parlin, NJ

#26 Mar 28, 2007
the grandmother is just as GUILTY...she too, should have went to jail!! As the lookout person, she's just as guilty.
Ann

Rockville Centre, NY

#27 Mar 28, 2007
I just hope the bail was not paid by the Village of Ocean Beach, because some of us might not be standing with the officals of the Village on the side of the police involved.
Disgust

Dobbs Ferry, NY

#28 Mar 28, 2007
Ann wrote:
I just hope the bail was not paid by the Village of Ocean Beach, because some of us might not be standing with the officals of the Village on the side of the police involved.
What does this have do with this story--you moron.
SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!
Neighbor

AOL

#29 Mar 28, 2007
Eugene Goldberg is a cruel and manipulative man who liked his family to do exactly what he wanted them to do WHEN he wanted them to do it. He was sexually, emotionally and physically abusive to Janet.
When she couldn't take it anymore and decided to leave him, he slaughtered her like a pig. His father Benjamin was in the house restraining Jason and Miriam was in the car outside the house.
Janet's family had a fight to get the children back. I strongly believe that Miriam should go to jail and ALL the money should go to the children and we must fight to keep Eugene in jail.!!!!

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#30 Mar 29, 2007
Neighbor wrote:
Eugene Goldberg is a cruel and manipulative man who liked his family to do exactly what he wanted them to do WHEN he wanted them to do it. He was sexually, emotionally and physically abusive to Janet.
When she couldn't take it anymore and decided to leave him, he slaughtered her like a pig. His father Benjamin was in the house restraining Jason and Miriam was in the car outside the house.
Janet's family had a fight to get the children back. I strongly believe that Miriam should go to jail and ALL the money should go to the children and we must fight to keep Eugene in jail.!!!!
The day he is released I sure hope those boys have good protection. Also that the boys are strong enough to NOT do the job the state should of done why sentencing him to death. Although he would deserve it but then they would be no better then their father.
Different BUTT the Same

East Northport, NY

#31 Mar 30, 2007
Dj Ize wrote:
<quoted text>
The day he is released I sure hope those boys have good protection. Also that the boys are strong enough to NOT do the job the state should of done why sentencing him to death. Although he would deserve it but then they would be no better then their father.
Screw that... the day he is released I hope he gets what he is truly deserving. If he doesn't get struck by lightning, or die an extremely painful death, maybe his kids should help him out with that.. and if they did I hope they get off scott free

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#32 Mar 30, 2007
Different BUTT the Same wrote:
<quoted text>
Screw that... the day he is released I hope he gets what he is truly deserving. If he doesn't get struck by lightning, or die an extremely painful death, maybe his kids should help him out with that.. and if they did I hope they get off scott free
I wouldn't want to see them waste their life away in jail even if he deserves it. It would just be a ashame for one or all of the kids to snap and give this man his deserving sentence and then be jail forever over it.
Different BUTT the Same

East Northport, NY

#33 Mar 30, 2007
Dj Ize wrote:
<quoted text>
I wouldn't want to see them waste their life away in jail even if he deserves it. It would just be a ashame for one or all of the kids to snap and give this man his deserving sentence and then be jail forever over it.
I know.... I was just being sarcastic. But I hope this man never sees the light of day. How is it possible that the D.A. at the time (who was it?)even allowed a plea bargain to be allowed?

“What is this world coming too”

Since: Feb 07

Bridgeport, CT

#34 Mar 30, 2007
I really don't know who the Da was either but there shouldn't have been a plea bargain at all. He should have been given the chair
Friend of Janet

Brooklyn, NY

#35 Jul 19, 2008
Janet was a sweet and gentle woman who loved her children and did everything for them. I never saw HIM at any of the kid's sporting events or school functions. Eugene would tell the boys that they did not have to obey Janet, only him. She once said that there was no love in their marriage and that he would literally rape her whenever he wanted sex.
He was a total control freak and when he learned that she was thinking of leaving him (he had a secret tape recorder taping all of the phone calls in the house)he brutally murdered her.
The reason the DA settled for 12.5 to 25 was because his defense attorney was threatening to put the two boys through a harsh cross examination in court. Janet's family accepted 12.5 minimum years because the youngest child would be of legal age (in the event that he got out then) and would not be compelled to be returned to him.
You Dont Know

Brooklyn, NY

#36 Jan 24, 2009
Eugene is my uncle and Janet was my aunt. unless you know what igzactly went on in that house on that depressing night, you have no right to say your opinion. most of you fools dont know wat happened. janet cheated on him and she said that her boyfriend was going to kill him. many things shouldnt have happened that night, and i agree with that. my grandma just died last night, so you all can be happy you scum bags. i hope that something like this happens to your family so you can feal the pain of asshole people going on the computer and talking shit about ur family.
you can all rot in hell because none of you knows what happened that night so you have no opinion to say!
You Dont Know

Brooklyn, NY

#37 Jan 24, 2009
none of you know. unless you were there, and you have all the facts from that very depressing night, YOU DONT KNOW! JANET WAS MY AUNT AND EUGENE IS MY UNCLE! my cousins were very hurt by this and they had to go through alot of therapy to be where they are today. i hope that all of you have a tragedy happen like this to your family so you could know our pain. if you scumbags had something like this happen in ur family, then you wouldnt want assholes like you people to go on the internet and say shit that they dnt even know that full truth about. this has caused much pain in my family, and you all are scum who need to get lives!!!!!!
Friend of Janet

New Orleans, LA

#38 Feb 19, 2010
As I read all these comments, I can't help but cry for my dearest friend Janet. I can't believe that old bastard ( the father in law ) only got a year, he and his wife should still be in jail, even after death because without them the sick asshole Eugene, would probably not have done what he did.
Janet was a special woman, a wonderful friend and a great mother. I really hope that he gets what he desrves, a slow and painful death. The girl that wrote "you don't know" NO, you don't know!!! Finally I want to say Thank You for a job well done raising these kids to Larissa and her family (Janet's sister). I truly hope God Bless you all.
I loved Janet and have never stopped thinking about her and praying for her family, especially Dara, her darling little girl that probably remembers her the least.
disguisted

Copiague, NY

#39 Nov 9, 2010
I hope your grandmother is BURNING in hell!
co worker

Massapequa, NY

#40 Mar 29, 2013
I worked with him, in close proximity, for 4 yrs. He would help me if I needed it, but when he was advising me of what to say in a reply to a different department, he talked down to them in nasty manner. I didn't think he was nasty, I made fun of it and referred to it as his "schtick". He was anti-social and instead of saying he couldn't go to a Christmas party because he worked 2 jobs, he would say it was religious - even though I carefully explained to him that drinking parties in the Christmas season had absolutely no association with the birth of Jesus. He once advised a coworker not to come up behind him unnoticed, because, he said he was a trained killer. He also talked of his association with the CIA, which noone believed. My manager had a crisis counselor on the Monday we came in after murder. He always talked down about Janet, as if she wasn't bright. He portrayed the marriage as one way with him being romantic & loving her and her being cold. We could all see how controlling he was - we kind of made fun of her because she used to call up to have him tell the kids what to do or ask how to work the TV. Now I realize that she was being controlled and he probably had the TV rigged so that only he could work it. Even though I was disgusted at the particulars - the violence; the witness of the murder by the children who were being held back from saving their Mom; the father assisting the murder; the mother in the lookout/getaway car,I was in denial for many years - "takes two to tango"; "heat of the moment"; "crime of passion"; "maybe they were drinking etc. I did know that he was following her, but didn't think of it as stalking at the time. He told us of a story of his female neighbor being found dead in a car, sounding like suspicious circumstances, and he didn't seem sad. Now, I wonder if it was planned. My denial years ago, when I saw his arrogant and unfeeling responses to the murder he had commited. Even more than 20 yrs later - I'm totally disgusted. His name still comes up at the office - Everyone is still totally disgusted.

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