Hatred and Disgust
Lee Goldsmith, a properly revered, Boca Raton, socialite of 67 years, hated her son in regulation a lot that she employed somebody to kill him. Goldsmith, anxious to discover a appropriate husband for her daughter, Arleen, a Delray Seaside nurse, took out an within the native paper: “Good Jewish Woman Desires to Meet Good Jewish Boy.” David Brownstein is the person who answered the advert, and the 2 grew to become inseparable. Nevertheless, Mrs. Goldsmith couldn’t bear the considered her daughter marrying Brownstein as a result of he was not skilled. An air con auto repairman wouldn’t have been spectacular sufficient for Goldsmith’s socialite buddies, so she concocted a plan to break his life. Based on state testimony, Goldsmith, tried every part within the e-book, from falsifying letters and threatening to chop Arleen out of her will, to accusations of beatings and extortion from Brownstein. However nothing would gasoline her hatred greater than not having the ability to attend her personal daughter’s wedding ceremony, nor see her grandson. So she determined that it was time to have David Brownstein out of their lives for good.
The carpet cleaner appeared like the right man to ask about the place to discover a contract assassin. He was employed to scrub the carpet within the Goldsmith’s residence when Lee requested him about serving to her discover somebody to kill her son in regulation. The person stated he would see what he might do to assist her out, and as a substitute he knowledgeable the police of the plot and obtained a $750 money reward. The police then devised a plan to lure Goldsmith into paying an undercover cop for the job. The plan was to fulfill close to a restaurant the place Lee Goldsmith would give express directions on how the homicide needs to be carried out. The meant sufferer could be shot within the head and have medication planted on his physique to make it appear like a drug associated homicide. She paid Thomas Brennen $1,000 up entrance, after which as soon as the loss of life was confirmed she would pay the remaining $9,000.
On February 8, 1989, David Brownstein kissed his spouse Arleen earlier than getting into work with out figuring out that his life was about to alter ceaselessly. The police notified him of his mom in regulation’s plans to kill him, and he agreed to play alongside. The county morgue was additionally in on the plot. They have been instructed to verify the loss of life of David Brownstein when Goldsmith known as. On February 15, 1989, Brennen instructed Goldsmith that her son in regulation was lifeless. She then paid the steadiness, thanked the officer, and chuckled as she remarked how completely satisfied everybody could be “besides the one within the morgue.” Undercover Police Officers videotaped Lee paying them to kill David whereas assembly in Lee’s CADILLAC. She instructed the undercover cop that she would have one other job for him in six months. She needed the mom of David Brownstein to have acid poured onto her face. She laughed and laughed as she described precisely how she needed it carried out. Police moved in and arrested Lee Goldsmith and charged her with solicitation of first diploma homicide.
Through the February 1990 trial, neighbors and buddies described Lee Goldsmith as a mild soul who wouldn’t hurt anybody. She was described as a civic chief who engaged in fund elevating actions and educating train courses to retirees. Milton Goldsmith backed up his spouse’s story concerning the beatings and letters they obtained. He said that they grew to become frightened of Brownstein. Arleen was torn as she was requested if she liked her mom. “To say I did not love her could be a falsehood,” stated Arleen. In the meantime, Lee Goldsmith regarded as if she was falling aside throughout a lot of the trial. She wept after she described the beating she endured. David Browstein spent two hours on the stand denying taking any half in any beating, nor any habits exhibited towards his mom in regulation. Lee Goldsmith was discovered responsible and sentenced to five 1/2 years in jail. “Please, God, no,” stated Lee, collapsing after listening to the decision. Her husband Milton was distraught.
In June 1995, Lee Goldsmith was launched on probation on the age of 73.
The case grew to become a sensation. After her launch from jail Lee and Milton Goldsmith appeared on A Present Affair and the Oprah Winfrey present. The film Mom Is aware of Finest aired in April 1997.
On Easter Sunday, April 13, 2009, I spoke with Lee Goldsmith. She knowledgeable me that her husband Milton had fallen, fractured his neck, and by no means recovered. He handed away a number of months in the past. She stated lately she feels alone and despondent. She is 86 years outdated. She not engages in any fund elevating. She spends most of her time at residence. Goldsmith and her adopted daughter Arleen have by no means spoken to 1 one other once more. Lee Goldsmith and I by no means talked concerning the crime, and he or she refers to it solely as ‘the incident.’ She by no means knew a film had been made about her. She will not be conversant in many cable stations, stating “my husband took care of these issues.” She stated she wish to watch it although. She would love for me to let her know when the film is on once more.