Hatred and Disgust
Lee Goldsmith, a well respected, Boca Raton, socialite of 67 years, hated her son in law so much that she hired an individual to kill him. Goldsmith, anxious to find a suitable husband for her daughter, Arleen, a Delray Beach nurse, took out an in the local paper: “Nice Jewish Girl Wants to Meet Nice Jewish Boy.” David Brownstein is the man who answered the ad, and the two became inseparable. However, Mrs. Goldsmith could not bear the thought of her daughter marrying Brownstein because he was not professional. An air conditioning automati repairman would not have been impressive sufficient for Goldsmith’s socialite friends, so she concocted a plan to ruin his life. According to state testimony, Goldsmith, tried everything in the book, from falsifying letters and threatening to cut Arleen out of her will, to accusations of beatings and extortion from Brownstein. But not one thing would fuel her hatred more than not being competent to attend her own daughter’s wedding, nor see her grandson. So she decisive that it was time to have David Brownstein out of their lives for good.
The carpet cleaner seemed like the perfective guy to ask with regards to where to find a contract murderer. He was hired to clean the carpet in the Goldsmith’s home when Lee asked him with regards to helping her find someone to kill her son in law. The man said he would see what he could do to aid her out, and rather he informed the police of the plot and received a $750 cash reward. The police then formulated a plan to trap Goldsmith into paying an undercover cop for the job. The plan was to meet near a restaurant where Lee Goldsmith would give explicit instructions on how the murder must be carried out. The intended victim would be shot in the head and have drugs planted on his body to make it look like a drug related murder. She paid Thomas Brennen $1,000 up front, and then once the death was confirmed she would recompense the remaining $9,000.
On February 8, 1989, David Brownstein kissed his wife Arleen before entering work without knowing that his life was when it comes to to alter forever. The police notified him of his mother in law’s plans to kill him, and he accorded to play along. The region morgue was likewise in on the plot. They were told to affirm the death of David Brownstein when Goldsmith called. On February 15, 1989, Brennen told Goldsmith that her son in law was dead. She then salaried the balance, thanked the officer, and chuckled as she remarked how happy everyone would be “except the one in the morgue.” Undercover Police Officers videotaped Lee paying them to kill David while meeting in Lee’s CADILLAC. She told the undercover cop that she would have another occupation for him in six months. She wanted the mother of David Brownstein to have acid poured onto her face. She laughed and laughed as she described incisively how she wanted it done. Police moved in and arrested Lee Goldsmith and charged her with solicitation of primary degree murder.
During the February 1990 trial, neighbors and friends described Lee Goldsmith as a tame soul who would not hurt anyone. She was described as a civic leader who engaged in fund raising activenesses and instructing exercise classes to retirees. Milton Goldsmith backed up his wife’s story in regards to the beatings and letters they received. He stated that they became terrified of Brownstein. Arleen was torn as she was asked if she loved her mother. “To say I didn’t love her would be a falsehood,” said Arleen. Meanwhile, Lee Goldsmith looked as though she was falling apart for the duration of most of the trial. She wept after she described the beating she endured. David Browstein expended two hours on the stand denying taking any part in any beating, nor any conduct exhibited toward his mother in law. Lee Goldsmith was found guilty and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison. “Please, God, no,” said Lee, collapsing after hearing the verdict. Her husband Milton was distraught.
In June 1995, Lee Goldsmith was freed on probation at the age of 73.
The case became a sensation. After her release from prison Lee and Milton Goldsmith appeared on A Current Affair and the Oprah Winfrey show. The movie Mother Knows Best aired in April 1997.
On Easter Sunday, April 13, 2009, I spoke with Lee Goldsmith. She informed me that her husband Milton had fallen, fractured his neck, and never recovered. He passed away a few months ago. She said these days she feels alone and despondent. She is 86 years old. She no longer engages in any fund raising. She spends most of her time at home. Goldsmith and her adopted daughter Arleen have never spoken to one another again. Lee Goldsmith and I never talked regarding the crime, and she refers to it only as ‘the incident.’ She never knew a movie had been made in regards to her. She is not intimate with some cable stations, stating “my husband took care of those things.” She said she would like to watch it though. She would like for me to let her know when the movie is on again.
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Silver-tone frame produces a miniature gallery of your baby’s initial year. Twelve oval openings surround a big center window; add a photo each month as your little one grows. Small windows each hold a 1-inch by 1-1/2-inch regularly every month photo; big window holds a 4-inch by 6-inch photo of baby’s firstborn birthday. Metal with glass cover. 8 3/4-inch by 3/4-inch by 11-inch high.
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