Cold Case Tuesday: State Police continue to investigate a 38-year-old homicide in Essex County.
On Thursday, March 31, 1983, at approximately 6:00 PM, the State Police in Westport were contacted regarding a man being located deceased within his residence. Samuel Goldman was a bachelor and lived alone in his residence on the Northwoods Club Road in Minerva, NY. Mr. Goldman was a regular patron of the Mountain View Hotel and Bar in town and had not been observed since leaving the bar on March 29, 1983, at approximately 4:00 PM. A welfare check was completed by employees of the bar, which lead to the discovery of Mr. Goldman.
An investigation at the scene determined Mr. Goldman was shot two times in the back and another two times in the front with a .22 caliber revolver. Mr. Goldman legally owned a Smith & Wesson .22 caliber, magnum revolver, which was missing from the residence and believed to be the murder weapon. The revolver is believed to have been stolen during the homicide and has never been recovered.
The subsequent investigation revealed a middle-aged male was observed walking east on State Route 28N, in the vicinity of Northwoods Club Road, during the afternoon of March 29, 1983. The male was described as being white, approximately 6-foot-tall, wearing a brown/tan colored coat, and red and black hat. The male was also observed at Murdie’s Store on State Route 28N on March 30, 1983, at approximately 6:50 AM.
Additionally, on the afternoon of April 2, 1983, a tan colored trench coat was located on the Olmstedville Road, approximately 6/10ths of a mile east of the hamlet of Olmstedville, NY. The coat appeared to be similar to the one that witnesses described being worn by the described male.
Anyone with information pertaining to Mr. Goldman, his stolen revolver, or the described male, is encouraged to contact Investigator Trever Giroux of the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at (518) 897-2073.