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Missing Daniel Jess Goldman
Daniel, circa 1966; Age progression forensics photo to age 64 (circa 2012); Daniel's car; Aaron Goldman; Sally Goldman; Joseph Cacciatore; David Helman; Charles Lloyd
Missing Since 03/28/1966
Classification Non-Family Abduction
Date of Birth Used 03/29/1948 (72)
Age 17 years old
Height and Weight 5'10, 165 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A light tan windbreaker jacket size 40-42, green corduroy pants size 34-36, and a plain yellow gold ring with the etched initials "DG" on the third finger of his left hand.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Daniel's shirt size is 15 1/2 and his shoe size is 9-W. He has a dime-sized vaccination scar on his upper left arm, a three-inch moon-shaped scar on his right ankle and a two-inch scar on the right side of his lower back. Daniel's nickname is Danny.
Details of Disappearance Daniel was abducted at gunpoint from his home in the 1100 block of 88th Street in Surfside, Florida on March 28, 1966, the day before his eighteenth birthday.
A man entered the home through an unlocked patio door at approximately 5:35 a.m. and woke his parents, Aaron and Sally. He addressed them by their first names and demanded $10,000 in cash. Daniel's parents told him they didn't have the money in the house, and offered to write him a check.
He said he wanted a ransom of $25,000 and said if it wasn't paid by 6:00 a.m. on March 29, the price would double. The abductor threatened to kill Daniel if his demands weren't met. He promised to call again with delivery instructions, but never did.
Although his car was found abandoned in a parking lot on Harding Avenue only a few hours later, Daniel has not been seen or heard from since. Photos of the car and Daniel's parents are posted with this case summary.
Aaron was a wealthy and prominent contractor, which may be why the Goldman home was targeted. Aaron stated he didn't get a good look at the abductor in the dark, but had a feeling he knew him.
He described the man as Caucasian with gray hair, about 5'8 to 5'11, 180 to 200 pounds, wearing dark-colored clothing, a baseball cap and eyeglasses with silver metal rims. The man spoke with a midwestern accent and was in his fifties in 1966.
Aaron said the abductor didn't ransack the house and behaved with "gentleness." He checked to make sure Sally could breathe through her gag and that her bindings weren't too tight.
One piece of physical evidence left behind at the home was a fingertip from a surgical glove; the kidnapper apparently tore or cut his glove while tying up Daniel and his parents.
Authorities determined the glove was a Sterling brand designed exclusively for medical use. It's manufactured and distributed exclusively in Canada and can't be purchased in the United States. South Florida is a popular destination for Canadian tourists and it's possible the abductor got the glove locally from someone who was visiting from Canada.
The police sent a letter about the glove to the Canadian Medical Association with a description of the abductor, appealing for information. The letter was published in Canadian medical journals, but nothing came of it.
According to Novack's theory, the Goldmans had hidden $10,000 in cash in their house and planned to use the money to send Daniel out of the country so he wouldn't have to register for the draft on his eighteenth birthday. Cacciatore heard about this from another criminal, Charles Lloyd, whose daughter was Daniel's girlfriend. This would explain how the kidnapper(s) knew about the money in the Goldman house.
Cacciatore was never questioned by the police about Daniel's disappearance. Novack believes some members of the Miami-Dade Police Department did know he was involved, however.
The charges against the five officers were dismissed on a technicality. Helman resigned from the force and became a private investigator and bail bondsman. In 1970, he was called to testify against another Miami-Dade police officer in a corruption trial; he refused, pleading his Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination in response to 49 questions.
Helman and Cacciatore are now deceased. Cacciatore's name and photograph were printed in the local news several times in 1966 and 1967 after he was implicated in the police corruption scandal, but Sally and Aaron never went to the police and said they recognized his picture. Photos of Cacciatore, Lloyd and Helman are posted with this case summary.
In 1986, twenty years after Daniel's abduction, a woman in a Miami bar claimed she'd been his girlfriend and said she knew what had happened and that Daniel was dead.
The woman stated that after Daniel was taken from his residence, he was taken to another location and there he recognized one of his kidnappers. The abductors panicked, killed him, dismembered the body and dumped it in the Florida Gulf Stream.
The bartender called the police, but by the time authorities arrived, the woman was gone. She has never been identified. Daniel's girlfriend still lives in the area and is still in touch with the police; she says she was not the woman in the bar in Miami and knows nothing about Daniel's abduction or his ultimate fate.
Daniel is an only child and was a senior at Miami Beach High School at the time of his abduction. There have never been any arrests in his disappearance and foul play is suspected.
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