By Zak Failla, first printed in Armonk Daily Voice
SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Scarsdale remains stunned following last week’s shocking murder, where a popular financier stabbed his wife nearly two dozen times in their affluent Heathcote neighborhood home.
Last week , family, friends and well-wishers said goodbye to Robin Goldman, a prominent pediatrician in the Bronx that was allegedly murdered by her soon-to-be estranged husband, Julius Reich, who is being held without bail at Westchester County Jail.
Barry Goldstein, a former Eastchester attorney who now lives in Teaneck, N.J., has been “working for the domestic violence movement since 1983.” For more than 30 years, he was a board member for My Sister’s Place, serving four of those as chairman. He has written five books on the subject, and is currently the research director for the Stop Abuse Campaign.
“There’s a popular misconception that this doesn’t happen in wealthy communities, and that just isn’t true. It just gets hidden better there, so it’s not shocking that this would happen in Scarsdale,” he said. “When you’re dealing with an abuser that is wealthy and powerful, it’s much harder to leave or to protect yourself.”
The couple had been going through a divorce that Reich filed for last year. According to reports, Goldman had recently changed the locks on the pair’s home. Reich reportedly stabbed his wife 21 times before smoking a cigarette and making an emergency 911 call and alerted authorities that “a woman was badly injured.”
Goldstein noted that 75 percent of domestic violence homicides are the result of the conclusion of relationships, citing the Hochman murder-suicide in Harrison last year.
“The most dangerous abusers are not the ones that have committed the most serious assaults in the past, but the ones that believe the woman has no right to leave,” he said. “Three out of four domestic violence homicides are women murdered in the process of leaving.”
Shortly after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, first-responders from the police department and Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps rushed to 50 Lincoln Road when Reich, 61, alerted the police of the incident.
Police arrested Reich immediately, and the paramedics found Goldman, 58, “in a lifeless state” after suffering stab wounds. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Reich was taken into custody, and transported to White Plains Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his hand. He was then returned to Scarsdale Police Headquarters before being arraigned at Scarsdale Justice Court by Judge Joaquin Alemany. He is remanded to the Westchester County Jail without bail.
Last week, Scarsdale Police Capt. Thomas Altizio said that Reich may face additional charges as the department continues its investigation into Scarsdale’s first homicide in four decades, along with the Westchester County District Attorney’s office and the Department of Public Safety Investigation Unit.