The Monday Morning Haiku #11 – Attempted Murder?

Posted: 2011-01-31 in Monday Morning Haiku, on the interwebs
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Wake up with coffee –
Ross Goldberg’s a murderer?
Thanks, Google Alerts!

Well, technically, it’s attempted murder.  And technically, it’s a man named David Ross Goldberg, out of Culver City, California.  But Google Alerts was kind enough to notify me via my Ego Alert (a Google Alert for your own name) that this gentleman, with a moniker so similar to my own, and who ALSO is an engineer by trade, is currently on trial in British Columbia for the attempted murder of his ex-fiancée and her new husband.

What a story to wake up to with your morning coffee, huh?

The Victoria Times Colonist is all over this tale, with enough details out that I’m surprised that it isn’t already a made-for-TV movie.  It’s a simple enough story – boy meets girl online, boy falls in love with girl, boy travels internationally and gets engaged to girl, girl spends time with boy, girl spurns boy, girl marries another boy, first boy goes psycho and plots to kill girl and her new husband in cold blood, with an automatic handgun, shotgun, and materials for making explosives:

David Ross Goldberg, 38, is charged with trying to kill Tatcha Aroonjaratsang, 26, and her husband, Jeremy Stewart Walsh, 22, on Sept. 24, 2008, as well as possessing explosive materials.

Goldberg, an engineer, met Aroonjaratsang on the Internet in 2007 while she was living in Thailand and studying law, the Crown alleges. Goldberg travelled to meet her in Thailand and the two became engaged.

However, after Aroonjaratsang visited Goldberg in his hometown of Culver City, she broke off the engagement, Jensen said. In an email on March 18, 2008, she made it clear to Goldberg the relationship was over: “I rather to die, if I have to be with you all the rest of my life.”

The apparent turning point, according to the Crown, was a July 19, 2008, email to Goldberg in which Aroonjaratsang told him she had met Walsh, a Canadian, and that they had married in the spring of 2008.

“David, I am married and have my life as I want, with the best person whom I love him. So it’s no point for you to try and find me. I won’t never go anywhere with you. even you try to contact anyone, Nobody gonna tell you my personal information. I am adult and married. I own my life.”

Really, after a note like that, who wouldn’t go stalker-crazy and plan to travel up to her home in B.C. with a handgun and 50 rounds of ammo, a shotgun with 4 boxes of shells, a night-vision scope, fertilizer, stump-remover, and a police scanner?  I mean, she was basically taunting him, right? Right?

Luckily, the only one injured was David Ross Goldberg; while he and the new husband were on the ground wrestling over his handgun, the quick-thinking ex-fiancée pulled a folding knife from her husband’s pocket and incapacitated David Ross Goldberg by stabbing him with it several times.

The trial is going on right now, and is expected to conclude mid-February.  From everything I’ve seen the poor guy definitely seems to have some mental issues, so hopefully the judge’s ruling includes some treatment of some kind to try to help whatever’s wrong with him.

More importantly though – can all folks out there named Ross Goldberg please legally change their names BEFORE committing crimes that get them in the news?  It’s bad enough that you have to go through 1-2 pages of Google search results before coming on a single hit related to me without things like this diluting the search pool even further!  I mean really, have some respect for your fellow Ross Goldbergs and lay off the front-page stories, will you?

  1. SteveB says:

    Excellent story — she was way too young for him anyway.


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