A brutal assault, dying declaration, corrupt investigation, perjured prosecution, and intractable punishment system; all are elements in a process of Willful Blindness.
George Wilhelm was stabbed 23 times on the 8th floor rooftop of a parking garage and thrown off the building. Instead of falling to the ground, he landed one floor below, on a pedestrian bridge. Mortally wounded, he lived long enough to tell the police officer who found him: "Clarence. Clarence Miller did this to me."
The next morning, police arrested Miller, a city hall factotum, who quickly fingered Charles "Zeke" Goldblum, 26, as Wilhelm's killer. A lawyer at a prominent accounting firm, a dutiful citizen with no criminal record, Goldblum was also the son of a prominent Rabbi.
With two suspects behind bars, homicide detectives developed a complex case, also involving land fraud and arson. Both men were found guilty of first-degree murder, and sentenced to life.
But the murder case against Goldblum was fabricated, and both the attorney who prosecuted him and the judge who tried him called his case a “miscarriage of justice.” Yet Goldblum has served 40 years for a crime he did not commit.
Willful Blindness documents a fascinating, cautionary case.
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Table of ContentsEditor's Foreword
The Land Fraud
The Prosecution and Trial
The Cover-Up and Misconducts
Detective Jim Ramsey's Summary and Opinion
Detective Jim Ramsey's Timeline and Conclusions
Detective Jim Ramsey's Comparative Investigation
Charles Goldblum's statement from his 1998 Application for Commutation
Doctor Cyril H. Wecht Provides Testimony
Transcript of Interview with Dr. Cyril H. Wecht
Regarding the Homicidal Death of George Wilhelm
Post-conviction Proceedings (1976 to 2015)
Timeline of Legal Actions (1976 - 2015)
The Public Record