On Jan. 21, officials charged a New York man who works in finance with murdering his pediatrician wife in their Scarsdale mansion.
Jules Reich, 61, is accused of stabbing his wife, Robin Goldman, 58, to death on Jan. 20 after a domestic dispute, the New York Daily News reports. Reich called police after he allegedly murdered his wife.
The couple recently filed for divorce and was due to meet a mediator on Jan. 25, although records indicate Goldman had not yet hired an attorney.
Reich is an international tax specialist, corporate consultant and partner at WeiserMazars LLP in New York City, while Goldman was a prominent doctor in Scarsdale, an upscale suburb of New York City.
Loved ones are devastated over losing Goldman. Her funeral was held Jan. 21.
“It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the tragic and untimely passing of Robin Goldman,” Rabbi Jonathan Morgenstern wrote on the Young Israel website. “As a community, we are grief stricken and our hearts are filled with pain to know that Robin, who was so good, so sweet and so pious has so suddenly been taken from us.”
The couple had three children and four grandchildren.
Reich is currently being held without bail at a Westchester County jail and is due in court Jan. 26.
The last murder in the rich community happened in 1977, when a 23-year-old Yale graduate -- Richard Herrin -- killed his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend with a hammer as she slept in her family home, officials report. He served nearly 20 years in prison for manslaughter.
Contrary to stereotypes, domestic violence in wealthy homes like the Reichs' are far more common than perceived.
“The fact of the matter is that domestic violence cuts across all socio-economic groups,” Nalini Shekar, the program director of an organization dedicated to fighting domestic violence said, reports India Currents. “The poor have less private space, so if there is any violence in the house, it becomes public knowledge very quickly. The really difficult cases are those which involve the very rich living in gated communities and leading ‘respectable’ lives.”