Daniel Jess Goldman
Daniel, approximately 1966; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 64 (approximately 2012); Daniel's car; Aaron Goldman; Sally Goldman; Joseph Cacciatore; David Helman; Charles Lloyd
Date reported missing : 03/28/1966
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Non-Family Abduction
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/29/1948 (73)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : 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, birthmarks, tattoos : 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.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : 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.
The man bound the Aaron and Sally's wrists behind their backs with venetian blind cord, sticking a pair of scissors and a knife in the knots so they would cut themselves if they struggled, and covered their mouths with adhesive tape. He woke up Daniel, forced him to get dressed, bound him and drove away with him in Daniel's own white Rambler sedan.
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.
Aaron was a shareholder with Five Points National Bank in 1966. He complained about the conduct of the bank directors and the FBI interviewed him about it a month before the kidnapping.
Three months after Daniel's abduction, nineteen directors and officers at the bank were indicted for federal fraud. Aaron wasn't one of them. Authorities investigated the possibility that the kidnapper was someone who had a grudge against Aaron due to the bank probe, but they couldn't find any connection.
Aaron and Sally are both now deceased, but members of their extended family, some of Daniel's former classmates and other community members are still investigating the case. Paul Novack, who was a child in 1966 and lived near the Goldman home, is one of them. He's a lawyer and the former mayor of Surfside.
Novack believes several people, including Joe "Chicken" Cacciatore, were involved in Daniel's abduction. Cacciatore was 50 in 1966 and resembled the description of Daniel's kidnapper. He was an accomplished burglar and thief whose cousin was the local Mafia boss Santo Trafficante Jr.
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.