By Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The international manhunt for a suspect in the
slaying of a Philadelphia woman grew more complex this week with the
apparent suicides of the suspect's parents, who allegedly helped him
flee overseas as police moved in.
The FBI is searching for Paul Goldman, 39, a married handyman who
lived in New Jersey until he escaped to Europe.
The mystery surrounding Goldman deepened Tuesday when the bodies of
his parents were found in their blood-splattered bathroom in the
Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem. They had slit their wrists.
Investigators learned that Edward Goldman and Inessa Lemashova
visited the suspect's hospitalized son, handed their daughter-in-law
$20,000 in cash and their wedding rings, and asked her to translate
their suicide notes from Russian to English.
"We found a suicide note. They said that they could not live with the
disgrace of their son's conduct," Bucks County District Attorney
Diane Gibbons said Thursday.
Goldman, a native of Uzbekistan, and his father flew to an
undisclosed European country on Jan. 7 after paying cash for tickets
at a New York airport.
The elder Goldman flew back the next day, after giving his son a
paper bag stuffed with $100 bills, Gibbons said.
Paul Goldman is wanted in the stabbing death of Faina Zonis, a
married mortgage processor he apparently met through the
Russian-American community. At some point, the two began an affair.
Goldman is accused of attacking Zonis Dec. 29 at her real-estate
office in suburban Philadelphia after her colleagues had left for the
Detectives initially thought robbery was the motive but focused on
Goldman after seeing the victim's cell phone records, which showed
the pair exchanged about 15 cell phone calls the day before Zonis was
Paul Goldman's wife, Irina Sapiro, and his father offered an alibi,
saying they had been shopping with him. However, surveillance tapes
showed Sapiro shopping alone the night of the slaying. Under further
questioning by detectives, Sapiro and Edward Goldman allegedly told
police Paul Goldman admitted killing Zonis.
Sapiro is now charged with hindering the investigation, a felony,
with bail set at $1 million. She does not yet have a lawyer.
Her young son is hospitalized in New Jersey with a chronic illness
while authorities search for Paul Goldman.
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"Everybody he left behind is either dead, incarcerated or
hospitalized," Gibbons said.