Tuesday, February 23, 1999
Houston, Texas
Volume 64, Issue 99

Local, state government impacted by UH System

Eating disorders affect many college students

About the Cougar

Wig-shop suspect is UH dropout

Family of slain woman asks wealthy parents for information on son

By Frank R. Espinoza
Contributing Writer

Former UH student Dror Haim Goldberg was indicted last week for the murder of a woman in a Houston wig shop, which took place over the Thanksgiving break.

The stabbing occurred Nov. 27, 1998, at Wigs by Andre in the 5300 block of Weslayan near West University Place. Goldberg has been charged with the murder of 54-year-old Manuela Silverio and for wounding two others in what Houston Police Department Officer M.L. Wright called a "thrill kill, done for the pure pleasure of it."

At the time of the killing, Goldberg was studying hotel and restaurant management at UH's Conrad Hilton College. However, the 1997 graduate of Bellaire High School dropped out suddenly after the Thanksgiving break. The Fall 1998 semester was Goldberg's first at UH.

Officials do not know the exact motive for the murder and attempted murders, but they suspect it was not robbery, since the evidence does not support that theory. They believe the stabbings of Silverio, store owner Roberta Ingrando, 55, and Roberta's husband Roland Ingrando, 67, were simply for pleasure.

The robbery motive was also ruled out due to Goldberg's background. The son of a lawyer and a doctor, Goldberg lived in a $625-per-month, one-bedroom apartment a few blocks from the wig shop that was paid for entirely by his father.

Goldberg is now thought to have fled to Israel, where he is believed to be a citizen and is therefore protected from extradition. Officials also believe Goldberg's grandparents, who have a residence in Tel Aviv, may have helped him flee the United States in January.

Silverio's family has spoken with Goldberg's parents, asking them to supply any information that could lead to the capture of their son and distributed flyers locally, informing neighbors of the crime. The Silverio family has also announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to Goldberg's arrest.

Houston Police ask anyone with information on the case to call the Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600.


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