Winchester man arrested in perjury conspiracy connected to unsolved 1993 murder
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said today that a Winchester man has been indicted and arrested for allegedly conspiring to suborn perjury in connection with the investigation into the 1993 unsolved murder of Dr. Linda Goudey, 42, of Stoneham.
Timothy Stryker, 56, was indicted on Friday by a Middlesex County Grand Jury on one count of conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, seven counts of subornation of perjury, one count of willfully misleading a police officer, and three counts of conveying something of value to a witness, according to a press release from Leone’s office.
Stryker was arrested outside his house at approximately 11 a.m. by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Stryker, Goudey’s boyfriend at the time of her death, has remained a suspect throughout the entirety of the homicide investigation, according to Leone’s office.
Richard Chambers, a 44-year-old Woburn resident and patient of Dr. Stryker, was also indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury, three counts of subornation of perjury, four counts of perjury, three counts of willfully misleading a police officer, and two counts of conveying something of value to a witness.
Chambers was arrested over the weekend by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Stryker and Chambers will be arraigned this afternoon at 2 p.m. in Woburn Superior Courtroom 440.
The subornation of perjury charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in state prison and the conspiracy to commit subornation of perjury charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in State Prison, according to Leone’s office.
“We allege that these defendants committed the most serious of frauds upon the court and frustrated our efforts to determine who killed Linda Goudey in the process,” Leone said. “We allege that Tim Stryker and Richard Chambers formed an agreement to deceive, and then sought out a potential witness to lie and swear to a false alibi.”
Leone, who as a Middlesex Assistant District Attorney investigated the murder of Dr. Goudey back in the 1990s, said “this investigation is part of a decade-old promise I made to Linda’s family that we would do everything we could to unravel the truths around her murder.”
“Our investigation will continue into this matter and the unsolved homicide,” he added.
According to Leone’s office, on Sept. 30, 1993, Goudey was last seen at New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham where she worked as a high-risk obstetrician. On Oct. 4, 1993, Goudey was found dead, covered in a blanket in her Saab at the hospital’s parking lot.
An autopsy conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide caused by manual strangulation.
Stoneham police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s office commenced a criminal investigation into the circumstances of the murder. That investigation is ongoing.
On June 16, 2006, a jury returned a civil verdict finding Stryker responsible for the wrongful death of Linda Goudey. Stryker was ordered to Goudey’s family more than $7 million, which has increased to over $15 million dollars with interest since that time, according to Leone’s office.
On March 26, 2007, Stryker filed a motion for new trial in the civil case. The motion included an affidavit from a new witness, Craig Pizzano, who was 18 years old in 1993. Pizzano claimed to have seen Goudey in her Saab in the parking lot of New England Memorial Hospital on the evening that she had last been seen.
Pizzano also claimed that he saw her in the car with a man who looked like “Boomer Esiason,” former Jets and Bengals quarterback in the National Football League, and not someone who looked like Stryker, according to the press release from Leone’s office.
Pizzano claimed that the reason he came forward more than 13 years after her death was because he read about the civil verdict and, after he heard about O.J. Simpson writing a book and making money off of his own murder trial, Pizzano wanted to “clear an innocent man,” according to Leone’s office.
Later in 2007, Leone called Pizzano and others to appear before a Grand Jury investigating the unsolved murder of Goudey.
An extensive investigation ensued, including witness interviews and analysis of telephone records, financial statements, and computer records.
The indictments allege that Chambers and Stryker enlisted Pizzano in an effort to tell an alibi story, supplied by Stryker and Chambers, regarding the night that Dr. Goudey was murdered. In exchange, Pizzano was told that Stryker indicated that there would be thousands of dollars in it for both him and Chambers, according to Leone’s office. Stryker indicated that the money would not be available until he was freed up from the civil judgment.
Telephone records indicate numerous conversations between Stryker, Chambers and Pizzano at critically important junctions, including before the filing of the motion for new trial and afterwards, according to Leone’s office.
Following that investigation, Pizzano recanted his story and testified to the Grand Jury that he delivered the alibi story as part of a scheme that was concocted and orchestrated by Stryker and Chambers.
The case is being investigated by the Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. The case is being prosecuted by Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone. The victim witness advocate is Anne Foley.
Timeline of Investigation Into 1993 Homicide of Dr. Linda Goudey