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The March 2015 edition of the AARP Bulletin contained an article entitled "The
Stranger in Your Home". I've taken the liberty to reproduce below portions of the article.
When I started this web site
several years ago in an effort to encourage the human race to modify it's behavior from being inhuman to one another to acting
more in the vein of the golden rule.
At that time, I had witnessed a number of atrocities over my lifetime that caused me to act.
However, in the ensuing years things have gotten worse, not better.
The article below tells a story that
is beyond explanation. Yet it is the kind of story that has become so commonplace that few are outraged by it.
We have reached a point where we are so numb to man's inhumanity toward man that hardly anything stirs a reaction
of the masses.
Here's the story. What is your reaction?
The Stranger in Your Home
Many families are using paid home health aides. But what happens when all isn't as it seems? By Rick Schmitt
When Denise Goodwin was hired to do housework and other chores
in the San Diego home of Carolyn and Gerald Rabourn, she was welcomed
with open arms. Carolyn, 91, in the final stages
of lung cancer, was receiving home hospice
care, and Gerald, 88, a lifelong tennis and health buff, was worn out from the
daily grind of supporting and aiding
”He thought she
was just wonderful.” Bill Mitchell, deputy district
attorney in San Diego, says of Gerald Rabourn’s feelings for Goodwin. “He pretty
much saw her as his angel."
after Carolyn died, Goodwin didn`t just clean house; she started cleaning up. First, she absconded with nearly $600.000 in assets, including
title to the Rabourn home. Once the money was gone, Gerald Rabourn disappeared, too, under
mysterious circumstances. Goodwin was arrested in 2011 as she was preparing to
leave the country for a Mediterranean cruise, and was later
charged with Gerald Rabourn's murder.
She sold the house and liquidated his stocks, pouring the
condos. A suspicious neighbor called adult protective services, but the agency
closed an investigation after Rabourn refused to cooperate. Based on phone and
bank records, police believe Goodwin murdered Rabourn a month after arriving on
the scene, although his body has never been found. She covered her tracks for
several months by telling people that Rabourn had remarried and was on
vacation. Mary Weaver, Rabourn’s daughter, who lived in Kansas City, filed a
missing-persons report with San Diego authorities in February 2011 after her
birthday passed without a card from her father, a missed ritual that to her was
a telltale sign that something was profoundly wrong.
‘She was like a
Denise Goodwin, 47, had worked as an assistant in an animal
seeing the profit potential in working with humans. Prosecutors say she preyed
on older men, trolling online senior dating services to find victims. She
applied at a San Diego home-care agency, specifically requesting hospice duty.
After she passed a background check, the agency assigned her to the Rabourn
home in 2010. In short order, Goodwin plundered the estate, charming Gerald
Rabourn into giving her control over his finances after his wife died.
Goodwin was convicted of murder by a San Diego County jury
She was sentenced Jan. 30 to life imprisonment without parole. Weaver, a
chaplain who ministers to people at assisted living facilities, attended the
sentencing and used the occasion to eulogize her father. Weaver was hoping that
Goodwin would reveal the location of her father's body so he could be laid to
rest, but instead, Goodwin sat emotionless in the courtroom. "She was like
a sociopath," Weaver says. "Most people should understand, when you
are putting someone in your home, you need to be sure this is who they say they
Rick Schmitt, a former
law and justice correspondent for the Los Angeles Time and the Wall Street Journal
profiled the Medicare Fraud Strike Force in the November Bulletin.