Elizabeth Elgee Parks Rosenberg
24 Years Old

March 29, 1951 to May 6, 1975

Elizabeth Elgee "Betsy" Parks Rosenberg, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was a junior studying accounting at North Carolina State University at the time of her death, and was also working at Rex Hospital. Betsy was a member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholarship winner, as well as a candidate for President of the Student Council at Decatur High School.

As the first of three children, Betsy held a pivotal position in family interactions and was the "apple of her maternal grandfather's eye." Her sense of humor was very quick, her laughter infectious, and her loyalty to friends was strong. Influenced by the social turmoil of the late '60s and early '70s, her teen years were stressful. By age 24, Betsy was beginning to integrate the values of her life and her maturity was indicative of the real potential which lay ahead for her life.


On May 5, 1975, 24-year-old Elizabeth "Betsy" Elgee Parks Rosenberg had studied with friends at the D.H. Hill Library on the campus of North Carolina State University until it closed at midnight. As she reached her car, a 16-year-old youth ran at her to take her purse. Betsy apparently fought him until she was knocked unconscious. As she lay on the pavement, he picked up a metal pipe, which was weighted at one end with concrete, and struck her in the face and in her abdomen, crushing her liver. Either injury alone would have caused her death. Betsy's body was found at dawn by a student returning to the campus for exams.

Gary Goldman stood trial in 1983. He was extradited from prison in Georgia where he was serving a life sentence for a 1976 murder. He served 15 years in Georgia and was returned to North Carolina in September of 1990 to begin serving two life sentences in North Carolina. His first parole hearing will be in December, 2000.

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Betsy Rosenberg