Theodore Jamieson Gould
29 Years Old

November 18, 1964 to October 26, 1994

Theodore was raised in Sepulveda, California, but traveled in a RV with his family throughout 48 states and three Canadian provinces. He became the only family member to visit all 50 states when business took him to Alaska and Hawaii.

Ted was identified as mentally gifted in elementary school and became an honor student in junior high and high school, made the Dean's list in College, and received a bachelor's degree in business management from California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

He was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout. He raised tropical and saltwater fish, enjoyed snorkeling, boating, and swimming. He was a fledgling scuba diver and snow skier. He was an experienced bowler.

At first, Ted played clarinet and organ, then switched to alto saxophone in the jazz band in junior high. He was in marching band in high school and college, and in the college alumni band. He was an avid concert goer.

He worked part-time throughout his college years, not because he had to, but because he wanted to. His major hobby became the continuous procurement and arrangement of high grade audio and video equipment to produce the best home and auto entertainment systems he could reasonably afford. His friends affectionately called his ever-improving home system, "TedVision".

His hobby led him into the car audio system industry where he spent his last ten years selling; marketing, system designing and installing, preparing training materials, training new employees, and traveling to meet customers in eleven western states.

On October 26, 1994, as closing hour of 8:00 pm approached at Galleria Telecom, a store selling cellular telephones in Torrence, California, four men (Kenneth Friedman, Juan Galindo, Reuben Hernandez and Gustavo Malave) entered the building. At gunpoint, they abducted Peter Kovach, vice-president of Galleria Telecom, and Ted. J. Gould, employee. All went by car to a motel in Lawndale, California.

The attempt at extortion of Peter Kovach was unsuccessful. During the extortion attempt, Ted was bound in duct tape, a pillow placed over his head, lying in a bed. Phone calls by Kenneth Friedman to Howard Bloomgarden in Miami were made, describing the failure of the operation.

Bloomgarden ordered death. Peter and Ted's bodies were placed in the trunk of a car Malave drove, taken to a building in an industrial section of San Diego and dumped. They were discovered on October 31, 1994.

Peter Kovach was dealing in drugs through high school, college in Miami and established contact with a Mexican dealer in California who forwarded drugs to the East Coast. Peter bought into partnership of Galleria Telecom with drug money, supposedly leaving his drug career behind. He had been involved in drug trafficking with Gary Friedman and Howard Bloomgarden.

Ted Gould had been working for three weeks at Galleria Telecom and was acquainted with the president, R.J. Panah. He did not know Peter Kovach until he began work. He did not know Peter's background, his abductors, or the reason for the abduction. We do not understand why Ted was kidnapped when Peter was the target. We can understand that Ted was a witness to Peter's murder.

Gary Friedman, a practicing attorney, was found guilty and given two life terms plus 65 years to run concurrently. He is not eligible for parole. He is currently in the Beaumont, Texas Penitentiary.

Kenneth Friedman, the brother of Gary Friedman, was found guilty and given two life terms plus 65 years to run concurrently. He is not eligible for parole. He is in the Leavenworth Penitentiary.

Carlos Rodriguez was found guilty and given life imprisonment plus 45 years to run concurrently. He is not eligible for parole. He is in the Lewisburg Penitentiary.

Howard Bloomgarden was found guilty and given 33 years, five years of supervised release, ordered to pay restitution to the victims' families. Not eligible for parole. Release date July 29, 2025. He is currently in the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

Juan Galindo was found guilty and given imprisonment for a term of 210 months. Not eligible for parole. Upon release on June 17, 2011, he is to be deported. He is currently in U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado.

Gustavo Malave was found guilty and given imprisonment for a term of 210 months, three years supervised release with a special condition that the defendant undergo substance abuse treatment as directed by the U.S. Probation Department. He is currently in U.S. Penitentiary in Lompoc, California.

Ruben Hernandez is to be sentenced after testifying in California.

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Theodore Jamieson Gould