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He may be a pot dealer now, but “subway vigilante” Bernhard Goetz insists he was definitely not stoned when he opened fire on four teens three decades ago. He couldn’t have “performed” as well as he did if he’d been buzzed on ganja, Goetz insisted.
New York Post · ByLaura Italiano · 11/3/2013
NEW YORK — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. Goetz was busted in December on charges he sold $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover …
North Jersey · 9/10/2014
NEW YORK (AP) - Subway vigilante Bernie Goetz, who ignited a national furor over racism and gun control after he shot four panhandling youths on a train in the 1980s, has been arrested on drug charges, police said Saturday. Goetz was nabbed in a sting ...
ABC 7 News · 11/2/2013
An altercation in the New York City subway; a concealed handgun pulled from its holster; shots fired; straphangers running; widespread media coverage. Those words describe a March 10 incident in which a former correction officer named William Groomes …
News Week · 3/13/2015
FILE – In this Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, Bernard Goetz is arraigned in Manhattan criminal court, in New York. The low-level marijuana case against Goetz, the subway vigilant, who was charged with selling $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer he ...
Courier · 9/11/2014
A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. Goetz was busted in December on charges he sold $30 worth of marijuana to an undercover officer he'd been ...
Eyewitness News · 9/11/2014
James Ramseur, one of the teens shot by "Subway Vigilante" Bernhard Goetz in 1984, died in an apparent suicide 27 years to the day of the Goetz shooting. Goetz told us in an e-mail, "It sounds like he was depressed." In 1984, Ramseur, 18, and friends ...
Gothamist · ByJen Chung · 12/24/2011
The famed Subway Vigilante Bernie Goetz who shot four would-be muggers on a New York subway in 1984, was spotted out on the streets again this weekend. Goetz became a public figure after he shot four teenage boys who were attempting to rob him …
Daily Mail · 2/29/2012
NEW YORK (AP) — A low-level marijuana case against 1980s subway shooter Bernie Goetz has been dismissed after a judge concluded the clock ran out for trying it. Goetz was busted in December on charges he sold $30 worth of marijuana to an …
Denver Post · ByColleen Long andJennifer Peltz · 9/10/2014
(Photo: Marty Lederhandler, AP) NEW YORK (AP) — Subway vigilante Bernie Goetz, who ignited a national furor over racism and gun control after he shot four panhandling youths on a train in the 1980s, has been charged with misdemeanor sale and …
USA Today · 11/2/2013

Bernhard Goetz

Bernhard Hugo Goetz is a New York City man known for shooting four young men when they tried to mug him on a New York City Subway tr…
Bernhard Hugo Goetz is a New York City man known for shooting four young men when they tried to mug him on a New York City Subway train in Manhattan on December 22, 1984. He fired five shots, seriously wounding all four men. Nine days later he surrendered to police and was eventually charged with attempted murder, assault, reckless endangerment, and several firearms offenses. A jury found him not guilty of all charges except for one count of carrying an unlicensed firearm, for which he served eight months of a one-year sentence. In 1996, one of the shot men, who had been left paraplegic and brain damaged as a result of his injuries, obtained a civil judgment of $43 million against Goetz.
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