Top 10 Stories: Slaying in South Redondo

Redondo Beach Patch is counting down its 10 biggest local stories from 2012. No. 5: Margaret "Peggy" Ann Goldberg is killed Feb. 22.

It's been a crazy year. Redondo Beach Patch writers were busy writing about homicides, television episodes and dancing firefighters, among other topics. Here is the No. 5 story of the year, chosen by popularity and editorial discretion.

Peggy Duffy Slain; Ex-Husband Commits Suicide (No. 5)

The slaying of Margaret "Peggy" Ann Goldberg—and the subsequent suicide on a Utah highway of her ex-husband, Russell Goldberg, who was accused of killing her—rocked Redondo Beach on Feb. 22. It was the city's first homicide since 2010.

According to authorities, police officers found the body of Margaret Goldberg, also known as Peggy Duffy, in her home on Agate Street in South Redondo Beach at about 9 a.m. on Feb. 22 after a relative in New York called police and asked them to check on her.

Russell Goldberg committed suicide at some point during a three-hour standoff on Interstate 15 in Utah later that evening.

Peggy Goldberg's friends and neighbors said that Russell Goldberg had previously threatened his ex-wife.

“We had all been telling Peggy that he was dangerous, and she believed he was dangerous, too,” said Shari Twidwell.

Dozens of people gathered outside Peggy Goldberg's home several days later to remember her with a candlelight vigil.


  • Police ID Dead Woman as Peggy Goldberg
  • Redondo Murder Suspect Found Dead on Utah Highway
  • Friends: Slain Woman Was 'Amazing'
  • Candlelight Vigil to Honor Slain Woman
  • Friend: Goldberg Was 'Hell of a Woman'
  • Fund Established to Help Goldberg Kids
  • Fundraiser Scheduled for Goldberg Kids

To view this year's other top stories, click here.


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