Winchester Doctor Suspected of Murder Dies in Prison
Dr. Timothy Stryker of Winchester was the prime suspect in the 1993 murder of Dr. Linda Goudey of Stoneham.
Seventeen years ago Dr. Linda Goudey, 42, of Stoneham was found dead inside her Saab at the New England Memorial Hospital in Stoneham on Oct. 4, 1993.
The prime suspect in Goudey’s murder was Winchester resident, Dr. Timothy Stryker. According to Diane Wiffin, director of public affairs for the Massachusetts Department of Corrections, Stryker died Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 9:25 p.m. at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston. Wiffin said Stryker's death was anticipated.
“[Wednesday’s] news of Timothy Stryker’s death is both sad and disappointing,” said Middlesex District Attorney, Gerry Leone. “Sad, in that he leaves behind a wife and three daughters. Disappointing, in that we had an active investigation into his suspected killing of Dr. Linda Goudey, and were encouraged by the progress we were making, and confident that we would be able to provide some measure of closure and justice in the criminal courts for Lin’s family.”
Stryker, Goudey’s boyfriend at the time at the time of her death, moved to Winchester 10 years ago and was never charged with her murder, but remained a prime suspect throughout the investigation.
At the time of his death, Stryker was serving a four-year sentence for pleading guilty to perjury in 2009.
In 2006, the Winchester doctor lost a civil verdict and was found responsible for the wrongful death of Goudey. The court ordered Stryker to pay $15 million (including interest) to the family.
The following year, a motion was filed by Stryker for a new civil case. There was an affidavit from witness Craig Pizzano who claimed he saw Goudey parked in her car with a man who looked like “Boomer Esiason” just before her death.
In the spring of 2008, Pizzano recanted his story and informed police that Stryker offered him thousands of dollars to concoct the story. In April of 2009, Stryker pleaded guilty to perjury charges.
“Tim Stryker orchestrated the most serious of frauds upon the court and the Rafuse family and attempted to frustrate our criminal investigation into the murder of Dr. Goudey,” Leone said at the time.
Stoneham Police could not be reached for comment on Thursday. The investigation into the murder of Linda Goudey will now come to an end.
“With his death [Wednesday], we will be forced to close the book on our criminal investigation, as Stryker was, and remains, our only suspect,” Leone said. “On behalf of the brother and mother of Lin Goudey, we do ask members of the public to please come forward with any information they might have in this matter, now that Stryker is dead and fear of retribution is not warranted.”