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Guest

Cookeville, TN

#1 Jun 15, 2009
Does anyone recall the name of a young man killed in a robbery at a convenience store on S.Willow Avenue in the 1970's? This is the same case where someone called in some information but the tape cut off and the caller never called the police again.

My memories are sketchy at best so if I am giving incorrect info here hopefully someone will correct me.
somebody

Cookeville, TN

#2 Jun 15, 2009
I do remember that homicide but none of the details or the name of the victim. I believe that I do still have some information on the case and if so I will get back to you. I can't recall whether he was local or not but I don't suppose we would be opening old wounds for the family since they have yet to see the killer face justice.
autiger

Cookeville, TN

#3 Jun 17, 2009
I remember this heinous crime. I heard a long time ago that the police know who did it but they just can't prove it. A relative of mine found the man, but I don't recall his name as it happened over 30 years ago.
Wondering

Cookeville, TN

#4 Jun 17, 2009
Are you sure it was south Willow and not north? There was a robbery/murder at a conv. store that was located next to the RR bridge where that antique car lot is now.
Guest

Cookeville, TN

#5 Jun 17, 2009
autiger wrote:
I remember this heinous crime. I heard a long time ago that the police know who did it but they just can't prove it. A relative of mine found the man, but I don't recall his name as it happened over 30 years ago.
How horrible for your relative. Must be very frustrating for the police when they know who the killer is but don't have enough evidence to convict. I feel so sorry for the family. I have wondered if the young man was killed because he knew his killer.
Thank you for responding.
Guest

Cookeville, TN

#6 Jun 17, 2009
Wondering wrote:
Are you sure it was south Willow and not north? There was a robbery/murder at a conv. store that was located next to the RR bridge where that antique car lot is now.
I believe you are right, Wondering. I was thinking that the store was farther south but now that you mentioned the bridge, I don't believe that there was ever a store at the location I was thinking of. Thank you. That was helpful.
Wondering

Cookeville, TN

#7 Jun 18, 2009
If it's the same location, then the clerk's name was Richard "Ricky" Goolsby. He worked the midnight shift while going to Tech I believe and was a newlywed. He was married to my aunt at the time. A sad, sad event that affected several lives.
cheezewizz

Princeton, WV

#8 Jun 18, 2009
I think you mean the Minit Mart at the corner of Jere Whitson and Dixie? The police used one of the store clerks and not one of their own in a sting operation, and after the place was robbed the clerk was shot to death.
Wondering

Cookeville, TN

#9 Jun 18, 2009
No, this was back in the 70's...and on Willow. I think that one was in the 80's or 90's.
Remembers

Cookeville, TN

#10 Jun 18, 2009
cheezewizz wrote:
I think you mean the Minit Mart at the corner of Jere Whitson and Dixie? The police used one of the store clerks and not one of their own in a sting operation, and after the place was robbed the clerk was shot to death.
This was a different murder. I knew the murderer's father. We had to keep the doors locked at work that day because the son (murderer) had gotten away and had made threats toward the father so we had to stay locked in while working until the boy was caught since police felt he would try to find his father.

I also remember the Ricky Goolsby murder. That name was familiar when I saw it in print and I believe that is the correct name/murder.
Guest

Cookeville, TN

#11 Jun 18, 2009
Wondering wrote:
If it's the same location, then the clerk's name was Richard "Ricky" Goolsby. He worked the midnight shift while going to Tech I believe and was a newlywed. He was married to my aunt at the time. A sad, sad event that affected several lives.
Thank you. Now that you supplied Richard Goolsby's name I remember it. I have thought about this case off and on over the last 30+ years because it was so tragic and needless. Also, because the killer never paid for his crime. I realize that the family will probably never see the person convicted after all the years that have passed but there is always a chance as long as that person is alive.

Since: Jun 09

Cookeville, TN

#12 Jun 18, 2009
Remembers wrote:
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This was a different murder. I knew the murderer's father. We had to keep the doors locked at work that day because the son (murderer) had gotten away and had made threats toward the father so we had to stay locked in while working until the boy was caught since police felt he would try to find his father.
I also remember the Ricky Goolsby murder. That name was familiar when I saw it in print and I believe that is the correct name/murder.
"Remembers," do you recall what the outcome was on the above murder? I know that the police were not trained for an event like that at the time of the murder since Cookeville was still a pretty safe town. I believe the CPD did begin training officers for a special unit to handle those types of situations right after that murder. When I was growing up we didn't even have keys to lock our doors. Now folks aren't safe with locked doors.
Remembers

Cookeville, TN

#13 Jun 18, 2009
The son went to prison but that is all I remember. His father was a nice guy and I don't know how he had a son like that. The son had been in trouble and involved with drugs for several years and went from bad to worse.

Since: Jun 09

Cookeville, TN

#14 Jun 19, 2009
Remembers wrote:
The son went to prison but that is all I remember. His father was a nice guy and I don't know how he had a son like that. The son had been in trouble and involved with drugs for several years and went from bad to worse.
I am usually so focused on the victims' families I forget that the families of the perpetraters are also victims and suffer too.
autiger

Cookeville, TN

#15 Jun 19, 2009
The killing of Ricky Goolsby was at a store near the railroad overpass on Willow. That's the worst thing about retail--you never know who's going to walk through the front door...The killing of the boy at Minit Mart (now Bread Box) on Dixie in the late 1980s was botched by the cops. They had info the place was going to be robbed and staked it out. The boy agreed to stay and run the register WITH THE APPROVAL OF HIS EMPLOYER. There were 2 cops in the store watching, two across the street and one down the street on Jere Whitson (the chief at the time was home asleep). The robber came in, pulled his gun and got the money, stopped at the door and shot the clerk who had done exactly what the robber told him. The killer got away that night and was caught by sheriff's deputies a few days later. He then walked out the front door of the (old) jail a few days later and was caught again by deputies. He pled guilty in exchange for a life sentence. That plea was lucky for the city and his employer---it kept the dirty laundry of the whole sordid affair from being aired in open court. If I had been that boy's boss, there's NO WAY I would have put him in that position because I would not put myself in that position. I was robbed at gunpoint in a store several years ago and would not wish that experience on anyone. I'm one person that thanks GOD every day that I'm still here. The robbers got a whole $17 from me and are still on the loose.

Since: Jun 09

Cookeville, TN

#16 Jun 19, 2009
autiger wrote:
The killing of Ricky Goolsby was at a store near the railroad overpass on Willow. That's the worst thing about retail--you never know who's going to walk through the front door...The killing of the boy at Minit Mart (now Bread Box) on Dixie in the late 1980s was botched by the cops. They had info the place was going to be robbed and staked it out. The boy agreed to stay and run the register WITH THE APPROVAL OF HIS EMPLOYER. There were 2 cops in the store watching, two across the street and one down the street on Jere Whitson (the chief at the time was home asleep). The robber came in, pulled his gun and got the money, stopped at the door and shot the clerk who had done exactly what the robber told him. The killer got away that night and was caught by sheriff's deputies a few days later. He then walked out the front door of the (old) jail a few days later and was caught again by deputies. He pled guilty in exchange for a life sentence. That plea was lucky for the city and his employer---it kept the dirty laundry of the whole sordid affair from being aired in open court. If I had been that boy's boss, there's NO WAY I would have put him in that position because I would not put myself in that position. I was robbed at gunpoint in a store several years ago and would not wish that experience on anyone. I'm one person that thanks GOD every day that I'm still here. The robbers got a whole $17 from me and are still on the loose.
I remember that incident well and I agree with you that the police did really screw up on that one. I feel that the police are now trained and equipped to handle situations of that nature but I don't have anything solid to support my opinion. Would love to hear your opinion and other posters'opinions. Is the CPD (and Sheriff's Dept.) capable of handling crisis situations competently now?

“Seconds Count”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#17 Jun 19, 2009
All That Plus More I thought I would post on this. I think that the police are trained but, we have to consider the mind of the criminal. That in its self is a time bomb and you can only guess what their next move may be. No guarantees for officers or ppl going about their usual route. It is sad that they did not put another officer in the place of the young man. It's heart breaking really. As for the man who's son was so different from the father, Parents can do their best to raise a child but, sometimes no matter what they do, their children chose another way of life. Criminal activity seems to be on a sharp increase. I long for the days of not needing to lock doors, I'm not sure we will ever see it again.

Since: Jun 09

Cookeville, TN

#18 Jun 19, 2009
wellawareofu wrote:
All That Plus More I thought I would post on this. I think that the police are trained but, we have to consider the mind of the criminal. That in its self is a time bomb and you can only guess what their next move may be. No guarantees for officers or ppl going about their usual route. It is sad that they did not put another officer in the place of the young man. It's heart breaking really. As for the man who's son was so different from the father, Parents can do their best to raise a child but, sometimes no matter what they do, their children chose another way of life. Criminal activity seems to be on a sharp increase. I long for the days of not needing to lock doors, I'm not sure we will ever see it again.
Welcome back! I enjoy your posts because your comments are informative and written with thought and intelligence.

“Seconds Count”

Since: Jan 09

Location hidden

#19 Jun 19, 2009
Thank you very much. I'm just a common person and sometimes my thoughts don't line up with others. I care about our area and ppl in general.
runny eggs

Tullahoma, TN

#20 Jun 19, 2009
autiger wrote:
The killing of Ricky Goolsby was at a store near the railroad overpass on Willow. That's the worst thing about retail--you never know who's going to walk through the front door...The killing of the boy at Minit Mart (now Bread Box) on Dixie in the late 1980s was botched by the cops. They had info the place was going to be robbed and staked it out. The boy agreed to stay and run the register WITH THE APPROVAL OF HIS EMPLOYER. There were 2 cops in the store watching, two across the street and one down the street on Jere Whitson (the chief at the time was home asleep). The robber came in, pulled his gun and got the money, stopped at the door and shot the clerk who had done exactly what the robber told him. The killer got away that night and was caught by sheriff's deputies a few days later. He then walked out the front door of the (old) jail a few days later and was caught again by deputies. He pled guilty in exchange for a life sentence. That plea was lucky for the city and his employer---it kept the dirty laundry of the whole sordid affair from being aired in open court. If I had been that boy's boss, there's NO WAY I would have put him in that position because I would not put myself in that position. I was robbed at gunpoint in a store several years ago and would not wish that experience on anyone. I'm one person that thanks GOD every day that I'm still here. The robbers got a whole $17 from me and are still on the loose.
The shooter's name was Eric somehting, can't remember his last name...

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