A veteran U.S. Open umpire who has dealt with Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi at their combative best (and worst) was arrested in the lobby of her midtown New York hotel Tuesday on a charge of murdering her husband with a coffee mug.
Lois “Lolo” Goodman, 70, was wearing her blue Ralph Lauren U.S. Open sweatsuit and preparing to head to Flushing Meadow, where the tournament will begin Monday, when she was taken into custody. Qualifying matches are underway this week.
Goodman, who lives in Woodland Hills, Calif., “did unlawfully and with malice aforethought murder her husband Alan Goodman with a coffee cup by striking him about the head and stabbing him in the head causing his death,” NYPD Detective John Moglia said in the fugitive warrant (via the New York Daily News).
“She was surprised,” an LAPD source told The New York Post.
She waived extradition and “wants, as quickly as possible, to go back to California to fight this case,” her public defender, Allen Farbman, said.
Goodman and her 80-year-old husband are the parents of three daughters and were married nearly 50 years before his death April 17. Goodman, who told police she found her husband’s body in bed, told police that she thought he had fallen down stairs after having a heart attack and then returned to bed. However, police contend that the evidence doesn’t match her story. “During the autopsy, the coroner did find fragments of the mug in his scalp,” an LAPD source told The News.
Los Angeles police told the Los Angeles Times that Goodman’s extensive travel schedule made it difficult to track her down, until the U.S. Open neared.
A long-time umpire who had worked the Australian Open as well, Goodman told the Los Angeles Times in 1994 that she’d battled with McEnroe and Agassi and had been the target of Connors’s sexist barbs — all of which she had coolly shaken off.
“You can’t take anything personally. If you do, you’re in big trouble,” she said.
According to the Times’s ’94 story, she was a respected, “no-nonsense official” who recalled getting an apology from Agassi after an outburst.
After she called a serve out of bounds, Agassi “carried on and complained and complained,” Goodman said. “Then he came back to the line where I was standing and asked the crowd behind me how they saw the ball. Everyone yelled that the ball was out and he got real mad, but he came up to me and said, ‘I stand corrected. I apologize.’ ”