http://www.wpix.com/news/wpix-ridgef...,3273830.storyA murder suspect is in the hospital after he tried to commit suicide after killing his ex-girlfriend, according to Ridgefield, New Jersey police. But it was the end of a story that even veteran cops call bizarre.
They cornered their suspect, 30 year-old David Goodell, after a collision and car chase. It ended on a short street that has seen a high-profile murder in the past, and also ended with a grisly discovery that surprised investigators.
Police say they got calls from Ridgefield residents Monday afternoon saying that a man was bleeding profusely in the parking lot of Ridgefield Park High School.
When police arrived to investigate, they say Goodell jumped into his car and rammed it into a police cruiser. Police say he then led them on a car chase that ended about a mile-and-a-half away on Elizabeth Street, a two-block dead-end residential cul-de-sac.
There, cops were able to get Goodell to come out of the car and into an ambulance, which transported the badly bleeding man to Hackensack University Medical Center for treatment for box cutter slashes to his wrists. He had apparently tried to commit suicide.
When police went to search Goodell's car, they got a big shock. The body of his ex-girlfriend, 21 year-old Viviana Tulli, was in the passenger's seat. She had been strangled, and details as to how long her body had been there and how long she had been dead have not yet been released.
http://www.cliffviewpilot.com/bergen...rosecutor-saysGoodell was taken late Sunday night from a Newark halfway house to UMDNJ Medical Center after suffering a seizure. Soon after, "Goodell absconded," Molinelli said, and a parole warrant was issued.
Hours later, Goodell met up with 21-year-old Viviana Tulli at a mutual friend's house in Elmwood Park.
http://www.cliffviewpilot.com/bergen...-death-threatsIt wasn't as if Viviana Tulli didn't know the history of the man who authorities said strangled her Monday before apparently trying to commit suicide-by-cop. And it wasn't as if police who chased David Goodell into a Ridgefield cul-de-sac didn't know who they were dealing with -- an ex-con released from prison earlier this year after serving time for assaulting officers and threatening a previous girlfriend in Passaic County, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has found.
Records show Goodell -- accused of killing his ex-girlfriend Monday before ramming his car head-on into a police cruiser in Ridgefield -- spent less than a half-year in Northern State Prison in Newark for assaulting a police officer and threatening to kill a woman he was dating before Tulli.
Born Dec. 18, 1979, the 5-foot-8 Goodell was supposed to remain behind bars until December 2011 after he was sentenced by a Passaic County judge last September, CLIFFVIEW PILOT has learned.
Under state law, he could have been sent to prison for four years on each conviction. But he was paroled in February, five months after serving what was originally a sentence of more than two years, according to records obtained by CLIFFVIEW PILOT.