2009 – PCRA Clemency Application

In 2009, an application for clemency was filed before the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons on behalf of Charles “Zeke” Goldblum.  The application was denied and did not receive a public hearing.

This page archives the application and presents actual copies of the supporting documents, including detailed examinations by noted forensic investigators and scientists.

Application for Clemency — Zeke details the particulars of his life

Continuation — Zeke details the circumstances behind the crime

Chronology of questionable events — A listing of 19 instances of investigative inconsistency

Affidavit of Dr. Henry Lee — Noted forensic investigator testifies regarding blood splatter evidence

Lab report of Dr. Henry Lee — Dr. Lee’s analysis of the murder scene investigation

Affidavit of Dr. Herbert MacDonell — Noted forensic investigator testifies regarding blood splatter

Lab report Dr. Herbert MacDonell — Dr. MacDonell’s assessment of blood splatter conclusions

Letter from James Ramsey — Letter of support from investigating detective

Letter from Dr. Cyril H. Wecht — Coroner’s assessment of missing case file issue

Letter from David Goldblum – Zeke’s brother outlines his case

Letter from Dr. Michael Baden — Noted medical examiner assesses trial testimony

Expert report of Dr. Stephen Fienberg — CMU professor on the missing case files

Probability of archives missing — Dr. Fienberg’s assesment on the probabilities of missing case files



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TV Report on Zeke’s case

It has been more than 20 years since Ken Rice filed this in-depth report on Zeke’s case. 20 years since Zeke’s judge and prosecutor both labeled his trial “A Miscarriage of Justice.”

And 20 years later, Zeke is still in prison, serving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit.



"Clarence . . . Clarence Miller did this to me." George Wilhelm's dying declaration to police, February 9, 1976 (T.T. 1528).

". . . Goldblum was not the individual who inflicted the fatal stab wounds on Mr. George Wilhelm." Dr. Cyril Wecht, Coroner of Allegheny County in letter to Board of Pardons, September 1, 1994; Henry Lee, Ph.D., report dated February 25, 1997.

"This is the one case in 21 years [as a judge] which seriously troubles my conscience about the result." The Honorable Donald Ziegler as quoted in Michael Bucsko, Judge Haunted by Dying Man's Last Sentences, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 5, 1995.