Unknown Eric Birnbaum Killer- Pennsylvania- 2009 Oct 16, 2013 18:02:49 GMT -5
Post by Scumhunter on Oct 16, 2013 18:02:49 GMT -5
(Above photo credit: CBS Philadelphia website)
Someone, somewhere knows who murdered Northampton attorney Eric Birnbaum. Police are sure of this.
So sure, in fact, that they're stepping up the investigation into the lawyer's Feb. 11, 2009, slaying by casting their net wider with a series of digital billboards and offering a $20,500 award for information about the killing.
Matt Weintraub, Bucks County's chief of prosecution, said police could be just one tip away from solving the crime.
“I do not believe this was a random event,” he said Wednesday. “Someone other than the killer knows who shot Eric Birnbaum. We urge that person to come forward.”
Birnbaum, 51, was walking into his Buck Road office around 9 a.m. when a man wearing a dark cap and sunglasses walked up behind him and — without saying a word— shot him in the back of the head. He died four hours later at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown.
One of Birnbaum's coworker's saw the shooting, and there were dozens of other potential eyewitnesses in the many cars driving past the Gateway Shopping Center at the time of the killing. Officers collected a bullet casing and other trace evidence from the scene.
Police have interviewed everyone connected to Birnbaum and say they don't believe he had any enemies. The divorced father of two lived in Philadelphia and practiced civil law, representing clients in personal injury suits and other types of litigation.
Weintraub confirmed that detectives have received some credible tips about the slaying, but declined to elaborate Wednesday. He urged anyone with information to get in touch.
“Let your conscience be your guide,” he said. “No scrap of information is insignificant. This investigation is very much alive. We fully intend to find out who did this.”
The billboards are on Street Road and Route 1 in Bucks, and on various parts of I-95, the Pennsylvania Turnpike and numerous high traffic areas in Philadelphia. The FBI is actively involved in the probe, as are numerous regional police departments. The slaying was also featured on the television show “America's Most Wanted.”
Birnbaum was a partner at the Terry D. Goldberg law firm. Goldberg put up the initial $10,000 reward, which has now grown to $20,500 and is administered by the Citizens Crime Commission. Persons with information can call the commission at 215-546-8477. All calls are anonymous.
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