California

Couple murdered by hitmen hired by sons in “Ninja Yom Kippur Murders”

September 25, 1985
West Los Angeles, California
Gerald and Vera Woodman are shot to death in their condominium’s parking garage by two men hired by their sons

The Woodmans had just arrived home from a Yom Kippur dinner when two men, one of whom was described by a witness as “dressed like a Ninja warrior,” opened fire on the couple. Gerald was struck twice while Vera three times.

It was soon revealed the “Brentwood Ninja Yom Kippur Murders,” as newspapers called it, involved six men: the Woodmans’ sons, two brothers who were their hired guns, and two look-outs. It was also revealed Vera was killed for her $506,000 life insurance policy while Gerald was killed due to his sons’ deep-seated hatred for him.

Stewart Woodman, convicted in 1990 of first-degree murder, was given a life sentence. He died of diabetes in prison in 2014. His brother, Neil, was convicted in 1996 and sentenced to 25 years to life. Hitman Robert Homick was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole while his brother and fellow hitman Steven Homick was sentenced to death as he already had another murder conviction. Steven Homick died in prison of natural causes in 2014. Look-out Michael Dominguez pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and was sentenced to 25 years to life. A second look-out, Anthony Majoy, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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