Kelly Ann Tinyes was anticipating her fourteenth birthday in March 1989 when she got a call from a neighbor just a few doors down and headed out the door, leaving her eight year-old brother to care for their ailing grandmother.
Many would see Kelly Ann enter the Golub home at 81 Horton Road but no one would see her leave.
Frantic when her daughter didn’t return home, Kelly Ann’s mother began knocking on doors and calling her friends, then finally she called the police.
A rudimentary search of the Golub home uncovered the strangled, mutilated body of the young girl and after an intense investigation, Robert Golub, the 21 year-old son of the couple who owned the house, was charged with murder.
But the charge did little to quell the grief of the Tinyes family and the Golub family’s insistence that their son and brother wasn’t guilty, especially when many considered the younger brother to be an uncharged accomplice, only fueled the fires that raged within.
Suddenly Valley Stream, New York’s Horton Road was turned into a battleground; neighbors chose sides and home values tanked because no one wanted to live in a neighborhood filled with such hate and ongoing bickering. The Tinyes insisted the Golubs should move, the Golubs refused to be uprooted on an “accusation.” Police spent too many valuable hours answering harassment and vandalism calls from the two homes. The constant fighting took a toll on neighbors who couldn’t sell their homes and leave it all behind.
And the courtroom drama when the case finally goes to trial is like no other, leaving even jaded Court officials with dropped jaws and scrambling to separate the two families.
Ronald J. Watkins unveils the details of this horrible crime and the insanity which ensued in his 2004 true crime book Against Her Will.
The book is very well written and tells a story that is both heartbreaking and enraging; so well told that I wound up feeling sadden for both families – but not the killer, rest assured. What a most horrible situation in which to find oneself!
The only downside to the book is the excessive hero worshiping of the investigators involved. Don’t misunderstand me, I have the utmost respect for homicide investigators. It’s not a job I would choose to do daily and I’m happy we have those who do. But if an author does this to the point that it takes away from the story, outlining all of their medical ailments and family struggles because of a tough case, then I feel the need to point such out.
That petty complaint aside, however, Against Her Will is a fantastic read about a very dramatic case and I strongly encourage you to read it.
P.S. I base my reviews on the book itself, not the accuracy of the story. Without having been a participant in the actual crime, to base my reviews on whether actual details are correct is impossible. For another outlook on this case, visit www.blog.justice4kelly.com.
Where Are They Now?
Robert Golub is presently incarcerated at Green Haven Correctional Facility in Stormville, New York. He will be eligible for parole on March 30, 2014.
John Jay Golub has reportedly changed his name and lives in New Jersey.
According to Dun & Bradstreet, as of March 2013, John and Elizabeth Golub still own their automotive-related business in Hewlett, New York.