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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Kidnapping - Robbery - Drugs
Number of victims: 2
Date of murders: October 26, 1994
Date of birth: 1953
Victims profile: Peter Kovach, 26, and Ted Gould, 29
Method of murder: Strangulation
Location: Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on December 2, 2005

Sentenced: Dec. 2, 2005, age 52

Crimes: Kidnapping, murder

Date of crimes: Oct. 26, 1994

Location: Galleria Telecom store, Torrance

Victims: Peter Kovach, 26, of Redondo Beach; Ted Gould, 29, of Redondo Beach.

Status: Set to leave County Jail for San Quentin State Prison.

Friedman confessed that he and three men kidnapped Kovach and Gould from the cellular telephone store and took them to a nearby motel.

The leader of a drug outfit, Howard Bloomgarden, wanted Kovach abducted and forced to turn over money to the East Coast narcotics organization.

Friedman choked Kovach to death, then ordered Gould killed because he was a witness. Gould, taken only because he was working at the business, was an innocent victim.

Kovach and Gould’s bodies were found dumped in San Diego.

Friedman, who also used the aliases “Anthony Zito,” “Tony Russo,” “Anthony Stewart” and “Keith Delellis,” previously was sentenced to two life sentences without the possibility of release for a 1996 conviction on federal racketeering charges. His brother, Gary, is serving three life terms in connection with the killings.

Bloomgarden is facing trial.


Kenneth Friedman – white, age 40 

Sentenced to death in Los Angeles County, California    

By: A jury  

Date of crime: 10/26/94 

Prosecution’s case/defense response: Kenneth pled guilty to kidnapping and strangling Peter Kovach and Ted Gould to death.  Kenneth’s brother and Howard Bloomgarden led a drug ring, and they believed Kovach stole money from them.  They ordered Kenneth to kill Kovach.  Gould was merely an innocent bystander and pleaded for his life, and Friedman responded by strangling him with a telephone cord.  Kenneth was convicted in 1996 on federal racketeering charges.  After he exhausted all his federal appeals he was brought to California on the state murder charges.   

Sources: Daily Breeze 11/11/01 (2001 WL9589895), 3/20/04 (2004 WL 17122798), 7/7/2005 (2005 WL 10654863)


Friedman sentenced to die in killings of RB men

Daily Breeze

December 3, 2005

Telling a judge he won't fear death but will "embrace it," admitted double murderer Kenneth Friedman was sentenced Friday to die for the 1994 strangulation slayings of two Redondo Beach men.

Friedman, 52, had pleaded guilty to killing one-time drug dealer Peter Kovach, 26, and innocent bystander Ted Gould, 29, after abducting them from a Torrance telecommunications store where they worked. But the New York native hoped to be spared execution. Instead, he'll join roughly 650 other people on California's death row.



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