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On her Myspace page, Brigitte referred to herself as “Lady Vengeance” and “The Original Dark Angel.” She continuously claimed throughout her ordeal, that she had not intended to kill her father, saying, “I felt I had to stop him.” To “take away his weapon”.
Carleen hired defense lawyer Arthur L. Aidala to represent Brigitte, who met with her inside the sanitarium. Through tears, she revealed her terrible secret. She gave her attorney a detailed account of her abused home life, sexually, verbally and physically with Eric and other relatives.
She claimed he told her that in some African cultures, fathers take their daughter’s virginity in a show of love. Carleen also broke her silence admitting she also was sexually abused by their father as well, but was too afraid to speak up. She set up a website called savebridget.com to raise money for Brigitte’s legal defense.
The case went national. Due to her abuse allegations, Brigitte received an outpouring of supporters, including US Senator Chuck Schumer, New York State Senators Diane Savino and Eric Adams.
Numerous reporters interviewed her. She claimed she was unsure of what she would tell the court, but said she hoped her case would shed more light on sex abuse in the home. Reporters quoted her as saying, “people need to start talking about parental sexual assaults because people don’t want to believe it happens. It’s too gruesome.”
An avalanche of supporters wrote to newspaper companies saying they were glad Eric was dead. Many said they believed pedophilia was difficult or impossible to cure. Death being the only cure, aside from castration, many said.
One jailhouse interview was with the Daily News. The soft-spoken, now crucifix-wearing woman with her now short hair in cornrows, sporting glasses and weighing a whopping three-hundred pounds. A combination of junk food at Riker’s Island and the antidepressants she was prescribed.
She maintained her original story: she never intended to murder her father. She claimed that thinking back she would have found another avenue in dealing with the abuse; but believed at the time no one would believe her. She said people do not want to believe parental sexual abuse exists. That no parent could be so cruel to their child, saying, “But it happens.”
After Brigitte’s arrest, her siblings were interviewed with all of them confirming her allegations against Eric were true. She also admitted her father was also the closet stable person in her childhood.
Eric Goodridge was well known in the Staten Island African community. After leaving Liberia as a young man, he became a financial success in the U.S. His businesses included; a taxi-service, records, imports and exports, a taxi service.