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LAKEWOOD RANCH --December  2017-- It’s been six years since Ellen Gerth got an early morning phone call from her brother Tom J Gross of 20/12 Ha' Atzmaut St., Herzliya, Israel, alerting her that their mother was gone.....



Nearly six years after woman’s death in Lakewood Ranch, her son has been arrested in Israel on a murder charge


DECEMBER 12, 2017 03:52 PM


Almost six years after 78-year-old Ina Gross was found slain inside the garage of her Lakewood Ranch home, her son has been arrested in Israel and will be extradited back to Manatee County to face a murder charge.

Thomas Gross, 63, was arrested on Sunday by an Israeli International Police unit at his home in the coastal city of Herzliya, the Ministry of Justice told The Times of Israel, The Jerusalem Post and other news outlets.

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On the early morning of Jan. 9, 2012, Ina Gross was found dead inside the garage of her home in the 11000 block of Hyacinth Place in Riverwalk Hammock community in Lakewood Ranch. It was her son who called 911.

According to autopsy results, Gross’ death was ruled a homicide, but the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office has never officially released the manner of death.

Her son, who has dual American and Israeli citizenship, was visiting his mother at the time because his late father was being honored posthumously for his cancer research at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

While Thomas Gross had been considered a person of interest, a warrant charging him with his mother’s murder was not issued until July 2014.

But Gross had returned to Israel, obtained an attorney and invoked his right not to speak to attorneys before a warrant was ever issued.

Sheriff’s office spokesman Dave Bristow confirmed on Tuesday that they were aware of Gross’ arrest by Israeli police. The sheriff’s office would not be commenting further on the case, he said.

It is unknown how long it will take Gross to be extradited back to the United States from Israel.

Loved ones comfort each other at the scene of a possible homicide Monday in the 11000 block of Hyacinth Way at Riverwalk Hammock in Lakewood Ranch, where the body of Ina Gross, 77, was found in her garage.

Money was believed to be the motive for the slaying, and the suspect’s sister, Ellen Gerth, believes their mother’s murder was premeditated.

“My brother was unraveling financially, had been unraveling financially for many years,” Gerth told the Bradenton Herald in 2015. “He killed my mother.”

The news of her brother’s arrest was the light at the end of a nearly six-year-long path in seeking justice for her mother’s murder. It was only fitting that the news went public locally as Hanukkah, the festival of lights, began Tuesday night.

It was the best Hanukkah gift she could ask for, Gerth said, and the news brought her some relief.

“The wheels of justice do grind, although they may be slow moving,” Gerth said Tuesday.

Patience paid off, because on Sunday she received a long-awaited phone call from Israeli authorities confirming that her brother had been arrested and that Israel was seeking to extradite him so that he may face the charge of murder back in the United States.

Although Israeli police and Gerth have been made aware of the intimate details of the case against her brother, she would not divulge them Tuesday night.

“I am fully aware of what transpired that night when Tom murdered my mother,” Gerth said with confidence. “I would not want to adversely impact the extradition process nor his sentencing. The evidence is strong. There is no denying the evidence.”

Gerth said she was grateful to the Israeli police, as she was to the Department of Justice and the sheriff’s office.

But while her brother’s arrest brought relief in her search for justice, it did not take away the loss she and all those who loved her mother have suffered.

“I don’t wake up one morning without my mother on my forethought,” Gerth said. “The pain of losing my mother has not lessened. I have just learned to deal with that.”

But what makes the pain she has endured worse, is that it was her own brother that took her mother away, she said. But Gerth said she has accepted that “he is not a healthy person” in order to be capable of betraying his own mother by killing her.

“Tom has betrayed me and my entire family based on the charade he has lived all these years,” Gerth said.

Gerth said she also felt sad for her brother because he had betrayed himself and didn’t realize the collateral damage of his actions.

“I am hoping he can at some point address with himself the fact that he has committed a terrible act, a terrible act,” Gerth said. “An apology won’t go a long way, but he owes those that loved my mother an enormous apology.”

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By SUE SURKES11 December 2017, 9:45 am 

Man faces extradition to US for alleged murder of mother: Thomas Gross suspected of drugging Ina Gross and stabbing her to death in 2012, before fleeing to the Jewish state

Police on Sunday arrested a man who stands accused of murdering his mother, in a step toward his extradition to the US to stand trial.

In January 2012, Thomas Joseph Gross, now 63, allegedly gave his mother Ina, 78, sleeping pills, put her into her car in the garage of her Lakewood Ranch, Florida, home and then stabbed her to death with a knife.

The next morning, he called the emergency services, saying he had found his mother’s body in the garage. A knife was found next to her corpse.

Gross, who has dual Israeli and US citizenship, had visited with his mother shortly before her death to attend a memorial service for his late father, who had died of cancer two years earlier.

The Manatee County sheriff’s office issued a warrant for his arrest in July 2014.

He lives in the coastal city of Herzliya with his wife and young daughter — he has two sons from a previous marriage — and it was there that Israel’s international police unit and officers from the Yarkon district arrested him.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked instructed state prosecutors to bring Gross before a district court for a ruling that he would be extradited, a statement from the prosecution said. He was brought before a Jerusalem District Court judge on Monday and remanded for eight days.

Gross’s sister Ellen Gerth, who has not spoken to him since he became a person of interest in their mother’s death, has said she believes he killed her for money. 

For decades, Gerth said, her parents gave loans to Thomas, who was in financial distress. “My brother was unraveling financially, had been unraveling financially for many years,” she said.

The Mail online quoted from court documents to report in January that Gross had received $690,645 in loans from his mother by the time of her death.

Gerth has filed several lawsuits pertaining to her parents’ estate in an effort to keep Gross from getting any proceeds.

“He could spare his family an enormous amount of shame and the burden they will have to bear for the rest of their lives if he would turn himself in — if he would confront his demons and admit to his family that he murdered our mother and that the charade is over,” she said.

London, England: Daily Mail- 2017

Grieving daughter's five-year battle to get her own brother arrested over the murder of their mother who was stabbed in the neck at her Florida home 

  • Ina Gross was found stabbed to death inside her Florida home in January 2012
  • Her body was found by her son Thomas who is the police's only suspect 
  • Gross was struggling financially and had stolen $690,000 from his mother
  • Thomas Gross called his wife Lizbeth Benaim and sons Eytan Gross and Dror Gross
  • Thomas Gross fled to Israel and faces arrest if he ever returns to the US

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

A grieving daughter wants her own brother arrested for her mother's murder five years after the 78-year-old was found murdered inside her Florida home.

Authorities in Manatee County have issued an arrest warrant for Thomas Gross, who reported finding his mother Ina's body lying in the kitchen of her home on January 9, 2012.

His sister Ellen Gerth is convinced Gross murdered their mother to hide the amount of money he had received from the elderly widow.

Ellen Gerth, pictured right, believes her brother Thomas murdered their mother Ina Gross, left

Tom Gross returned from Israel to attend a memorial in Florida for his late father Sam, right, when he 'discovered' his mother Ina, left, who had been stabbed to death in her home 

Court documents filed before the 12th Judicial Circuit in Manatee County and seen by MailOnline showed Gross had had received $690,645 in loans from his mother by the time of his death.

Gross, who lives in Israel, returned to the United States shortly before his mother's murder in January 2012 to attend a memorial service for his late father, who died two years earlier. 

A post mortem discovered that Ina Gross died from stab wounds and a slit throat. She had a large dose of sleeping pills, which had not been prescribed to her in her system at the time of her murder. 

Thomas Gross, pictured, returned to Israel following his mother's murder in January 2012 and now faces immediate arrest if he returns to the United States in future.

Ms Gerth told the Herald Tribune: 'It's incredibly saddening to me that the person who brutally took my mother's life is able to wake up every morning to the sunrise and go to bed every night to the setting sun. He doesn't deserve to be breathing air outside of a prison.  

'Many people have thought nothing is going to happen, that Tom will not be served justice. The process is long. It has been challenging. It is hugely detailed. There are many players involved - local, state, federal, international - but that's how the process works. I am convinced, given the body of evidence, that Tom will receive his punishment for what he's done to my beautiful mom.' 

Ms Gerth urged her brother to end their family's continuing ordeal. 

She said: 'My advice to him would be for him to acknowledge that his charade is over and that he will be preventing his family from enduring further humiliation if he were to simply turn himself in with the understanding that he knows precisely what he did to our mother.' 

A forensic examination of Gross' car found dried vomit belonging to his mother which had a sample of the strong sleeping pill.


By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

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  1. LAKEWOOD RANCH - December 2017 - Freshly planted flowers rustled in the summer breeze Monday above a plaque dedicated to Ina Gross at Paw Park in Lakewood Ranch.

Mrs. Gross and her husband, Sam Gross, and their German Shepherd mix Nicky, were frequent visitors to the dog park.

Sam Gross died of cancer on Aug. 3, 2010.

Mrs. Gross was slain inside her Lakewood Ranch home Jan. 9, 2012 a homicide. A first degree murder arrest warrant has been issued by Manatee County, Florida for Thomas J Gross of Herzliya, Israel. (Refer to Exhibit A for an outline of the evidence)

Recently, a group of Gross' friends gathered at the park to dedicate an oak tree and plaque in her memory.

"It was a form of closure," said friend Cliff Kaplan, who met Gross in 2003. "It gave us a place to remember her. It was in memory of her and our friendship."

For years, Kaplan said Gross and her husband would meet with more than a dozen dog owners everyday at the park.

"She was a dear friend," he said.

Lakewood Ranch staff offered the tree to the group of friends at no charge. The group raised money to purchase the concrete plaque which reads "This tree was planted in memory of Ina Gross, Our Dog Park Friend. 2012"

The friends dedicated left over money to the Resurrection House in Sarasota, a non-profit organization where Gross volunteered to serve the homeless community.

"To me, this is a form of expression for our love for her," Kaplan said.

The friends approached community development district supervisors of Greenbrook with the idea and gained unanimous acceptance.

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office has processed the evidence. Forty-three items found at the home were submitted for DNA testing. 

 It ain't over till its over. Yogi Berra