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Ina Gross Justice Project

Ina Gross Justice Project

This quote embodies our beautiful mother, grandmother and friend Ina Gross:
"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion, and the will to help others." Dr. Albert Schweitzer


THOMAS J GROSS WAS ARRESTED IN ISRAEL  DECEMBER 10, 2017,  FOR THE MURDER OF HIS MOTHER 

INA GROSS.  JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL! FUT


LAKEWOOD RANCH February  December  2017-- It’s been over five and a half 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.


Ina Gross, 78, was found dead in the garage of her Lakewood Ranch home on Jan. 9, 2012. A knife was next to her body.

Tom J  Gross , who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Israel, had been visiting with his mother in the days before her death, reported finding her body and returned to Israel as a homicide investigation commenced. Named a suspect early on, Tom obtained an attorney and has been uncooperative with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office investigation.


In July 2014, a warrant was issued for his arrest.


“Have the wheels of justice been moving fast enough? No,” Gerth said Friday, of Ina Gross’ death. “Do I have confidence Tom Gross will be arrested in the future? Absolutely. I want the public to know that my mother’s life has not been forgotten, and that I will continue to fight tooth and nail until this person — this murderer — is off the streets.”


The Sheriff’s Office has released little information about Gross’ death or its efforts to capture Tom. Officials did not initially publicize the fact that an arrest warrant was signed on July 3 in hopes of not alerting Gross to its existence. When asked about what’s next — including Gross’ possible extradition to the U.S. — Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dave Bristow would not go into details.

“It’s a very complicated process,” Bristow said.


Gerth said it is her understanding that the arrest warrant has been forwarded to the Department of Justice.


“It is up to the Department of Justice now to crank forward the wheels of justice,” Gerth said, adding that she hopes the department will dedicate resources to ensure the warrant is expedited.


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


For decades, Gerth said, her parents gave loans to Tom, who was in financial duress. According to court records, Tom’s parents gave him tens of thousands of dollars to assist in a down payment on a home and the adoption of a child. 


Gerth has filed several lawsuits pertaining to her parents’ estate in an effort to keep Gross from getting any proceeds. Their father, Samuel Gross, died from cancer in 2010.


“Tom killed my mother for money,” Gerth said. “He is an unhealthy person. I’m doing everything in my power to prevent him from accomplishing what he set out to do. “The money is irrelevant to me. My mother’s life, her memory, her honor and her dignity are important to me.”


While the Sheriff’s Office has not said how Ina Gross died, Gerth said her mother was stabbed multiple times and left to die on the floor of her garage.


For more than two years, Gerth remained confident that her brother would be charged in their mother’s death. Though it took a long time, Gerth said she was relieved to hear about the arrest warrant.


“There was relief that the process was actually moving forward,” Gerth said. “Thomas Joseph Gross now realizes he cannot pretend he didn’t do this terrible act.”


Gerth hopes Tom j Gross will surrender to authorities.


"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.”


Gerth often wonders what her mother’s life would be like if she hadn’t been killed. Ina Gross was known for her volunteer work with animal rescues and organizations helping the homeless, including the Resurrection House in Sarasota.


She was beloved by many friends. She spent almost every weekend with Gerth and talked to her daughter on the phone at least twice a day.


“My mother was an amazing mother, was a generous person and she had an enormous heart,” Gerth said. “She had years ahead of her. God only knows how much more good she could have done.”


Gerth reflects on the memories she has of her mother. She thinks about the laughs they could’ve shared and conversations over coffee lattes they’ve missed. The holidays are tough, a reminder of the family’s void.


People often ask Gerth what would bring her closure. To be honest, Gerth says, she isn’t sure.

“I do believe my brother deserves to be in prison for the rest of his life,” Gerth said. “But that isn’t going to bring my mother back.”


By JTA  December 2017


An arrest warrant was issued for a man who is believed to have murdered his mother over five years ago in Florida before fleeing to Israel.

Authorities believe that Thomas Gross, 63, who has dual American-Israeli citizenship, killed his 78-year-old mother, Ina Gross, in her Lakewood Ranch home on Jan. 9, 2012. Gross would need to be extradited from Israel to be prosecuted. The details of the murder are unclear, but the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office confiscated several towels found near the victim’s body and a knife from her kitchen as evidence, the Bradenton Herald reported. Tom J "Tombo the Butcher" Gross lives at 20/12 Ha' Atzmaut St., Herzliya, Israel with wife Lizbeth Benaim and daughter Yulia Benaim. 


Gross' sister, Ellen Gerth, said her brother will “now understand he cannot continue to live a life of freedom and enjoy a life while my young mother was prematurely murdered because he was a selfish person and a very unhealthy person.” Gerth said the murder was likely for money.

“My brother was unraveling financially, had been unraveling financially for many years,” she said.



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MANATEE COUNTY --December 2017-- It's been over five years since Ina Gross, 78, was found stabbed to death in the garage of her Lakewood Ranch home. That's how long Ellen Gerth has been fighting - and waiting - for justice for her mother. Justice that requires the arrest of Gerth's brother and Gross' son, Thomas Gross of Herzliya, Israel.


Ina Gross died on Jan. 9, 2012. She was stabbed in the neck. A knife was found next to her body.

Thomas Gross "The Butcher" is the one who found her. He was at the house when authorities arrived.


He was visiting his mother after attending a service in honor of his father who died two years before. He called Gerth to tell her their mother was dead.


Soon after, Thomas Gross left the country for Israel, where he has dual citizenship and lives with his wife and young adopted daughter, he has two sons from a previous marriage.


Thomas Gross became a person of interest. An arrest warrant, charging Thomas Gross with murder, was issued more than three years ago. He's yet to be arrested.


"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," Gerth said. "He doesn't deserve to be breathing air outside of a prison."


Gerth said she believes that Thomas Gross killed their mother for money. For decades, Gerth said, her parents loaned money to Thomas Gross, who was in financial duress. Court records show that Thomas Gross was given tens of thousands of dollars to assist in a down payment for a home and the adoption of a child.

"Tom was financially wiped out," Gerth said.


Art Brown, an assistant state attorney who prosecutes homicide cases in Manatee County, declined to comment on the pending case.


Dave Bristow, spokesman for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, said the case is "still ongoing."

Gerth couldn't go into many details either, but she has kept in contact with the prosecutor and sheriff's office. She's often asked by friends and those who knew her mother for updates on the case.


"Many people have thought nothing is going to happen, that Tom will not be served justice," Gerth said. "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."


Authorities won't say whether they're trying to extradite Thomas Gross, but the U.S. and Israel do have an extradition treaty.

Gerth wishes her brother would just deliver himself to authorities.


"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," Gerth said.


Gerth said she thinks about her mother every day - when she wakes up, when she runs, when she makes homemade pizza. She dreams about her.


"My mom was my best friend," Gerth said. "My mom was compassionate. She cared enormously about those who were not treated fairly. She was outspoken. She was strong. She was convicted and committed. And when she was your friend, she was your friend. And it's been very hard to not have my best friend here with me. Hard is not the right word; it has been really painful."


London, England: Daily Mail- December 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

PUBLISHED: 11:10 EST, 27 Sep 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 EST, 27 Sep  2017


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

PUBLISHED: 11:10 EST, 27 Sep 2017 | UPDATED: 11:35 EST, 27 Sep 2017


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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. The murder warrant for Thomas J Gross speaks for itself.




 It ain't over till its over. Yogi Berra