Man Arraigned 23 Years After “Living Hell” Murder

1990 cold case involved the stabbing death of a teenager

A confessed killer who said that his life has been a "living hell" for more than two decades was indicted for murder today.

Steven Goff, 41, turned himself into police and admitted to police that he killed a teenager.

Goff, of Ventnor, N.J. admitted in court that he stabbed 15-year-old Frederick Hart on May 7, 1990.

On April 1, Goff walked into the Galloway Police station to confess to the crime.

"I just couldn't live with myself anymore," Goff said in court the following day. "It was tearing me apart."

Prosecutors say Goff stabbed Hart multiple times and left the body behind the Clubs Condominiums in Galloway Township on May 7, 1990. In December 1991, a hunter found Hart's remains but authorites couldn't determine how he died.

That answer came when Goff fessed up.

"I lost control over my emotions that day for multiple reasons," said Goff. "I think it might have been because I was whacked out on steroids."

Goff faces one count of first-degree murder and waepons charges. He could face 30 years to life when he goes to trial, according to Atlantic County acting Prosecutor James McClain.

In the days after turning himself in, Goff said he hoped for closure for Hart's family.

"I'm sorry," he said. "For over 20 years you have not known what happened to your son and now you know. I can never give him back to you but at least now I hope you see that you have some closure."

Goff continues to be held on $1 million cash bail.

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