View Full Version : John Goodman, Manslaughter, and Adopting His Girlfriend

02-04-2012, 07:53 PM
John Goodman (not the actor) is the 48-year-old heir to an air-conditioning fortune from his father that pioneered new duct-work and turned the company into a billion dollar air-conditioning manufacturer. The polo enthusiast and father of two children from a former wife has been in a three-year relationship with 42-year-old girlfriend, Heather Hutchins.

In 1991, Goodman created a trust for his children that started with $1.5 million. He has grown that trust to be worth more than $100 million. Clauses that are in the conditions of the trust stipulates that the fund cannot be taken from until the beneficiary is 35. Both of Goodman's biological children are currently teenagers.

Scott Wilson, 23, was on his way home on February 12, 2010, to spend Saturday with his sister for her birthday. He had traveled from his Orlando apartment to Wellington and was on the last leg of his journey when, at 1a.m. Friday morning, his car was struck by Goodman's Bentley speeding through a stop sign. The crash flipped Wilson's car into a roadside canal. Goodman fled the scene on foot, leaving Wilson's submerged car in the canal. Scott Wilson died from drowning

In October of 2011, Goodman privately adopted his girlfriend of three years and only six years his junior as his daughter. Heather Hutchins in now legally his daughter. This entitles Hutchins to one-third of the children's trust now because she exceeds 35 years old. (pdf)

On Feb. 2, Goodman's attorney issued a statement clarifying the reason for the highly unusual action. According to attorney Daniel Bachi, this was a move made to insure the security of his children's trust after he had given management of the fortune to Bessemer Trust Company.

This sounds crazy to me.... I have a feeling he wants to make sure he can drain the trust if he needs to...

02-04-2012, 09:27 PM
What judge ok'd this?

02-05-2012, 02:48 PM
This story sounds eerily familiar,,,,,,,,,,,hmmmm???? Now where have I heard of something like this?:confused:

Dan D. Doty
02-06-2012, 04:18 AM
What judge ok'd this?

My guess ... the one willing to except the bribe.