A former plastic surgeon in Manhattan who was convicted of the murder of his missing wife has overthrown her body from a private plane in the Atlantic Ocean, more than three decades later.
Dr. Robert Bierenbaum, a trained pilot serving 20 years in prison, is being convicted of the crime on parole for the first time since his wife, Gail Katz, 29, disappeared in 1985, ABC News reported “20/20”.
“I went flying. I opened the door and then took her body out of the plane over the sea,” Bierenbaum told the parole in December 2020, according to a recently obtained transcript.
Bierenbaum told the board that he strangled her in a fit of rage because he was “immature” and “did not understand how to deal with his anger,” the department reported.
“I wanted her to stop yelling at me and I attacked her,” he said.
Although Katz was never found, Bierenbaum was found guilty of his 2000 murder.
Prosecutors were able to secure the verdict based on circumstances that presented a theory of what happened to Katz that was identical to the doctor’s confession.
“I was like, ‘Holy s -, are you kidding me?’” Said one of the prosecutors, Dan Bibb, to the entrance.
“I was stunned because I always thought that day would never come that he would own, take responsibility for having killed his wife.”
Bierenbaum was denied parole. His next hearing before the board is set for November.
Katz’s family has found some comfort in the bombing.
“He’s exactly the same man I knew 35 years ago,” Katz’s sister, Alayne Katz, told ABC News. “He has not changed … he is unable to have a shame of remorse.”
She added: “My sister’s body has never been found … Gail is not resting anywhere.”