Dr. Robert Birenbaum faces 20 years in prison
More than three decades later, a former Manhattan plastic surgeon convicted in the murder of his missing wife has claimed to have dumped her body on a private plane into the Atlantic Ocean.
ABC News’ “20/20” reports that Dr. Robert Birenbaum, a trained pilot serving 20 years in prison, first admitted to the crime at a parole hearing, with his wife, Gail Katz. , 29, disappeared in 1985. .
“I flew away. I opened the door and then pulled his body out of the plane over the ocean,” Byrenbaum told the parole board in December 2020, according to a newly obtained transcript.
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The outlet reported that Birenbaum told the board that he strangled her in anger because he was “immature” and “didn’t understand how to deal with his anger.”
“I wanted him to stop yelling at me, and I attacked him,” she said.
Although Katz’s body was never found, Birenbaum was found guilty of his murder in 2000.
Prosecutors were able to secure a conviction based on circumstantial evidence, offering a theory of what happened to Katz, similar to the doctor’s confession.
“I was like, ‘Holy s-, are you kidding me? Dan Bibb, one of the prosecutors, told the entry’s outlet.
“I was stunned because I always thought that the day would never come, that he would take responsibility for killing his wife.”
Birenbaum was denied parole. His next hearing before the board is scheduled for November.
Katz’s family finds little comfort in the blatant confession.
“This is the same man I knew 35 years ago,” Katz’s sister Alayne Katz told ABC News. “He hasn’t changed… he’s incapable of a shred of remorse.”
He added, “My sister’s body was never found… Gail doesn’t rest anywhere.”