Robert Bierenbaum was a plastic surgeon dwelling in New York Metropolis together with his spouse, Gail Katz-Bierenbaum. From the surface many individuals, together with Gail’s dad and mom, thought they’d the proper life. Gail met Robert when she was in faculty. Robert was a “genius” physician who was a licensed pilot and will communicate 5 languages. He was also called a talented skier and a gourmand residence cook dinner. Privately, he was an abuser, strangling Gail into unconsciousness as a punishment for smoking a cigarette and threatening to kill her cat as a result of he was “jealous” of it.
Gail’s sister, Alayne Katz, remembers the terrifying cellphone name that got here after Robert tried to drown Gail’s cat in the bathroom. Gail was defending Robert, saying that it may be the precise factor for his or her relationship to do away with the cat so Robert would really feel extra liked by Gail. Gail told Alayne, “No, no, no, Alayne… we’re gonna do away with the cat after which the whole lot’s gonna be advantageous as a result of he’s gonna consider that I really like him.”
Alayne stated Gail advised her she thought she might hold Robert from hurting her, “My sister advised me, ‘I’m sensible. I’m loving. My love will remedy. That is going to work out.’”
Gail had Robert see a therapist for the well being of their relationship. The therapist wrote Gail a letter advising her to run away from her marriage to Robert. The therapist stated he was involved Robert may kill her and referred to as him “psychotic”. Gail began to appreciate she wanted to depart Robert for her security.
On July 7, 1985 Gail Katz-Bierenbaum disappeared. Robert first advised police Gail had gone to Central Park to sunbathe and later stated they’d an argument and Gail left the residence whereas he stayed residence. Her physique was by no means discovered. Through the seek for Gail, Robert partied within the Hamptons and wooed different girls.
Ultimately, Robert moved from New York to Las Vegas in 1990 to flee the infamy of being the one suspect in Gail’s disappearance. In Vegas, he met a chiropractor named Dr. Stephanie Youngblood and the 2 started relationship. Chillingly, the connection progressed a lot the best way it did for Gail Katz-Bierenbaum. At first Robert appeared like the proper “catch” however then the masks started to slide. Once more, Stephanie requested Robert to see a therapist and once more this therapist privately advised Stephanie to depart the connection for her security. Stephanie was in a position to finish the connection.
In 1996 Robert married Dr. Janet Challot, a gynecologist he met in Vegas. The couple had a child daughter and moved to Minot, North Dakota to once more escape Robert’s status. In North Dakota, he was generally known as a “local hero” who saved a young boy after he was bitten by a tiger on the zoo.
In 1998 one of many detectives who labored the case of Gail’s disappearance was on the point of retire and wished to revisit and hopefully shut out any instances that also troubled him. He determined to reinterview everybody he’d talked to about Gail and see if he might study something that may assist him shut the case and provides her household closure. He flew to North Dakota and Vegas to speak to Robert once more in addition to his ex, Dr. Stephanie Youngblood. Lastly in 2000, a grand jury indicted Robert Bierenbaum for second-degree homicide.
Notably, all of the proof in opposition to Bierenbaum was solely circumstantial. A truth many individuals used to him and even blame Gail for her personal disappearance.
Throughout Robert Bierenbaum’s trial, a 60-year-old male witness says he was “positive” he saw Gail Katz-Bierenbaum getting a bagel in Manhattan on the time Robert was allegedly dumping her physique into the ocean. The witness, Joel Davis, stated he could possibly be so certain the lady he noticed was Gail Katz-Bierenbaum regardless of the 2 being strangers as a result of he was interested in her so he remembered what she appeared like. “I’m a legs and ass man,” is what he advised police after they requested how he remembered a random girl he encountered in a bagel line.
The protection group additionally painted an image of Gail Katz-Bierman as a mentally in poor health girl with a drug downside. Robert stated she was suicidal and having affairs.
Miraculously, Robert Bierenbaum was discovered responsible and sentenced to twenty years to life. Fifteen years after his spouse’s disappearance, in November 2000, his license to follow medication in New York was revoked. His New Jersey medical license was revoked in 2002.
In December 2020, Robert Bierenbaum spoke at his parole listening to and eventually confessed to the small print of what occurred to his spouse. On July 7, 1985 he says he murdered her of their Manhattan residence after which rented a aircraft in Essex County, New Jersey and took a two hour flight over the Atlantic Ocean the place he opened the door and disposed of her dismembered physique.
Robert Bierenbaum claims the explanation he murdered his spouse is that “she wouldn’t cease yelling”. The precise purpose, in accordance with the sufferer’s sister, is that Gail Katz-Bierenbaum had requested for a divorce. If Bierenbaum held her hostage or threatened her with violence, Gail deliberate to inform him she would ship the medical board the letter from Robert Bierenbaum’s therapist which described him as “psychotic”.
In his personal phrases, “I wished her to cease yelling at me and I attacked her.” He additionally stated he killed his spouse as a result of she was immature and “didn’t perceive the best way to cope with his anger.” He continued, “I went flying. I opened the door after which took her physique out of the airplane over the ocean.”
Robert Bierenbaum has one other parole listening to in November. He could possibly be launched quickly. Alayne Katz told ABC News, “That is precisely the identical man that I knew 35 years in the past… He hasn’t modified … he’s incapable of a shred of regret.”