Saturday, September 19, 2015

"What the Doctor Ordered": Bizarre mystery doctor's case in Indiana on 20-20

ABC 20-20 “What the Doctor Ordered”, Lindsay Janus reports first from Peru, Indiana.
Allison C. Vance, a local reported, investigated. This is one of the most bizarre crime stories ever reported on 20-20 (or the similar Dateline).

Bruce Embry prosecuted Dr. Gregory Konrath, mountain climber and author of “The Children are Finally Safe”, for plotting his ex-wife’s murder, ABC News story by Eric Strauss and Alexa Valiente, link here.  Konrath had been a well-respected orthopedic surgeon who had volunteered in Haiti, so the apparently two-faced personality (as reported) is perplexing.

When on a vacation to Puerto Rico with a relatively new female friend Joannah, Konrath allegedly started talking to Joannah (would be fiancée in a “whirlwind romance”) about a plot to eliminate his former wife, Ana.  Joannah secretly recorded the conversation.   But Joannah took the money out of a joint account and went back to Indiana and showed the recording to police.  Police questioned him; but because of the way Indiana law works, he could not be convicted for a “thought crime” or fantasy.  But he did get put on probation for lesser charges.
Konrath, however, would stalk Ana again (despite orders) and then flee, get arrested in Arizona, and wind up serving 10 years.  His manner in the reporter’s interview in an Indiana jail was dispassionate. Remember the 1970 song, “Indiana wants me, but I can’t go back there” with police sirens at the end.


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