Doctor Gregory Konrath, a well-regarded orthopedic surgeon in Indiana, who now sits in state prison, insists that when he told his former girlfriend that he was planning to murder his divorced wife, he certainly didn’t think she would take him seriously.
“It was just a fantasy that I had, and it was a detailed fantasy, yes. A lot of it was BS, drunken BS,” Konrath says now.
It seems Gregory Konrath MD of Peru Indiana, was on vacation in July, 2014 in Puerto Rico with his former girlfriend, nurse Joannah Bierzychudek. That was when she secretly recorded a stunning conversation they had one night over drinks at their hotel, where Konrath started talking about how he planned to kill Ana Konrath, his ex-wife and the mother of his three children.
“We were out on the beach. It’s vacation, so I was drinking,” Konrath says. “Then I just told Joannah about this kind of dark fantasy that I had about killing Ana.”
Konrath, age 50, says that while he went into great detail that night about how he would get away with his ex-wife’s murder, he claims he wasn’t being serious.
“The ‘plan,’ just to paraphrase, is basically for me to sneak in the house with my kids there asleep and shoot her in the head and make it look like a suicide,” Konrath said. “The thought would be that, if I could get in and out, that would be pretty solid to proving that I wasn’t there.”
On the recording, Konrath is heard talking about how he would place the gun he would use as a murder weapon, and that he had driven past Ana’s house twice already. But now, Konrath says he was just embellishing.
“I never put the gun in my car and drove over there to do it, never. No. No,” he said.
When asked why he owned a gun in the first place, Konrath said, “for home protection” and said he had bought it from, “some guy in a parking lot.”
But Konrath’s elaborate description was enough to make Joannah fear not only for Ana’s life, but her own. Once she had the recording and got back to Indiana, she turned it over to police.
The jaw-dropping recording, obtained exclusively by ABC News, paired with evidence found at Konrath’s home, was enough to arrest him on attempted murder charges in July 2014. However, these charges were later dropped after lead prosecutor Bruce Embrey learned of a precedent set by a previous attempted murder case in Indiana.
“You have to be in the vicinity with the means to commit murder. I was very disgusted with the whole thing” says Embrey.
After the prosecution dropped the charges, Konrath was arrested again, but not for attempted murder. Watch ABC News’ “20/20” HERE to find out why Konrath is in prison.
Konrath says he regrets the things he said to Joannah. “It’s an ugly recording. I am embarrassed that I said those things, and it’s terrible. Terrible.”
He added that he has learned one thing from this experience: “Be careful what you say in front of your girlfriend,” he said. “I think she truly was thinking I was serious and truly thought she was doing the right thing.”
Ana Konrath declined to comment for this report. As for Joannah, she still fears for her life.
“Life right now is just survival,” she said. “You never know when you go out on a first date that it’ll affect the rest of your life.”
It would behoove us all as a society, to knock off the mouth-gaping, celebrity-worship whenever we find ourselves in the presence of a primate wearing a lab coat.