A successful neonatologist is accused of trying to hire a dark web hitman to kidnap his estranged wife, inject her with heroin and blackmail her with videos on Wednesday, who pleaded guilty.
Doctor Ron Ilg told a Washington state court he was a “broken man” in 2021 when he contacted various websites to “not only hurt one of my partners, but kidnap my wife.”
According to prosecutors, Ilg, the former chief physician of a multi-state neonatology management group, first attempted to stage an attack on a former colleague who he believed was involved in an internal workplace investigation against him. Messages received by the government called for the killer to deliver “substantial blows” that would “significantly injure either hand or break hands.” He reportedly sent the service $2,000 in bitcoin in compensation.
Experts studying these sites say there is no evidence they work and there was no indication that the attack Ilg requested was carried out. But a month later, prosecutors say, he contacted the same website to ask them to kidnap his wife, who was in the process of filing for divorce, and convince her to come back to him. And he laid out a clear plan: The kidnappers would take her to a safe place, inject her with heroin, teach her how to administer the drug, and videotape her as a blackmail tool. “She’s strong for a woman,” he wrote. “And she’s stubborn and will take a lot of convincing.”
When confronted with evidence of those messages by a judge on Wednesday, Ilg said they were “consistent with the horrific messages I wrote.” He then pleaded guilty to a number of interstate commerce threats for each victim – each of which could carry a maximum of five years in prison, a $250.00 fine, or both if he is convicted on Nov. 8. He also agreed to a no contact between himself and his two victims.
Ilg’s lawyer, Carl Oreskovtich, described his client as a “very well-functioning neonatologist” who had suffered a “really debilitating emotional breakdown” at the time of the news in question.
“He has a hard time realizing that he is the same person who engaged in this type of activity,” Oreskovtich told The Daily Beast after the hearing.
Ilg previously lived a seemingly normal life, marrying and divorcing a local woman with whom he still owns a cherry orchard, and later marrying and having a child with a beautician 15 years his junior. However, in 2019, complaints about Ilg’s behavior in his office began circulating, leading to an internal investigation and eventual his dismissal. (Ilg sued the company, alleging he faced retaliation for reporting discrimination and harassment. The case was dismissed in October last year.)
At the same time, the doctor’s marriage with the beautician began to break up. The woman filed for divorce in June 2020 and filed for a restraining order later that year. But Ilg continued to pursue her, once violating a no-contact order by approaching her in a parking lot and dropping a long letter asking her to come back to him. In April, British journalists investigating killer websites contacted the woman to alert her that she was being hit by what appeared to be her husband.
The woman’s attorneys then contacted the FBI, who arrested Ilg on April 11 at the Spokane airport while returning from a vacation in Mexico with his lover. The lover later told police he had been acting strangely on the trip and she suspected he had used a torch phone to access the dark web. She also claimed that he physically assaulted her on the journey and afterwards forced her to sign a sex slave contract in blood. (Ilg has claimed the two had a consensual BDSM relationship).
Ilg admitted to investigators that he had sent messages to the dark web under the alias “Scar-two-something,” but claimed he planned to target himself as a suicide attempt. After searching his Spokane property, authorities found a biometric safe with a note on it with the word “Scar215” — the name of the account that sent the dark web messages — and a password for the same account. They also later tracked all bitcoin transactions used to pay the killer in a Coinbase wallet on Ilg’s behalf.
The day after his questioning, Ilg attempted suicide. He was arrested four days later after recovering in hospital and has been jailed ever since.
At the hearing, prosecutors said Ilg wrote his lover a letter while in detention, asking her to marry him so she wouldn’t have to testify against him. He also offered to pay for her children’s schooling if she did, and instructed her to burn the letter after she read it, prosecutors said.
As part of his plea, Ilg wrote a letter to the court admitting that while he had told his mistress that his defense attorney would help them get married, he had not discussed this with the attorney in advance. “This is not something I agreed to or arranged or was involved with,” the attorney said in court.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/dr-ronald-ilg-of-spokane-pleads-guilty-to-asking-dark-web-hitmen-to-kidnap-and-drug-his-wife?source=articles&via=rss dr Spokane’s Ronald Ilg pleads guilty to soliciting dark web hitmen to kidnap and drug his wife