Who was Gail Katz and what happened to her?

The mystery happened when a surgeon’s wife went missing and her body was never recovered.

30 years after Gail Katz’s disappearance was ruled a murder, her husband Robert Bierenbaum finally confessed to her murder.

The late Gail Katz's life ended after she was murdered at the age of 29


The late Gail Katz’s life ended after she was murdered at the age of 29Photo credit: ABC News

Who was Gail Katz?

Gail Katz was born on March 8, 1956 and was 29 years old and living in New York City.

Her loved ones remember her as a “beloved daughter, granddaughter and sister” who is “in our hearts forever.”

Gail’s tumultuous marriage to Robert Bierenbaum is the subject of Kieran Crowley’s The Surgeon’s Wife.

The true crime book became a New York Times bestseller.

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What happened to Gail?

On July 7, 1985, Gail was reported missing, but it turned out; she was already dead.

According to her husband Robert’s account of the day, Gail did not return to her Manhattan apartment after leaving to recover from an argument they had earlier in the day.

On October 24, 2000, Robert was found guilty of the second-degree murder of his wife, Gail.

On November 29, 2000, he was sentenced to 20 years to life imprisonment.

Bierenbaum remains incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.

Although Bierenbaum maintained his innocence for 20 years, he later confessed to Gail’s murder at his December 2020 parole hearing.

Obtained in a transcript from abc newsthe convicted killer admitted in court: “I wanted her to stop yelling at me and I attacked her.”

He stated that he strangled his wife to death because he was “immature” and “didn’t understand how to deal with his anger.”

Gail Katz (pictured) met her end when her husband Robert Bierenbaum strangled her after an argument


Gail Katz (pictured) met her end when her husband Robert Bierenbaum strangled her after an argumentPhoto credit: ABC News

The licensed pilot described disposing of Gail at sea after the assassination; Her remains were never recovered.

“I flew. I opened the door and then took her body off the plane over the sea.”

How can I watch Gail’s episode of 20/20?

Gail’s death at the hands of her husband is explored in an episode of ABC’s 20/20 entitled “Do No Harm.”

On June 30, 2023, Do No Harm is scheduled to air at 9:00 p.m. EST via the aforementioned network.

The show’s host, John Quinones, hosts the show and collects first-hand testimonies from those involved in Gail’s investigation.

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Streaming options are available for those who miss Friday’s broadcast.

When the episode’s cable premiere wraps, viewers will be able to stream the special on Hulu.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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