New York Post
Psychiatrist indicted in bludgeoning of baby daddy with a sledgehammer
By Larry Celona
October 19, 2017
The indictment alleges that Dr. Pamela Buchbinder enlisted her bi-polar young cousin to bludgeon and stab Dr. Michael Weiss in the victim’s West 57th Street home office, according to sources.
The two parents had been arguing over visitation for their then-6-year-old son, and three days before Weiss’s murder, Buchbinder had successfully demanded that he name her as beneficiary on his $1.5 million life insurance policy.
Weiss, meanwhile, survived the brutal attack, and has won full custody of the boy.
Buchbinder is expected to be arraigned Friday in Manhattan Supreme Court on charges of attempted murder, burglary and assault.
It took until last year for Buchbinder’s cousin, Jacob Nolan, 25, of Ronkonkoma, LI, to be convicted and sentenced in the brutal bludgeoning.
Weiss was Nolan’s biggest advocate as the young man was sentenced in July, 2016 to 9 ½ years prison for attempted murder, assault and burglary.
“I have no personal desire to punish Jake,” Weiss said at sentenicng of the man who nearly beat him to death.
“I understand that a long prison sentence will not undo what has happened or restore the sense of security that has been forever taken from me.”
Besides, Weiss alleged to a Manhattan judge — Buchbinder was the real culprit, manipulating the mentally vulnerable young man into committing the gruesome crime.
In 2015, as the two parents continued to spar over visitation, Weiss’s lawyer told a Manhattan Family Court judge that Buchbinder drew the map that Nolan used to find Weiss’s address and office.
At the same Family Court proceeding, Weiss’s side showed the judge photos of Buchbinder and Nolan buying a sledgehammer together at Chelsea Home Depot the night before the attack.
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