Ira Bernstein hatched a despicable plan with his mistress to murder his wife, who was trying to break their marriage. Bernstein, a podiatrist, ran a profitable chain of foot surgery services throughout Rockland County and lived with his wife and their three kids in the town of Ramapo.
But when Susan began to expose her husband’s mounting debt and alleged fraudulent business practices, things took a turn. He began to call her evil and even tried to kill his special needs daughter in order to keep control of their property, according to court documents.
So, when police nabbed Gribeluk and Bernstein last year, they were both facing felony charges for conspiracy and second-degree solicitation. But a tip from a local car salesman named Marckensy Louissaint turned the case around.
When Louissaint told Gribeluk that he might have a contact to help her find a hit man, she agreed to meet him. The two met several times, offered money and discussed the plot, police say. Gribeluk even asked her contact to beat up insurance investigators who were looking into Bernstein’s business, officials say.
Then, the plan went awry when police arrested the pair and they both ended up in jail. When asked if they had a “chemistry” with one another, Gribeluk didn’t hesitate. “Of course,” she said. “We’re in love.” For more on this story, tune in to Dateline tonight at 9 ET. NBC News’ Mary Alice O’Brien contributed to this report.