Neonatal doctor pleads guilty to hiring hitmen to kidnap wife and inject her with heroin twice a day

Neonatal doctor, 55, pleads guilty to hiring hitmen on the dark web for $50,000 to kidnap his wife and inject her with heroin twice a day in a twisted plot to win her back

  • Dr. Ronald Ilg hired hitmen to torture his estranged wife into taking him back
  • Neonatal specialist treated infants as chief medical director in Washington state
  • But after coworkers filed behavior complaint, he was fired – and life unraveled
  • Ilg was having affair with mistress that involved blood contract and sex dungeon
  • Now he has pled guilty to sickening plot, saying he was a ‘broken man’ at the time

Dr. Ronald Ilg, 55, of Spokane previously pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges including cyberstalking, witness tampering, and attempted kidnapping. He has now confessed

Dr. Ronald Ilg, 55, of Spokane previously pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges including cyberstalking, witness tampering, and attempted kidnapping. He has now confessed

A doctor has admitted hiring hitmen on the dark web to torture his wife and inject her with heroin twice a day in a sick plot to win her back.

Former medical director Ronald Ilg, 55, said he was a ‘broken man’ when he paid criminals more than $60,000 to kidnap his estranged wife, who had filed for divorce.

He asked the contract criminals to deliver a ‘significant beating’ that would ‘injure both hands or break the hands’. 

Confessing his crimes yesterday, Ilg told the court he was a ‘broken man’ at the time and asked men ‘not only injure one of my partners but also kidnap my wife’.

Cyber experts say there’s no evidence dark web hitmen complete jobs they’re hired to do and there’s no indication Ilg’s wife was kidnapped or tortured, the Daily Beast reported. 

The neonatal specialist, who treated infants at a clinic in Spokane, Washington, was fired in 2020 after coworkers filed complaints about his behavior.

The previous spring his wife had filed for divorce, and after he lost his job he became erratic and obsessive, harassing her in an effort to win her back despite multiple restraining orders.

All the while Ilg was having a BDSM affair with a mistress, which involved a sex-slave contract signed in blood and a sex-dungeon bunker buried on his property.

In the months after he was fired, prosecutors allege Ilg tried pay hitmen on the dark web over $50,000 to give a ‘significant beating’ to a former co-worker and to kidnap his wife and inject her with heroin until she agreed to drop divorce proceedings and return to him.

Ilg's alleged dark web solicitation for a hitman to kidnap and torture his estranged wife into returning to him

Ilg’s alleged dark web solicitation for a hitman to kidnap and torture his estranged wife into returning to him

Ilg was connected to the solicitations and transactions – which he conducted under the username Scar215 – by a team of British journalists investigating dark web activity. He was arrested in April 2021.

A user named Scar215 posted on a dark web murder-for-hire website in February of 2020. The user requested that somebody break into a woman’s home to deliver a ‘significant beating’ to her, specifically asking they ‘injure both hands significantly or break the hands.’

Scar215 said about $2,000 in Bitcoin had been placed in an escrow account and would be paid out upon completion of the attack.

Though the job was seemingly unfulfilled, a month later Scar215 posted another request on the same website asking for the kidnapping and torture of a woman.

Texts from Ilg's mistress expressing fear that he would hire a hitman to kill her, too. She had previously discovered his messages on the dark web about hiring a hitman to kidnap his wife

Ilg's mistress discovered his plot to hire a hitman to torture his wife

Texts from Ilg’s mistress expressing fear that he would hire a hitman to kill her, too. She had previously discovered his messages on the dark web about hiring someone to kidnap his wife

‘The target destroyed two families and walked away as if she did nothing,’ the post read, ‘I want the target kidnapped for 7 days. While being held, she will be given injections of heroin at least two times per day. She will be taught to do it herself and pics and videos of her doing on her own should be collected.’

The request goes on to say ‘all means necessary’ must be done to get her to drop all her court proceedings, return to her family, and promise to tell nobody about the kidnapping.

‘She should be told that her families health, including her father and her kids, depend on her completing these rules. It would be unfortunate if her older boy became addicted to heroin. Or her dad be severely beaten or her dog be slaughtered.’

The requested listed Ilg’s wife’s name and address as the intended target. Scar215 offered $55,000 in Bitcoin for the job.

For years, Ilg lived a seemingly normal life. He was a successful neonatologist, ran for a local school board while calling himself a ‘moderate conservative,’ and divorced his first wife and married a second with whom he had a son in 2018.

But in 2019, two co-workers at his office filed behavioral claims against him, one saying he had harassed them and another complaining about his scheduling practices.

Though Ilg denied the claims – the specifics are unclear – whispers began to spread throughout his office. 

According to the Daily Beast, employees were so revolted by the claims many said they felt they couldn’t look Ilg in the eye.

Ilg worked as chief medical director at Mednax Maternal in Spokane, WA (street view image)

Ilg worked as chief medical director at Mednax Maternal in Spokane, WA (street view image)

Rumors that he was bringing a gun into the office began to swirl. 

The doctor was asked resign from his job but refused to. He was subsequently fired.

After losing his job, Ilg became increasingly erratic. He had already placed tracking devices on his wife’s phone and car – which he told her were for her protection – and tried to force her into sex by threatening to take away her possessions, but now he began harassing her with texts begging her to return to him, and would stake her out at work and offer to pay her to drop divorce proceedings.

‘Ron is spiraling and continues to get worse, to where now he is threatening to come to my home despite my opposition,’ she wrote in a restraining order application in December, ‘This has to stop.’

Ilg responded to the restraining order proceedings by saying he was in a ‘raw emotional state’ from the recent tumult in his life, and that he would leave his wife alone. Despite that promise, he soon sent her a letter professing his love.

‘I do love you, more than words can describe, more than actions can show,’ he wrote, ‘Every fiber of my body, every ounce of my life energy calls out for you.’

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