A neonatal doctor from Spokane, Washington is being held on federal charges as he faces trial for allegations that he used the dark web to hire a hitman to kidnap and torture his estranged wife until she would agree to take him back.
Ronald Ilg, 55, was arrested in April, after the FBI received transcripts of messages on a dark web site from a user known as Scar215, requesting that Ilg’s estranged wife be captured, held in a ‘secure location’ for seven days and drugged with heroin, according to the Daily Beast.
He asked for the hitmen to give her needles and other drug-injection paraphernalia, which they would also spread throughout her house, to use as incriminating ‘evidence’ to persuade her to return to him: Otherwise, he’d report her for drug use and she’d look like a drug addict and lose her son, according to the twisted plan.
He allegedly agreed to pay the hitman in Bitcoin.
The FBI traced the Bitcoin funds back to Ilg through his Coinbase account, and he is now facing up to 20 years behind bars, KHQ reports.
It’s a bizarre and disturbing turn of events for a man who’d been seen as a respected doctor and community volunteer: Ilg served as a neonatologist, caring for pre-term infants for 17 years, as he worked his way up to become the chief medical director of a multistate neonatology management group, Mednax, according to his LinkedIn.
He married and divorced a local woman, the Daily Beast reports, then remarried an esthetician 15 years younger than him. This was the woman on whom he’d later put out a hit. Their son was born in 2018.
Ronald Ilg, a neonatal doctor, is being held in federal custody as he faces trial for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kidnap and torture his estranged wife in an attempt to get her back
The second wife, who hasn’t been named, claimed he put tracking devices on her car and cellphone, and threatened to take away her belongings if she refused his sexual demands, according to the Daily Beast.
About two years ago, he allegedly also started having a sado-masochistic affair with another woman, who would later claim he trapped her in an underground bunker and forced her to sign a sex slave contract in blood.
By the spring of 2019, the Daily Beast reports, the neonatology group where he worked received two complaints about his behavior – one alleging harassment, and another about his scheduling practices.
Soon, rumors started to spread that he was bringing a weapon into the NICU, and his bosses eventually asked him to step down from his role. When he refused, they allegedly eliminated his position entirely.
His second wife filed for divorce in June 2020, and in December, he was fired from his job at the medical group.
Someone with the username ‘Scar215’ posted a request to kidnap a woman on the dark web and torture her for seven days, saying ‘Any and all persuasion should be used’
As he was reeling from the double-whammy, Ilg allegedly sent his estranged wife hundreds of text messages, begging her to stay and offering to pay her if she dropped the divorce proceedings.
Her attorney eventually emailed his lawyer asking for him to limit their conversations to just discussions about their son, but he refused, and she filed for a restraining order on December 21.
In response, Ilg said he was in a ‘raw emotional state,’ claimed he had learned his lesson and would cease contact with her.
But in the weeks that followed, she claimed in court documents, he parked outside her workplace, sent her dozens of text messages and pretended to drop a typewritten letter in front of her in hopes she would pick it up.
It read, in part: ‘I do love you, more than words can describe, more than actions can show. Every fiber of my body, every ounce of my life energy calls out for you.’
Meanwhile, in February, a user known as Scar215 first requested through a ‘dark web’ site that a hitman visit a co-worker’s home and give her a ‘significant beating.’
The hitman, he said, should ‘injure both hands significantly or break the hands.’
According to investigators, Ilg’s target was a woman in his workplace he thought was spreading the rumors about him that led to him getting fired.
He put nearly $2,000 in Bitcoin in escrow to be released when the job was done, but his request wasn’t ever completed.
One month later, the Daily Beast reports, Scar215 posted another assignment on the site: This time, he wanted someone to kidnap and torture his estranged wife in hopes of convincing her to return to him.
Ilg was a neonatologist for 17 years and worked his way up to become the chief medical director of Mednax (pictured), a multistate neonatology management group in Spokane, Washington
The plan, court documents show, was to kidnap his estranged wife while her children were away, take her to a ‘secure location’ and inject her with heroin twice daily for a week, after which she would be taught to administer the injections herself and video taped doing so as ‘bribery later.’
‘The target destroyed two families, and walked away as if she did nothing,’ the request on the dark web said, adding: ‘Any and all persuasion should be used.’
The victim would only be released, according to court documents, if she returned to her husband, dropped all court proceedings against him and agreed to be physically intimate with him at least three times in the weeks that followed.
She could never tell anyone what happened under the plan and ‘she should be told 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,’ the post read, ‘or her dad be severely beaten, or her dog be slaughtered.’
By early April, the Daily Beast reports, Scar215 reached out to a second dark-website, hoping to have his request completed by the second weekend of the month.
He said in that post he put $5,000 in Bitcoin for a hitman in escrow, and another $10,000 would be coming the next day. He also allegedly pledged to give the hitman an extra $40,000 if his goals were completed by the second weekend of the month.
Ilg was in Mexico with a new girlfriend on the day the day he’d scheduled the hit to occur, according to the FBI.
After speaking with his estranged wife, his mistress allegedly texted Ilg saying she is afraid of him
His new girlfriend had actually been in contact with his estranged wife, mainly asking her to drop a protective order against Ilg. But then she became increasingly concerned by what the ex was saying about her new boyfriend, the Daily Beast reports.
‘You hired someone from the dark web to hurt [your estranged wife],’ she later wrote to him, according to text messages that prosecutors obtained. ‘Leave me alone forever. I’m scared of you.’
Ilg denied hiring anybody, court documents show, calling the dark web a ‘scam.’
The new girlfriend would later tell the FBI that Ilg required her to call him ‘sir’ and submit to various punishments he devised, like sitting alone for hours in an underground bunker outside his home.
She also said they got into a fight while they were in Mexico, in which she asked him to stop hurting her as she struggled to breathe, and said he forced her to sign a contract requiring her to ‘unconditionally accept’ what he would like her to do, according to the Daily Beast.
The document was presented in court in April, the Daily Beast reports, and contained both of their fingerprints in blood.
When they returned from Mexico on April 11, the couple was confronted by BBC journalists who had unearthed the messages and identified the targets as one of Ilg’s former co-workers and his estranged wife.
The BBC handed the documents over to the FBI, which tracked the Bitcoin account back to Ilg, and proceeded to raid his Spokane, Washington home, where they found a fingerprint-operated safe containing a sticky note with the name ‘Scar215’ on it and an apparent password.
They also reportedly found two concrete holes in the ground, that they believed were used to attach a ladder to an underground bunker.
His estranged wife also allegedly turned text message Ilg sent his son’s nanny over to the FBI during the investigation.
In the messages, he described a sexual fantasy that involved kidnapping his wife, describing it as a way to ‘get the adrenaline flowing,’ and asking her to help him open the car doors during the abduction.
A text message Ilg allegedly sent his son’s nanny described a sexual fantasy that involved kidnapping his wife, describing it as a way to ‘get the adrenaline flowing,’ and asking her to help him open the car doors during the abduction
Ilg reportedly confessed to trying to use the dark-web to hire a hitman under the name ‘Scar2something,’ but insisted he was actually trying to hire someone to kill him to ensure that his new girlfriend would get all of his belongings instead of his estranged wife, according to KHQ.
But when prosecutors examined his will, they found he hadn’t updated it to make his new girlfriend his beneficiary, KHQ reported.
He tried to commit suicide on April 12, when authorities found him unconscious surrounded by loose pills, KHQ reports, and he was taken into custody four days later.
He was charged with attempted kidnapping, which he pleaded not guilty to, as his attorneys argued there was no concrete evidence he was Scar215, suggesting to the Daily Beast his account had been hacked and all of his relationships were consensual.
His estranged wife, meanwhile, received the order of protection she applied for in April, after she found out he allegedly tried to kidnap her, and as of May 10, Ilg was barred from coming near or having contact with her or their son.
A federal judge ordered him to remain in jail until his trial, which is scheduled for October, according to the Spokesman-Review.