Ingolf Tuerk, 58, Monday was charged with the murder of his wife, Kathleen McLean Tuerk, 45, who had been missing since last Thursday
Tuerk pled not guilty during his arraignment in Dedham District Court. He was denied bail
Prosecutors said Tuerk confessed to investigators that he strangled his wife to death and dumped her body in a wooded area near his home
The couple had been together two years before tying the knot in December
Records have revealed, just months before her murder, mother-of-three Kathleen McLean Tuerk, told police her husband repeatedly abused her during their five-month marriage
McLean had confided in friends about Ingolf’s controlling behavior and was in the process of getting a divorce
Court records reveal McLean took out a restraining order against Tuerk and was ‘afraid’ of her husband’s ‘abuse’ – she told officers she wanted a divorce but was scared how Tuerk would react
Records have revealed, just months before her murder, mother-of-three Kathleen McLean Tuerk, [right] told police her husband Ingolf Tuerk [left], repeatedly abused her during their five-month marriage
A prominent Massachusetts surgeon allegedly, admitted to investigators that he strangled his wife to death and then left her body in a pond near their Dover home.
Boston area urologist Ingolf Tuerk told investigators he strangled his wife to death after a fight at their home and then dumped her body in a nearby pond, prosecutors said in court Monday
However, arraigned before the Dedham District Court for murdering his wife, 58-year-old Ingolf Tuerk, entered a plea of not guilty. He was denied bail and was remanded in custody and denied bail
Tuerk was found unresponsive in a Dedham hotel on Friday with cuts to his wrists, arms and legs, according to prosecutors. A syringe was also found nearby.
The remains of Kathleen McLean Tuerk, 45, was found near the couple’s home Saturday.
Investigators uncovered prior reports filed by the victim, accusing her husband of ‘strangling’ and ‘cutting her with scissors’.
McLean who allegedly was murdered by her surgeon husband, was so afraid of ‘ Ingolf’s abuse’ that she took out a restraining order against him.
Happier days for the Boston couple – On Saturday Boston area surgeon Ingolf Tuerk, [left], was arrested for killing his wife Kathleen McLean, [right], whose remains were found in an outdoor area near their Valley Road home in Dover late Saturday.
Kathleen McLean Tuerk [L-R], accused her husband, Ingolf Tuerk of ‘strangling’ and ‘cutting her with scissors’. She took out a restraining order on him because she was ‘so afraid of his abuse’, she claimed
McLean filed a police report in Dover on February 3, telling investigators that she was being physically abused by Tuerk and that she wanted a divorce.
She described one particularly violent incident that was detailed in a police report.
According to McLean, she and Tuerk got into an argument while they were in bed in December.
During the fight, Tuerk slammed McLean’s head into the headboard and then used one hand to strangle her, according to the Globe.
Tuerk is then alleged to have used his other hand to cover her nose and mouth.
‘McLean stated that she felt like “she had trouble breathing and thought she was going to die” and “everything went black”,’ according to the police report.
‘During the incident she screamed and one of her kids heard her.’
In another incident McLean told police, in January, Tuerk picked her up and threw her to the ground during an argument.
She told police that she hit the floor so hard that it knocked the shoes she was wearing off of her feet, according to the police report.
McLean told investigators that after both incidents, her husband told her he loved her.
She also described to police another incident she called ‘bizarre.’
McLean told investigators that Tuerk picked up a pair of scissors and told her: ‘I’m the king of this castle…you are only a guest.’
Tuerk then cut off a small piece of her hair, according to McLean. When she tried to stop him, he sliced her hand.
Tuerk [photo], while working at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, was accused of falsely billing Medicaid and agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve the allegations under the terms of a settlement made in Nov
According to court records Kathleen McLean [seen photo with her children], had three children of her own while Tuerk is the father of two teenage boys. The couple apparently did not share children together
Crime scene: Kathleen McLean Tuerk’s body was discovered by Massachusetts State Police in an outdoor area near the couple’s Valley Road home in Dover, Mass [photo], on Saturday
Statements given by the suspect led police to the pond in the woods where his wife’s body was found
Tuerk, seen [photo, left], with his McLean, allegedly was volatile which was reportedly fueled by heavy drinking and a despondent attitude that got worse after he was fired from his job. Tuerk pled not guilty on Monday in Dedham District Court. The murder suspect is pictured with his McLean in an image from Facebook
Records reveal that Former head of Urology at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Dr Ingolf Tuerk was accused of Medicaid fraud – falsely billing the healthcare agency.
A statement from Attorney general’s offices says Dr. Tuerk, ’caused improper billings to MassHealth of over $31,000.’
Tuerk reportedly, agreed to pay $150,000 to resolve the allegations under the terms of a settlement reached in November, with the the office of AG Maura Healey.
Tuerk also agreed to implement a multi-year compliance program at his own expense if he continues to practice medicine in Massachusetts after 2019.
‘False billing is a serious issue that hurts people in need of health care,’ says Healey in the statement.
‘It is important that all doctors follow the law, and our office will aggressively pursue those who overbill our health care system.’
A family picture has the husband and wife posing with four youths on Facebook. Kathleen brought three children while Ingolf brought two children into the marriage, but didn’t share any of the children in blended family together
Tuerk also was alleged to have billed MassHealth for office visits that ‘used billing codes indicating he was present or supervising other medical professionals, despite patients only being seen by an unsupervised resident or fellow.’
The hospital’s parent, Steward Medical Group, in a formal statement said the urologist left their services in February – ‘Dr. Tuerk has not seen or treated patients as part of Steward Medical Group for more than a year. He was formally terminated in February,’ said Patrick Lombardo, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
The state Board of Registration in Medicine lists Tuerk’s medical license as active, but subject to restrictions.