Psychiatrist Pamela Buchbinder convicted a decade after plotting NYC sledgehammer attack

This story beforehand aired on December 2, 2017. It was up to date on November 5, 2022.

To this present day, Jake insists his thoughts was not his personal when he got down to kill Dr. Michael Weiss at his office on Nov. 12, 2012.

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Jake Nolan speaks out to “48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant. 

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Jake Nolan: There’s by no means gonna be a evening I do not go to sleep feeling terrible for what I’ve completed.

Jake Nolan: The knife was in my pocket. And the sledgehammer was over my shoulders … He sees the sledgehammer and prices at me … and I reached for the knife.  … Here I’m with this knife. And the man’s bleeding. And I’m bleeding. And I’m pondering, “Oh my God, this is terrifying.” It’s as if I awoke from a dangerous dream.

After Jake stabbed him, Dr. Weiss fought again furiously. Both males ended up within the hallway of the Manhattan high-rise, the place Weiss additionally lived.

Both males have been rushed to the hospital, the place Jake was positioned below arrest for tried homicide and handcuffed to his mattress.  

In the weeks forward, Jake’s weird story unfolded. His declare: that he had been manipulated to kill by his personal cousin, psychiatrist Dr. Pamela Buchbinder.

Jake Nolan: My expertise with Pamela, trying again, was extremely horrifying, extremely horrifying.

Dr. Michael Weiss
Dr. Michael Weiss

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Jake’s goal that day, Dr. Michael Weiss, was Buchbinder’s ex-boyfriend and one other psychiatrist.

Peter Van Sant: Do you imagine he was brainwashed?

Debbie Nolan: Yes.

Debbie and Jim Nolan, Jake’s dad and mom, are devastated.   

Debbie Nolan: He is principally a actually good child who would not have a imply bone in his physique.

When “48 Hours” met Jake in the summertime of 2016, he appeared rational.

Jake Nolan: I’ve been on meds now for over a year-and-a-half which have lastly labored for me.

But he says that wasn’t at all times the case.  Jake’s dad and mom insist that to grasp how and why their then-20-year-old son might have been conditioned to kill, you need to return to his childhood.

Jim Nolan: Jake was our third and our youngest youngster … He was an absolute delight. He was gifted, he was sensible … he favored to invent issues.

But Jake additionally had issues. By the age of 5, he was identified with ADHD, consideration deficit hyperactivity dysfunction.

Jim Nolan: There was one thing with him that simply … wasn’t the identical as everyone else. And we began to note important adjustments in his persona and his demeanor across the ages of 14, 15.

Peter Van Sant: What did you see?

Jim Nolan: He went by means of these giant temper swings.

Still, Jake had moments of brilliance whereas in highschool in Miami. He made information after he gained a prestigious contest co-inventing a research instrument app for iPhones known as “Flash-Me.”

Jake Nolan: And then a month later, I could not get outta mattress. My dad and mom bribed me with every part to get off the bed. … “Please get out of bed; please get out of bed, Jake.” … “You gotta go to school; please go to school today. Don’t miss another day of school.”

Jake was then identified with despair and nervousness. These episodes worsened to the purpose the place, on the age of 17, Jake threatened to kill himself.

Jim Nolan: He received a butcher knife from downstairs, and he took it upstairs to his room, and he stated he was gonna kill himself. We have been terrified. 

Jake was hospitalized and was additionally identified with bipolar dysfunction.

Psychiatrist Dr. Sasha Bardey evaluated Jake for the protection.

Dr. Sasha Bardey: Bipolar dysfunction is a extreme and persistent psychological sickness that is characterised by extreme temper swings … swings that go from deep, darkish, suicidal depressions to intervals of unbelievable elation … grandiose concepts, poor judgment.

Dr. Sasha Bardey: He’s a mess. He’s such a prisoner of his personal thoughts that he cannot get wherever in life.

Jake Nolan: There’s not a day that goes by that I do not consider killing myself.

Jake Nolan: I’ve tried strangling myself, drowning myself, overdosing on medicine.

By the time Jake was in faculty, docs had prescribed some 30 medicines to deal with him — with little success.

Peter Van Sant: Some of those medicines … change brain chemistry, do they not?

Dr. Sasha Bardey: Well, these are highly effective psychotropic medicines. His dysfunction, his issues have been so profound … generally he is taking 4, 5, six medicines directly.

Jake admits he was additionally doing unlawful medicine and ingesting, barely making it to class. The Nolans thought their prayers had been answered when Dr. Pamela Buchbinder – Debbie’s niece — supplied to assist.

Debbie Nolan: So, we thought this was nice. I adored Pam.

Peter Van Sant: You trusted her.

Debbie Nolan: I trusted her with my most prized possession, my youngster.

The plan: Jake would stay part-time with Buchbinder in her Manhattan house. She would give him remedy classes and monitor his meds. In return, she proposed he assist maintain her then-4-year-old son, Calder, despite Jake’s psychological sickness.

Jake Nolan and and Dr. Pamela Buchbinder
Jake Nolan and his cousin, Dr. Pamela Buchbinder

Jake Nolan: Pamela and I had shaped a relationship after I was actually younger. This is my cousin. This is somebody I actually knew. … And I entrust every part into this one lady. I imply, this lady is gonna save my life.

By all accounts, the plan gave the impression to be working.

Debbie Nolan: I assumed he was very comfortable. And I assumed he was fairly secure.

Peter Van Sant: So, you guys should’ve felt every part’s coming collectively right here?

Jim Nolan: Thank you.

Peter Van Sant: Finally.

Jim Nolan: Thank you. Right.

But the Nolans now say sending their son to stay with Pamela Buchbinder was the most important mistake they’ve ever made. 

Debbie Nolan

: It’s a whole horrible nightmare


When Jake Nolan went to stay along with his psychiatrist cousin, Dr. Pamela Buchbinder, he had no concept he’d find yourself on the entrance strains of a bodily and psychological struggle. 

Reporter Rebecca Rosenberg has lined the case for The New York Post.

Rebecca Rosenberg: The relationship between Dr. Buchbinder and Dr. Weiss was very poisonous from the outset. … The relationship was on once more, off once more. … There have been allegations of home violence on each side.

Roland Acevedo is an lawyer for Dr. Michael Weiss. 

Roland Acevedo: It positively received bodily.

Peter Van Sant: Is it true that Pam as soon as attacked Michael with damaged glass?

Roland Acevedo: She was arrested and charged with an assault … He obtained stitches … I imply, there’s bodily proof that he was attacked.

Peter Van Sant: Is it true that Michael Weiss has additionally been arrested in the middle of this struggle with Pam?

Dr. Michael Weiss and Dr. Pamela Buchbinder
Dr. Michael Weiss and Dr. Pamela Buchbinder

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Roland Acevedo: Yes … Pamela contended that Michael threatened her or tried to assault her.

In every incident, the fees have been dismissed.  But the struggle of the psychiatrists moved onto one other battlefield, the courtroom, as Buchbinder and Weiss fought over the custody of their son. 

Peter Van Sant: These are two psychiatrists. Couldn’t they speak it out?

Roland Acevedo: There was no communication.

But again in the course of the occasions when he and Pamela have been speaking huge time, Michael Weiss attended household events, together with Jake’s bar mitzvah. 

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Pamela Buchbinder and Michael Weiss seen in video from Jake Nolan’s bar mitzvah.

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MICHAEL WEISS (bar mitzvah video): Pamela and I simply wish to want you congratulations in your bar mitzvah, um we’re each so comfortable for you.

PAMELA BUCHBINDER (bar mitzvah video ): We have been impressed by the entire speeches about alternative and allure and character and we expect you might have all of them.

And that makes it much more unbelievable that Jake would goal him.

Jake Nolan: This is a man who revered me and who I revered tremendously.

Weiss and Buchbinder by no means married, and broke up for good quickly after their son, Calder, was born.  When Calder was 4, Buchbinder requested Jake to be her kid’s godfather — shortly earlier than she took Jake in.  Jake’s mom is satisfied that’s when Buchbinder started to govern his thoughts.  

Debbie Nolan: Jake had been feeling so dangerous about himself. And right here, all of a sudden … “I’m so important to Calder. Everything I do has to be right.”

Jake Nolan: This was a child that I cherished greater than life.

Defense psychiatrist Dr. Sasha Bardey says Buchbinder knew methods to give Jake the life he craved.

Dr. Sasha Bardey: Jake desires a regular life … he desires to be a profitable, revered household man with a nuclear household … and a comfortable life.

Peter Van Sant: There’s a {photograph} of the three of you in mattress, principally in your underwear. What ought to we take from that image?

Jake Nolan: I assume that simply goes to indicate you the extent of consolation that I actually felt there. … It was commonplace within the morning … for her to ask me into mattress … with Calder and I, and to share that acquainted second, you already know, actually really feel like a household collectively.

Jake Nolan and Dr. Pamela Buchbinder in her bed
  Jake Nolan and Pamela Buchbinder

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But Dr. Bardey finds the pictures deeply troubling.

Dr. Sasha Bardey: When you assume that you just’re seeing footage of, primarily, a affected person and his psychiatrist … it is actually horrific. It’s actually creepy.

Just as troubling for Jake’s household have been textual content messages found on his mobile phone.  

Peter Van Sant: Let me learn to you a few of the texts that Pam Buchbinder despatched to Jake. “You’re just the most fun person to love!” “You’re so beautiful.”  … She’d name him “Lovey … Sweet J.” “You are remarkable. You are brilliant. I have so many thoughts about you.”

Jim Nolan: Well, that is nearly sickening. And there was by no means any romantic or sexual relationship ever between these two folks. So, what that is, is all psychological manipulation.

Peter Van Sant: “I miss you terribly,” she would say whenever you have been away.  That sounds romantic.

Jake Nolan: You know, it does. I do not know what her intentions have been. To this present day I would not have the ability to inform you.

And as Pamela Buchbinder was apparently constructing Jake up, he says she was tearing Michael Weiss aside, claiming Weiss was refusing to pay Calder’s youngster help — and worse.   

Jake Nolan: She had me satisfied … that he was being molested at his father’s residence.

Peter Van Sant: And what number of occasions did she say this? Was this repeated time and again?

Jake Nolan: Oh, this was daily.

Peter Van Sant: Has Michael Weiss ever, ever abused his son in any approach?

Roland Acevedo: Absolutely not. Michael worships that youngster.

Peter Van Sant: Jake, what actual proof did you might have that Michael was sexually abusing his son?

Jake Nolan: There was no proof.

But on the time, Jake says, that is how Buchbinder was capable of pull him into the plot to kill Michael Weiss. 

Dr. Sasha Bardey: Part of the indoctrination course of was to get Jake to take part in creating the plan.

And the plan, when you imagine Jake, was horrific. 

Jake Nolan: Pamela was decided for me to, you already know, torture Michael earlier than killing him.

Jake Nolan: She wished me to inject him with some, you already know, toxic chemical compounds … She wished to burn him alive in entrance of a group of individuals.

Jake’s story is dramatic, however is it true?  Dr. Pamela Buchbinder wouldn’t communicate to “48 Hours.” She has not been arrested or charged with any crime. But Michael Weiss is suing her for the attack. And in court docket papers she calls the claims in opposition to her “utterly baseless” and states, “I never asked Mr. Nolan to attack or harm Mr. Weiss.”

Rebecca Rosenberg: Dr. Buchbinder additionally claims that there isn’t any smoking gun right here. There’s no proof of emails or textual content messages that present that she and Jake plotted this collectively.

Jake Nolan: You cannot deny the footage that exhibits her in Home Depot shopping for a sledgehammer.

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Surveillance video of Dr. Pamela Buchbinder and Jake Nolan, higher proper, at a New York City Home Depot on Nov. 11, 2012.

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Her attorneys wouldn’t touch upon why Dr. Pamela Buchbinder purchased that sledgehammer.  But Jake insists the surveillance video at a Home Depot in New York City proves his claims. Buchbinder is seen standing subsequent to him paying for the very instrument that police would discover the following morning on the ground of Michael Weiss’ office. 

Peter Van Sant: Jake there isn’t any one that basically disputes that you just endure from psychological sickness. But might you might have one other drawback as nicely? Could you be a sociopath?

Jake Nolan: No, I couldn’t. Had I by no means met Pamela Buchbinder this would not be my story.


As Jake Nolan’s eyes opened on the morning of Nov. 12, 2012 — the day he was imagined to kill Michael Weiss — he says he wasn’t alone.

Jake Nolan: Pamela was there in mattress … rubbing my again, telling me how a lot she cherished me — that I used to be a savior. That I used to be the best individual ever. That nobody else understood her.

Just the evening earlier than, Pamela Buchbinder had purchased a sledgehammer at a Home Depot in New York —

Jake Nolan: That is Pamela Buchbinder paying for the sledgehammer. She’s proper there. She has money in her hand,” Jake said of the store surveillance video.

— with plans, Jake claims, of having him bash her ex-boyfriend in the head.

Jake Nolan: You know, I intended to kill him.

Jake says that Buchbinder’s lovey-dovey mood quickly changed as she allegedly packed a duffel bag with weapons.  

Jake Nolan: She was hysterical, crying tears as she put the sledgehammer into a duffel bag with the kitchen knife.

Peter Van Sant: Like she’s packing a bag to head off to school, except this is to head off to a murder?

Jake Nolan: Exactly.

And there was one more item that was vital to the scheme.

Jake Nolan: The night before, she had provided me with the map … and how to get into his apartment. She handed me that.    

Dr. Buchbinder's hand-drawn map
Dr. Buchbinder’s hand-drawn map 

The map, which Buchbinder drew herself, confirmed the a number of entrances of Michael Weiss’ constructing. 

Peter Van Sant: Do you imagine, primarily, this was a battle plan map?

Roland Acevedo | Dr. Weiss’ lawyer: I imagine it was a map that Jake was offered to permit him to get entry to Dr. Weiss’ house with out going by means of the traditional safety measures.

Buchbinder says she by no means gave Jake the knife and that the map was given to Jake to assist look after Calder.

Rebecca Rosenberg: It had the daycare the place he was going, it had Dr. Weiss’ constructing.

Jake says Buchbinder stated goodbye that morning with only one aim in thoughts. 

Jake Nolan: “Today is the day. Life is gonna be so much better after Michael is” — she used the phrase “terminated,” “after Michael is terminated.”

Clutching that hand-drawn map, Jake headed to Weiss’ midtown Manhattan high-rise.

Rebecca Rosenberg: He sort of scoped out the constructing on totally different sides. It had two separate entrances. … Entered by means of the business entrance.

Jacob Nolan surveillance video
Jake Nolan seen on surveillance as he made his approach in the direction of the office of Dr. Michael Weiss on Nov. 12, 2012.

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Jake signed in, writing that he was heading to a tutoring heart within the constructing known as “Bright Kids.” It was marked on the map. He did not even trouble utilizing an alias.

Jake Nolan: I signed in with my very own identify. Remember, I used to be keen to die for this lady. I wasn’t making an attempt to cover something.

Jake went straight to the twelfth flooring and walked in on Weiss in the course of a session. Jake left the office and waited in a stairwell whereas Weiss completed with the affected person.

Peter Van Sant: What are you pondering to your self? What’s going by means of your head?

Jake Nolan: I feel I used to be actually nervous. I feel I wished to again out. But I did not have the means to do it. ‘Cause I could not return to Pamela with out this completed. … I felt like I had no selection.

After the affected person left, Jake requested Weiss for some monetary kinds for Calder’s college. Buchbinder claims selecting up these kinds was the one purpose Jake was there. But Jake says it was all a ruse to distract Weiss whereas Jake went to the restroom to organize.

Jake Nolan: I grabbed the sledgehammer. I put the knife in my pocket. From right here on out, it is — it is — I keep in mind bits and items. 

But in response to Michael Weiss’ lawyer, Weiss remembers all of it too nicely.

Roland Acevedo: Jake got here out of the toilet in Michael’s office and hit him with a sledgehammer.

Weiss managed to duck simply in time, lacking the total brunt of the 10-pound instrument. Still, the sledgehammer made contact along with his shoulder. That’s when Weiss says Jake reached for the knife.

Jake Nolan: That’s after I first stab Michael Weiss. And then from there on out, it was simply — it was a struggle.

Roland Acevedo: He stabbed Michael seven or eight occasions in varied locations — the abdomen, the again, the chest.

Weiss, who’s 6’3″ and 205 pounds, managed to overpower Jake.

Jake Nolan: On the ground, standing up. You know, I got stabbed multiple times. I thought that someone was bound to die.

911 calls report NYC sledgehammer attack


The two males stumbled into the hallway the place neighbors heard the commotion:

911 OPERATOR: 911, the place’s emergency? 

CALLER: There’s a man screaming like loopy for assist. I feel it is a psychologist who might need had a shopper who went nuts. 


911 OPERATOR: Good morning, Manhattan caller. … Patient respiratory? 

CALLER: Yeah, however they received a lot of blood, they’re shedding a lot of blood.

Then, as he sat on the ground bleeding, Jake lifted his mobile phone and took that selfie.

As each injured males waited for assist to reach, Jake Nolan snapped this selfie.

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Rebecca Rosenberg: What was so odd about that is he did not attempt to flee … Jake Nolan begins snapping selfies of himself lined in blood. … I imply, who might snap a selfie proper after they tried to homicide somebody?

Peter Van Sant: Why did you’re taking a selfie?

Jake Nolan: You know, we have been sitting proper subsequent to one another. And I used to be reporting again to Pamela. Like, “What do I do next?”

Jake says Buchbinder did not reply. A short while later on the hospital, Jake tried texting her once more. 

Peter Van Sant (studying textual content aloud to Jake): This is what you wrote. “In hospital. Please come. Michael bleeding badly. Same. I walked into office. He stabbed me with my knife. In the heart.”

This time, Buchbinder answered with a single phrase: “Where?”

Jake Nolan: There was no plan for after the attack. I feel it was Pamela’s plan to simply dismiss me, and, like, “Oh, well, he tried to kill him. He lost. You know — try again later.” I actually imagine it is her plan to strive once more later.

Hospital data say Jake was in a manic state after the attack. Buchbinder finally confirmed up on the ER however was not allowed to see Jake.

Jake Nolan: I used to be in full-blown psychotic episode. I used to be closely medicated on morphine.

Michael Weiss suffered a number of cuts to his higher torso and legs. He was stitched up and launched from the hospital. Jake was nonetheless recovering from his personal wounds to his chest and hand when the fact of his arrest for tried homicide hit him.


After his arrest for tried homicide, Jake Nolan spent 4 days recovering within the hospital.  He then appeared earlier than a decide and was freed on $200,000 bail pending trial. Nolan was allowed to fly residence to stay along with his dad and mom outdoors of Miami.

Peter Van Sant:  What would you might have stated to Calder in the future, if he requested you, ‘Why did you kill my father?'” 

Jake Nolan: I don’t know. … I gave everything for this child. I was willing to kill someone for this child. That alone can only show how sorry I feel when he finds out about this later on in life.

But what of Pamela Buchbinder?  Soon after the attack, Michael sued for custody of their son, claming Pamela was the mastermind. A family court judge considered the evidence in that case, including the Home Depot images, and granted Michael Weiss full custody of Calder and barred Pamela from any contact for five years.

Dr. Pamela Buchbinder
Dr. Pamela Buchbinder

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Roland Acevedo: The proof confirmed, and the household court docket agreed, that Pamela was concerned within the plan or plot to attack and kill Michael.

Despite the proof offered in household court docket – Pamela was nonetheless not criminally charged within the attack. Why not?  The district lawyer’s office wouldn’t remark.  But Michael Weiss’ lawyer thinks a part of the issue is the important thing accuser on this case.

Roland Acevedo: Jacob, as a result of he contends that he has this historical past of psychological sickness, is maybe not probably the most dependable witness for the prosecution.

Jake spent a lot of his time awaiting trial out and in of therapy facilities for each his psychological issues and drug and alcohol addictions. Despite these efforts, his life nearly got here to a tragic finish in May 2015.

Jacob Nolan in a coma
In May 2015, Jake Nolan ended up in a coma after poisoning himself.

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Peter Van Sant (holding photograph):  What occurred that prompted you to be on this hospital mattress?

Jake Nolan:  I attempted to kill myself. I attempted to take my very own life.

This time, Jake ended up in a coma after poisoning himself.

Debbie Nolan: This was in all probability the worst day of my life … Because they instructed us they did not assume Jake was going to make it.

Finally, in March 2016, three-and-a-half years after the attack, Jake’s trial will get underway in New York.

Rebecca Rosenberg | Reporter: The prosecution portrayed Jake as sort of a spoiled wealthy child.

It was simply certainly one of many challenges for the protection.

Rebecca Rosenberg: Jake Nolan was a very unreliable narrator of this occasion.  

Jacob Nolan in court
Jacob Nolan in court docket.

Steven Hirsch

For one factor, it wasn’t till weeks after the attack that Jake claimed Pamela had manipulated him. Another drawback —

Rebecca Rosenberg: He gave no less than three totally different variations of what occurred … Each was meant to cast him in probably the most harmless mild attainable.

In one model, Jake tried to place the blame on Michael Weiss.

Rebecca Rosenberg: When the primary responders confirmed up, he instantly pointed the finger at Dr. Weiss and stated, “He stabbed me.”

In one other account, Jake instructed investigators he by no means swung the sledgehammer.

Jake Nolan:  This was a huge hammer. I could not even raise the factor up.

Jake claims he’d solely introduced the sledgehammer and knife as a result of he was afraid of Weiss Perhaps most beautiful of all — a third model.

Rebecca Rosenberg: He claims that Dr. Weiss pulled the sledgehammer out of his bag and attacked him first with it. So that basically would not make any sense. I imply, how would Dr. Weiss even know that the sledgehammer’s within the bag?

Jake has stated he had been satisfied the attack on Weiss was the one technique to save Calder. But at trial, prosecutors hinted at one other motive. Michael Weiss had taken out a $1.5 million life insurance coverage coverage.

Roland Acevedo: The beneficiary was his son who, in all probability on the time, was 3 or 4 years previous.

But there was a catch. Just three days earlier than the attack, Weiss agreed to make Pamela the coverage’s irrevocable trustee.

Peter Van Sant:  What does that imply in English? 

Roland Acevedo: Irrevocable means cannot be taken again.

Peter Van Sant: So, if Michael dies —

Roland Acevedo:  If Michael handed away, the kid would get the $1.5 million. But she can be the person who managed the money for the kid.

Jake insisted he had no clue earlier than the attack that money might have been concerned.

Jake Nolan:  I had no concept. Pamela by no means talked about that to me.

But probably the most damning proof got here from Jake himself. The prosecution’s psychiatrist interviewed Jake earlier than trial and clips from the examination have been performed to jurors.  In one, a shockingly frank dialogue about one other merchandise Pamela purchased at Home Depot.    

Dr. Hershberger: What have been the zip ties for?

Jake Nolan: She wished me to love torture Michael, um, which I did not inform her, however I wasn’t down to do this. 

Dr. Hershberger: So you have been right down to kill, however not torture.

Jake Nolan: Yeah.

Dr. Hershberger: OK. What did she need you to do to him to torture him?

Jake Nolan: She wished me to chop off his b—s, she stated.

Dr. Hershberger: That was a line too far for you?

Jake Nolan: Yeah.

Dr. Hershberger: How come?

Jake Nolan: I do not know. I’d by no means harm anybody earlier than.

The prosecution noticed this as a beautiful admission. On tape no less than, it seems Jake was a keen participant in planning the attack and will draw a line when he wished to.

Rebecca Rosenberg: The crux of the prosecution’s argument right here is that … This will not be some babbling fool that did not know which approach was up.

Jake Nolan: I feel I used to be in management— as much as a diploma.  But the deal was to kill Michael Weiss. The deal wasn’t to torture Michael Weiss.

It would possibly appear to be Jake is splitting hairs, however certainly one of Jake’s legal professionals, Steven Brounstein, says that is precisely how Jake’s thoughts was working. In truth, it is why he and his authorized group argue a dangerous protection – “diminished capacity.”

Steven Brounstein: You’re gonna need to admit that your shopper did the crime. But his capability to determine the intent, the motive to commit that crime, he lacked. And subsequently, must be discovered not responsible.

Dr. Sasha Bardey: I perceive that the prosecution feels that clearly Jake by no means had a gun to his head. … In my opinion, psychologically talking, he did.

Dr. Sasha Bardey, who testified for the protection at trial, says Pamela had changed Jake’s free will together with her personal. 

Dr. Sasha Bardey:  It’s very very similar to a cult the place there’s a shaping of the individual’s thought processes to fulfill the cult’s beliefs. … It’s a small cult. It has two folks in it. There’s the cult chief, Pamela Buchbinder, and the cult member, Jake Nolan.

Jake by no means takes the stand.  Pamela Buchbinder by no means even set foot within the courtroom.  Neither facet known as her to testify.

In March 2016, after a two-week trial, the jury started its deliberations.  In lower than an hour —

Jim Nolan: The jury comes again.  “We have reached a verdict. Guilty.”

Jake Nolan walking to court in the rain
Jake Nolan was discovered responsible of tried homicide and later sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail.

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Guilty of tried homicide.

Jake Nolan:  It’s unjust.  I’m no hurt to society.

And a little over three months later, the decide describes the attack as “an act of extreme brutality and violence” and sentences Jake Nolan to nine-and-a-half years in jail.

Debbie Nolan: You’re in simply such shock. 

James Nolan:  It was like anyone simply crushed me from prime to backside, simply completely took my coronary heart proper out of me.

And what of Michael Weiss? The man Jake Nolan would have killed if the homicide plot had succeeded?

Roland Acevedo:  He’s been traumatized by all this.

Jake Nolan:  I do know what I did was very severe. … But there’s additionally one other social gathering that should take accountability, too.

Peter Van Sant: And that individual is?

Jake Nolan:  Pamela Buchbinder.

And her function on this sordid case is about to take a dramatic flip.


Pamela Buchbinder, probably the most talked about lady throughout Jake Nolan’s trial, had at all times managed to elude the general public. But “48 Hours” caught up with Buchbinder about 4 months after Nolan was sentenced.

“48 Hours” correspondent Peter Van Sant makes an attempt to talk with Dr. Pamela Buchbinder.

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Peter Van Sant:  I’ve a easy question.  Why did you purchase that sledgehammer?

Attorney: You know what –

Peter Van Sant:  You can answer that question.  Were you going to do some residence enchancment?  Or have been you shopping for a homicide weapon?

Attorney (places her hand as much as block digital camera lens): Out of her face!

Gilad Thaler | CBS News cameraman: You cannot contact my digital camera!

Attorney: I can contact your digital camera — get it out of her face!

Peter Van Sant:  Pamela, you possibly can answer that question.

But, on October 19, 2017, nearly 5 years after Michael Weiss was attacked, the regulation lastly caught up with Dr. Pamela Buchbinder.

Dr. Pamela Buchbinder was arrested on October 19, 2017 —  nearly 5 years after Michael Weiss was attacked.

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Buchbinder was arrested at a good friend’s home outdoors Syracuse, New York.  She was charged with second-degree tried homicide and first-degree tried assault. The Manhattan district lawyer accused Buchbinder of masterminding the plot to ship Jake Nolan to homicide her ex-boyfriend—and the daddy of her son—Michael Weiss.

PAMELA BUCHBINDER (to reporters outdoors the courthouse): My identify is Pamela and I’m not responsible.

At the time, Jake Nolan wouldn’t touch upon Pamela Buchbinder’s arrest, however Michael Weiss’s lawyer did.

Roland Acevedo: I used to be not stunned when she was indicted and arrested.  The prosecutor’s office stated months in the past in the course of the Nolan trial that they thought she was concerned.  And I feel the proof in opposition to her is critical.

Pamela Buchbinder employed two prime New York protection attorneys, Ronald Fishetti and Eric Franz.

RONALD FISHETTI (to reporters): Pamela is harmless.  I’m telling you that.

ERIC FRANZ (to reporters): Pamela Buchbinder had nothing to do with that.

They say that video of Pamela shopping for that sledgehammer is simply a sideshow.

Eric Franz: Pamela Buchbinder is an informed psychiatrist not Wile E. Coyote.  OK?  She did not plan to orchestrate a homicide with a sledgehammer that the person could not choose up.

Buchbinder’s attorneys argued earlier than two judges that their shopper must be granted bail, and her household supplied to place up a $1.5 million bond to ensure she would not run off. This, although when she was arrested, she had in her possession, her passport, beginning certificates and her son Calder’s expired passport.

Eric Franz: The complete world … has fallen on this lady periodically, methodically over the past 5 years. And what did she do? She engaged counsel, she engaged a bondsman; she stayed round and made no makes an attempt to flee.

Her attorneys contend that the case has primarily been solved, and that Jake Nolan is the only perpetrator.

Ron Fischetti: He admitted every part.

Peter Van Sant: When you walked into Dr. Michael Weiss’ office with that duffle bag, with the weapons that have been inside, what did you plan to do? 

Jake Nolan: You know, I supposed to kill him.

Buchbinder’s authorized group later pointed to what they are saying is an incriminating new piece of proof discovered buried of their authorized file — a word allegedly written by Jake Nolan to his mom Debbie after the attack in 2012 as he recovered within the hospital. It reads: “Pamela has nothing to do with this.”

Eric Franz: This man acted utterly on his personal. …  So, it is a very, very essential piece of proof.

Remember, Jake’s protection group stated he wrote this letter whereas he was in what his docs known as a “manic state” and closely medicated.

Roland Acecedo: That word … in all probability cannot be admitted into proof in any occasion as a result of it is rumour.

After the decide heard these arguments, he refused to grant Pamela Buchbinder bail.  She was ordered held in New York’s infamous Rikers Island jail, the place she remained for 5 years, by means of authorized wrangling and the pandemic. Then, on September 7, 2022, in a pre-trial listening to, she made a beautiful announcement. She accepted a deal to spend 11 years in jail, in trade for pleading responsible to tried assault and a lesser cost in reference to Dr. Weiss’s attack, seemingly bringing her case to a shut.

But only one month later, Pamela turned her routine sentencing on its head, together with her legal professionals telling Judge Farber that she wished to withdraw her plea. She claimed on the day she agreed to the deal, she was uncovered to Mace on Rikers Island, she didn’t take her remedy, and he or she inadvertently received a contact excessive when somebody was smoking medicine on her bus experience to court docket.

But Judge Thomas Farber would have none of it. He ordered the plea deal to face, and the sentencing to proceed.

Dr. Weiss confirmed as much as make a sufferer’s influence assertion. He didn’t wish to be recorded whereas he learn his remarks, telling the court docket that he suffers from “PTSD,” and that he believes Buchbinder has a lot “hatred” for him, that she’s going to “do anything in her power to harm” him, even after she is launched from jail.

Prosecutor Joel Seidemann was subsequent, and he didn’t maintain again.

DA JOEL SEIDEMANN: I feel it is necessary to make the document … the defendant tried to have Dr. Michael Weiss murdered. … She hated his guts. She sought to destroy him due to their failed relationship. She stood to manage $1.5 million in life insurance coverage on his life within the identify of his son.

Buchbinder’s lawyer had heard sufficient.

ERIC FRANZ: Objection, Your Honor. It’s nothing to do with the underlying allegations on this case. It’s a sentencing, not a lynching.

JUDGE FARBER: I perceive, Mr. — Mr. Franz, however I do not management what the DA says at sentencing.

And Seidemann saved going.

DA JOEL SEIDEMANN: She’s on video. All of her genius when it comes to educational genius did not imply that she might outwit the NYPD, who instantly went to Home Depot once they noticed the sledgehammer. And they knew the place it got here from. And she despatched Jacob Nolan with a map.

Buchbinder’s lawyer lastly had his probability to talk.

ERIC FRANZ: Well, that was a somewhat disagreeable expertise following a negotiated disposition. …The backside line is her pleading responsible will not be a license to step on her throat (stomps) and simply say no matter you need … That’s an injustice. She stands prepared for sentence, Your Honor.

JUDGE FARBER: Ms. Buchbinder, you possibly can communicate when you want to, you do not have to. 

She was transient.

PAMELA BUCHBINDER:  If there was one true assertion Mr. Seidemann stated, I missed it.

Judge Farber had the ultimate say.

JUDGE FARBER: There may be little question that when you plot to bash anyone’s head in with a sledgehammer that the intent is to trigger his loss of life.

He then reminded everybody that he presided over Jacob Nolan’s trial again in 2017.

JUDGE FARBER The compelling and highly effective proof at that trial supported Mr. Nolan’s account that Ms. Buchbinder deliberate to brutally homicide Dr. Weiss.

Pamela Buchbinder sentencing
In 2017, Pamela Buchbinder was charged with second-degree tried homicide and first-degree tried assault. In 2022, she accepted a deal to spend 11 years in jail, in trade for pleading responsible to tried assault and a lesser cost in reference to Dr. Weiss’s attack.

Murray Weiss

Farber then sentenced Buchbinder to serve 11 years in jail, and he additionally issued an order of safety for Dr. Weiss.

And simply earlier than officers took Buchbinder away, she turned to her household and buddies, who blew kisses at her.

Defense lawyer Monica Nejathaim says that in 2027, Pamela Buchbinder shall be free to begin her life over – and even attain out to her son. 

Monica Nejathaim: There is not any question about her love for her son.

Produced by Clare Friedland, Susan Mallie and Chris Young Ritzen. Ryan Smith is the sector producer. Mead Stone is the producer-editor. Doreen Schechter, Diana Modica and Joan Adelman are the editors. Judy Tygard is the senior producer. Susan Zirinsky is the senior government producer.  

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