Woman who had affair with dentist Nunez appears Friday night on NBC’s ‘Dateline’
KINGSTON >> Linda Kolman, the woman at the center of the love triangle that led to the murder trial of Gilberto Nunez, tells all in a two-hour “Dateline” special this week.
In her first interview since the death of her husband, Thomas, Kolman will divulge intimate details about her affair with Kingston dentist Nunez and talk about living with the guilt she said came from believing her actions might have led to her husband’s death.
The “Dateline” episode, called “The Good Husband,” is to air at 9 p.m. Friday on NBC.
“It’s one of the most fascinating ‘Datelines’ I’ve ever done because of Linda Kolman, because of how open and honest she was,” said “Dateline” correspondent Andrea Canning. “Nothing was off limits. She gets pretty private.”
Canning, who spent hours with Kolman, said Kolman talked about what prompted her to stray from a stable rela-
tionship with a good and loyal husband into the arms of another man.
And she talked about balancing the two relationships, her husband’s seeming acceptance of her affair and the regret she lives with every day, Canning said.
“She says she lives with that mistake every day,” the correspondent said. “She is the grieving widow, but she also feels she is in this position because of something she did.”
Thomas Kolman, 44, of Saugerties, was found dead in his car on Nov. 29, 2011, in the parking lot outside the Planet Fitness gym at Dena Marie Plaza in the town of Ulster.
Nearly four years later, in October 2015, Nunez, a Poughkeepsie resident with a dental practice on Washington Avenue in Kingston, was charged with second-degree murder for Kolman’s death.
Authorities alleged Nunez poisoned Kolman
Canning said the two-hour “Dateline” episode will walk viewers through the marriage of Thomas and Linda Kolman, the affair between Mrs. Kolman and Nunez, Thomas Kolman’s death, the investigation and the murder trial.
with the medical sedative midazolam so the dentist could have Linda Kolman to himself. Nunez’s defense team said Nunez and Thomas Kolman were best friends and that the dentist had nothing to do with the man’s death.
Nunez was acquitted of murder on June 14 by an Ulster County Court jury that deliberated for only six hours. Jurors interviewed afterward said there simply was not enough evidence to convict him.
Nunez appeared on CBS’ “48 Hours” in mid-September, declaring his innocence in Kolman’s death and suggesting police might have tried to frame him by deleting dozens of text messages between the two men.
Despite the murder acquittal, Linda Kolman remains convinced of Nunez’s guilt, Canning said.
“Linda feels Gilberto Nunez has ruined many lives because, in her words, ‘of his actions,’” she said.
Canning said the twohour “Dateline” episode will walk viewers through the marriage of Thomas and Linda Kolman, the affair between Mrs. Kolman and Nunez, Thomas Kolman’s death, the investigation and the murder trial. It also will explore Nunez’s recent convictions for fraud and larceny in connection with an insurance claim he filed following a 2014 fire in a Kingston building he owned next to his dental office.
In that case, Nunez was convicted of one count of grand larceny, one count of insurance fraud and five counts of falsifying business records, all felonies. At the murder trial, though acquitted of killing Thomas Kolman, Nunez was convicted of two felony counts of possession of a forged instrument for having a fake CIA identification card on his computer and for giving Linda Kolman a letter purporting to be from a CIA agent.
Nunez, who is free on bail, is to stand trial for a third time later this month on charges of perjury, offering a false instrument for filing and making an apparently false sworn statement in connection to allegedly filing false information while applying for a pistol permit. Jury selection in that case is scheduled for Nov. 14.
He will be sentenced for all of his convictions after the third trial concludes.
Linda Kolman is shown during her “Dateline” interview, which is to air Friday night on NBC.