Kol­man opens up in ‘Date­line’ in­ter­view

For­mer Nunez’ lover still be­lieves ac­quit­ted den­tist killed hus­band

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KINGSTON >> “I had a real life and I had a fan­tasy life.”

Those were the words Linda Kol­man used to de­scribe the life she led for 11 months as the wife of one man and the lover of an­other.

Kol­man re­vealed the in­ti­mate de­tails of her af­fair with Kingston den­tist Gil­berto Nunez and the price she says she con­tin­ues to pay for that de­ci­sion in an in­ter­view with “Date­line NBC” cor­re­spon­dent An­drea Can­ning for an episode en­ti­tled “The Good Hus­band.”

The seg­ment aired Fri­day eve-

ning.

She cried when asked if she felt guilt over the death of her hus­band, Thomas Kol­man, say­ing “every minute of every day.”

And she apol­o­gized to the par­ents of her late hus­band for the af­fair that she says she be­lieves led to the death of her hus­band, say­ing “I’m re­ally sorry and ... I un­der­stand why they hate me. I to­tally un­der­stand it. I live with those feel­ings about my­self every day.

Kol­man, 44, was found dead in his car in the park­ing lot of Planet Fit­ness, in the town of Ul­ster, on Nov. 29, 2011. More than four years af­ter Kol­man’s death, po­lice charged Nunez with mur­der, claim­ing the den­tist poi­soned Kol­man with mi­da­zo­lam, a den­tal seda­tive, be­cause he wanted Linda Kol­man to him­self.

In June, a jury ac­quit­ted Nunez of sec­ond de­gree mur­der for Kol­man’s death.

In mid-Septem­ber, Nunez ap­peared on a “48 Hours” episode on CBS in which he de­clared his in­no­cence in Kol­man’s death and sug­gested po­lice might have tried to frame him by delet­ing dozens of text mes­sages be­tween the two men.

But Linda Kol­man said she re­mains con­vinced that the man she once loved is a “mas­ter ma­nip­u­la­tor” who killed her hus­band of more than a decade be­cause she wouldn’t leave her mar­riage.

“The man I see now has a cold dead heart who doesn’t care about any­one but him­self,” she said to Can­ning.

In the two hour-long episode, Linda Kol­man of­fered de­tails of the love tri­an­gle she cre­ated, as the show laid out for view­ers the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing Kol­man’s death us­ing pho­tos, video, and other ev­i­dence pre­sented to ju­rors at trial, as well as in­ter­views with de­tec­tives who in­ves­ti­gated Kol­man’s death, Kol­man’s par­ents, daugh­ter, exwife, and ju­rors who sat on the trial.

Linda Kol­man said she first met Nunez in 2009 at their chil­dren’s kinder­garten ori­en­ta­tion and said the two quickly be­came friends and, then, lovers.

Laugh­ing, she said she didn’t find Nunez par­tic­u­larly hand­some, but said “he had a way about him. He had a very smooth, I want to say al­most sexy way about him.”

“His per­son­al­ity was suck­ing me in,” she said.

The two would of­ten meet at their chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, she said, and she and her hus­band even­tu­ally be­came friends with Nunez.

She said she and Nunez took their re­la­tion­ship be­yond friend­ship when she went to his Wash­ing­ton Av­enue of­fice for den­tal work. As she sat in the chair, she said, Nunez kissed her — pas­sion­ately — and it “blew me away.”

“That fact that this den­tist, this smart guy, this, you know, smooth guy who seems to have ev­ery­thing, would even want to kiss me or choose me, like I just don’t think of my­self as some­one ... why would he be in­ter­ested in me?”

She said that, af­ter that in­ci­dent, the two be­gan car­ry­ing on a sex­ual af­fair dur­ing her lunch hour and that, although she still loved her hus­band, she found her­self fall­ing in love with Nunez, too.

“I loved them both,” she said.

Kol­man told Can­ning, as she had tes­ti­fied in court, that by the end of 2011, she re­al­ized the af­fair was “stupid and fool­ish and ridicu­lous and I didn’t want to do it any­more” and de­cided to break it off with Nunez to fo­cus on re­pair­ing her mar­riage. But, she said, she told Nunez she was leav­ing her hus­band for him be­cause she was afraid Nunez would kill him­self.

“I was string­ing him along,” she said. “We were play­ing his game so he wouldn’t kill him­self over the hol­i­days. It was just a dirty, stupid game.”

Still, Kol­man said, when po­lice first ap­proached her with their sus­pi­cions about Nunez, she re­fused to be­lieve them. But as in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­gan to lay out their case for her, she came to be­lieve that Nunez, the man she once loved, did take away the man she de­scribed as the love of her life.

“He is a mas­ter ma­nip­u­la­tor, he lives to ma­nip­u­late,” she said. “I was glad to see him ex­posed for be­ing what he truly was,” she said call­ing him a “so­ciopath.”

Nunez de­clined to be in­ter­viewed for the Date­line episode, Can­ning said.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED BY ‘DATE­LINE’

Linda Kol­man in­ter­viewed on ‘Date­line NBC.’

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