High Society Whodunit: Murder in the Hamptons

May 21, 2012
The shocking 2001 murder of investment banker and multimillionaire Ted Ammon was the stuff of TV crime dramas. Ammon was found bludgeoned to death in his East Hampton mansion that he once shared with his estranged wife, Generosa, and their twins. At the time, he and Generosa were going through a bitter divorce, and she was having an affair with electrician Daniel Pelosi, whom she married three months after the murder. Generosa and Pelosi became the prime suspects in Ammon’s murder. In 2003, Generosa died of breast cancer. In 2004, despite no physical evidence against him, Pelosi was found guilty of second-degree murder for the death of Ammon and is currently serving 25 years to life. Now, he claims he is ready to explain what really happened the night of the murder. In a daytime exclusive, Dr. Phil visits the convicted murderer behind bars. Hear why Pelosi says he’s innocent and who he claims was behind the slaying. And, what happened to the home surveillance footage, which may have caught the deadly attack? Plus, don’t miss a bombshell from Generosa's closest friend, and a man who says he heard a confession — but not from Pelosi. Dr. Phil goes behind the headlines in this high-society whodunit!

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Just a Fall Guy?

It’s been more than 11 years since millionaire financier Ted Ammon was brutally bludgeoned to death in his posh, beachfront mansion. The jury took only three days to find Daniel Pelosi guilty. The police investigation found no fingerprints or DNA matching Pelosi, but the prosecution felt the strong circumstantial evidence they had, along with a damaging list of family members, friends and associates who testified against Pelosi, was all they needed to prove he killed Ted Ammon. Dr. Phil sits down with Pelosi in prison to get what he says is the real story about what happened the night Ammon was murdered. Was Pelosi a hired hitman or was he simply the fall guy for the real killers? Plus, in a Dr. Phil exclusive, one of Generosa’s close friends, Beverly, says who she believes was the mastermind behind the whole thing.

“You don’t strike me as someone who could do this and leave zero physical evidence behind.”

“My first thought was she did it. She finally did it.”


What He Saw

Pelosi explains that Generosa once came to his workplace and offered $50,000 to any man who would beat up her husband, or give him “a tune up,” to teach him a lesson. He claims she was upset about Ammon inappropriately touching another woman.

On the night of Ammon’s death, Pelosi says his sister, who had access to the home surveillance feed, called him and said that she saw someone in the Ammon house. Pelosi says he went to her house, watched the surveillance feed and saw Ammon answer the door. He says two men then entered and physically attacked him. But that’s not all Pelosi claims he saw …

“Ted Ammon was killed at 11:53 p.m. How do I know that? Because I saw it.”

What happened to the video surveillance footage?


A Confession?

Chris Parrino was Pelosi’s friend who served six months in jail for involvement in the murder. When asked for a response to Pelosi's claims, Parrino’s attorney sent Dr. Phil a statement: “Mr. Parrino believes that any response to Mr. Pelosi’s outrageous claims are pointless. He is a desperate individual who is destined to spend the rest of his life incarcerated — justifiably.”

Dominick Scalise, an alcohol abuse counselor, met with Pelosi several times a week while he was incarcerated for a probation violation before Ammon’s murder trial. He says he heard a confession — and it wasn’t from Pelosi. For the first time, Scalise breaks his silence.

“‘I had everything to do with this; and don’t worry, everything will be OK.’”

Pelosi doesn’t believe his wife died of breast cancer. What does Beverly think?

There are still many unanswered questions in Ammon's murder, and Daniel Pelosi has filed an appeal. Are there accomplices still walking around who need to be brought to justice? Has somebody gotten away with this tragic crime?