Daniel Pelosi, an electrician from a blue-collar neighborhood, couldn't believe his luck when he met Generosa Ammon, a beautiful, elegant rich man's wife.
"I thought I hit the Lotto," Pelosi said.
But just as Generosa was about to get a divorce from her multimillionaire financier husband, he turned up dead and Pelosi has found himself a target of a criminal investigation.
"I am not responsible for what happened," said Pelosi, who married Generosa within months of the murder of her husband Ted Ammon. "I wish they would go and find the person who is."
In an exclusive interview with ABCNEWS Senior Legal Correspondent Cynthia McFadden, Pelosi, who is a target of a grand jury investigation into the Ammon murder, denies playing any part in the brutal crime.
Ammon was found bludgeoned to death in his East Hampton, Long Island, mansion two years ago.
"When I heard they were actually going to put a grand jury together and use me as the target of the investigation, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown," Pelosi said.
Pelosi is part of a bizarre murder mystery that shocked East Hampton, an idyllic ocean-front community famous for summer nightlife and a playground to the ultra-rich and super famous. Generosa and Ted Ammon seemed to have everything, including a multimillion-dollar Hamptons mansion, a grand house in England, and adopted twins.
Ammon's murder came just days before he and Generosa were set to sign their final divorce decree. Around the time she filed for divorce, Generosa became involved with Pelosi, who did electrical work at the Ammon mansion.
Convicted Felon Meets Woman of His Dreams
Pelosi was a convicted felon, arrested seven times and imprisoned twice on drunk driving charges. He was also married. Generosa was the woman of his dreams, he said, when they met in 2000.
"She was every guy's dream — I mean every guy from my neighborhood's dream," Pelosi said.
As for what Generosa saw in Pelosi, he says: "I was her man with a tool belt. I gave her what the rich man couldn't."
Generosa and Pelosi shacked up in a suite in the ritzy Stanhope hotel in Manhattan costing $1,500 a night, with the children in the next room. The costs racked up — room service, parking, tips for the doormen — and were charged to Ammon to the tune of a reported $70,000 a month.
The divorce turned bitter. The couple fought over custody of their children. Generosa wanted half of Ted's wealth, and he was reportedly worth anywhere from $50 million to a half-billion dollars.
The first offer from Ted came in at a reported $10 million. Pelosi thought Generosa should take it, he said. —
"Ten million dollars, a house, a building in New York City — not an apartment, a building. What more could you ask for?" he said. "I said [to Generosa] take the money and run. I said let's do this. Where I come from, $10 million, forget it. I'm good."
Brutal Murder, Act of Passion?
Generosa eventually got Ted to agree on a $25 million divorce settlement. But days before the couple was to sign the papers in October 2001, Ted was murdered.
"He was bludgeoned in the head," said Michael Shnayerson, a Vanity Fair magazine contributing editor who has closely followed the case. "I think there was some indication that maybe someone took a shower afterwards to wash off the blood. You really associate that kind of killing with passion, someone who knew the victim."
There was no forced entry and no sign of burglary, police said.