In Might 2012, April Kauffman — beloved Atlantic Metropolis radio host and veterans-rights advocate — was discovered shot to loss of life within the residence she shared along with her husband, Dr. James Kauffman.
Six years later, Freddy Augello, a former chief of the infamous motorbike gang the Pagans, was convicted in her homicide. Augello maintains he’s harmless.
But it turned out Augello had ties with Dr. Kauffman, a distinguished endocrinologist — and a drug trafficker who prescribed his biker “sufferers” opioids for them to promote on the road.
“Doctor Dealer,” a brand new e-book by crime reporters George Anastasia and Ralph Cipriano, tells the story of April Kauffman’s weird loss of life and the way the physician would cease at nothing in his quest for cash and energy — not even killing his spouse.
“Here’s a man who had every part going for him, had loads of wealth, had standing,” mentioned Anastasia, who has written in regards to the infamous Scarfo mob and John Gotti. “However he was so ego-driven that actually he thought he might get away with homicide.
“For me, he’s extra despicable than any mob boss,” the writer added.
James and April Kauffman have been married 10 years. They have been a glamorous couple, however hassle lurked beneath the floor.
James was value an estimated $four.6 million, in response to authorities, however was continuously in debt, losing cash on automobiles and bikes. He fabricated a whole army previous that concerned becoming a member of the Inexperienced Berets and escaping the Viet Cong.
And he was concerned with not one, however two insurance coverage scams, producing tons of of hundreds of .
“This man was a bit of bit like Walter Mitty,” mentioned Cipriano, referring to the James Thurber story a few man with a vivid creativeness. “He made up this entire battle document after which noticed himself infiltrating the biker world of crime and changing into some type of kingpin.”
April started having doubts. When the physician refused to grant her a divorce, she started operating up his bank cards.
This, in response to the e-book, is when Kauffman related with Augello and commenced writing “bogus” oxycodone scripts for Pagan members. (Augello denies that he ran the opioid scheme with the physician.)
“The tablet mill was not an enormous moneymaker for Kauffman,” mentioned Anastasia. “However it was a manner for him to get entry to the Pagans and discover somebody to kill his spouse.”
A number of Pagans mentioned they have been approached by Augello in regards to the hit job however refused. (Augello disputes this.) A drug addict named Frank Mulholland lastly agreed to tug the set off for $10,000.
On Might 10, 2012, Mulholland arrived on the Kauffmans’ residence after the physician had gone to the workplace at about 5 a.m. He went upstairs and shot April twice. One other man, Joe Mulholland (no relation), drove the getaway automobile. A handyman found the physique a number of hours later. (Frank later died of an overdose, and Joe acquired 4 years in jail on a racketeering cost..)
Kauffman virtually acquired away with it. Simply 18 months later, he remarried his high-school sweetheart.
Because of Kim Pack — April’s daughter from her first marriage who relentlessly saved publicizing the case — justice was finally served.
In June 2017, the FBI raided Kauffman’s workplace for insurance coverage fraud. In January 2018, he was lastly charged with paying Augello $50,000 to have his spouse killed. (Augello, who was sentenced to life plus 30 years) maintains he had nothing to do with April’s loss of life.)
But regardless of hiring high-profile legal professional Edwin Jacobs — identified for representing mobsters — Kauffman ended up committing suicide in jail three weeks later, earlier than going to trial. It was stunning, however not out of character.
“Even on the finish, he wasn’t accepting duty for something,” mentioned Anastasia.