Much Noise Little News

April 5, 2018

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Much Noise Little News

So far the murder case against seven people associated with the Cape May, New Jersey chapter of the Pagans Motorcycle Club has been mostly noise and not much news. It is beginning to look as if prosecutors think they can only win the case if they indoctrinate every potential juror in New Jersey first.

In early January, state prosecutors accused a local physician named James Kauffman and a Pagan named Ferdinand “Freddy” Augello of murdering Kauffman’s wife April on May 10, 2012.The murder had been a whodunit and it’s solution more than five years later was a heartwarming, tax raise justifying tribute to dogged police work.

The motive easily reduced to a cinematic logline. “As a result of April Kauffman’s desire to divorce James Kauffman, he was intent to have her killed, as opposed to losing his ‘financial empire,’ as he described it to several individuals,” Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

Who Said

“A confidential informant has had numerous recorded conversations with Ferdinand Augello and other individuals who have admitted to the details of the ‘enterprise’ including prescription fraud and the murder of April Kauffman.” The key words in that explanation of the prosecutorial breakthrough were “admitted to,” which means the informant brought it up first and, as in normal police praxis, brought it up over and over and over until Augello finally said something that could be used against him.

The informant began to sing because he was caught in a major federal methamphetamine case. He faced life in prison and like many men in similar situations, he had to give the federal agents something, anything they could use – like a big sexy drug and murder case involving a radio celebrity, April Kauffman, her highly regarded husband and an “outlaw motorcycle gang.” In a Hollywood pitch meeting this would have been described as “Dynasty meets Sons of Anarchy.”

Based on that Kauffman, Augello and six other people were arrested in three states.

Deja News All Over Again

Then, two weeks later, Kauffman committed suicide in jail. If you are a glass half empty prosecutor that meant the only connection between April Kauffman and the glamorous Pagans, except for the dubious snitch, was dead. But if you are a glass half full kind of prosecutor, as Damon G. Tyner apparently is, Kauffman’s suicide was a chance to retell the whole soap opera – which is what happened.

The exact same story got told a third time when the snitch in the case, a former Pagan named Andrew Glick upon whose veracity the entire case rests, gave an interview with a Neanderthal named Peter Edwards who works for the Toronto Star. Edwards is a biker authority because he wrote a bad book called The Bandidos Massacre and he was chosen to report Glick’s confession because when the FBI hands Edwards a story he doesn’t ask a lot of annoying questions about it like those guys in Philly and New Jersey do. The Edwards story gave prosecutors yet another opportunity to say the same things again. And while he was out there being the hardest working snitch in witness protection, Glick went out of his way to slander James Kauffman while putting himself right at the center of an April Kauffman murder conspiracy.

“‘The doc kept complaining, ‘Why is it taking so long,’” Glick told Edwards. “‘I said, ‘We’re working on it. It’s not like there is a store where we can go to hire hitmen to kill women.”’

“Glick said that Dr. Kauffman expanded his illegal opioid operation after his wife’s murder five years ago,” Edwards reported.

“‘He was a narcissistic guy,’ Glick said. ‘Arrogant. I guess he thought if he could get away with murder, he could get away with anything.’”

Do It Again

Glick’s amazing tale lie there, with Edwards retelling of Glick’s psychological insights into the mind of the rich doctor who unrelentingly plotted to murder his beautiful wife for a full year before finally finding a drug addict willing to do it for him, until yesterday.

Yesterday, more than two months after the initial arrests, the prosecutor Tyner finally convinced a grand jury to indict the seven surviving suspects in the drug and murder plots Glick has assured him were bigger than just Glick.

“An Atlantic County Grand Jury took a critical step towards rendering justice to April Kauffman and her family. Ferdinand Augello was indicted for the murder of April Kauffman, racketeering and drug charges. This office looks forward to presenting the facts of this case to a jury for them to determine culpability for this heinous scheme,” Tyner said via press release.

Two months. It took Tyner two months to convince a grand jury to indict the people he arrested.

And then local print and television news outlets told the whole story to prospective jurors all over again for a fourth time.

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9 Responses to “Much Noise Little News”

  1. Gypsy Girl Says:

    So, Kauffman hired Augello, who hired Mullholland to kill Mrs. Kauffman. Mullholland is dead, now Kauffman is dead, so the DA won’t get good press only charging the middle man, Augello, with the crime. What to do, what to do…Drag in more people who had zero to do with the murder, of course! How to make that happen? Bribe a snitch to make up stories and keep working over the grand jury until they finally give in.

    I am sorry that a beautiful woman was murdered due to her husband’s greed, but ruining other people’s lives will not get her back. We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but by the time they are proven not guilty in a court of law, defendants facing trumped up charges have lost their jobs, their savings, their property, and years of their lives that they’ll never get back. They get to start from zero with a cloud of suspicion hanging over their heads. And for what? So a DA can have his fifteen minutes of fame. Thousands of taxpayer dollars spent on crap like this, instead of getting the real threats off the streets. There’s no wonder why I am increasingly jaded.

    Press on,
    Gypsy

  2. Gandalf Says:

    Bahahah The Club guys don’t give a FUCK about shit like this. Except that they gotta get a haircut and buy a suit. Win or Lose they walk out of that courtroom like they own the Fucking place. Laughing. “See ya next time.” On appeal or a new charge… 4… whatever.

  3. Frank Says:

    To be fair, Peter Edwards is a journalist with 30 years experience covering organized crime, he knows what he’s talking about and wouldn’t publish anything under orders from the FBI or anyone else.
    His Bandidos book may have been long winded, but it wasn’t bad. You should read his Bernie Guindon book, good stuff.

  4. Sieg Says:

    What the hell kinda grand juries they got out there?! Hell, they true-billed us in a week!

    FTF/FTP
    TOSIAR
    KROTN

  5. Curbside Says:

    Anyone else amazed that it took the DA two months to procure indictments against a handful of people? Maybe he should head down to Texas and take some lessons from Abel Reyna. I heard that guy barely needs enough time to read the charges against someone before he can win an indictment!

  6. Paladin Says:

    “Two months. It took Tyner two months to convince a grand jury to indict the people he arrested.”

    I’m surprised the grand jury held out as long as it did. Stockholm syndrome usually sets in much sooner.

    Paladin

  7. FF Says:

    Does everyone know what a JAP is? Pretty much Kaufman’s wife.

  8. Not the 99 Says:

    Fukn glad I’m out!

  9. Freebird Says:

    So they water boarded the grand jury. That makes sense…..

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