Doctor Dealer: A doctor high on greed, a biker gang high on opioids, and the woman who paid the ultimate price
Dr. James Kauffman and his wife, April, were the perfect couple: a respected endocrinologist and a beautiful radio host. But under the surface lurked a world of drugs, sex, and biker gangs. A world Dr. Kauffman would kill to keep secret.
In May 2012, April Kauffman, a well-known local radio personality and staunch advocate of military veterans rights, was found shot to death in the bedroom of the home she shared with her husband, Dr. James Kauffman.
Six years later, in the fall of 2018, Freddy Augello, a leader of the notorious motorcycle gang the Pagans, went on trial for drug dealing and murder. He was charged with arranging the death of April Kauffman in exchange for $50,000 from her husband, who, in addition to practicing medicine, was one of the area’s most prolific drug traffickers.
Told by two accomplished reporters and authors with exclusive insights and details provided by two principal players, this is the story about one man’s descent into evil and the people he took with him. It’s a story about a doctor who helped flood the streets with opioids, about a husband who hid dark secrets from his wives, and about a man so consumed with greed and arrogance that he thought he could get away with murder.
My thoughts: This story seemed vaguely familiar as I read it, it felt as if I’ve read it before by another author or perhaps seen it on a true crime show. It’s quite a shocking story to read, for sure. I read it straight through, which I have not been able to do much of lately, so that says a lot. It really held my interest, I stayed up all night reading it. I guess I just had to see how it came out. If you like true crime, with bikers and a drug dealing doctor who wants to knock off his wife when she becomes a problem for him, check this one out. I’ve read several of Anastasia’s books now, and like them more aIl the time. Advanced electronic review copy was provided by NetGalley, authors George Anastasia & Ralph Cipriano, and the publisher.
Publisher: Berkley – 304 pages
Publication: Sep 8th, 2020
My rating: 4/5 Stars
The Authors– George Anastasia was the mob writer at the Philadelphia Inquirer for years and is the author of six books on true crime. He is the recipient of numerous journalism awards and has worked on and been featured in a number of television documentaries, the most recent being a four-part series for the History Channel titled Kingpin that profiled the lives of John Gotti, James “Whitey” Bulger, Pablo Escobar, and Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.
Ralph Cipriano is an award-winning veteran muckraking reporter who has exposed corruption in city and county governments, the Philadelphia D.A.’s office, local police departments, Ivy League football programs, and the Catholic Church. He’s the author of three books: Courtroom Cowboy, The Hit Man, and Target. His book on former mob hit man turned government witness John Veasey was the basis for a 60 Minutes profile of Veasey in 2013.