By Gary C. King
A lady With a keenness For strength. . .
Kathy Marie Augustine used to be now not out to make pals. In politics, she rose to the head by way of enjoying hardball--and pushing her method throughout the previous boy's community of the Nevada legislature, emerging to the rank of nation Controller. whilst she died, just a couple of humans shed tears--including the guy who killed her.
A Killer With A Foolproof Plan. . .
Chaz Higgs used to be a former body-builder became extensive care nurse who observed prosperous, attractive Kathy Marie Augustine as his meal-ticket--until he could not belly her domineering character from now on. whilst Chaz made up our minds he'd had adequate, he selected a poison that may depart no facts behind.
Murder Hidden In simple Sight. . .
The loss of life of a nationally-known baby-kisser made headlines, yet one slip of the tongue got here to the eye of a decided Nevada detective. Now, true-crime grasp Gary C. King takes us into the extraordinary...
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It can be very difficult to detect if the crime lab doesn’t know it is looking for it. In 1967, Dr. Carl Coppolino, a New Jersey anesthesiologist, was convicted of murdering his wife, Carmela, by using succinylcholine. The good doctor, however, was acquitted of murder in another case in which he had been charged with killing another woman using the drug. In 1984, Genene Jones, the so-called “Killer Nurse,” was convicted of murdering a baby in Texas by injecting the infant with succinylcholine. The infant girl had been injected in the thigh and promptly developed apnea and died.
Swango ended up pleading guilty to three murders. There was also the case of Efren Saldivar, a California respiratory therapist who dubbed himself the “angel of death,” who, after his arrest in 2001, confessed to killing in excess of fifty people using a variety of different drugs, including succinylcholine. As a testimonial to the difficulty of determining that succinylcholine was used in any given case, as well as the difficulty of obtaining a conviction for those cases that actually go to trial, one can examine the 2002 case of Richard Williams, a former nurse at a veterans hospital, who was charged with ten counts of first-degree murder involving patients at the Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, where he worked in 1992.
Kathy, the oldest of three children, was raised in the suburbs of Southern California by loving and caring parents, who taught her and her two brothers strong personal values, such as to always be honest, caring, and giving. Her parents, Phil and Kay Alfano, still reside in northern Orange County. Tuesday’s child is full of grace. If there’s one thing that Kathy possessed, at least from an outward, physical perspective, it was grace, and it exhibited itself in the form of poise, refinement, and beauty despite her often bullish character.
An Almost Perfect Murder by Gary C. King