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EMMY award winning crime beat reporter Matt Johnson dusts off his reporter notebooks for this exciting podcast and gives you a first hand perspective on cold cases, homicides, mysteries & murders he has covered, followed and still haunt him today. Follow on social and


9 - MURDER: Kathy Augustine

Kathy Augustine was a mom and a rising star in Nevada State politics.

She was elected to State Assembly, State Senate and became the first woman to be elected as State Controller.

In 2002, her 17 year marriage to her third husband Charles Augustine was rocky. Kathy's political career was taking a toll on their marriage and the couple was separated.

Kathy was looking to get a divorce and was purchasing a house in Reno Nevada, closer to the state capital, her husband Charles was living in their large Las Vegas home.

In 2003, Charles suffered a stroke and was rushed to nearby Sunrise Medical Center in Las Vegas.

While Charles was receiving care, Kathy sparked a friendship with one of her husbands critical care nurses Chaz Higgs.

Three weeks after meeting Chaz, Kathy's husband had died and Kathy inherited the homes, and was the beneficiary of a $1 Million life insurance policy.

After her husbands funeral, Kathy and Chaz went to Hawaii and got married.

In 2004 as Kathy was being considered a finalist for the office of U.S. Treasurer by the George W. Bush administration, she became under investigation for campaign ethics violations in Nevada.

This led to Kathy's removal from consideration and her impeachment in Nevada.

As Kathy was launching a come-back election campaign for role as State Treasurer, she died suddenly, under suspicious circumstances.

An F.B.I. toxicology report would lead to a murder investigation.
Who killed Kathy Augustine?



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