The day before she died in 2012, April Kauffman appeared on the King Arthur Radio Show for a veterans show she had done for the past three years and talked about her death.
“I feel like I’m on borrowed time,” Kauffman told co-host King Arthur Gropper, of Atlantic City, before giving a heartfelt tribute to her daughter, Kimberly Pack.
In light of the recent charges against Kauffman’s husband in her death, the recording of that show will be played throughout the morning Saturday on WIBG 101.3 FM and 1020 AM during Groper’s 6 a.m. to noon broadcast.
“And now, if I were to be taken out, I’m telling you going up to see our creator, I know I raised my daughter right with the right American values. You know, she’s moral, she’s a good person, a hard worker, a patriotic person, and that did not happen by a government program,” Kauffman continued, according to the transcript from that day’s show.
On Tuesday, more than five years after she was found shot to death in her Linwood home, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner announced Dr. James Kauffman, 68, and a Pagan co-conspirator, Ferdinand Augello, 61, of the Petersburg section of Upper Township, were being charged in April Kauffman’s murder-for-hire, as well as running an opioid drug ring out of Dr. Kauffman’s medical office in Egg Harbor Township.
Tyner said it was April Kauffman’s threat of divorce and of exposing Dr. Kauffman’s illegal activity that prompted him to ask Augello to find someone to murder his wife. In their case against the men, the Prosecutor’s Office names the now-deceased Francis Mulholland, of the Villas section of Lower Township, a Pagan associate, as the trigger man.
Gropper said the news of the murder charges brought back a flood of feelings.
“People speculated about what had happened for such a long time, and to get a picture of it was actually quite numbing,” Gropper said. “Tuesday felt like to me the day that April was murdered again.”
Although there were many rumors at the time, Gropper said he was surprised by Dr. Kauffman’s alleged involvement. He said Dr. Kauffman would often fill in on the radio show for his wife when she was unable to attend.
“Jim was always very low-key,” he said. “I never saw him get angry. It’s really shocking to me what transpired.”
Gropper’s Saturday broadcast will include replaying much of April’s last show from May 9, 2012, during the first hour. From 7 to 9:30 a.m. will be a mixture of regular programming, followed by an interview with former Republican gubernatorial candidate Joseph Rudy Rullo at 9:30 a.m. According to Gropper, Rullo has always believed Dr. Kauffman was responsible for April’s death.
The show will also include discussion of the murder and charges against Dr. Kauffman.
Gropper said in the 68 months since April Kauffman’s killing, he has remained diligent. On the 10th of every month, Gropper has asked his followers on social media and on the radio to call the Prosecutor’s Office and ask if officials had any information about April’s death.
Gropper said that looking back at that last show, it seemed like April knew something bad was going to happen.
“We had a great sense of humor about everything, so I didn’t really think much of it,” Gropper said.
Gropper co-hosted with April Kauffman for three years.
“I talked to her almost every day,” he said. “She was just with veterans and with everything, she was just a whirlwind.”
He said there was “so much life in her voice” and that many people would call the show to thank her for her advocacy work. Replaying the show, he said, is a good tribute to April.
Those with memories of April can call into the show at 609-398-1020.