Barbara Kogan Wiki – Barbara Kogan Biography
New York’s famous Black Widow, Barbara Kogan, plans to work as an anti-violence counselor after being released from jail last month and admitted that she claimed $ 4.3 million in life insurance from her husband she killed and spent her last penny. DailyMail.com can reveal.
Kogan was released on parole in July, serving only 12 of a possible 36-year sentence for hiring a hitman to shoot her estranged husband, 49-year-old George Kogan.
Now, DailyMail.com has received the text of Kogan’s Probation Board hearing, and today can reveal specific details of the proceedings that led to his sensational release.
The 77-year-old convict appeared before two Parole Board members via video link from the Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, New York, where he served his sentence for the 1990 murder.
Antiques dealer George was found in a pool of blood on the sidewalk near his girlfriend Mary-Louise Hawkins’ apartment on East 96th Street. His last wish was for someone to take Hawkins while he was dying on the street. He had been shot three times.
It was a crime that Kogan, who was in the process of divorce, had not even admitted for twenty years.
Only in 2010 she admitted to her role when she was arrested and charged for paying a hitman $ 40,000 to act on the orders of conspirator lawyer Manuel Martinez and do the deed. He is currently serving 25 years in prison.
Kogan has been indicted three times and has pleaded guilty to all: first-degree manslaughter, second-degree conspiracy, and first-degree theft.
But in the weird and often contradictory account DailyMail.com gave to the probation board this summer, he claimed he lied to the trial judge to secure the plea deal; her husband took out $ 4.3 million in life insurance, even though she knew it was wrong; and although he gave up the murder, he was ‘astonished’ when he heard that he had been killed.
At the trial, Kogan admitted that Martinez and his hometown of Puerto Rico went to Puerto Rico where the plan to murder her husband was implemented and the funds were secured.
But when questioned earlier this year by the Parole Board Commissioner Otis Cruse, he backed down and, although the planes were not mentioned, oddly enough, ‘We didn’t get that money, it wasn’t planned behind a plane. , no, not as far as I know. ‘
When Cruse stated that this account was’ significantly different ‘from the record that he received $ 100,000 from his family to pay the hitman, Kogan said,’ I got a plea and they asked me all these questions, I just said yes. … I said yes just to agree with what I said during my defense. ‘
Kogan claimed that he recognized his guilt and that he ‘felt terrible’ for what he had done. However, let alone seem regretful, when questioned about his earlier narrative, Kogan objected to the idea that he was ‘discussing’ the murder of her husband, before admitting that he was “talking about it”.
And after her husband’s death, she had no remorse from fighting for the $ 4.3 million life insurance policy on the table.
This came up at the probation board hearing, and again, Kogan’s statement was confusing and contradictory.
He asked if he got the money he stated, ‘Yes I did. Now I want to add what has nothing to do with the fact of my guilt [sic]. I’m guilty. At the same time, I was advised by [inaudible] to call [redacted] and ask her to give me copies of the policies because I wanted to know – because we were preparing to settle for divorce and we are worth the cash to close the money for our divorce…. Unfortunately, about a week later … he was killed. ‘
When Commissioner Cruse expressed his surprise at his use of the word ‘unfortunately’, Kogan said, ‘I was actually very surprised when he was killed. I didn’t even think it was me. I really didn’t.
“I mean, the date and time may not have been set, but you knew [he was going to be killed], right?”
Although Kogan also said that Martinez had shaken his hand the night he said, “Let’s kill your husband,” he admitted that he realized what he was doing in retrospect.
She admitted that $ 2.8 million of her life insurance went to her husband’s property (the money she later fought for) and the rest went to her. “That’s about $ 1.5 million left to me and I set aside for my kids, 1.3 million dollars.” Said.
However, even though he claimed ‘he felt bad’ because he got the money, when asked if he gave it back, he said ‘I didn’t because we used it’.
Kogan told the board that she had been doing Transition Services almost during her time in prison and that she was a changed woman. ‘I was an angry and very bitter woman,’ she said. I mean very, very bad.
But she gave as justification the fact that she had been left by the man she loved when he fell in love with a younger woman – Hawkins – who worked as a publicist for their store.
According to Kogan, ‘She tried to take everything away from me, tried to take my home away from me and everything. And I was angry. That’s how this lawyer [Martinez] saw me when I went to attack.’
Kogan told how she has completed courses in both the prison’s Anti-Violence Program (AVP) and Aggression Replacement Training (ART) – a cognitive behavior intervention aimed at reducing aggressive and violent behavior.
She said that she intends to enroll in Lehman College in the Bronx and volunteer at an outpatient facility while studying to gain certification in these disciplines.
The hearing concluded with the commissioner commending Kogan for the ‘work’ that she had done and stating, ‘It takes a lot to muster up the strength and endurance to continue on after trauma. We’ll take that into consideration as well.’
The words must be particularly galling to the girlfriend who witnessed and grieved George’s death.
Mary-Louise Hawkins, who has since changed her name, spoke to the New York Post ahead of Kogan’s release and was firm in her condemnation of the woman who had her lover killed.
She said, ‘She’s an animal. Barbara is extremely good at manipulating people – even parole officers.’