The beloved son of Holocaust survivors, 49-year-old George Kogan grew up in Puerto Rico before making his way to New York City, where he enjoyed great success as an antiques and art dealer. Until one morning in 1990, when George was approached on the street by an unidentified gunman – and was killed in cold blood. Before the shooting, George had been on the way to his girlfriends’s apartment. Mary-Louise Hawkins was 28 years old and had once worked as George’s publicist. But ever since they became lovers, George’s estranged wife, Barbara, was consumed with bitterness. As she and George hashed out a divorce, Barbara fueled her anger into greed – especially after a judge turned down her request for $5,000 a week in alimony. Barbara, who stood to collect $4.3 million in life insurance, was immediately suspected in George’s death. But it would take authorities almost 20 years to uncover a link between her lawyer, Manuel Martinez, and the hitman who killed George. In 2010, Martinez agreed to testify against his client… and Barbara eventually pled guilty to charges of grand larceny, conspiracy to commit murder, and murder in the first degree. This is the shocking true story of The Millionaire’s Wife.
True Crime Book Reviews, May 2012: “Scott is an unbiased narrator of events. … The Millionaire’s Wife is a top-rate true crime read for 2012 and I recommend you add it your reading list.”
Cathy Scott is a veteran crime writer and award-winning investigative journalist. She is the author of several true crime works, including The Killing of Tupac Shakur, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and The Murder of Biggie Smalls. She taught journalism at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for five years until she traveled to the Gulf region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, resulting in the book Pawprints of Katrina. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York Post, San Diego Union-Tribune, George magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Sun and Reuters. She is based in Las Vegas and Nevada.