Arrest is likely in April Kauffman murder


South Jersey talk radio personality April Kauffman was found fatally shot Thursday in a bedroom of her Atlantic County home. She worked at Longport Media’s WOND-AM Atlantic City until February, and then WIBG LLC’s WIBG-AM also in that market since.

The day before her death, she co-hosted “The King Arthur Show” on WIBG, a show she had appeared on weekly for at least several months. But the prosecutor said the killing apparently had nothing to do with her work on the radio. Atlantic County Prosecutor Theodore Housel suggested Friday that an arrest was likely, though he didn’t say how soon or provide any information about a possible suspect, reported Fox News.

“We have sufficient information to conduct an ongoing investigation that we believe will ultimately be successful,” he said.

No arrests had been made as of yet. A person who came to feed a collection of pet birds belonging to Kauffman and her husband, James, found her body, said a neighbor speaking on condition of anonymity. Housel said the handyman called 911 around 11:30 a.m. after he discovered her body in her home. Kauffman was shot several times.

Friends and associates said she owned a catering business and a hair salon but was best known in the area for her support of veterans, including on-air. Her husband is a practicing endocrinologist in Linwood, The Press of Atlantic City reported.

“She just had an incredible personality. She could never say no to any charity or anything. The kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back,” her radio show co-host, Arthur Gropper, said.

Gropper said Kauffman was in a jovial mood Wednesday, with no indication anything was troubling her. He said they were celebrating progress on veterans issues and she was talking about wanting to work with homeless veterans.

Donna Clementoni, a friend and fellow veterans advocate from Egg Harbor Township, told The Press that Kauffman sent her an email around 1:50 a.m. Thursday about an event the two were planning. She said she tried to reach Kauffman about 9 a.m. but couldn’t.

“I have no idea why anyone would do this. She’s like a local legend. She’s outspoken. She’s like a bombshell and all she ever wanted to do was help people,” Clementoni said.

Just a few days before her death she also received a governor’s award for outstanding community service.

See the Fox News story here


  1. This seems to be a crime of anger or jealousy. Why else would she be shot several times. Interesting that her husband retains a mob lawyer though. I hope they find the cowardly slime ball who ended this wonderful woman’s life and took her away from her family and friends. Another sad senseless crime in America.

    • OK soooooooooooo an arrest is Imminent???? so MR Houser,and this is 4 weeks into this, How is it, that, with all the forensic evidence at the scene, dna, video, eye witnesses, phone records, people of interest, Radio Show records,Phone records, Are you people either this ill-prepared for this kind of investigation?, or are you unwilling to proceed because it would shed an unfavorable light on your department? YOU HAVE BEEN SILENT to long. I REALIZE YOU ARE not PROFESSIONALS, IN MURDER investigations, HOWEVER, MY STRONG SUGGESTION IS TO GET OUT OF THIS MURDER INVESTIGATION, IF YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO HANDLE IT…. AND LEAVE IT TO THE STATE POLICE FORENSICS APRIL WAS A GIRL THAT HAD OUR AND I QUOTE, “VETERANS WELFARE IN HER HEART”. i HAVE NOT RESPONDED TO ANY BLOGS TILL NOW, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS WANT THIS CLOSED,THE GUILTY PARTY, PUNISHED,SO MR HOUSER, GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR ASS AND DO WHAT YOU ARE PAID TO DO…

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