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Poisoned Love

The True Story of ER Nurse Chaz Higgs, his Ambitious Wife, and a Shocking Murder

Carlton Smith

St. Martin's True Crime

Kathy Augustine was a controversial two-term Nevada State Controller. In 2003, her husband Chuck died of an apparent stroke. Only a month later, she married Chaz Higgs, an ER nurse who, it was later revealed, had attended to her late husband just before his death.   

Three years later, fifty-year-old Kathy died after a heart attack—the result, her family and friends believed, of a stressful political campaign. But when an autopsy of Kathy’s body revealed no signs of heart disease, investigators dug deeper into Kathy’s case…only to find the presence of a powerful, paralyzing emergency-room drug in Kathy’s system. A jury would later charge Nurse Chaz with murder in the first degree. But could Kathy’s first husband also have been the victim of Chaz’s treachery? And just how much did Kathy know? This is the shocking true story of a family torn apart by lies, medical crime, and POISONED LOVE.


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Chapter One

By 6:30 the first rays of the morning sun were well over the rim of the Shadow Hills, the eastern, desert-starting side of the lush mountain valley known as Truckee Meadows.

At 4,400 feet above sea level, the valley floor was still cool from the overnight chill, and as the early light crept up the eastern wall of the small house at 9673 Otter Way, it seemed like the dawn of just another beautiful summer day in the one-time "Biggest Little City in the World," Reno, Nevada.

To the west, the peaks of the Sierras towered over the city, clad with evergreens along the
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  • Carlton Smith

  • Carlton Smith wrote the New York Times bestselling The Search for the Green River Killer. An award-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times during the 1970s and 1980s, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 1988. His books include Mind Games, Cold Blooded, The Prom Night Murders, Cold as Ice and In the Arms of Evil. There are more than two million copies of his books in print.
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    The True Story of ER Nurse Chaz Higgs, his Ambitious Wife, and a Shocking Murder

    Carlton Smith

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