Ewa Berwid knew she was going to die at the hands of her husband and she was powerless to stop it. The system failed to protect her; the courts, the police, and the psychiatrist who was treating her husband.

To the outside world they seemed like the ideal family; close knit, devoutly religious, especially Adam. Adam and Ewa emigrated to America from Poland in 1969. They both eventually found employment as engineers and moved to a modest house in Minelola, Long Island. The couple would also have two children, daughter Olga and son Adam. Problems in their marriage appeared shortly thereafter. Ewa continued to work and advanced rapidly in her career. She eventually earned more than Adam who became jealous of her success. He attempted to open his own nuclear engineering consulting firm but was unable to make a go of it. His behavior became increasingly strange and he began to focus his anger directly on Ewa. When she was changing little Adam's diaper he accused her of sodomizing him. They argued with increasing frequency and eventually the fights became physical. One glimpse Ewa had of Adam's terrifying dark side came when he dragged her down the stairs by her hair and threw her out the front door. She applied for and was granted a protective order which Adam blithely ignored. Ewa had him arrested and filed for divorce.

While in the Nassau County Jail, Adam began writing death threats to Ewa. He promised to strangle her...."push her ribs right through her back." During an appearance in open court he announced his intentions to take her life if she did not relinquish custody of the children. He lunged for her and had to be tackled by sheriff's deputies. Judge Joseph DeMaro ordered a psychiatric evaluation and Adam was sent to the Mid-Hudson Psychiatric Center for 90 days of observation. One of the psychiatrist's who had done the initial evaluation of Adam Berwid warned the court that he was a genius and that he would be able to use his intelligence to convince the center that he was sane. In an unprecedented maneuver Judge DeMaro would write the hospital warning them to use extreme caution with Adam because he believed "the defendant intends to carry out his threat". An assistant D.A. wrote "Berwid is a homicidal threat....We have no doubt that if he is released, we will be reading about the murder of Ewa Berwid in Newsday at some time in the future." Faced with the potential for disaster, Mid-Hudson recommitted Berwid as an involuntary civil patient for another six months. After nine months Adam was transferred to Pilgrim Psychiatric Center in Brentwood, NY. When Ewa learned that Adam had been transferred to a minimum security facility 30 miles from Mineola, her friends urged her to take the children and disappear. Ewa refused to go. She knew that if Adam truly wanted her dead that he would hunt her down no matter how far she ran. All she could do was hope that he was really getting better. On April 5, 1979 Adam would escape from Pilgrim for the first time. When the hospital discovered that he was missing they notified Ewa. Two days later she found him asleep in her bedroom when she returned home. He was returned to Pilgrim and within a week he escaped again. This time he showed up at Olga's school demanding to take her home. These escapes earned him a trip back to maximum security at Mid-Hudson. Adam decided to put his genius to work and stopped acting out. He appeared "sane" enough to be transferred back to Pilgrim. Berwid's file was red flagged: POLICE MUST BE NOTIFIED IF PATIENT ESCAPES. However Adam would not need to escape, he would be granted the freedom to carry out his threat by way of a day pass and because of this Ewa would not find out until it was to late! Adam became a "model patient" and just two weeks after his arrival his psychiatrist, Dr. Irving Blumenthal, granted him a day pass. A day pass allowed a patient to leave the hospital unescorted, it was considered a part of therapy and therefore law enforcement was not entitled to notification. A little after 10 a.m. on December 6, 1979, Adam Berwid left Pilgrim on the pretext of going to Bay Shore to by a winter coat. Adam Berwid already had a coat! Instead Berwid boarded a train bound for Mineola. Ewa was at home cooking dinner for herself and her two children when she heard the sound of glass breaking in the basement. She ran to the phone and dialed 911. The emergency operator answered but before Ewa could identify herself and her location Adam grabbed her and plunged the knife into her neck. As he stabbed her over and over again and again, the operator could hear sounds of a violent struggle and a woman's voice crying "He's killing me...I'm dying...Oh, God...Oh, God." There was stark silence and the line went dead as the receiver was placed back in its cradle.

Adam then methodically cleaned up the scene. He boarded up the broken window, cleaned the blood from the kitchen floor. He washed the blood from himself and Ewa then placed her on a cot covered her with a blanket and placed candles on either side of her body. He sat with the body all night. The next morning the postman arrived with a mailgram which Adam signed for. It was from Pilgrim informing Ewa that her husband had escaped! Adam next placed a call to the District Attorney's office and spoke with an assistant D.A. he calmly informed him that he had murdered his wife. When the police arrived Adam showed them to where he had placed Ewa's body.

Adam went on trial for murder and acted as his own attorney. He fully expected to be exonerated. He felt that he was justified in killing his wife because God had told him that she was harming their children. He was sentenced to 35 years to life and will be eligible for parole in 2016.

Because of the senseless murder of Ewa Berwid New York passed laws allowing district attorneys to object if a patient is moved to a hospital with less security and the State Office of Mental Health no longer allowed the issuing of day passes.

Post based on:

Murder: By Reason Of Insanity(1985) - Starring Candice Bergen and Jugen Prochnow

Murder On A Day Pass by Teresa Carpenter


September 15, 1990 the nude body of Blanka Bockova was found along the bank of the Vitava River in Czechoslovakia. She was lying on her back with a pair of gray stockings knotted around her neck. Blanka was not a prostitute per se but she was known to turn a trick here and there. No biological fluids were found on her or at the scene.
Five weeks later in Graz Austria a prostitute named Brunhilde Masser vanished.
December 31, 1990 in Bregenz Austria hikers found the body of another prostitute, Heidemarie Hammerer. She had been strangled with her own pantyhose and a strip of skin had been cut from her leg and stuffed in her mouth to use as a gag. Potential evidence found on her body consisted of several red fibers left on her clothing.
January 5, 1991 hikers stumbled upon the body of Masser in a forest north of Graz. She had been stabbed and strangled with her pantyhose.
March 7, 1991 in Graz Austria prostitute Elfriede Schrempf vanished. Her nude body was found on October 5 1991.
Less than a month later in Vienna Austria, Silvia Zagler, Sabine Moitzi, Regina Prem, and Karin Eroglu also vanished.
On May 20, 1991, the body of Sabine Moitizi's body was discovered, and three days later the remains of Karin Ergolus was found. Both had been strangled with articles of their own clothing. In addition Ergolu had a body stocking shoved down her throat.
In the mind of the press there was a serial killer at large and they dubbed him the "Vienna courier". The police investigators were however resistant to the idea.
A former investigator who had been following the news reports contacted the authorities to share with them his thoughts that the style of murders were eerily similar to two he had investigated in 1974.
In 1974 two prostitutes Margaret Schaefer and Marcia Horveth had been murdered. Schaefer had been hit in the head with a steel pipe and strangled with her bra. Horveth had been strangled with her stockings and a necktie. Her mouth was taped and her body was thrown into Lake Salzachsee near Salzburg. The investigators were soon led to Johann "Jack" Unterweger who broke down and confessed to the murder of Schaefer. He refused to take responsiblilty for the murder of Horveth.
While in prison he was examined by Dr. Klaus Jarosch, a forensic psychologist, who noted;
"He is a sexually sadistic psychopath with narcissistic and histrionic tendencies."


Jack Unterweger was born August 16, 1952 to an Austrian prostitute. His father was rumored to be an American soldier. Jack was abandoned by his mother and left in the care of his abusive, alcholic grandfather. When his grandfather was deemed unfit he was bounced around from foster home to foster home. Starting at age 16 he was in and out of prison for petty crimes and assaulting local prostitutes. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Margaret Schaefer. While in prison he taught himself to read and write. He began writing poems and short stories. In 1984 his autobiography was released and became a bestseller. He took full responsiblity for his crimes in his book and portrayed himself as the victim because of his upbringing. His plight gained the attention of Austrian intellectuals and prison reformists. Believing him to be reformed they circulated petitions on his behalf demanding his pardon from prison. On May 23, 1990 Jack Unterweger was paroled.
Unterweger was a celebrity overnight. His book was made into a motion picture, he was a frequent guest on talk shows and he was eventually hired as a free lance crime writer.

The investigators needed to tread lightly in their attempt to build a case against Unterweger and they had to make sure that their evidence against him was solid. They used his credit car receipts to place him in the cities at the times of all of the disappearances and murders of the prostitutes. Unterweger had purchased a BMW at the time of his release from prison. The authorities tracked the car down to it's new owner and when they searched the car they found a small hair fragment which subjected to DNA analysis and found to be that of the first victim, Blanka Bockova. The red fibers found on Heidemarie Hammerer were a match to a red scarf found in Unterweger's apartment.
Unterweger went to Los Angeles to write a magazine article about prostitution. While he was there three prostitutes, Irene Rodriguez, Shannon Exley, and Sherri Long were found beaten, sexually assaulted with tree branches, and strangled with their own bras. He remained in America for five weeks during which time the murders in Austria had stopped!
In a misguided effort to help him Jack's friend's tipped him off that he was considered a suspect. Jack and his girlfriend Bianca Mrak fled from Switzerland where he was now living to America. He enlisted the aid of his supporters and the Austrian papers claiming that he had been framed by the authorities. He was eventually arrested in Miami, Florida on February 27, 1992 and extradited back to Austria to stand trial.

His trial commenced in June of 1994 and lasted two and a half months. He was tried for the three murders in Los Angeles, the one in Prague, and the seven in Austria.
As the overwhelming albeit circumstantial evidence against him was presented in court his supporters, finally realizing that they had been fooled by his literary genius, began to desert him like rats deserting a sinking ship.
Jack Unterweger, who bragged that he would never spend another day in prison, was found guilty of nine of the eleven murders and was sentenced to life in prison.
Later that night Jack Unterweger committed suicide by hanging himself with a string from his prison jumpsuit. The string contained the same knot that was used on the murdered prostitutes!



People who knew him described Charles Edward Friedgood as ruthless but charming. He had a glib personality and what seemed to be a perpetual smile. Charles used whatever means at his disposal to get his way and didn't care who knew it. He was a true sociopath!
In 1940 Charles Friedgood began attending medical school at the University of Michigan. During his final year it was made known that he had previously contracted tuberculosis. A condition that would seriously hamper his future as a doctor. He decided to increase the odds in his favor by stealing stationary from the dean's office and forging a reference for himself. But he tooted his own horn a little too much and when one prospective employer contacted the dean he was called on the carpet and got expelled from school.
But that would not stop him from obtaining his goal. He merely sweet talked his way into Wayne University and completed his senior year. He completed his internship at the Detroit Receiving Hospital and then landed a residency at the University of Pennsylvania under one of the nation's top surgeons. After studying for one year, his residency was abruptly canceled. No reasons were ever made public. True to sociopathic form, Friedgood turned the setback into an advantage and managed to obtain a position at New York City's prestigious Mount Sinai Hospital.
He also met and married wealthy socialite, Sophie Davidowitz. The couple would have six children and would reside in an 18-room mansion in the affluent Kensington section of Long Island's north shore.
Dr Charles Friedgood's sliphod surgical career consisted of unethical and criminal practices. Rather than expose themselves to the prospect of lawsuits, the hospitals involved would fire him and keep any evidence of his wrongdoing under wraps.
In 1967 Friedgood began an open affair with his office nurse, Harriet Larsen. He set her up in an apartment not far from his house. They had two children together. Harriet wanted Friedgood to divorce his wife and marry her but since everything was in Sophie's name that was an impossibility.
On June 18, 1975 their maid, Lydia Fernandez, arrived for work as usual. While cleaning up she found a note left for her by Sophie telling her she was not feeling well and to let her sleep. By 1pm she became concerned when Sophie had not appeared. She went to the bedroom and found Sophie in the bed. She immediately called Dr. Friedgood and told him that his wife was dead. He informed her that Sophie must have had another stroke, she had suffered one previously the year before, because she was fine when he left for work that morning. He rushed home then produced and signed a death certificate. Cause of death was listed as Cerebral Vascular Accident, a stroke. In keeping with the Orthodox Jewish tradition he quickly arranged for Sophie's body to be shipped back to her hometown of Hazelton, Pennsylvania for burial.
When the paperwork crossed the desk of the Kensington police chief, Ray Sickels, he found it very curious that the doctor had signed his own wife's death certificate and he decided to place a call to the Nassau County District Attorney. The prosecutor demanded exhumation of Sophie's body in order to perform an autopsy. During the autopsy the medical examiner found dark red bruises on her body surrounding what looked like needle marks. Further testing revealed that she had been injected with the pain killer Demerol and that a lethal amount had been injected directly into her liver.
The police were immediately dispatched to the Friedgood residence to search for evidence of Demerol and syringes. Friedgood's eldest daughter would later testify in court that while the police searched downstairs, at her father's plea, she went upstairs to her father's study and removed two vials of Demerol and a syringe and hid them in her underwear.
Realizing that he was about to be found out, Dr. Charles Friedgood forged his wife's name to documents granting him access to her safety deposit boxes and authority to sell several of her stock. He was able to amass nearly $600,000 in cash, negotiable bonds and his wife's jewelry.
On August 5, 1975 Dr. Charles Friedgood boarded British Airways flight 510 from Kennedy Airport to London. He was headed to Denmark to join his mistress and their two children in order to begin a new life.
Tipped off that Friedgood was about to skip the country, the police raced to Kennedy Airport. They watched as the plane taxied down the runway preparing for takeoff. They were too late! In a last ditch effort they notified the Port Authority and let them know that there was a murder suspect on board the flight. The detectives watched the plane with bated breath and then it happened! The plane turned around and rumbled back towards the terminal. When the plane came to a stop the detectives boarded and removed Friedgood from the plane. He was arrested and charged with the murder of his wife. His children testified against him at his trial. He was found guilty and sentenced to 25 years to life.

Interview:Charles Friedgood on His Crime!
Charles Friedgood on His Remorse and Dying in Prison!
Charles Friedgood on His Relationship With His Children!



Betrayal in Blue!

4/14/2009

In the early morning hours of March 4, 1995 a 1977 red and white Ford Torino pulled into the parking lot of the Kim Anh, a family-owned Vietnamese restaurant. Inside Chau, Quoc, Ha and Cuong Vu along with Vui a restaurant employee were closing up. Also inside was 25-year-old Ronnie Williams, an off duty New Orleans Police Officer who ran the security detail for the restaurant. Ten days earlier his wife had given birth to the couple's second son, Patrick.
As she spotted the car, Chau Vu sensed that something was amiss. She grabbed up the $10,000 in cash spread out on a nearby table and hid the money inside the microwave.

A female emerged from the car and approached the front door and finding it locked she used a key to unlock the door. Much to the shock of the occupants she entered the dining room and made her way towards the kitchen. Officer Williams asked her how she got hold of a key. She ignored him and continued towards the kitchen herding Chau Vu and her Brother Quoc in front of her on the pretext of wanting to speak with them privately.
Officer Williams, suspicions aroused, watched as they entered the kitchen. Unbeknownst to him a second occupant, a male, emerged from the car and slipped in through the door. He snuck up behind Officer Williams and shot him in the back of the head. The male fired again hitting Williams in the back of the neck and again, the last bullet ripping into his back. The killer then took Williams' revolver and wallet. Hearing the shots the female raced from the kitchen.
Seeing a chance to escape Chau grabbed her brother Quoc and Vui and ran towards the walk-in cooler, turned off the light, and closed the glass door. Unfortunately she was unable to get Ha and Cuong to follow her. The door provided them a view of the kitchen and front of the restaurant. The robbers searched the restaurant obviously looking for money. They returned to the kitchen where Ha and Cuong Vu were and forced them to kneel on the floor. The female shouted at them and demanded to know where the money was. As Chau and Quoc watched in horror the female began shooting. 21-year-old Ha was shot 4 times. 17-year-old Cuong took longer to die. He was shot a total of 6 times. The robbers then searched the kitchen and eventually found the money hidden in the microwave. Unable to find Chau, Quoc, and Vui, they left the restaurant. As the Torino peeled out of the parking lot a cardboard sign slid across the dashboard. Printed on the sign were the words NEW ORLEANS POLICE OFFICER ON DUTY!
After making sure the robbers were gone, Chau opened the door of the cooler. Her brother Quoc ran past her and went to a friend's house to call the police. Chau returned to the cooler and waited with Mrs Vui until the police arrived. When Chau saw two uniformed officers get out of an unmarked car she ran out of the restaurant towards them. In the meantime the female killer had returned to the scene alone in order to "take care" of the remaining witnesses. As she approached Chau she noticed the uniformed officers. Putting on a show of concern she asked Chau what had happened. Chau stared at her and said "You were There. You know everything" SHE was Antoinette Frank, a New Orleans Police Officer!
Antoinette Frank had joined the New Orleans Police Department when the force was in utter turmoil. Officers were being fired or arrested for murder and drug trafficking; earning the department the moniker of the most corrupt police department in history. Even though Frank had lied on her application, had scored poorly on standardized psychological evaluations, and been labeled unsuitable for the job of police officer, New Orleans, hurting for new recruits, ignored the warning signs and hired her anyway. Frank would later claim that she was psychologically scarred from being subjected to sexual, mental and physical abuse by her father when she was a child.
Antoinette also occasionally worked security detail at
the Kim Anh restaurant and she knew that the Vu family kept large amounts of cash there because they distrusted banks.
Frank was taken to police headquarters where she eventually confessed to the crime. She was arrested along with her accomplice, 18-year-old career criminal Rogers LaCaze and charged with first degree murder. They were both found guilty and sentenced to death.

One final note:
A month after Frank was sentenced to death by lethal injection, a dog found the remains of a skeleton under the house she had once shared with her father. She had reported him missing almost 2 years prior. There was a bullet hole in the skull!




Oct 19, 1931 the Golden State Limited from Phoenix, Arizona pulled into Los Angeles' Union Station. The passengers alighted from the train and collected their baggage. Eventually all of the baggage is claimed save for two trunks. Baggage handler, George Brooker, checked out the trunks. On closer inspection he was struck by a nauseating odor emanating from the trunks and he also noticed a dark liquid oozing down the sides which appeared to be blood. Thinking a hunter was trying to smuggle his kill past customs he reported his suspicions to the baggage agent, Jim Anderson.

A couple eventually approached the train and the woman requested her trunks. She presented a claim ticket for both. Jim Anderson questioned the woman as to the contents of her trunks. She stated that they were personal items. Anderson however remained suspicious and refused to release the trunks and demanded that she open them. The woman insisted that the trunks belonged to her husband and that she would have to go get the keys. She and her companion hurried to their car and departed from the station. Anderson phoned the police. Lt. Frank Ryan of the L.A.P.D. kneeled down to open the large trunk first. He was assaulted with the odor and he immediately recognized the smell. It was the smell of death. He picked the lock, lifted the lid and peeled back a layer of clothing. Staring blankly back at him was the face of a dead woman. The smaller trunk contained the upper portion of a second female. Her body had been surgically dissected at the waist. The rest of her body parts were found in a suitcase and a hatbox that contained a .25 caliber pistol, a butcher knife and a surgical bag. The police traced the baggage back to a passenger who had boarded the train Sunday evening in Phoenix, Winnie Ruth Judd!

Facts of the case: (Key Players in the Murder Case)
Winnie Ruth Judd had met and befriended Agnes Anne LeRoi and her close friend Hedvig "Sammy" Samuelson.
Anne and Sammy were "party girls", a 1930's euphemism for prostitutes. They threw lavish parties and entertained several well-connected and influential gentlemen. One of these men was Jack Halloran, who gave the girls large monetary gifts, along with food and bootleg liquor.
Despite the fact that they were both married, Winnie and Jack were lovers. Winnie was also jealous of the attention that Jack lavished on Anne and Sammy.
Winnie owned a .25 caliber pistol which she had left with Annie and Sammy.
On the evening of October 16, 1931 Ruth was present at the girls' house. Later that night Sammy was shot in the upper abdomen, her left arm and the right side of her head with a .25 caliber pistol. Anne was shot once in the head with a different caliber pistol. Anne was folded into the large trunk. Sammy was dissected and her body parts were dispersed between the smaller trunk and the suitcase.
Winnie Ruth Judd was arrested and charged with the murder of Agnes Anne LeRoi. The prosecutor claimed that her motive was jealousy. That Winnie had shot the two women while they were asleep in their beds and had stuffed Anne's body into the larger trunk and had hacked up Sammy's body before putting part of her body into the smaller trunk. The prosecution buried any evidence that pointed to someone other than Winnie and that she had acted alone the murders. The prosecutor also claimed that Winnie had shot herself after the fact in an effort to insinuate a struggle had occurred. In the 1930's the prosecution was not required to release any of the police evidence to the defense.
Winnie Ruth Judd was not allowed to take the stand!

Police Evidence Not Presented During the Trial:
Ruth gave a statement to the police in which she claimed that she and the two women had gotten into an argument that turned physical. She said that Sammy threatened her with her own gun and when she tried to grab the gun that she was shot in the hand. Winnie claimed that Anne began beating her with the ironing board and by then Winnie had wrested the gun from Sammy. She stated that the gun had been fired three times and all of them collapsed on the floor. Winnie states that when she came to, she saw the girls lying on the floor and assumed that she had killed them. She hurried home and notified Jack Halloran of the events that had taken place. She stated that she and Jack returned to the scene and he took control of the situation from there.
When arrested Ruth had to undergo emergency surgery to remove the bullet from her hand. The doctor also discovered and photographed 147 injuries covering Winnie's body. In her estimation the physician documented that "Mrs Judd put up a tremendous fight for her life."
Several witnesses told police that they had seen Winnie with a bandaged hand after Friday night.
The doctor who performed the autopsy of Sammy stated that whoever cut her up had an extensive knowledge of anatomy such as a surgeon or experienced physician. Winnie Ruth Judd had no such knowledge.
During the search of the home of Anne LeRoi and Sammy Samuelson the police found a diary belonging to Ms. LeRoi. The diary is purported to contain the names of certain "influential" gentlemen who frequented the ladies' residence. A diary that if was made public could cause an embarrassing scandal for quite a few prominent men in the Arizona hierarchy.

Winnie Ruth Judd was never tried for the murder of Hedvig "Sammy" Samuelson. To do so would have raised to many questions for which the prosecution and others did not want answers.
On February 8, 1932 Winnie Ruth Judd was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging. In a surprising twist of fate the Warden at the Arizona State Prison petitioned for and was granted a sanity hearing and just 72 hours before her scheduled execution, Winne Ruth Judd was found insane. She was sent to the Arizona State Hospital when she spent the next 40 years.

To this day questions still remain about the murders. Many people suspect that Judd was sacrificed in order to protect her well-connected accomplices. Exactly what was Winnie Ruth Judd guilty of doing?

Watch Video:
Arizona Stories: Winnie Ruth Judd



Doctor Of Death

4/08/2009


Dr. Carl Coppolino should have kept in mind the old adage about a woman scorned when he dumped his former lover, Marge Farber.

Coppolino was an anesthesiologist at Riverview Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey and he was also a skilled practitioner in the art of hypnosis. His wife Carmela was a research physician with a large drug firm. In 1963 Coppolino resigned from his position stating that he was unable to continue practicing due to a heart condition; a claim which would be later purported to have been caused by his ingesting digitalis in order to mimic heart disease.

Coppolino was able to support himself reasonably well with his disability checks, his moderate success as an author and his wife's salary. The Coppolino's eventually moved to an upper class neighborhood in Middletown, New Jersey. Soon after they met their new neighbors, Ret. Army Colonel William and Marjorie Farber. At Carmela's suggestion Marge turned to Coppolino for hypnosis in an effort to rid her of her narcotic addition. The two spent a lot of time together and their mutual attraction gave way to a torrid affair. If Carmela was aware of their relationship she gave no sign. William on the other hand was not so foolish!

On the evening of July 3o, 1963, the phone at the Coppolino residence rang. A panic-strickened Marge was on the other end. Her husband was unconscious. Marge pleaded with Carl to come over. Carl sent Carmela instead. When she entered the residence she found William Farber dead in his bedroom. At Carl's insistence Carmela signed the death certificate attributing his death to coronary thrombosis. He was 51 at the time of his demise.

Using his heart condition as an excuse Carl Coppolino decided to move his family to Florida. Carl's plans for a high-end life style were in danger when Carmela failed the Florida medical exam and was unable to practice. Desperate for cash, Carl Coppolino came up with a new plan. As usual it involved another woman! Carl began romancing wealthy divorcee, Mary Gibson.

Marge Farber eventually followed Carl to Florida in the hopes of rekindling their romance. What she found was that she had been replaced. A situation that did not sit well with her. In an effort to put an end to the relationship between Carl and Mary, Marge phoned Carmela. Her plan would produce disastrous results!

On August 29, 1965 around 6 AM a call was placed to Dr. Juliette Karow. Carl Coppolino was on the other end and tearfully explained to Dr. Karow that he had just found his wife dead of an apparent heart attack. Carmela was 32-years-old when she died. Dr Karow came to the house to examine the body. She was suspicious as to the cause of death due to the age of the victim, but since there was no evidence of foul play she agreed to sign the death certificate.

Exactly 41 days after his wife's death Carl Coppolino married Mary Gibson. Marge Farber was incensed. She had been played by Coppolino, or so she felt, and it was time to exact revenge! Marjorie went to the Sarasota County Sheriff's department and related a bizarre tale of two murders. Cast in the role as a jilted lover her story was met with skepticism. However the Sheriff decided to begin a quiet investigation and found that things were not adding up. His investigation led to the exhumation of both Col. William Farber and Carmela Coppolino and the examination of both bodies led to charges of homicide for Carl Coppolino.

He was tried first in December of 1966 for the murder of William Farber. His attorney was the infamous F. Lee Bailey. In Bailey's opening statement he said of Marjorie Farber; "she wants this man so badly that she would sit on his lap in the electric chair.... just to make sure he dies" Marjorie took the stand during the trial and testified to her role in her husband's alleged murder. She claimed that she had been hypnotized by Coppolino into attempting to murder her husband with an injection of succinylcholine and when she was unable to do so he smothered her husband with a pillow while she stood helplessly by and watched.

With a brutal cross examination and masterful defense strategy, Bailey was able to portray Marjorie as a woman scorned and raise serious doubt as to whether a murder had even occurred. Coppolino was acquitted.

In April of 1967, Coppolino went on trial for the murder of his wife. He was again defended by F. Lee Bailey. This trial however would make forensic history. During the autospy of Carmela Coppolino the medical examiner, Dr. Milton Helpern, noticed an injection site in her left buttocks. It had also been discovered that Coppolino had obtained several vials of succinylcholine from a friend claiming they were to be used for animal experiments. The central problem was that succinylcholine had never before been detected in human tissue because of its rapid breakdown into byproducts. These byproducts are normally present in the body in small amounts after death and are undetectable by ordinary means. Dr Helpern and his chief toxicologist, Joseph Umberger, were able to develop a technique to detect abnormal levels of the byproducts in Carmela Coppolino's tissues. Due to the overwhelming but highly controversial medical evidence, Carl Coppolino was convicted of 2nd-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. After serving 12-1/2 years, Coppolino was paroled in 1979.