‘Black widow’ Manhattan killer free after 12 years behind bars for ordering hubby’s slay so she could grab $4.3M insurance cash

Bill Sanderson, New York Daily News

A murderous Manhattan woman who ordered her wealthy husband whacked so she could collect $4.3 million in life insurance cash has been freed from prison.

Barbara Kogan, 77, was locked up for 12 years in the 1990 slaying of George Kogan, an antiques dealer shot on an Upper East Side sidewalk.

She was freed Thursday from Taconic State Prison, a medium-security women’s prison in Westchester County, state records show. Kogan will remain under parole supervision until 2038.

Kogan pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges of manslaughter, conspiracy and grand larceny. Manhattan prosecutors sought a plea deal because they feared their circumstantial case would be hard to prove.

George Kogan, 49, a son of holocaust survivors, was found by his girlfriend outside their apartment on E. 69th St. on Oct. 23, 1990 with three bullet wounds in the back of his head.

As her husband was dying, prosecutors said, Barbara Kogan skipped visiting him in the hospital, and instead hired a stylist to make up her hair for $500.

Prosecutors said Barbara Hogan paid crooked divorce lawyer Miguel Martinez to arrange the hit. The alleged hitman, identified in court as Paul Prosano, was not charged.

Kogan hid out for years in Puerto Rico. Finally, in November 2008 — seven months after Martinez was convicted in the killing, and 18 years after her husband’s death — Kogan was arrested.

At her sentencing hearing in June 2010, George Kogan’s niece recounted that “Barbara occasionally smirked at me as I mourned and wept.”

Barbara Kogan earned the “black widow” nickname for the dark clothing she wore in court. The slaying was the subject of a 2012 book, The Millionaire’s Wife.


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