Category Archives: People Magazine Investigates

Who Killed the Fiancé of an Alaska Exotic Dancer Engaged to Three Men at the Same Time?

When Mechele Linehan was convicted in 2007 as a conspirator in the 1996 killing of a man who’d once thought he was going to marry her, it looked like the crime was solved.

An Anchorage jury determined Linehan, a former exotic dancer, had persuaded a former lover, John Carlin III, to kill Kent Leppink, 36, a fisherman who lived with her and told his family that the two were engaged. At the time, Linehan also was involved with a third man.

But a 2010 appeals court ruling overturned Linehan’s conviction, leaving the case wide open.

PEOPLE Staff Writer Caitlin Keating discussed the case on Friday morning’s People Now. The case is also the focus of the next episode of People Magazine Investigates. The episode, titled “Alaskan Temptress,” airs Monday on Investigation Discovery (9 p.m. ET).

“Mechele was beautiful, charismatic, and a real listening ear to every guy that walked into her exotic dancing venue,” Keating

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A Family Man’s Dark Side Before His Daughter Helped Unmask Him as a Serial Killer

Eventually, April Balascio would discover that her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, was a serial killer — and then she’d help bring him to justice.

But even before that terrible revelation, she and her siblings had discussed the fact that their dad had a dark side — which he sometimes took out on the family.

The case’s twists and turns (and Balascio’s central role) will be the focus of Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery, exclusively previewed above.

• For more on Edward Edwards’ dark secrets and his daughter’s search for the truth, subscribe now to PEOPLE or pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands now.

According to the clip, Balascio and her four siblings were discussing the killing of their adopted brother, “Danny Boy” Edwards, at one family gathering when talk turned to their mom’s hospitalization in 1982.

As

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/serial-killer-edward-edwards-caught-daughter-pmi-episode/

Daughter recalls serial-killer father in People magazine

The Jan. 22 issue of People magazine features the daughter of the man who murdered two Fort Atkinson teens in August 1980.

Titled “My Father Was a Serial Killer … and I Turned Him In,” the story by Gilliana Telling focuses on April (Edwards)

Read more at: http://www.dailyunion.com/news/article_c5a783f2-f943-11e7-9f3a-bb88a0f9ade9.html

About The Daughter Who Discovered Her Dad Was a Serial Killer: ‘He Just Managed to Fool Everybody’

April Balascio was an adult with three children when she finally sat down to search for answers to a question that had eaten at her for years: Was her father — a charming and violent man, obsessed with crime — capable of something monstrous?

The truth, she eventually learned, was yes.

She connected the dots in part because of her own internet sleuthing, and her dad, Edward Wayne Edwards, was arrested in 2009 after a fateful phone call Balascio made to investigators with what she knew.

His eventual confession showed he had murdered at least five people, including his own son.

The case’s twists and turns will be the focus of Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery, and is featured on this week’s cover, on newsstands now.

On Friday, People Senior Editor Gillian Telling, who wrote the cover story, appeared on

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/serial-killer-edward-edwards-daughter-turned-him-in/

The Daughter Who Discovered Her Dad Was a Serial Killer: ‘He Just Managed to Fool Everybody’

April Balascio was an adult with three children when she finally sat down to search for answers to a question that had eaten at her for years: Was her father — a charming and violent man, obsessed with crime — capable of something monstrous?

The truth, she eventually learned, was yes.

She connected the dots in part because of her own internet sleuthing, and her dad, Edward Wayne Edwards, was arrested in 2009 after a fateful phone call Balascio made to investigators with what she knew.

His eventual confession showed he had murdered at least five people, including his own son.

The case’s twists and turns will be the focus of Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery, and is featured on this week’s cover, on newsstands now.

On Friday, People Senior Editor Gillian Telling, who wrote the cover story, appeared on

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/serial-killer-edward-edwards-daughter-turned-him-in/

Raised by a Serial Killer: Edward Edwards’ Daughter Shares Guilt and Shame After Turning Him In

Growing up, April Balascio says she always had suspicions about her dad, handyman Edward Wayne Edwards. He was obsessed with murder and detective stories and loved to ingratiate himself with the cops, inserting himself into local investigations wherever they lived.

Stranger still, Edwards would often move his family in the middle of the night without warning — Balascio’s first clue that something wasn’t quite right.

“Kids aren’t stupid,” she tells PEOPLE.

But it wasn’t until 2009, as a 48-year-old mom of three grown children, that Balascio decided to look deeper, sure that she had to act on her nagging concerns.

After searching online for “cold cases” and towns that they’d lived in when she was a child to see if anything stood out, one did: the story of two teens in Watertown, Wisconsin, who had disappeared after a wedding reception in 1980, only to turn up stabbed and strangled three months

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/serial-killer-edward-edwards-daughter-guilt-turning-him-in/

Serial killer’s daughter reveals how she turned him in to police

April Balascio, the daughter of admitted serial killer Edward Wayne Edwards, spoke to People about how she came to realize her father’s chilling past and what led her to report him to the police.

Read more at: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/01/10/serial-killers-daughter-reveals-how-turned-him-in-to-police.html

I Turned in My Serial Killer Father: How April Balascio Discovered Her Dad Murdered at Least 5

One day in 1980, when April Balascio was 11 years old, her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, woke up the household and told his wife and kids to start packing. They were leaving Watertown, Wisconsin, where they’d lived for about a year — and they were leaving immediately.

The scenario wasn’t unfamiliar: The Edwards family was nomadic, roaming from town to town every six months to a year, at their father’s whim, and often without warning.

“He’d tell us the we had to move in secret because he was protecting us, because there were people who wanted to hurt him or us,” Balascio, now 48, tells PEOPLE.

It would be decades before Balascio, beginning with her own online investigation in March 2009, discovered it was her father who was actually running from the law — that the man who walked her down the aisle had also murdered at least five people.

Thanks in part to

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/i-turned-in-my-serial-killer-father-how-april-balascio-discovered-her-dad-murdered-at-least-5/

Serial Killer Edward Edwards’ Daughter on Turning Him In … – People

One day in 1980, when April Balascio was 11 years old, her father, Edward Wayne Edwards, woke up the household and told his wife and kids to start packing. They were leaving Watertown, Wisconsin, where they’d lived for about a year — and they were leaving immediately.

The scenario wasn’t unfamiliar: The Edwards family was nomadic, roaming from town to town every six months to a year, at their father’s whim, and often without warning.

“He’d tell us that we had to move in secret because he was protecting us, because there were people who wanted to hurt him or us,” Balascio, now 48, tells PEOPLE.

It would be decades before Balascio, beginning with her own online investigation in March 2009, discovered it was her father who was actually running from the law — that the man who walked her down the aisle had also murdered at least five people.

Thanks in part to

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/i-turned-in-my-serial-killer-father-how-april-balascio-discovered-her-dad-murdered-at-least-5/

Who Killed 14-Year-Old Claire Hough, Whose Mutilated Body Was Found on Calif. Beach in 1984?

For more than 30 years, police sought the killer of 14-year-old Claire Hough, whose mutilated body was found by a homeless man in 1984 on a stretch of Torrey Pines State Beach near San Diego. She had been sexually assaulted.

The homeless man, Wallace Wheeler, had been sleeping at his sister’s house, which was just 100 feet away from the home of Claire’s grandparents. When he first encountered Claire’s parents, he told them he was a psychic — but for about 30 minutes, while detailing for them his purported powers, he never once mentioned that he discovered a body.

His behavior quickly became a lead pursued by police in the mystery of what happened at the beach, which is the focus of tonight’s episode of People Magazine Investigates, airing at 10 p.m. ET on Investigation Discovery.

• For more on this case, watch the People Magazine Investigates episode Blood in the Sand on Mon., Jan. 8, at

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/claire-hough-torrey-pines-cold-case/