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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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Exonerated Suspect in Unsolved Alaska Fishing Boat Mass Murder Breaks His Silence

Thirty-five years have passed since the massacre of eight people on the fishing boat Investor first shocked the nation. For those whose lives were upended by the killings, the case remains a painful cloud that refuses to lift.

For John Peel, the former deckhand who police and prosecutors suspected of committing the grisly slayings, the mystery is something else: a question mark that still hangs over his head.

Peel was charged with the killings in 1984, but after two expensive, headline-grabbing trials, he was found not guilty. Decades later, the case is Alaska’s worst unsolved mass homicide.

“Somebody out there knows what happened,” Peel tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, in an exclusive interview after years of silence. The case will also be featured on Monday night’s People Magazine Investigates on Investigation Discovery.

“Somebody was responsible for this,” Peel says. “Somebody out there knows what happened, but I’m not going to waste any more of my

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How a Killer Massacred an Entire Family on a Fishing Boat in Alaska — and Was Never Caught

The killer moved in plain sight on the foggy morning of Sept. 6, 1982, in the tiny southeast Alaskan fishing village of Craig.

Hours after shooting his eight victims with what police believe was a .22-caliber pistol or rifle, he fired up the engines on the 58-foot fishing boat Investor, waving nonchalantly to a nearby skipper as he moved the vessel — with his victims’ bodies inside — to a secluded bay a mile outside of town.

He motored back to the weather-beaten docks in the Investor’s skiff, returning the next afternoon with a can of gasoline to set the craft ablaze before speeding back to town and then vanishing. Authorities would later describe the suspect as a white male in his early 20s with a pockmarked complexion.

“When I got there [to the boat], black smoke was coming out of the wheelhouse, but there was nobody on deck,” former Craig police

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Behind a Teenage Girl’s Odd Behavior After Her Mom’s Disappearance in Alaska

The 2004 disappearance and death of mom Lauri Waterman rattled the small town of Craig, Alaska. But even before the truth of what happened was revealed, people were noting the behavior of her 16-year-old daughter, Rachelle.

“By Monday morning, most of Craig, Alaska, knew that Lauri was missing. They were sort of surprised to see Rachelle show up at school that day,”explains PEOPLE Executive Editor Cynthia Sanz in Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery. The episode will focus on Lauri’s murder.

“Rachelle’s emotions the day after are all over the map,” a case expert says on Monday’s episode. “At times she’s crying, at times she’s angry, at times she’s inappropriately giggling and silly.

“She’s just thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts.”

As PEOPLE Senior Editor

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Behind a Teenage Girl’s Odd Behavior After Her Mom’s Disappearance in Alaska

The 2004 disappearance and death of mom Lauri Waterman rattled the small town of Craig, Alaska. But even before the truth of what happened was revealed, people were noting the behavior of her 16-year-old daughter, Rachelle.

“By [that] Monday morning, most of Craig, Alaska, knew that Lauri was missing. They were sort of surprised to see Rachelle show up at school that day,”explains PEOPLE Executive Editor Cynthia Sanz in Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates, on Investigation Discovery. The episode will focus on Lauri’s murder.

“Rachelle’s emotions the day after are all over the map,” a case expert says on Monday’s episode. “At times she’s crying, at times she’s angry, at times she’s inappropriately giggling and silly.

“She’s just thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts.”

As PEOPLE Senior Editor Alicia Dennis explained during a Friday appearance on

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/people-magazine-investigates-lauri-waterman-murder/