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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

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/mechele-linehan-alaska-exotic-dancer-killing-kent-leppink/

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/

People Magazine Investigates: Who Killed Popular Florida State Law Professor Dan Markel?

Just hours after popular Florida State University criminal-law professor Dan Markel dropped his two young sons off at daycare on July 18, 2014, he was shot in the head at point-blank range in the garage of his suburban Tallahassee home.

Markel, 41, died the next day — and police quickly surmised he’d been targeted.

But why? And by whom?

More than three years later, the open case is the focus of Monday night’s episode of People Magazine Investigates on Investigation Discovery. The episode zeroes in on the police questioning of Markel’s ex-wife, fellow law

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/dan-markel-killing-people-magazine-investigates/

Inside the Hunt For the Golden State Serial Killer Who Killed 12 and Raped 45 in California

It was around 6:30 a.m., on October 5, 1976, when Jane Sandler heard footsteps running toward her bedroom in her ranch style house in Citrus Heights, California, a middle class suburb of Sacramento.

Thinking it was her husband, who had just left for work for the day, Sandler, a 30-year-old Air Force reserve captain, said, “What did you forget?”

That’s when she looked up and saw an intruder wearing a black ski mask shining a flashlight in her face. As she clutched her three-year-old son next to her, he put a large knife to her chest and muttered, “Shut up, I will kill you.”

The intruder quickly tied their hands, blindfolded them, and tied her feet using sheets from her bed.

“He had this ritual of ripping and tearing these sheets,” Sandler, now 71 and the author of Frozen in Fear: A True Story

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/golden-state-serial-killer-east-area-rapist-original-night-stalker/

Inside the Hunt for the Golden State Serial Killer Who Killed 12 and Raped 45 in California

It was around 6:30 a.m., on October 5, 1976, when Jane Sandler heard footsteps running toward her bedroom in her ranch style house in Citrus Heights, California, a middle class suburb of Sacramento.

Thinking it was her husband, who had just left for work for the day, Sandler, a 30-year-old Air Force reserve captain, said, “What did you forget?”

That’s when she looked up and saw an intruder wearing a black ski mask shining a flashlight in her face. As she clutched her 3-year-old son next to her, he put a large knife to her chest and muttered, “Shut up, I will kill you.”

The intruder quickly tied their hands, blindfolded them, and tied her feet using sheets from her bed.

“He had this ritual of ripping and tearing these sheets,” Sandler, now 71 and the author of Frozen in Fear: A True Story

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/golden-state-serial-killer-east-area-rapist-original-night-stalker/

Investigation Discovery tells story of woman killed in murder-for-hire plot

JACKSON, MI – The story of Frances Craig, stabbed to death in a murder-for-hire plot gone awry, is to be featured next week on the Investigation Discovery series “Unusual suspects: Deadly intent.”

An episode featuring interviews with Craig’s family and friends and Jackson County law enforcement authorities is to air at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, Investigation Discovery announced in a Wednesday, Oct. 18, statement.

Craig, 28, was a young mother of two, working in a restaurant and a clothing store, living in a “new dream home” on Timbercrest Trail, just east of the Country Club of Jackson, the program notes, and died in her bedroom in the middle of the night.

Three men, charged after more than a year of investigation and a secret grand jury, are serving life sentences for the crime.

“Evidence points to some of those closest to the young woman, but determined investigators continue to uncover new leads that guide

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/10/investigation_discovery_tells.html

Tell-tale signs of a murderer: Two actions reveal a man killed his stepdaughter

Convicted murderer Miles Evans tried to fool investigators with an emotional plea following the disappearance of his nine-year-old stepdaughter, but two key blunders blew his cover.

Zoe Evans went missing from her home in Warminster, UK, on January 11, 1997, and according to a new documentary, the televised police appeal Evans gave alongside her mother Paula three days later was ladened with giveaway signs that outed him as a liar.

Attempts to deflect attention away from himself backfired, and his body language gave a key indication that Evans, a Private in the Royal Logistics Corps, was responsible for the young girl’s disappearance, Daily Mail reported.

Killer Miles Evans gave an unconvincing televised police appeal after the disappearance of his stepdaughter. Source: Tears of a Crime

Investigators would later discover that Evans woke Zoe in her bed before punching her in the face and suffocating her with

Read more at: https://au.news.yahoo.com/a/37280066/killer-miles-evans-two-giveaway-signs-he-murdered-stepdaughter/

American Monster spotlights Kevin Dowling who killed a witness but was caught out by NASA scientist

Kevin Dowling fishing in video

Kevin Dowling had a seemingly cast iron alibi with him fishing on a boat

This week American Monster examines the case of Kevin Dowling, who was convicted of killing a store clerk to prevent her testifying against him.

In 1996 Jennifer Myers had been attacked at Gray Fox Gallery in Spring Grove, which she owned and operated. Her assailant had robbed and then attempted to rape her.

A few months later Myers spotted her attacker working at a local gas station and called the police. He was charged with robbery and indecent assault but before the trial started Myers was found dead. She’d been shot in the head and chest at the same gallery where the attack had taken place.

During the trial Dowling produced a video tape that he said showed he was away fishing at the time of the murder

Read more at: https://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/american-monster-spotlights-kevin-dowling-who-shot-jennifer-myers-dead-to-silence-her-forever/

New clips of Christine Billis on TV with husband she killed in car crash shown on American Monster

Charlie and Chrissy Billis sitting together in TV show footage from American Monster

Charles and his killer wife Christine in one of their appearances on camera, shown on American Monster

New footage of killer Christine Billis on TV alongside the husband she left dead in a staged car crash are shown for the first time tonight on Investigation Discovery’s American Monster.

Billis intentionally drove the couple’s car into a tree but while she was belted up and suffered only minor injuries, her husband Charles, 57, was unbelted and died at the scene.

Tonight’s American Monster episode, titled The Last Broadcast, looks at how the tapes from a public-access TV show the couple were involved in show a “sinister tale” behind what happened.

It was initially thought the crash in 2009 in Charleston, Vermont, was an accident and that Christine had blacked out the wheel.

However, not long after

Read more at: http://www.monstersandcritics.com/smallscreen/new-clips-of-christine-billis-on-tv-with-husband-she-killed-in-car-crash-shown-on-american-monster/