In 2007, Dr. Martin MacNeill - a doctor, lawyer, and Mormon bishop - discovered his wife of 30 years dead in the bathtub of their Pleasant Grove, Utah, home, her face bearing the scars of a facelift he had persuaded her to undergo just a week prior. At first the death of 50-year-old Michele MacNeill, a former beauty queen and mother of eight, appeared natural. But days after the funeral, when Dr. MacNeill moved his much younger mistress into the family home, his children grew suspicious.
Conducting their own investigation into their mother's death, the MacNeill daughters uncovered their father's multiple marital affairs, past criminal record, and falsified college transcripts he used to con his way into medical school. It would take six long years to solve the mystery of Michele's murder and secure a first-degree murder conviction against the once prominent doctor.
New York Times best-selling author Shanna Hogan delves into the high-profile case, unmasking the monster beneath the doctor's carefully concocted facade.
©2015 Shanna Hogan (P)2015 Tantor
"Hogan weaves a cohesive and engaging account, and her narrative chronology makes this a compelling read." (Library Journal)
I always listen to audiobooks while cleaning the house and I found myself looking for extra chores to do so that I could continue listening to this story. From start to finish this book had so many shocking , unbelievable parts that it seems impossible it could be non-fiction. But it is !
If you enjoy shows such as Dateline and 48hours you will thoroughly enjoy this author's in depth telling of this tale .
This was a VERY interesting true crime book. I personally had never heard of this prior to reading reviews. A novelist could not have come up with a better plot. It is terrifying to know this story exists. The key to this story was the red flags that the wife ignored even before marrying. As well, the husband was a very smart man. Too bad he used his genius for evil. I wonder if a move was ever made. After reading this, I Googled all the family members and some of their outcomes were so tragic. The saga this man created is like a curse. Very sad!
What Martin MacNeill put his wife and children through is an absolute disgrace-and Gypsy should also rot considering she was sleeping with a married man-who participated in destroying his family for her own selfish gain) whatever happened to the 4.5 ct $US7000 DOLLAR engagement ring Martin gave Gypsy? The only reason she testified AGAINST MARTIN was so that she didn't have to do further jail time. Poor Michele that must have had an inkling into what Martin was capable of-bc she warned Alexis "if something should happen to me-make sure it wasn't your father" - Both Martin and Gypsy are PURE EVIL and should be treated as such. Fantastic work Shanna on your book. Thoroughly researched. Pam did a great job with the narration too.
The real mystery here is why Michele stayed with husband Martin. He was a bully, a pathological liar, a fraud, a serial philanderer. When she eventually came to the realization that he was probably plotting her murder, she offered no more resistance to this dreadful possibility than a weak rejoinder to daughter Alexis that if she should be found dead, Alexis should make sure that Martin hadn't done it. What was she thinking?
Narrator Pam Ward's strident, barking delivery is annoying in the extreme. Her voicing of the various characters hovers between irritating and risible.
This story is a perfect example of how you never, EVER, really know someone. This story brings out so many emotions... Anger, sorrow, disgust, shock, sadness, empathy and compassion just to name a few. It's astonishing that, after being married this long to a man (and I use this term lightly) who could do the unthinkable to his devoted wife who wanted nothing more than to please her husband and, be the best mother she possibly could be... And for what?... Another woman and his own greed and selfishness.
This story also goes to show how, even the most seemingly perfect family can be highly dissfunctional behind closed doors. Another reason this story is so tragic is the fact that her and her daughter were aware that this psychopath was trying to kill her and, just days before she died, her and her daughter were convinced, rightfully so, that he had already tried once to kill her by overdose and she was very near death in that attempt. If only her daughter would have been able to be by her side at all times and never have to leave her alone with this pathetic excuse for a human being. Had she been able to, she might still be alive today. It taught me that your gut instinct is your best weapon against this sort of situation... It's better to be safe than dead!
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