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Seduced by Evil

The True Story of a Gorgeous Stripper-Turned-Suburban-Mom, Her Secret Past, and a Ruthless Murder
Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
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As an exotic dancer at The Great Alaskan Bush Company in Anchorage, Mechele Hughes Linehan knew how to captivate men. Three of them were convinced she was engaged to them. Then one spring morning in 1996, one man, Kent Leppink, was found in the snow, shot in the head…

Days before his death, Kent had removed Mechele's name from his million-dollar life insurance policy. He wrote a letter to his family stating that, should he meet foul play, Mechele would likely be among those involved. But she wasn't charged with Kent's death. She married a doctor, moved to Olympia, Washington, and began a new life. 

For years, Mechele's suburban friends never suspected a thing. She went to school meetings, hosted backyard barbeques, and was beloved by her neighbors. But authorities eventually found enough evidence to mount a case against her and an alleged accomplice. Did Mechele conspire to kill her ex-fiancé? Or is she the innocent victim as she claims? Seduced by Evil is the shocking true story about a love triangle that ended in mystery - and murder…

©2011 Michael Fleeman (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Started at breakfast; finished before dessert.

Severe thunderstorms with fierce wind and hail created the perfect backdrop for a stripper tale. Certainly, not War and Peace – but this riveting story coupled with expert narration is worth the time investment. As they say – fact is stranger than fiction.

I loved it!

If you’ve been on this earth for a few years – you probably know of --- or are aware of the Mechele Hughes Linehan type. She’s the self-absorbed narcissistic gold-digger who has no shame putting her needs and wants before those of others; creating drama wherever she goes --- while leaving a trail of broken pieces in her wake. Even the spelling of her first name is indication Mechele is different from the rest of the girls.

A lyric in Bob Seger’s “Hollywood Nights,” characterizes the former short flat-chested exotic dancer best: “She had been born with a face that would let her get her way. He saw that face and he lost all control…”

Hopeful suitors bankrolled her lifestyle, paid her outstanding bills, and showered her in furs and bling. They probably would have swallowed her bath water if it were the cost of admission into her life.

Granted Mechele’s victims were adults. No one put a gun to their heads; except for one perhaps --- but you teach people how to treat you. Even her infidelity failed to assuage her husband's devotion.

What is equally fascinating is how Mechele --- without missing a beat --- created a contradictory new life: a military doctor’s wife, doting mother, model citizen; and, queen of the neighborhood who loved animals, PTA, and the homeless.

Shame on her for the heartless manipulation of others. Let us hope the apple does not fall too far from the tree. However, let us not forget: the sins of the fathers shall be visited upon the sons.

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Good story

Pretty well written. I enjoyed the book but I'm not sure if she is guilty or not.