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The Bizarre True Story of Alaska's Killer Stripper
By Fred Rosen

Harper True Crime, July 2009 ($7.99)

ISBN-10: 0061733989
ISBN-13: 978-0-06-173398-7

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

Mechele Hughes Linehan was accused of killing, or coercing John Carlin III to kill, Kent Leppink for insurance money. The murder took place in 1996. At that time, Mechele Hughes was an exotic dancer in Wasilla, Alaska. Leppink and Carlin were two of her lovers. Ten years later she was living in Olympia, Washington, married to a doctor and the mother of three children when her past life caught up with her.

The case itself was quite interesting. Two very different "versions" of one woman emerged. Could a seemingly loving wife, mother of three, and charity volunteer living in Washington be the same woman who ten years previously was living in Alaska, "engaged" to and living in the same house with three men, one of whom ended up dead at her urging -- killed by one of the other male housemates?

I've said before, in other reviews of books written by this author, I don't like his writing style. This has got to be the worst book I've read by this author. I don't recommend buying it. It's not really even worth checking out of the library, if you can find it. It is beyond me how this author keeps getting published.

If you find the case interesting, you might do well to "Google" it and read online news reports following the developments in the case and the trial.

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