Deadly Angel by Fred Rosen (Review #2)

angel1Reviewed by Julie Moderson

Fred Rosen has written many true crime books and I think Deadly Angel is one of the best or worst true crime stories ever written. I find it so bizarre that Mechele Huges and John Carlin III got away with murder for almost 12 years.

Looking for easy money and a new life Mechele Hughes went to Wasilla, Alaska. (yes folks the same city that Sarah Palin is from) Sarah Palin did not make it easy for the police to solve this murder, she was busy firing Wasilla’s’ police chief . She also issued a gag order that no city employee was to talk to the news media without her permission. Perhaps it wouldn’t help her career in politics to be associated with a fisherman who was murdered by a stripper in her own home town.

The Bush Company, a strip club just outside of the Wasilla city limits was where Mechele found employment as a exotic dancer. She had a way with men and was soon getting expensive gifts and earning thousands of dollars a night. She was engaged to three men at the same time who she met at the strip club; Kent Leppink, John
Carlin and Scott Hilke and they all lived in the same house.

In May of 1996 Kent Leppink’s bullet ridden body was found in a remote area near Hope, Alaska. Kent wrote a letter to his parents about who he thought might kill him and he changed beneficiaries at the last minute on an insurance policy that Mechele talked him into purchasing.

More than ten years would pass before the murder trials of John Carlin III and Mechele Hughes. Mechele was married to a doctor and a mother of a young child. She turned her life around and got a master’s degree and had dedicated her life to children, animals and charitable causes. Did she orchestrate this murder or did
John Carlin III do it on his own?

As you read this story you keep having to remind yourself that this isn’t fiction because it seems like it can’t possibly be true.

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