For decades, the question of who killed Kent Leppink seemed to have an obvious answer. Authorities believed that in May of 1996, Leppink was murdered by Mechele Linehan, a young exotic dancer who he was infatuated with, and John Carlin III, a lonesome single father who was one of Linehan’s lovers. The problem was that no one could produce concrete evidence that tied the duo to the crime.
As is usually the case with deadly love triangles and black widow murders, the prosecution determined the motive for Leppink’s death was more complicated than basic jealousy. They believed Linehan wanted the million-dollar payout from Leppink’s life insurance, which she purchased for him months prior to his untimely demise. Although Linehan and Carlin were found guilty of Leppink’s murder, they appealed the court’s decision, as the conviction was reached using exclusively circumstantial evidence.
The appeal eventually proved successful, and the conviction was overturned in 2010. Before that could happen, however, Carlin was brutally murdered in prison, so only Linehan won her freedom. The facts surrounding Leppink’s love triangle and subsequent murder weren’t enough to keep Linehan in jail, but they were definitely enough to convince the police of her guilt.
Kent Leppink Was Lured To His Death In 1996
Linehan And Carlin Were Found Guilty In 2007
Just Before He Died, Leppink Sent His Parents A Damning Letter
Linehan's Emails Revealed Her Manipulative Nature
The Motive Was Likely A Million Dollar Insurance Policy
Carlin Was Killed In Prison In 2008