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Published: Saturday, Dec. 4 2010 3:00 p.m. MST

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Kearns, UT

Okay DN, so what is your punchline? This article is a good novel but where does it go from here? What I think you have done is help his defense of public persecution with a kangaroo trial.

As for his being a criminally schizoid that should be the first line in his personal history, public, private and legally.

If every person in public office and the justice system were to be medically diagnosed, I think being schizophrenic might top their list of traits. They don't care about no one and nobody but themselves. Schizophrenics are very patient, very through, very careful in manner and speech, and very careful of who they associate with and avoid. They can also plan and plot years ahead of their actions. When you see him coming its too late and you can't do anything because victims have incriminated themselves in his plots.

What is also interesting is why the state legal system failed to put all this together. I really doubt that anything will ever come of this story, too many in the legal system who believe rule of law is greater than truth. A draconian unconstitutional concept of kings and monarchs.

Louisiana Cougar
Pineville, LA


Here was a bright person with tremendous talent who obviously knew he was less capable than he pretended to be. But he was capable of creating an amazing fiction about his identity -- and apparently tragically destroyed others to serve his self-interests.

Great reporting!

Home Town USA, UT

Excellent journalism here. This sounds like a book in the making. Praises to the writer and the thorough research in compiling this history! The book, "Catch Me If You Can," could have been a model for deceit to Martin MacNeil. Although is is pale compared to all the lengths the good doctor took to deceive from his early life. There are so many pieces to this puzzle. I admire the daughter, Alexis, who completed her medical degree and the care she has taken for her younger siblings.

Each of the children have been through so much. The thing that could come of this is an indictment for M.M to face the truth and never be allowed out of prison except for the ensuing trial for murder.

This investigation is very complex and perhaps could give closure to all the unanswered questions. The man appears to be a professional, pathological, psychopath and a liar, a master of deceit.

I would say that Michele MacNeill was truly the Angel everyone says about her. May she rest in peace with justice brought to bear over her death being staged to look accidental.

Doesn't sound like he acted alone either.

Pleasant Grove, UT

Where has this story been? I am a 15 year resident of Pleasant Grove and this is the first time I've heard any mention of this. One can only hope there will be legal follow-up, before this guy walks out of federal prison in 2012.

South Jordan, UT

@my2pence....there was an article about this a year or so ago. I am sure if you type the name into the search it will bring it up. It gives some other important information.

I went to college with Alexis and my heart aches for everything she and her family have gone through. I really hope they find the justice they deserve. I am so glad they have re-opened the case into Michelle's death....obviously something was missed the first time around.

South Jordan, Utah

@My2pence...Our family has been fighting for almost 4 years for the truth to come out. It took over a year before any of our claims were taken seriously. We are very hopeful that this exposure, as well as the upcoming 20/20 episode will help us get justice.

Provo, UT

When the story ran before, Alexis was blogging and asking anyone for help in building a case for muder against her father. Obviously, a lot of people came forward.

If you have ever read "People of the Lie" by M. Scott Peck, this is a classic case of human evil. There are many who live among us and live completely fraudulent lives. These people know how to fool others and are very dangerous. This guy is obviously one of them. I would highly recommend this book.

My best wishes for this family. I hope they can totally nail this guy and his girlfriend for life.

Syracuse, NY

At first I thought that 20 pages was a little long and didn't think I wanted to spend the time reading this one but once I did I couldn't stop. How tragic. It seems that everybody he came in to contact with suffered. Also, this story bring to mind the movie Brigham City. Apparently, nobody ever really checked this guy out!

Port Alice, B.C.

Any charges and criminal prosecution will be seriouls tainted. Getting a conviction out of such a mess will be nearly impossible.

Rae M.
Taylorsville, UT

Well, now, after reading this, I know Brian David Mitchell could have been worse. Other than deaths surrounding this guy, however, similarities appear to exist: approximate age, physical female beauty, intimidation, manipulation, charisma, possible brainwasing, threats and hypocrisy are what come to mind immediately.

Bill Freeze
Lindon, UT

I thought the story was too sensational for the front cover of the Sunday Deseret News. Put all that garbage in the National Inquirer or write a book about it and if people want to read about white trash drugs attics then they can. The police have done about as bad a job on this mess as they did the Elizabth Smart fiasco.

Riverton, Utah

Alexis, my heart is breaking right now. I still use the plaid dance bag your mom gave me before I moved to Alabama in 1992. I have such fond memories coming to your home and teaching you and Vanessa highland dancing. I am still in shock. We moved back to Utah one month after Michele's death, and I have been wondering about you and your family for 3 yrs. now. I think the last time I talked to Michelle was in '96 or '97 after I got highland dancing going in Arizona, and came up for the Payson Highland games. Your mom loved you so much. My prayers are with you and Vanessa.

Enoch, Ut

I think this is the same guy who was a doctor in Blanding, UT for a short while. Anyone have info on that?

Cedar Hills, UT

This story starts out by comparing MacNeill's life to the movie "Catch Me if You Can." The movie is actually based on a book that is the real-life story of Frank Abagnale and contains a lot more than the movie. The biggest difference is that Abagnale never killed anyone, and is now making quite a living consulting on making things like checks and driver licenses harder to forge. An interesting thing they have in common is that they both worked at BYU on false pretenses (Abagnale spent a summer teaching there, which is fictionalized in the movie as him briefly filling in for a substitute teacher in high school).

Springville, UT

@lex82: this has obviously taken a lot of strength and courage - and a toll on your family nobody will ever come close to understanding. I pray for closure for you and your family on this tragedy, for strength and help from beyond.

Pleasant Grove, UT

Thank you Flower, and lex82 for the follow up. Best of luck with this case. I'll be watching for, and following this story from here on out :)

Provo, UT

Dear Maureenaus: The last time this story ran, Alex was blogging and said that they used to live in Monticello when they were little. Apparently this guy was a lousy doctor and left Monticello to go to law school.

Salt Lake City, UT

Smart man--he has intelligence to get away with all that he did and what he achieved. Evil man--has no remorse for what he did. Course with all the suicides and things going on with his siblings, his son, etc. maybe he does have a mental illness. But he still should be put away for the rest of his life so he can't hurt anyone else. I wouldn't want to cross his path.

Henderson, NV

Hey Infoman - It took me one click to learn this about Abignales supposedly teaching a semester at BYU:

So despite claiming to be a sociology professor in at least three books, two solely written by Abignale himself, and an on-camera claim following the movie, it appears Abignale as a BYU professor is mostly or entirely just another real fake. BYU does admit, had Abignale been invited as a guest lecturer or teacher's aide as he claims, they would have no record of it.

Abignale claimed to have dated a girl whose father taught at BYU, and that he "got to go up and teach during a summer, more like a teacher's aid". Yeah, far from the claim of being a Sociology Professor at BYU.

Mr. Ed
La Verkin, UT

This guy lived a few doors down from my inlaws when it all went down. nice neighborhood, never would have thought something like this, I remember feeling terrible for the kids when the mother passed because those kids will soon be orphaned because of his cancer (which was a lie). Just crazy. Good for the children to stand up and bring this man to justice, sorry that so much heartache and loss had to be experienced before he was uncovered as a fraud. god bless you as you struggle to keep the pieces together.

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