This story proves that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. It's amazing
that he wasn't caught much earlier. As far as being odd, we all know people who
are "off" and they don't murder anyone. You can't make a criminal
case against someone just b/c they're weird.I found it interesting
in the Dec. article when his attorney said he had a neurological condition that
would make his body go numb if he sat in the same position for too long. Hmmm,
I think that happens to all of us.
I was in law school the same time as MacNeil. We all marveled at the fact that
he was already a Doctor, working at the BYU Health center and driving a Jaguar.
He finished law school early at the top of his class. We all thought, "we
can't keep up with this guy." We had no idea.
I agree with JKR. Socipaths are among us and from personal experience have no
remorse for their actions. Once they do their harm they move on to the next
victim. Money and influence keep these types of people free to do their evil
deeds. Beware and listen to others opinions. Giving people the benefit of the
doubt makes you their next victim. Only a murderous act will put them in jail.
They are conartists. Just because they go to church every Sunday, lie to their
Bishops and use the church to hide and mingle, doesn't mean they will change or
are changing their behavior.
Sociologists estimate that about 2% of the population are sociopaths -- persons
without "conscience" and with utter disregard for the interests of
others. In fact, sociopaths scorn those of us who show empathy or compassion to
others because such behavior may not be in our best interest. Most sociopaths
are not in jail or prison, they are among us and we all need to be aware. And
we need to bring their actions to light, especially when they are criminal. Too
bad no one exposed this guy way back when he was falsifying his transcript.
Future mayhem and tragedy could have been averted.
"...used his title as doctor to have access to women..."The attractiveness of prestige and money, in the eyes of many. Very interesting.
I read the thorough article in the DN a few months ago. It was very well
written, and can see why 20/20 would pick it up. It will be an interesting
telecast to see all the work ABC does on this story. \MacNeil was
not who he said he was. He fooled so many, the classic con-artist, impostor,
impersonator. Sad how his wife believed him and died. We are our brother's
keeper. Too bad someone did not recognize what he was up to before she died.
I was a casual friend of MacNeill's at the time he was dating Michelle. He
seemed like a nice guy, but many of the things he would say just didn't wash.It's too bad Michelle fell for him. She certainly could have done much
better, and with a happier ending, no doubt.
I agree with slitme2. These things do happen all the time -- we excuse bad
behavior in our professionals, our politicians, our friends or our family. Not
holding them accountable enables them to abuse more victims.
It's sad when people can't connect the odd behavior of someone until after it is
too late. These things happen all the time, people come forward after a death
or accident to say they thought something was odd.