'20/20' to feature story on imprisoned Pleasant Grove doctor, attorney Martin MacNeill

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  • Sarah B SLC, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 11:36 a.m.

    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.

  • SLCAttorney Sandy, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:57 a.m.

    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.

  • carminaburana Provo, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 10:18 a.m.

    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.

  • JKR Holladay, UT
    Feb. 25, 2011 6:03 a.m.

    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.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    "...used his title as doctor to have access to women..."

    The attractiveness of prestige and money, in the eyes of many.

    Very interesting.

  • Rosebyanyothername Home Town USA, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 11:41 p.m.

    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. Tragic.

  • Happy Valley Hillbilly Alpine, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 3:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Yung Provo, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 2:21 p.m.

    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.

  • splitme2 West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 24, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    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.