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Utah doctor's life of lies unravels after some of his children are convinced he murdered their motherBy Amanda Caroline • November 22, 2022 • 32
Michele MacNeill was found lifeless in a bathtub in 2007.
In April 2007, the eight kids of the MacNeill family lost their mother, Michele MacNeill, in what authorities quickly determined to be due to natural causes, just days after she had undergone facelift surgery.
But some of those children and others in Michele MacNeill's family led a dogged campaign to have a thorough investigation opened into her death, which eventually uncovered some alarming facts. Michele's husband, Dr. Martin MacNeill, had withheld decades of secrets from his family - from mistresses and falsified transcripts to a hidden felony conviction – a history that bolstered the family's suspicions that he had killed his wife.
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Six and a half years after Michele MacNeill’s death, he was put on trial for plotting to kill his wife of 29 years in what prosecutors said was a plan to start a new life with a woman with whom he was having an affair. MacNeill was convicted of murder in 2013.
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Michele MacNeill “was a dream of a big sister,” Linda Cluff told ABC News. "[Michele] was popular, she was athletic, she was great in school. She also loved music and she played the violin… we were all very proud of her.”
Michele met Martin MacNeill at an event for young Mormon singles. They married when she was 21 and quickly started a family. She gave birth to four kids in five years.
“All she cared about, I mean, is her family. I mean, her family was her life,” her daughter Alexis Somers said.
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