The Seductress

As troopers investigated the death of Kent Leppink, they uncovered a complex web of lies, seduction, and betrayal, with Mechele Hughes at the center of it all. Mechele was only 23 years old when someone murdered Kent Leppink on a remote trail, but the beautiful young woman already had accumulated three fiancés who lavished her with furs, jewels, and money.

Mechele Hughes Linehan
Kent Leppink







John Carlin III
Great Alaskan Bush Co.







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Death of Kent Leppink. Wikipedia.

Mechele K. Linehan. Murderpedia.

Former Olympia mom wins appeal in Alaska murder case.

Love and Death in Alaska. 48 Hours. CBS News.

Holland, Megan. 5-15-2010. Freed from prison, Linehan sets up a new life. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

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2 thoughts on “The Seductress

  1. moi Robin, I’m Peter Pennanen from Finland,
    I am also interested in the history and all the mysteries.
    I’ve read a lot of issues related to the assassination of JFK,
    do you think the disappearance of the Hale Boggs machine is related
    in some way to it too?

    1. Hi Peter,

      Some people believe Boggs was killed because he wanted to reopen the investigation into JFK’s death. I find this idea interesting, but I don’t believe there is any direct evidence to support the claim.

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