Mike MacKool and Leslie Ballard

Leslie Ballard lived a privileged life. Her parents Les and Janie Ballard ran a successful printing business in Little Rock, Arkansas and paid for her master’s degree, her condo, her cars, and her vacations. Then she met and married Mike MacKool who was 23 years older than her!!!! He also had numerous ex-wives. It didn’t take Leslie’s parents too long to figure out that Mike MacKool (who was far from cool) was just using their daughter for her money. It didn’t hurt that she was quite attractive which for a dork looking guy like Mike MacKool has many people baffled what she seen in a loser like him.

Her parents eventually ended up supporting her less while she was married to Mike. When Leslie’s father died in his will she only received $25,000 of his multi million dollar estate. The majority obviously went to her mother.

Leslie and Mike then came up with a plan to kill Leslie’s mother. Believing that if Janie Ballard died within 30 days of her fathers death she would automatically inherit all the money. Which was false as Mike Mackool has issues reading and understanding.

Jeanie Ballard

On September 12th, 2003 Leslie went to her mothers home. She waited in the bushes with a wig and black face for almost 20 minutes until her mother came home. When she arrived Leslie stabbed her mother Janie over 70 times. Her throat had also been slit in what appeared to be attempt at decapitation. She also took a car, a coin collection, and jewelry to make it look like a robbery. She dressed in all black to appear like a black male, then dumped the get away car in a black neighborhood. As bad of an attempt as that was it was pointless as the police already knew of them as suspects the second they found Jeanie Ballard dead. Jeanie had told numerous people that she feared Leslie and Mike would kill her for her money.

Leslie and Mike were arrested for Janie Ballard’s murder. They were interviewed separately. Mike denied the whole thing, while Leslie admitted to the crime right away saying she was forced to do it by Mike Mackool.

While Leslie was cracking to the police and Mike was panicking in the hallway of the police station, he snapped and barricaded himself in a police interview room where he slit his wrists. The police had to use pepper spray to enter the room. (Should of left the tough guy in there).

She pleaded not guilty to a mental disorder.

Mike was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Links

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1293460/plotsummary

https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ar-supreme-court/1386457.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/id/wbna5068572

Mike Mackool

Michael Raymond MacKool- (Born -October 19th, 1953) Has a drug head son who was in jail for aggressive panhandling. LINK

 

Rachel Mullenix

When Rachel Mullenix was only 16, her and her 21 year old boyfriend Ian Allen stabbed her 56 year old mother Barbara Mullenix to death in Huntington Beach, California on September 13th, 2006. Then dumped her body covered in a bloody blanket with a butter knife sticking out of her eye in Newport Harbor. She had been stabbed more than 50 times with 2 different knives .The most memorable thing about this case that I remember when they aired it on Forensic Files was that they stabbed her mother in the eye with a butter knife (which was lodged in her skull when she was found) and that they identified her mother by her breast implants. Fake boobs apparently are like rolex’s they track them. Good to know.

After the 2 dumped Barbara’s body in the harbor, Rachel and Ian started heading towards Tampa, Florida on Interstate 10. But here stopped in Louisiana. Officers pulled over Allen’s truck and then Rachel ran up to the officers claiming that Allen had kidnapped her and held her against her will. When the detectives split them apart and interviewed Rachel, they did not believe her story at all. They also seen surviellance of the two of them in a convenience store earlier that day. She had plenty of time to escape and moved around freely. She did not look like she was being held against her will on camera. She acted like she was Allen’s girlfriend.

Rachael Scarlett Mullenix- Rachel denied and denied and pointed all the blame at Ian Allen. He in favor did the same. Rachel’s father Bruce still believes that his daughter is innocent. Her and Ian both said the other killed Barbara but they admitted to cleaning up. Rachel also used her mothers alcoholism and abuse towards her as a reason to kill her. She basically couldn’t keep her lies straight. Rachael was born in Oklahoma City in 1989 – the only child of Barbara and Bruce Mullenix – and lived there until she became a teenager. She grew up with her half-brother Alex – Barbara’s son from a prior marriage.

After four days of deliberations, a jury convicted her and sentenced her to 25 years to life.

Ian Westleigh Allen- Ian and Rachel first started dating in May of 2006. At first Rachel;s parents did not approve of the relationship. But Rachael’s parents eventually accepted Allen — even giving him a written permission slip to show authorities that he was allowed to date their daughter, a minor. In return, she needed to abide by her parents’ rules, including a curfew that required her to be home by 1 a.m. On Aug. 31, Rachael didn’t come home. Her mother was frantic. She kept calling her daughter’s cell phone, but there was no answer. She drove over to Allen’s home. The teen was there, sleeping. Barbara dragged Rachael home – then grounded her from seeing her beau. A few days later, Barbara mother relented to Rachael’s pleas and allowed the couple to see a movie.

Allen was later also convicted of first-degree murder and received 25 to life. 

Barbara Mullenix.

Rachel’s half brother spoke out about the crime in 2020 saying that Rachel was a victim more than an aggressor. He also claimed about how controlling and horrible his mother was to life with. Hence why he left. The interview is HERE.

Links

https://murderpedia.org/female.M/m/mullenix-rachael.htm

Ian Westleigh Designs
www.ArtPal.com/iwdesignsHi, my names is Ian Allen. I’m 34 years old, serving a life sentence and have been in prison since 2006. You may have even seen my case on 48 Hours, Investigation Discovery, or a few other shows. Originally from Huntington Beach, Orange County. I’ve done commission work for clothing, album covers, tattoos, and am currently working on a graphic novel series.