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

 

Phu Lam

On December 29, 2014, 53-year-old Phu Lam an Edmonton area maintenance man went on a killing spree in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He shot to death eight people, including two children, most of whom were his relatives. He then committed suicide at a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant, VN Express, in which he had a professional interest that allowed after hours access; the restaurant was located in Fort Saskatchewan, just Northeast of Edmonton. Lam had a criminal record dating back to 1987. On it were charges for drugs and violence related offences. At the time of the shooting, he was in bankruptcy proceedings and owed a large amount of money on at least a dozen credit cards due to a gambling problem. He had attended a recovery program for gambling addicts. Lam was arrested twice in Edmonton, for sexual and domestic assault. In November 2012, a complaint was filed against Lam after he threatened to kill his ex-wife Thuy Tien Truong and five other relatives. The final nail in the coffin I would believe here is when he found out his 8 year old son was not biologically his.

Lam killed seven relatives, including two children under the age of ten, in a house in north Edmonton. Lam then went into another house in the Haddow neighbourhood of Edmonton and killed Cyndi Duong. He then drove to Fort Saskatchewan where he entered a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, where he had after hours access in order to complete kitchen repairs, and committed suicide by shooting himself.

Lam had emigrated from Vietnam in 1979 and was visiting his home country when he met Truong in a coffee shop in 2000. They married six months later and she came to Canada in 2003. He sponsored her family to come as well in 2009.

Truong said in a 2012 application for an emergency protection order that her husband became very insecure and controlling shortly after she landed here. Lam changed her phone number because he didn’t want her to have any friends at all. He wanted to choose her clothes. He didn’t want her to work, but she got a job anyway. Then he smacked her. Once, he choked her so hard she thought she was going to die, she said. He threatened to kill her if she called police. Truong said in the document she was so unhappy she once had sex with another man. Lam became suspicious and ordered a DNA test that proved that their son, Elvis, was not his. Lam really wanted to “actually kill off her whole family and he was going to look for a gun, but no one was stupid enough to give him one,” a court interpreter said while translating Truong’s testimony during an emergency protection hearing.

Victims

  • Klarvatten house: Phu Lam’s wife, Thuy-tien Truong (known as Tien Truong), 35, and her eight-year-old son, Elvis Lam; her father Van-dang Truong, 55; her mother, Thi-dau Le, 55; her sister, Thanh-ha-thi Truong (known as Ha Truong), 33; her sister’s daughter, Valentina Nguyen, 3; Viet Nguyen, 41, Tien Truong’s male friend.
  • Haddow house: Cyndi Duong, 36.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmonton_shooting

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-made-edmonton-shooter-phu-lam-so-angry-that-he-killed-eight-people

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/crime/broken-pieces-a-year-after-edmontons-worst-mass-murder