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Doc suspected in wife’s death freed on fraud case

Posted in The MacNeill Story on July 19th, 2012 by admin – Be the first to comment

A prominent Utah doctor suspected in his wife’s 2007 death was released from a federal prison in Texas late last week after serving time for fraud.

Dr. Martin MacNeill was freed Friday but remains on three years of probation as part of his sentence.

“It’s really sickening to me,” daughter Alexis Somers told The Deseret News ( Monday. “I am back to this panic feeling, just really nervous knowing what he is capable of doing and now he is out.”

Somers, other family members and Utah County investigators believe MacNeill killed his wife in April 2007 then covered it up _ charges the doctor has denied. He claims he had nothing to do with his wife’s death. Telephone messages left Tuesday for two of his attorneys weren’t returned.

Michele MacNeill’s body was found in a bathtub in the couple’s Pleasant Grove home, about 35 miles south of Salt Lake City.

An autopsy indicated she died of natural causes, but a 2010 addendum to that report questioned the manner of death. Authorities now say they believe Michele MacNeill was drugged by her husband, but they haven’t been able to prove it.

Martin MacNeill has never been charged in her death.

He served time after pleading guilty to fraudulently trying to obtain military, banking and Utah identification documents for another woman.

Investigators and family members claim MacNeill had been having an affair with Gypsy Jyll Willis, the very woman who landed him in prison for fraud. When he applied for a military identification card for a woman he called his wife, he listed April 14, 2007, as their wedding day _ the very day his real wife was buried and just three days after police say he killed her.

A search warrant filed in March 2011 said MacNeill had the perfect motive _ to cover up his affair. Willis also was convicted in the fraud case involving the ID card and served a year in federal prison.

“Martin had motive to kill his wife as he was attempting to hide his affair with Gypsy Willis and his continued contact with her,” the search warrant states. “Ultimately Martin intentionally overdosed Michele with the medications.”

Michele MacNeill underwent plastic surgery on April 3, 2007 _ just eight days before her death and shortly after confronting her husband about an affair that had been going on for the last three years, the search warrant affidavit states. It further said Michele MacNeill told her daughter that her husband had her take medications throughout the night even though they made her sick. She was found the next morning unresponsive and remained in that state throughout the day.

Chief investigator Jeff Robinson wrote that the doctor had access to the drugs and “admitted overdosing her a few days prior to her death as if he was going through a practice run.”

Chad Grunander, the Utah County prosecutor assigned to the case, said although MacNeill is out of prison the homicide investigation is still ongoing. MacNeill is required to stay in Utah as terms of his probation.

Authorities say Martin MacNeill spent a lifetime spinning lies. Utah County investigators say he used falsified records to get into medical schools in Mexico and California and later, Brigham Young University.

In 2009, while facing the federal fraud charges, he pleaded guilty to three felonies for lying to investigators.



Girlfriend of ex-Pleasant Grove doctor sentenced to probation; murder charge still pending

Posted in The MacNeill Story on May 19th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Sara Lenz, Deseret News

PROVO — They sat in opposite corners of the courtroom on Tuesday.

Gypsy Willis, the girlfriend of Martin MacNeill, sat in the back right of Provo’s 4th District court, her red hair pulled back in a bun, a blue blazer on. Alexis Somers, MacNeill’s daughter, and Linda Cluff, MacNeill’s sister-in-law, sat in the front right.

It may have been the last time the three women would be in the same room together in the next three years unless murder charges are filed against MacNeill, a former Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney who investigators say had the “opportunity, the motive, the psychological disposition and the capability of killing his wife,” Michele, in April 2007, according to court documents.

Willis, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months of probation after pleading guilty in March to helping steal the identity of MacNeill’s adopted daughter, Giselle, in 2007, shortly after his wife died. In exchange for not having to serve any additional jail time, she will also be required to testify in court if murder charges are filed against MacNeill.

Willis already served a 21-month sentence in a Texas federal prison for separate federal charges stemming from the ID theft and will serve her probation term in Utah.

Willis was also ordered to have no contact with MacNeill or his extended family during the time of her probation, not go near the former MacNeill home and to attend a cognitive restructuring course. Prosecutor John Neilsen said the course should help her realize the impact of her decisions on others.

Cluff, who is also Giselle MacNeill’s adopted mother, said Giselle, now 20, has recently had trouble opening a bank account and getting her driver’s permit because of the identity theft. She also was kicked out of her apartment because of Willis’ name being tied to her and Willis’ bad credit.

“The nightmare continues for her,” Cluff said after the sentence hearing on Tuesday. “It’s an ongoing struggle. She is being challenged constantly to prove she is who she is.”

Utah County investigators say MacNeill, a father of eight, had been dating Willis for three years prior to his wife’s death and then brought her to his home as a nanny a couple weeks after.

A few months after the death, Willis and MacNeill stole Giselle’s identity, who was 16 at the time. Investigators say MacNeill sent his adopted daughter back to the Ukraine “and left (her) there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death. Giselle was planning on visiting her biological sister there for a short time, but federal prosecutors said MacNeill had no plans of having her return.

MacNeill is currently serving time in federal prison for stealing his daughter’s identity and is set to be released in July 2012.

Meanwhile, Utah County investigators should be ready to hand over their homicide investigation of Michele MacNeill within the next month to the Utah County attorney for possible charges, said prosecutor Chad Grunander, who has been assigned to review the case.

Grunander said once he gets the case, one of three things will happen: they could ask investigators to do additional research, deny the case because there is not enough evidence to support a homicide charge, or accept the case and charge MacNeill.

Grunander has another homicide case going to trial in the middle of June, so he said a decision about whether or not to charge MacNeill will probably not be made until at least July.

He said he was not sure if any additional charges will be filed against Willis in connection with Michele MacNeill’s death. Willis’ attorney, John Easton, does not expect any additional charges to be filed against his client.

MacNeill’s family members, though, believe Willis was involved, calling her “calculating.”

“She was involved in my mom’s murder,” Alexis Somers said after the sentencing on Tuesday. “I know she has valuable information. I feel that a murderer just walked out the doors.”


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Stop Martin Stop Evil

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on March 18th, 2011 by admin – 1 Comment

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I found these quotes on the subject of evil and evil people.  It made me ponder and I thought to myself, how true.  I love the insight of these brilliant men in our history.  I do know however that fear, intimidation, control and other things paralyze people at times making it so they “don’t do anything about it”  or others for whatever reason,  just “accept” it.  I have been guilty of this as well.  It could be because the person has threatened you or you may feel ashamed or scared.  Whatever the reason may be, fear, guilt, shame, etc…I believe the agony continues inside you because of this evil which is not a very happy peaceful way to live.  It needs to be stopped.  If you have any information or know something I urge you to come forth.  If for nothing else for your own peace of mind.  You can remain anonymous  if you wish.  I want you to know that sometimes  something small that you may think is nothing leads to a piece of a bigger puzzle.  Anything is appreciated.  Please respond to this blog if you know something.  We need to stop evil.  We need to break the silence.  It is hard to be brave, but in the long run it will set you free.

Thank-you, Linda

Girlfriend of Pleasant Grove man being investigated in his wife’s death released from jail

Posted in The MacNeill Story on March 18th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

By Sara Lenz – Deseret News

PROVO — With disappointment, Alexis Somers and Rachel MacNeill watched as the woman they believe helped kill their mom was ordered to be released from jail during a court hearing Tuesday.

Gypsy Willis pleaded guilty in Provo’s 4th District Court to one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien in connection with helping steal the identity of Giselle MacNeill, the adopted daughter of her boyfriend Martin MacNeill, Somers’ and Rachel MacNeill’s father.

Willis entered into a plea deal Tuesday in which she agreed to plead guilty to all charges and to testify honestly in court if any murder charges are filed against Martin MacNeill in the future. In exchange, the Utah County Attorney’s Office has agreed not to seek additional jail time when she is sentenced at the end of next month.

Her attorney, John Easton, and prosecutor John Nielson said they agreed to recommend that Willis be given three years of probation and a no contact order with Martin MacNeill and his extended family. Many of Martin MacNeill’s children and relatives believe he killed his wife Michele in April 2007.

“We are completely horrified she’s out on the streets now,” Rachel MacNeill said after Willis’ hearing. “I’m very fearful for our family and our sisters. I’m afraid she will hurt and destroy other people as well.”

Willis, 34, just finished her 21-month federal prison sentence for aggravated identity theft this week. And Martin MacNeill, a Pleasant Grove doctor, attorney and father of eight, is currently serving a four-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to two counts of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft in August 2009. He is set to be released July 8, 2012.

Investigators say Willis and MacNeill’s relationship had been “heating up” prior to his wife’s suspicious death. Just weeks after her death, Willis moved into the MacNeill home as the nanny.

Investigators say MacNeill and Willis then began altering Willis’ identity, obtaining false military IDs, a Utah state ID card, and opening numerous bank accounts under the false name and identity. Jeff Robinson, Utah County investigator, said Willis had bad credit and the two were planning on starting a new life together.

They used the identity of his 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle — a daughter investigators say he had “flown to the Ukraine and left there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death. Giselle, who is from Ukraine, was planning on visiting her sister there for a short time, but federal prosecutors said there was no plan of having her return.

Before Willis signed her plea deal on Tuesday, MacNeill’s attorney, Randy Spencer, looked over it.

Easton said that he doesn’t believe murder charges would be filed against Martin MacNeill. He said he has read Willis’ interrogation with Utah County investigators and believes there are no implications his client was involved in Michele MacNeill’s death.

At one point, Somers said she had heard Willis was planning to move back into home of Somers’ mother and father after she was released, and this thought horrified her. She and her sisters still have things in the home they haven’t been able to get because it is currently in probate.

“My little sister Ada still asks, ‘When can I get my little dolls and my princess bed?’ ” said Somers, who has taken custody of three of her adopted sisters.

But the judge noted that Willis is not to go to the Pleasant Grove home where she lived with MacNeill and his children for several months in 2007.

Easton said he expects Willis will stay with family and friends and then find her own home, although he said he was not sure whether she has to stay in Utah or not, adding that with the no contact order with Martin MacNeill and his family, he sees “positive things in Gypsy’s future.”

“I think everyone should feel some satisfaction out of (the plea deal),” Easton said.

But family members of MacNeill who were in court Tuesday were clearly unhappy that Willis is out of jail. And Somers believes her dad and Willis have been in contact since being sentenced to prison.

Willis’ roommates told investigators Willis had threatened to cut the brake lines of their mom’s car or poison her before her death and even stole a picture of her from the house, according to court documents.

Prosecutors are still investigating Michele MacNeill’s death and have indicated they may file murder charges against him.

“This is not what we wanted,” Rachel MacNeill said of the court proceedings Tuesday. “We wanted Gypsy to stay in jail, and now she’s out and she’s a threat. I just want the world safe from these monsters.”

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Martin MacNeill’s girlfriend may get a plea deal

Posted in The MacNeill Story on March 4th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

PROVO — A plea deal may be in the works for the girlfriend of former Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney Martin MacNeill, who is accused of killing his wife.

Gypsy Willis, who is being charged with one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien in connection with stealing MacNeill’s adopted daughter’s identity, appeared in Provo’s 4th District Court Tuesday for a waiver hearing.

The hearing was delayed until March 15, but her attorney, John Easton, told the judge he has talked with prosecuting attorneys and Utah County investigators and believes they are close to a resolution.

When asked about the possibility of a plea deal, Martin MacNeill’s family members, who were in court Tuesday, said they just hope it wouldn’t mean Willis is out on the streets soon.

“I feel she needs to stay in jail,” said Alexis Somers, Martin MacNeill’s daughter. “She is a danger. If she’s out, I will constantly be looking over my shoulder.”

Somers and Rachel MacNeill, Martin MacNeill’s oldest daughter, believe Willis was also involved in their mom’s suspicious death in 2007.

MacNeill, 54, and Willis, 34, began dating a few years before his wife’s death, that was first ruled “natural” and later changed to “undetermined” and “suspicious.” Investigators say Willis and MacNeill’s relationship had been “heating up” prior to Michele MacNeill’s death. Willis’ two roommates told investigators Willis even talked to them about poisoning MacNeill’s wife or cutting the brake lines of her car prior to her death.

Willis, who had a big grin on her face as she talked to her attorney in court, is currently finishing out her 21-month sentence for federal charges of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft. Her release date is March 12. Her lawyer also filed a motion to address bail at Willis’ next hearing.

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Martin MacNeill’s girlfriend faces identity fraud charge

Posted in The MacNeill Story on February 17th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Ravell Call, Deseret News: Gypsy Willis, former girlfriend of Martin MacNeill, listens to her attorney, John Easton

PROVO — The girlfriend of a man suspected of killing his wife was in court Tuesday on charges of working with him to steal his daughter’s identity.

Gypsy Willis, aka Giselle Jillian MacNeill, is currently serving a 21-month sentence for federal charges of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft and made her initial appearance for her district charges Tuesday. She was charged in December 2009 in 4th Provo’s District Court with one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien.

She set a waiver hearing March 1 where a preliminary hearing will be set or she will waive her preliminary hearing. Willis will be serving her last few weeks of her federal sentence in the Utah County jail.

The 34-year-old had been dating Martin MacNeill, a Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney, for several years before moving in with him and his family as a nanny just weeks after his wife’s suspicious death in April 2007.

Right after his wife, Michele, died, prosecutors say MacNeill and Willis began altering Willis’ identity, obtaining false military IDs, a Utah state ID card, and opening numerous bank accounts under the false name and identity.

They used the identity of his 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle — a daughter investigators say he had “flown to the Ukraine and left there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death.

MacNeill’s daughter, Alexis Somers, and Michele MacNeill’s sister, Linda Cluff, were both in the courtroom for Willis’ case.

“It was really hard,” Cluff said of being in the same room as Willis. “The fact that she just glares at you and then smiles — it’s just hard to see someone who destroyed our family’s lives.”

According to investigators MacNeill and Willis’ relationship had been “heating up” prior to Michele MacNeill’s death. Her two roommates told investigators Willis even talked to them about poisoning MacNeill’s wife or cutting the brake lines of her car.

“I am just scared she is going to get off,” Somers said of her father’s girlfriend, who she suspects is still in communication with her dad. “She is a threat. I am concerned for my safety, my family’s safety and my little sisters’ safety.”

Family members expect murder charges to be filed against MacNeill next month.

By Sara Lenz, Deseret News

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1991 Deseret News Article Congratulates Martin

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 4th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

This article congratulates those who passed the Utah Bar Exam.  Martin is in the list and got there by using false education records,  Here is the original article..

The Utah State Board of Bar Commissioners has announced the names of those people who passed the Utah State Bar examination administered July 30-31.

A combined admissions ceremony with the Utah Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court was held Oct. 15 to recognize the recipients:George S. Adondakis, David E. Allen, Rock W. Allen, Daniel D. Andersen, Linda J. Anderson, Sonja C. Anthony, Richard F. Armknecht;

Eugene Clayton Austin, Jocelyn S. Azarcon, Craig Marvin Bainum, Roger E. Baker, Michele Ballantyne, Stephen C. Bamberger, Stephen G. Beem;

Bradley L. Bell, David D. Bennett, Sanford L. Beshear, Ted D. Blanchard, Brett B. Boyer, Keith Lynn Bradford, Kenneth D. Bradshaw;

Victorea D. Brown, Elizabeth J. Buchanan, Randall J. Bunn, Bradley R. Cahoon, Valerie G. Cairns, Michael Timothy Callahan, Patricia S. Cassell;

Sheleigh A. Chalkley, Scott Gardner Charlier, Kerry L. Chlarson, Steve S. Christensen, Mary C. Cline, Richard C. Coxson;

Gerrell Glen Crabtree, Judith E. Crum, Douglas K. Cummings, David A. Cutt, Dennis V. Dahle, James D. Dahlstorm, Craig W. Dallon;

Melyssa D. Davidson, Antoinette DeFriez, Susan M. Denhardt, John E. Diaz, David M. Dorny, Paul C. Drecksel, Sandra N. Dredge;

Jill L. Dunyon, Brent A. Earl, Bruce C. Evans, Kristin L. Fadel, Kirk A. Farber, Todd D. Gardner, David C. Gessel, Kirk G. Gibbs;

Wayne B. Giles, Richard R. Golden, Steven K. Gordon, Laura M. Gray, William R. Gray, Susanne Gustin-Furgis, David J. Hardy, Matthew J. Harmer;

Jared M. Harris, Jonathan L. Hawkins, Claralyn M. Hill, Kia Lyn F. Hodgson, Steven F. Huefner, Mary M. (Kuck) Hunt, Hakeem Ishola;

Mark C. Jahne, Bruce C. Jenkins, Russell L. Jenson, Renee M. Jimenez, Catherine McAvoy Johnson, Kurt A. Johnson, Carolyn Jones;

Gergory N. Jones, Lowell M. Jones, Stuart C. Jones, Blake P. Kipp, Kathryn C. Knight, Stephen Nolan Koteff, Michael F. Krieger;

Barbara K. Lachmar, Gerald J. Lallatin, Kathy A. Lavitt, Greggory J. Layton, Alan G. Leal, David O. Leavitt, Thomas R. Lee;

David T. Leo, Wendy M. Lewis, Wai-Yiu Lo, Richard T. Macfarlane, Van Mackelprang, Martin Joseph Macneill, Robert Keith Maez;

Linda W. Magleby, Scott K. Mayeda, Mark L. McCarty, Brian I. Merrill, Walter T. Merrill, Eric A. Mittelstadt;

Donald J. Morgan, John K. Morrison, Steven H. Morrissett, Lynn Nicholas, Steven B. Nickerson, David R. Nielson, Pamela S. Nighswonger;

Geoffrey R. Nims, Dallas D. Norton, Justin R. Olsen, Martin N. Olsen, Farolito U. Parco, Peter M. Peer, Jane K. Phan, Phelon Scott Rammell;

Helen H. Redd, Bruce D. Reemsnyder, Mitchel T. Rice, David C. Richards, Christopher J. Robison, Elizabeth E. Rose, Anne Rowley;

Paul Davis Rytting, Dena C. Sarandos, Lawrence A. Schmidt, Timothy B. Sherman, Zachary T. Shields, Daniel G. Shumway, Jeffrey T. Sivertsen;

Jeff B. Skoubye, Kimberly J. Smith, Robert E. Steed, John William Steiger, Shannon Stewart, James Dennis Stone, Janet Lathrop Stott;

Shauna Dee Austin Stout, James C. Swapp, Steven Erick Swenson, Jeannette F. Swent, Michelle C. Tack, Carrie T. Taylor, Mark D. Taylor;

Sidney B. Unrau, Todd A. Utzinger, Robert W. Vail, Tineke E. Van Dijk, Lynn-Alison Waite, Brent K. Wamsley, Craig J. Wangsgard;

Kevin D. Whatcott, Jeffery S. Williams, Steven Allen Wuthrich, Robin Kent Youngberg, Penelope E. Young, Randy J. Young, Gary L. Zaugg.


Martin MacNeill steals from the Veterans Administration & Social Security Administration

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 4th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Did you know that Martin MacNeill was given a military leave after allegedly being deemed a schizophrenic.  He was given 50 percent disability from the Veterans Administration and then 100 percent based on him being anti-social, not going to school, and claiming he wasn’t working.  He also managed to get 100 percent pay from Social Security, while still earning a six-digit income.

Does anyone with these organizations ever check anything out or do they just write checks?  Martin was working the entire time as a physician earning a income and at the same time still claiming the disability.  He was collecting thousands of dollars each month between both of these organizations for over 30 years as if he was not working and never getting caught?  He had a separate bank account unknown to his family.

Martin can steal from the true disabled vets and from the social security administration, but gets no additional time in prison for that?  I’m serious! I can only imagine how the veterans who are truly disabled and so deserving will feel knowing this.  What is wrong with this system?  I hear of people all the time who steal no where near this kind of money on the news and get time, but why should stealing millions of dollars from these organizations matter? Does that make sense?

He needs to pay for these crimes!  We lives in a crazy world!  I will keep on fighting for justice, because my sister is worth it and so is all the innocent people who have been hurt by Martin

Gypsy Jyll Willis

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 3rd, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Gypsy Willis schemed with Martin MacNeill to steal the identity of one of his adopted daughters.  She was charged with these crimes and is also currently in prison.  On one of the altered documents that she used to obtain the false birth certificate she posed as the adoptive mother.  She has also posed as Martin’s MacNeill’s wife and they used my sister Michele’s funeral date as their actual wedding date.  Can you believe that?  She also had the nerve to use Michele’s birth date on one forged document.  How dare her! Here are the names I have seen her use:

Her real name-Gypsy Jyll Willis

AKA’s-Jillian Giselle MacNeill & Jyll Wilson

If you have any information regarding her in affiliation with Martin MacNeill please contact me.

Fraud 1977 Martin MacNeill

Posted in By Linda, The MacNeill Story on December 3rd, 2010 by admin – 2 Comments

Committing Fraud is nothing new for Martin MacNeill. In Orange County California in 1977 he was charged with 14 felony counts.  He selected a name from the county recorder’s record and then hired someone to obtain a copy of the birth certificate by swearing they were that person’s father.  Then he used that birth certificate and obtained a temporary driver’s license.  He then opened up a checking account with $50.  This led to a shopping spree over labor day weekend when banks were closed.  He stole over $30,000.  The newspaper article about the crime stated he got the idea from the TV show 60 minutes.  He then bragged to his friends that he could do it better.  The paper quoted people from the businesses he had passed the bad checks to as saying that he looked rich, didn’t look nervous at all, and he was very smooth.

He has led a double life for 32 years that I know of, but prior to 1977 who knows could be more?  I can only image what has gone on.  He plays his parts very well -intimidation and fear- the cocktail for don’t ask don’t tell.