Post #2: Reputations

SERIES: WHO KILLED SCOTT MACKLEM?
Author’s Note:  Every wrongful conviction causes dual torment:  the torment of the innocent yet imprisoned individual, and the social torment that the actual perpetrator remains free.  This blog focuses primarily on the latter, in the hope that we will gain more knowledge about the murderer of Scott Macklem.

Post #2:  Reputations
Date:  02/22/17
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You may wonder how the investigation of the murder of Scott Macklem resulted in a wrongful conviction.  Scott was 20 years old when he was found shot to death in a parking lot at St. Clair County Community College on November 5, 1986.  Scott grew up in Croswell, Michigan.  His father was elected Mayor of Croswell in 1982, while Scott was attending Croswell-Lexington High School.  Scott’s father also owned an insurance agency in Croswell.  He was an influential member of the community.

Although Scott was a good student and excellent athlete in high school, there is evidence that things changed after he graduated.  He was slipping as a student at St. Clair County Community College, and didn’t have the ambition one would expect from the son of such a successful and prominent father.  There is broad speculation that Scott had become involved in using cocaine, and that he may have even been involved in dealing cocaine.  If this is true, and they were aware of (or even suspected) this, it was undoubtedly embarrassing to his family, and to his pregnant fiancée.

Mysteriously, no one involved in the investigation of Scott’s murder focused on any information about Scott’s lifestyle and associations in 1986 and 1987.

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Post #1: Misdirection

SERIES: WHO KILLED SCOTT MACKLEM?
Author’s Note: Every wrongful conviction causes dual torment: the torment of the innocent yet imprisoned individual, and the social torment that the actual perpetrator remains free. This blog focuses primarily on the latter, in the hope that we will gain more knowledge about the murderer of Scott Macklem.

Post #1: Misdirection
02/08/07
Scott Macklem was 20 years old when he was found shot to death in a parking lot at St. Clair County Community College on November 5, 1986. The man convicted in his murder did not have an opportunity or the means to carry out this crime. He was convicted based on what I am loathe to describe as circumstantial evidence, since it was actually hypothetical evidence, manufactured evidence, wild speculation, and copious references to the accused’s “bad character.” In fact, there is more than copious, actual evidence that this was a wrongful conviction. The wrongful conviction is another crime, which will be addressed in later posts. Suffice it to say, I’m convinced as is every legal scholar, independent law enforcement consultant and investigator who has looked at this case, that the person who killed Scott Macklem is still at large.

Scott was a 1984 graduate of Croswell-Lexington High School. He was popular, and a star athlete on the baseball and golf teams. At the time of his murder, he was taking general business courses at St. Clair County Community College. He missed his 8:00 a.m. gym class that morning. That wasn’t particularly unusual, since his attendance at college had been irregular. What was unusual was when Scott was found, his gym bag lay next to his body. Why did Scott have a gym bag outside his car when he didn’t go to his gym class?

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