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Deadly Duo: Mike MacKool and Leslie Ballard MacKool killed Leslie’s mother, Janie Ballard, for her inheritance


Janie Ballard
Janie Ballard

Find-A-Grave: Janie Ballard
Defense lawyer says woman’s husband made her kill her mother
MacKool testifies she was forced to kill
Pulaski County murder trial getting underway
Michael Raymond MacKool v State of Arkansas 2006

Wicked Attraction: Dressed To Kill
Snapped: Leslie MacKool

Leslie Ballard MacKool – convicted, sentenced to LWOP
Michael Raymond MacKool – convicted, sentenced to 60 years in prison


LeslieMacKool prison mug

ADC Number: 708336
Name: Mackool, Leslie
Hair Color: BROWN
Eye Color: BROWN
Height: 68 inches
Weight: 130 lbs.
Birth Date: 07/22/1976
Initial Receipt Date: 08/02/2004
Current Facility: McPherson Unit
Facility Address: 302 Corrections Drive Newport, Arkansas 72112
Mailing Address: 302 Corrections Drive Newport, Arkansas 72112
PE / TE Date*: Life WO

Aliases: Leslie Ballard
Scars, Marks, & Tattoos:
(black widow spider) on lower part of back
(cross around ankle)
(pair of eyes)

Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Sentence Date County Case # Sentence Length
Capital Murder 05/28/2004 PULASKI 2003-4140 Life w/o
Theft Of Property 05/28/2004 PULASKI 2003-4140 60 mo.



ADC Number: 132172
Name: Mackool, Michael R
Hair Color: GRAY
Eye Color: GREEN
Height: 65 inches
Weight: 191 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/19/1953
Initial Receipt Date: 11/10/2004
Current Facility: Ouachita River Correct. Unit
Facility Address: 100 Walco Lane, Malvern, AR 72104
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1630, Malvern, AR 72104
PE / TE Date*: 10/03/2035

Scars, Marks, & Tattoos:


Current Prison Sentence History

Offense Sentence Date County Case # Sentence Length
Theft Of Property 11/01/2004 PULASKI 2003-4140 240 mo.
Murder-1st Degree 11/01/2004 PULASKI 2003-4140 480 mo.


21 Responses

  1. I would not have convicted Mike McCool of anything. There’s no doubt that he was a low-life scum, but he never forced Leslie to commit that murder. The worst that could have happened was that she would have refused, and he would have divorced her, which he did anyway. She picked the creep, and she lost her inheritance because of it, and she’s the one who wanted her mother dead to get daddy’s money.

    • I agree! He never was physically involved in the actual murder anyway. Maybe accessory after the fact but definitely not the lengthy sentence he was given as if he did the actual murder! I believe he was convicted for being the manipulative lowlife person he is.

      • HELLO,
        He acquired the murder weapon!!! He was clearly involved! He controlled her from day 1. Telling her what to wear, to get breast implants. She was his puppet!

    • Mike was a co-conspirator in the murder, so he is just as culpable as Leslie is. He should have been charged with murder 1, and gotten life w/o parole like Leslie did. They are both psychopaths.

    • They are both scum.

    • I said the exact same thing. She’s a grown woman and just because he maybe suggested for her to kill her own mother he didn’t force her to kill her, she made the choice to kill her mom and I don’t think they should have charged him of murder just for suggesting to a grown woman to kill her mom. And on top of everything she was dumb enough to do it all while he was out enjoying riding his motorcycle

  2. He’s 5’4” tall/short.
    The wimp has ”small man syndrome”.
    That’s a huge thing for insecure men.
    Now I understand why he bullied women; men would have kicked his ass.

    • No sweetheart, smart women would have kicked his ass – unfortunately there are too many stupid, anti-feminist women who will do anything for a c*ck.

  3. Leslie is just a bitch who chose her own mother over sex like all white bitches do.

    • What does that even mean? She chose sex over her mother. And this only happens with white bitches? Sounds like you have some serious racial issues. This poor woman was killed by a couple of scum bags.

    • Your comment makes no sense.
      But it does show your ignorance.
      In the end she didn’t choose her mother, she chose money!

  4. I don’t get why everyone’s pointing fingers at Leslie when it was clearly Mike’s idea to kill Leslie’s mom. Not that I care that they decided to kill her, but it was Mike who came up with the plan

  5. How does she kill mom and still get Inheritance, what happened to Slayer Law?

  6. I know Leslie she is a sweet kid that mom and dad did everything for her. She never had to fend for her self. When Mike came into her live he was fast and a sweet talker. I know Mike as well and he talked her into doing this for the money. He should have gotten life not her. She would not have done this for any amount of money.

    • Yeah, obviously she was a real sweetheart. How can you defend her?

    • Well she did although she didn’t get the money in the end. She’s the only person to blame, were not talking about a kid following a grown person’s orders, this is a grown woman who listened to her husband suggest that if she killed her own mother she would get all of the money. He dropped her off to kill her so she could have backed out and changed her mind. They visited his parents while her own mother was lying dead in blood from her own daughter so Mike wasn’t a dummy, Leslie was

  7. If you say M. Mackool has nothing 2 do with it you don’t have a clue about Good & evil. imo you should stop commenting on these platforms about this subject cause you don’t know sh$t about this.

  8. What a POS!

  9. she had to be on drugs

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