|of the most vile|
|Alise Marie Linburke (1963-1992)|
|Born April 25, 1963 to a black middle-class family and well-educated for her day, Alise nevertheless quickly found out that her looks and charm could get her what she wanted faster than hard work ever would. Setting her sights on wealth, she started working simple con jobs and graduated to more elaborate schemes.
One of her favorites cons was to set up a phony contest, usually a beauty contest, in a small town. Then she collected entrance fees ranging from $50 to $5,000, and simply left town with all the money. But her greed caused her to stay too long on one such scam and she was exposed and arrested.
|She was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison. After serving less than a year, she managed to escape. While hitch-hiking to another state, she was picked up by a man who seemed almost overjoyed to see her. Too late, she realized he was one of her past victims. Financially ruined after she had cheated him out of his life savings two years earlier, the man was on his way to drive his car off a cliff and kill himself. And he happily took her with him.
Actress pictured: Marie-Alise Recasner