Dr. Lesley Marlin Scholl hires Smith to murder his ex-wife, her attorney and Dr. Collier.
Charles Smith was hired to murder the ex-wife of Dr. Lesley Marlin Scholl. This story is about as intriguing as it is bizarre. It is a story right out of the movies. I am amazed that anyone would try anything like this and when it is a Dr. it is about as puzzling as anything I could ever think of.
What would possess someone to actually think that they could get away with hiring someone to murder not only their ex-wife, letting alone 2 other people?
The FBI arrested Dr. Leslie Marlin Scholl on Thursday, the 22nd of January. Charles Smith contacted the FBI on Tuesday and told them that he had been hired by Scholl to murder his ex-wife, her attorney and a Dr. that Scholl had a long running lawsuit with. Smith said that he agreed to the hit and was promised $200,000 each, to murder the victims because he was afraid that if he didn’t, that Scholl would get someone else to do the job.
Dr. Scholl was very educated and a workaholic. He worked sometimes 80 to 100 hours a week. Marvin Baird, CEO of Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur said. Scholl worked at the hospital for nearly 11 years. He worked in the emergency room. Allison and Leslie Scholl had several of their children in the Adams Memorial Hospital. Scholl helped in the deliveries of their babies. After the birth of one of their babies, he took his wife and baby home eight hours later and returned to the hospital.
It sounds like Dr. Scholl was not an easy man to get to know. He didn’t appear to have any close friends. He worked incessantly and when he came to work in Elkhart County he stayed in Elkhart during the week and commuted back home and would mow lawn for nine hours. It doesn’t sound like he had much time to spend with his wife and children.
Dr. Scholl’s wife filed for a divorce.
Allison, his wife got tired of living a life without a husband and filed for divorce. The judge ordered Scholl to continue paying for the house and support for his children. Scholl claimed that his wife wouldn’t let him have visitation in his cramped quarters in a motel room. He rented a home from Charles Smith so he could have visitations with his children. He clearly hated the money that he had to pay out to his ex-wife. He told the judge that she should get a job to help support their children.
Scholl started hiding money by writing checks to Smith. He would have Smith return the money to him so he could hide it from his wife. The FBI uncovered over $625,000 that Scholl had squirreled away illegally.
Scholl’s professional life as well as his personal life was in a shambles.
In March of 2006, Dr. Collier sold Osolo Occupational Medicine to Scholl. They were having a dispute over the contract. Dr. Collier was not happy with the $150.00 an hour that he was receiving from Dr. Scholl. Dr. Collier said that if he didn’t return half-ownership to him that he would sue him and force him out of business. Scholl fired Collier December 1st of 2006. Collier sued Scholl in January of 2007.
He was reputed to be a loner and didn’t appear to be very happy. I have a friend who said that he went to him for a medical condition and he thought that he was a little strange. A neighbor said that he would sometimes wander around through neighbor’s yards. He was considered to be an odd man. I do not know him personally but respect the opinons of those who told me about him.
He also had another lawsuit filed against him by Naushaat Ally in July of 2008. The two men had some weird business arrangement involving uncut diamonds vauled at approximately $90,000. When Naushaat headed out of the country, Scholl was supposed take care of the diamonds. Naushaat said that Scholl wrote him a bad check for $20,000 as collateral. Scholl then countersued Ally saying that Ally misled him.
Dr. Scholl had an odd hobby of collecting assault rifles and guns.
Scholl also had a penchant for gun collecting. He didn’t just collect little guns, he had full auto assault rifles and grenade launchers. He was friends if only slightly with law enforcement officers whom he would go hunting with. He was obsessed with guns and weapons. Baird said you have to wonder about someone who was as interested in guns as Scholl was.
Dr. Scholl consults with the would-be hit man.
On January 17, 2009 while Scholl’s children were in their Elkhart home, he met with Smith. Smith recorded their conversation, getting Scholl to make his requests known. Smith asked if Scholl wanted the murders done in a specific way. Scholl told Smith when his wife would take their children to wait for the bus and just said he wanted the murder done. He then let Smith know that he wanted Allison’s attorney killed a few days later. He believed that the attorney was pushing her to do more to get more out of him than she would normally do.
Police were watching the proceedings as Smith told Scholl that he needed more money for gas and a motel room to go back to Fort Wayne to kill Allison. Scholl went into Osolo Occupational Medicine Clinic on County Road 6 in Elkhart, and came back out with $200 in cash, a silencer and painkillers. Scholl was taken into custody the following day.
Smith went along with the plot to catch Scholl. The FBI contacted one of the would be victims, Collier and they took photos with Smith’s cellular phone, of him lying in the snow as if he were murdered. The photos were then shown to Scholl as proof of the murder.
What will happen to Scholl next?
The federal case against Scholl on charges of murder-for-hire and illegal transfer of a silencer is one of two things that will happen. If he doesn’t plead guilty he will be indicted by a grand jury in the next four weeks.
His arrest will prohibit him from having contact with his children while they are underage. He will probably lose his medical license for giving Smith painkillers also. I think that will be the least of his problems. He has destroyed his chance of having a relationship with his children, and will end up in prison. He has lost the respect of his colleagues and family and any friends that he may have.
You can read more about this case at www.etruth.com
My personal feelings about this case.
On a personal note I have to wonder what would make an obviously intelligent man do something so obviously stupid? Is he an addict or alcoholic? He gave painkillers to the would-be hit man. Does he use drugs himself? This is just another American tragedy. I wonder how his ex-wife and children feel about this? She has to feel very lucky but traumatized at the same time to think that a man that she loved hated her enough to have her murdered. He hated or was angry enough at her to take his children’s mother away from them. What made him think that he could get away with having 3 people murdered and he wouldn’t get caught? I guess this is just another of life’s great mysteries. I never thought that in a town I lived in that we would have such a drama as this. It will be interesting to see how it plays out. I just hope they lock him up forever. It is frightening to think that we have people like that walking around on our streets.