The beguiling Michael Murphy


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As the AP's Matt Gouras reported Monday, an investigation by Montana prison officials has revealed that former Deer Lodge inmate Michael Murphy seduced multiple female prison employees into having sex with him.

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He started by seeking a small favor, which could lead to a kiss or love letters. In at least five cases, he convinced women to have sex with him or perform other significant illegal favors.

And yet Michael Murphy is considered the victim in each case, because inmates cannot legally consent to sex.

In each of those cases, the female corrections employees were caught, shamed and forced out of a job, according to documents detailing an investigation by Montana prison officials and obtained by The Associated Press after an open records lawsuit.

Documents detailing the investigation, some recently published by The Smoking Gun, are shocking. Here's a summary from's Tracy Clark-Flory:

One female guard admitted to "swapping spit" with him and exchanging sexy notes, one of which detailed how she "couldn't wait to screw him, fuck him, ride his dick." (She denied any actual sexual contact, although he says they had oral sex ten times.) Murphy tried to get her to bring him tobacco and a cellphone, but she claims to have resisted his requests. Another guard developed a "limited emotional attachment" to him, according to an official report, and sent him a card that began: "I'm in love with you." He also convinced his therapist to give him hundreds of dollars and both perform and receive oral sex several times. Two other employees also engaged in unspecified misconduct with Murphy. What's more, after these cases emerged, he was transferred to another facility, where a female food worker is already under investigation for being compromised by Murphy.

You can page through part of an investigator's interview with therapist Killian Thomas at The Smoking Gun, beginning here. In one exchange with the investigator, Thomas said, Murphy "kissed me one day in my office and I just thought what the fuck did I just do." And she goes on...

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