Chameleons are known for their ability to change color. Some species can achieve incredibly intricate, beautiful colors and patterns. Most people believe chameleons change color in order to blend in with their environments and make themselves less visible to predators, but that’s a misconception. In reality, they change their colors according to mood—reinventing themselves at their own whims. People like to do this too, every once in a while. Most of us have, at some point in our lives, played around with different looks, different hobbies, different friend groups. It’s fun. I mean, how many of us are on our third quarantine hairstyle by now? But some people are chameleons as a way of life. Lacking a strong, cohesive inner core, and lacking the emotional connection to other people that inspires us to make real commitments, they reinvent themselves in order to manipulate. To make people easier to fool, to use, to discard. We’re about to tell you the story of a woman like this. Who is she, in her deepest heart of hearts? By the end of the story, you might agree with us…that not even she really knows.
Justin Fenton, 3-part series on Cindy McKay in The Baltimore Sun, 2008: Part 1, "A Trail of Deception;" Part 2, "For Police Detective, an Intriguing Suspect;" Part 3: "A Fatal Romance"
Investigation Discovery's "Diabolical," Episode "Weeping Widow"
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