Sex, Lists, and Videotape

By the time Alexis Wright was arrested, plenty of people around Kennebunk, Maine, had already heard all about the “Zumba Madam” and her amateur porn movies. What they were shocked to discover, though, was how many of their neighbors turned out to be her costars.

  1. When you’re a landlord, something’s always coming up—occasional vermin, emergency fix-it sessions, delinquent rental payments—and Christopher West thought he’d seen it all. But something just didn’t seem to be right on the second floor of One High Street, the light-yellow clapboard building he owned in Kennebunk, Maine. The tenant there had told him that she needed a unit in the building—which also houses a hair salon, a florist, a tattoo parlor, and a driving school—as administrative space for her nearby Zumba dance studio, and also to offer nutritional counseling. Pretty pedestrian stuff, so West was surprised to find that within a week of her signing the lease in February 2012, the parking lot had suddenly become unseasonably busy. Also odd was the plastic “Do Not Disturb” sign that was always hanging on her door. And finally there was the “moaning and groaning” that Teresa Houle, the owner of the hair salon directly below, told West she’d been hearing through the ceiling. As a Main...

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