Michelle Prescott was born April 6, 1983, the daughter of David and
Elizabeth Prescott of Biloxi, Miss. The family was affluent thanks
to David’s position as a local bank executive and their income was
supplemented by Elizabeth’s occasional interior design consulting
According to her elementary school principal – who is still in
charge of the grade school Michelle attended – and school records
through middle school, Michelle was an excellent student from the
beginning. Very early, she showed a special flair for visual arts
and an interest in architecture. Two lifelong friends agree that her
aesthetic sense translated into fine and expensive tastes, and that
from her preteen days, there was no hobby Michelle relished more
than shopping with her mother or her wealthy older cousin, Kristi
Waterson. Michelle’s friends recall how Michelle loved acquiring
fine clothing, unique antiques, local artisan crafts –and how on a
good day with Elizabeth, the two could easily spend thousands of
School records and friends also recall that when Michelle entered
high school everything changed. Her parents divorced acrimoniously,
forcing Michelle abandon plans to follow her boyfriend to Dartmouth
College. Instead, she was forced to consider less costly options,
and – after a bout of despair at the unfairness of life – finally
settled on Ole Miss, which gave her scholarship funds as well as the
opportunity to spend time with her favorite cousin Kristi, who was
by then a junior member of the faculty.
Michelle started college in the fall of 2000 and appeared to all
who knew her to be determined to put her disappointment in the past.
Her high school sweetheart relates how she stayed in touch with him
early on, but then deemed their long-distance romance impractical,
and they broke up before Thanksgiving break of her freshman year.
In matters of romance, Michelle’s friends say she is
down-to-earth: She doesn’t entertain suitors who don’t share her
priorities – topmost of which is securing a comfortable lifestyle.
According to them, Michelle is aware that some have whispered that
she is a gold-digger, but Michelle responds by saying life’s too
short to endure poor quality.
Both Michelle’s friends in school and at the at the real estate
office where she works part time agree that Michelle hasn’t cast
aside her top-tier tastes. She holds down a well-remunerated
part-time job as a girl Friday at Lovelady Realty. Michelle has been
open about the benefits of this job. She says it gives her income
and access to wealthy clientele and their homes. Those, combined
with her mother’s steady allowance, are plenty to maintain the
lifestyle to which she’s accustomed.
The apartment she and Kristi share is beautifully appointed.
Michelle is an art history major and, according to her staff
advisor, her ultimate goal is to build her own collection of
Impressionist art. Until then, she envisions working as a fine art
dealer or top-tier auction house.
Since junior year Michelle has been dating the son of extremely
wealthy Texas family and has been led to expect a proposal shortly