Pre-med student Mark Kilroy was celebrating Spring Break in Texas when he went missing in 1989. Out with 3 friends for a night of partying, the group had stopped to urinate on their way to a bar. Within moments of stopping Kilroy had disappeared, and after hours of searching his friends returned home, expecting him to turn up in the morning hungover but mostly unscathed. But Kilroy never turned up, and searches on both sides of the Mexican border drew no clues as to where he could be.
Serafin Hernandez Garcia, nephew of a local gangster, ran a police road block one month later and was subsequently arrested. When authorities raided the Hernandez property, they discovered something much more sinister than they could have ever conceived. Located in a shed was an altar surrounded by candles, a bloody machete, and 4 iron pots filled with blood and viscera. Both animal and human sacrifices had been conducted on the ranch. A caretaker recognised Kilroy from a photo, and led police to his burial site, where they discovered 13 other victims, tortured, burned, and missing numerous body parts. Kilroy had been killed with a machete to the back of the neck, his brain and spine removed as part of a ritual. A group would consume the brew concocted from the organs of their victims, believing it would grant supernatural powers that would help them elude capture by police. All identified members of the cult, including the leader and ‘high priestess’ are either deceased or incarcerated, although the exact number of participants remains unknown.
Always shares longing looks ☑
Wants the other to be happy ☑
Playfully sassy bantering ☑
Makes sacrifices for each other ☑
Does magic together ☑
Continuously saving each other ☑
Breaks curses together ☑
Shares a son ☑
Has a love that transcends realms ☑
The Act of True Love proves beyond doubt that you are ready to put your loved one’s interests before your own, that you are truly loyal and devoted to them. Usually this involves a sacrifice on your part, at the very least a considerable effort and/or a great risk. The action must be motivated, not by morals or principle or expectation of future reward, but by sheer personal affection. When your beloved is in dire need of your help, or in great danger, and you do something, at great expense to yourself, for the sake of their safety, their welfare, or their happiness, thus proving beyond any doubt that you put their interest ahead of yours.
Sometimes we believe that happiness is not possible in the here and now, that we need a few more conditions to be happy. So we run toward the future to get the conditions we think are missing. But by doing so we sacrifice the present moment; we sacrifice true life.
THIS is what true hula is: sacrifice, dedication, and love. THIS is why I will not tolerate anyone who jokes about, mocks, makes fun, or makes light of hula dancers - we are athletes, whether we enter competitions or not. Every hula dancer perpetuates the richness of the Hawaiian culture and everyone is more than welcome to support and appreciate this amazing tradition, learn from it, and help continue this large aspect of Hawaiian culture with respect and compassion.
When we think of human sacrifices, we think of them as more of a movie plot other than something that actively takes place but sadly, a young man by the name of Mark Kilroy discovered how very real human sacrifices are in 1989. Mark Kilroy was a 21-year-old student from the University of Texas. He was on spring break with some university friends in Matamoros in Mexico, when he suddenly disappeared while the group were out visiting some local bars. Authorities on both sides of the border began an extensive search for the young man but to no avail. The case seemed to go cold until it was re-opened when a Mexican national by the name of Serafin Hernandez sped through a police checkpoint without stopping his vehicle. This immediately rang alarm bells and the authorities sped after Hernandez, who led them to a remote ranch, known by the name of Rancho Santa Elena. An investigation discovered that this ranch was the headquarters for a drug-smuggling cult which was led by Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo. The blood thirsty cult would seek supernatural protection by sacrificing a human victim whose heart and brain would then be cooked and consumed by the cult. An excavation of the ranch ensued and on 11 April, 1989, the mutilated body of Mark Kilroy and 14 other victims were uncovered. Adolfo de Jesus Constanzo and a few other members managed to flee the ranch but committed suicide as authorities were closing in on them.
In my opinion these are the two most romantic scenes of the series. The two biggest sacrifices as well. Regina has to give up what she loves most (twice, because for me that point she had full knowledge of his feelings for Emma) and another scene Emma risks everything to save Regina. She may even have said “I love you” to the h00k before taking darkness for you, but as a look is worth a thousand words, the look she and Regina exchange at the time Emma takes darkness to you says more than any “I love you.”
Of all the sacrifices made by one another during those five seasons, every time a saved another, these two are the most significant for me. The love that exists between them is something more than words can say. How do you say so; actions speak louder than words.