“When, as Tsarevich, Nicholas came to London in 1893 for my father’s wedding, my father was mistaken for him by a well-intentioned diplomat who asked if he had come over especially for the Duke of York’s wedding. My father loved to relate the confusion that came over the embarrassed envoy when hereplied: “I am the Duke of York and it is important that I attend. my own wedding.” – David (Duke of Windsor)
In 1896, months after their coronation, Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his wife Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna travelled abroad to the United Kingdom to meet with Alexandra’s beloved “Grandmama” Queen Victoria. Not wanting to be parted with their first born child, the Imperial couple also brought the ten-month-old Grand Duchess Olga Nikolaevna. She would be the only one of Nicholas and Alexandra’s children to meet their formidable great-grandmother.
Victoria was enthralled with little Olga. Nicholas wrote that the Queen was “marvellously kind and amiable to us and delighted to see Olga.”
Lured to a wooded area of Fishtown, Pennsylvania, on 30th May 2003, 16-year-old Jason Sweeney was beaten to death for his $500 pay cheque. The assailants were 18-year-old Edward Batzig Jr, who was Sweeney’s best friend, and brothers Domenic and Nicholas Coia, aged 19 and 18 respectively. Led to the area by the promise of sex with 15-year-old Justina Morley, once he arrived Sweeney was brutally attacked by the trio, who beat the boy to death with a hatchet, rock, and a hammer. When they had finished beating him, the teenagers dropped a boulder onto Sweeney’s head, crushing it completely. Autopsy later revealed that the only bone left undamaged on the young man’s face was his left cheekbone, and his face was so badly disfigured that Sweeney had to be identified with dental records. The 4 teenagers split the money and used it to buy drugs, with Morley later admitting that she had also had sex with both Batzig and Nicholas Coia in exchange for heroin just days prior to the murder.
Batzig and the Coia brothers were all sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. After pleading guilty to third degree murder, Morley was sentenced to 17.5 to 35 years in prison in exchange for her testimony against the 3 boys. In a jailhouse letter to Domenic Coia, Morley wrote:
‘I’m a cold-blooded [expletive] death-worshiping bitch who survives by feeding off the weak and lonely. I lure them, and then I crush them…I am guilty. But I still don’t feel guilty for anything… . I still enjoy my flashbacks. They give me comfort. I love them.’
Batzig and Nicholas Coia have both since been granted re-sentencing due to the Supreme Court’s ruling on mandatory life sentences for juveniles. In 2015, Coia was once again sentenced to life without parole.
On the 30th of May 2003 in Philadelphia, 16 year old Jason Sweeney was lured to a remote location by new flame Justina Morley. Unknown to Jason, laying in wait was brothers, Nicholas and Dominic Coia and Edward Bastig Jr. The boys beat Jason to death with stones, hammers and a hatchet. Afterwards, they stole the money on Jason and brought heroin among other drugs.
Jason was unaware that when he began seeing Justina, she was sexually active with Nicholas and Edward. Sadly, Jason was childhood friends with the people that killed him
The motive was deemed more than robbery, the men resented Jason as he had a job and was doing well in life.
In 2005, Nicholas and Dominic Coia and Edward Bastig Jr were sentenced to life