You can have a broken heart, a heart of gold, a heart of stone, a beating heart, a bleeding heart, a heart of steel, the heart of a lion or a wild heart, but at the end of the day, after the fight, after the pain, our hearts still beat at the same rate.
Laura Ackerson (27) had been missing for over 10 days when her remains were found in an alligator infested creek in Texas, on July 24, 2011. She had been dismembered and authoriries were able to recover her head, torso, and part of her limbs. Her cause of death couldn’t be determined with certainty because of the condition of the remains, but the autopsy showed signs of asphyxiation and a possible stab wound to the neck.
Laura had been in the middle of a nasty custody battle with her ex, Grant Hayes III, over their two kids, who were 3 and 2 years old at the time. Grant was an aspiring musician, drug addict and had a tendency to use and manipulate women. During his relationship with Laura, he was abusive and openly cheated on her with other women, among them Amanda Smith. The extent of Grant’s deceit was so, that Laura believed they were married (they had a ceremony and all) and she only found out he’d never signed the marriage license when he sent her a picture of his wedding to Amanda, ending the relationship between them for good.
Grant, who had temporary custody of the children during week days, and Amanda were going through financial trouble because he’d spent most of her inheritance recklessly. On top of that, Amanda became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl a month before Laura went missing. The upcoming court date didn’t look good for him, especially after the appointed psychologist had reported he exhibited “illogical disturbed thinking” and seemed to want to erase Laura from their kids’ lives. On the other hand, Laura was trying to improve her life, starting a business and doing everything the court requested of her.
On July 13, 2011, the last day Laura was seen, she was lured to Grant’s apartment in Raleigh, North Carolina, with the pretense that they were going to let her have the kids for a few days. What happened after, we can’t be sure, since Amanda and Grant had different versions, blaming each other.
According to Amanda, Grant said that Laura had tripped and hurt herself and he asked her to take the kids out so he wouldn’t see their mom like that. He later confessed to her he’d killed her and forced her to help him dispose of her body by threatening their daughter. They traveled to Texas, where Amanda’s sister lived, and threw her dismembered body in the creek. The sister, however, testified in court that during the visit Amanda told her she had “hurt Laura bad” and that she was dead.
Grant played the race card as much as he could and then said Laura had signed a contract in which she agreed to give him full custody of the children in exchange for 25,000 dollars. Indeed a document with two different handwritings stating as much was found in his apartment, and although an expert said part of it had been written by Laura, all the people who knew her said it was impossible she’d give up her kids, especially considering all the changes she was making to get custody and the fact that Grant was broke. According to Grant, Amanda got angry at the agreement and accidentally killed Laura, and he just helped her cover it up to protect her. He finished by saying that “Laura got herself killed”.
The couple was tried separatedly and given the amount of evidence against them, they were both found guilty. Grant of first degree murder, and he got a life sentence without parole, while Amanda will spend 13 to 16 years for second degree murder, as long as her conviction isn’t extended by some added charges that were filed last year. In 2014, these upstanding lovers divorced.
This tragic story is told in the bookBitter Remains, by Diane Fanning.
OKAY ANON HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BASTILLE.
DAN SMITH STARTED THE BAND. THE FIRST TO JOIN WAS WOODY, THE DRUMMER. THEN WILL, THE GUITARIST, THEN KYLE, THE KEYS. THEY’RE BRITISH. THEIR FIRST SINGLE IS OVERJOYED, BUT THEIR MOST POPULAR IS POMPEII. A LOT OF THEIR SONGS REVOLVE AROUND STORIES AND MYTHOLOGY LIKE ICARUS (Greek mythology), WEIGHT OF LIVING PT. 1 (Rime of the Ancient Mariner), AND LAURA PALMER (Twin Peaks).
HERE ARE THE BAND MEMBERS.THIS HERE IS DAN SMITH. HE IS THE SONGWRITER AND THE MAIN VOCALIST, AND ONE SEXY MAN. HE IS ALSO A COMPLETE DORK AND AN ABSOLUTE PUPPY. THERE IS UNI DANFROM PRE-BASTILLE. THERE IS ALSO AFRO DANFROM 2012 WHEN HE SORTA LET HIS HAIR DO ITS OWN THING. THERE’S ALSO MAY DAN, THE HOTTEST DAN OF THEM ALL WHO HAS GLASSES, A BEAUTIFUL QUIFF, AND A LIL SCRUFF.
MOVING ON TO KYLE SIMMONS
SAY HI TO KYLE. HE’S ALSO A HUNK. HE’S THE BACKING VOCALS AND BASICALLY PLAYS EVERY INSTRUMENT UNDER THE SUN, BUT HE MAINLY PLAYS THE KEYS AND THE SYNTH.
HE LIKES CATS.A LOT. A LOT A LOT.
HIS GREATEST FEATURE IS HIS WONDERFUL VINE FACE
AND OF COURSE HIS ‘STACHE
THEN THERE’S WILL. WILL FARQUARSON. WILL HERE IS THE GUITARIST, BOTH BASS AND ACOUSTIC, AND ONE OF THE BACKING VOCALISTS. HES ALSO A HOTTIE. HE GOT THAT BAD BLOOD TATTOO WHEN THEIR ALBUM HIT NO. 1. HE WAS ALSO DRUNK.
WILL LOVES RIHANNA. A LOT. A LOT A LOT. WE ALL LOVE HIS CHARM AND HIS BEARD. ESPECIALLY THE BEARD.
FINALLY, THE BAND WOULD NOT BE HERE WITHOUT WOODY. CHRIS 'WOODY’ WOOD.
WOODY IS THE HUMAN METRONOME. HE’S ALSO THE BACKING VOCALS
BASTILLE CREATES THE BEST BEATS AND RHYTHM (listen to Icarus, Of the Night, These Streets, Bad Blood, etc. and you’ll understand) AND WOODY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM LIVE. HE’S ALSO A CUTIE.
HE’S ALSO GOT THE CUTEST RELATIONSHIP EVER.
EVER. EVER EVER.
THIS BAND INCORPORATES INTRICATE HARMONIES AND BEATS AND RHYTHMS AND ALL KINDS OF INSTRUMENTS INGENIOUSLY. THE LYRICS TO ALL THEIR SONGS HOLD INTERESTING IDEAS. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO USE A LOT OF ELECTRONICS AND SYNTH WITHOUT EVER SOUNDING TOO ARTIFICIAL. THEY SOUND JUST AS GOOD IN A VAN AS THEY DO ON STAGE. THEY CAN MAKE YOU JUMP UP AND DOWN AS WELL AS MAKE YOU COLLAPSE AND CRY.