On the night of September 13th, 2016, Jacqueline Vandagriff (24) got tired of trying to meet someone online and decided to go out. She tweeted: “I’m glad I decided to get off Tinder and walked to a bar”. It would be the last tweet she would make, although, as we’ll later see, it wasn’t the final tweet in her account.
What happened after Jacqueline walked into that bar in Denton, Texas, is part of an ongoing investigation, but what we know is this. There she met a man called Charles Dean Bryant (30). They talked and flirted, caught by the cameras in the bar, and then left together. The next morning, on September 14th, Jacqueline’s dismembered body was found burning in Acorn Woods Park. Bryant was arrested and has been charged with her murder.
A few days before the murder, Bryant had been released from jail after been arrested for allegedly stalking another woman. In a search of his place, police found a hacksaw with potential hair on the blade, guns, knives, possible bone fragments and they also took away his electronic devices, because they suspect they’ll find child pornography in there. They also found Jacqueline’s purse in his trash and he was caught on camera buying a shovel from Walmart at 4:41 am, a couple of hours before her body was found.
In a chilling twist, Jacqueline’s Twitter account was updated on September 15th, one day after her remains were found. The message read: “Never knew I could feel like this”. Police is investigating the source of this update, and they haven’t been able to find her cell phone.
Bryant’s social media also contains some message that, in hindsight, are disturbing. On the night of September 13th, after leaving the bar with Jacqueline, he wrote in his Facebook “Teach you tricks that will blow your mind”, and then, sometime after the murder, “Early mornings and sleepless nights but she got you feeling alright.”
“Sometimes in porno films he’d see a woman with a pentagram on her body, and that would excite him. It was her, that kind of woman – a follower of Satan, of what was evil – that interested and turned him on. She would be someone he could trust; she would be someone who’d understand his needs and not think he was strange, weird or bizarre.”
On the 20th of September 1988 in New Mexico, 19 year old Tara Calico took her daily bike ride near New Mexico State Road 47. Patty Doel, Tara’s mother, often took the ride as well but stopped after she believed she was being followed by a car. When Tara didn’t return home to get ready for a date with her boyfriend Patty went to look for her, all she could find was parts of her walkman.
No bike has been found, no witnesses saw the abduction and no one has ever been charged.
On the 15th of June 1989 in Florida, a picture was found in a parking lot outside a convenience store.The picture shows a young bound and gagged boy and girl. At first the boy was believed to be Michael Henley, but when his body was found in Zuni Mountains they believed he died of exposure and was dismissed. However, Patty identified the girl as Tara.
In November 2011 Russia was shocked by video with title “Chechen man cuts the throat of a girl”. It showed a man choking a girl until she passed out and then cutting her throat with a knife. However, some users doubted authenticity of the video, thinking that it was a fake murder that was staged to fuel hate Russian people have for Chechens. Even experts claimed that the video was fake. But the truth was much sinister. The person on the video is 26 years old Chechen man Salavdi Adamov who kidnapped a girl, cut her throat and left her bleed to death. After her last breath Adamov burned her body. The girl was never identified. She was the second person that was killed by Adamov. A month prior that he killed 22 years old woman. He was sentenced to 19 years and 6 months of imprisonment.
Courtroom sketch artist on drawing Dylann Roof: “I was praying for him”
Robert Maniscalco glanced down at his sketchbook Monday morning before he looked up and found himself looking straight into Dylann Roof’s eyes. They stared at each other from across Charleston’s federal courtroom, when Roof smirked, Maniscalco looked down at his sketchbook, closed his eyes and prayed.
“I prayed that he might realize the horror that he has caused and the lives he is ruining — not just for the nine, but for all of the people that have been affected by this,” Maniscalco said. “That he awaken to the devastation he has caused, and that he experience true remorse, in hope that his soul might find a way to spiritual redemption even as our Earthly justice runs its inevitable course.”
Maniscalco also said that Roof has a “certain serenity about himself in his malevolence.”
When the trial begins, Maniscalco will be there sketching between three and four days a week since cameras aren’t allowed in federal courtroom.
Crime: In 2012 he sold LSD to a teen who died of overdose. In addition, mother of a 14 year-old girl accused Ryan of having sex with her daughter. In 2014 Ryan was arrested for drug possession. In 2016 he was arrested again for drug (this time MJ) possession.
“I’ve been abducted” whispered an Ohio woman to a 911 operator on 13 September, 2016. The woman, who has not been identified, explained to the operator that she had been abducted by a man who was armed with a stun gun. She said that she had been tied up and managed to free herself as her abductor slept beside her. The police were led to an abandoned home in Ashland, Ohio, where they rescued the woman and arrested 40-year-old Shawn M. Grate. After searching the home, authorities discovered the remains of two deceased women. One body was identified as 43-year-old Stacey Stanly, who had disappeared from a local gas station weeks prior. Grate then led authorities to a burnt out house in Richland County, where they discovered the remains of a third woman. Clearly dealing with a serial killer, it seems evident what fate the abducted woman would have met had she not manged to free herself and alert authorities. You can listen to that 911 call here.