So, here’s the story:
On March 31st, 2015, Cai Xia Liao drugged and bound her former lover, threatened and beat him, then killed his grandson and wife. She had planned to kill his daughter as well, but was arrested before she could carry out that part of her plan. She waited ten hours for his wife to return home while he laid bound on the floor, slipping in and out of consciousness. At some point during her wait, she attacked his grandson with garden shears, fatally wounding the four year old. Hours later, she butchered his wife in the same manner and enthusiastically described the violence to her captive. Neighbors witnessed the murder, as it occurred in the driveway, and immediately called the police. Liao was arrested shortly after. She plead guilty to the murders and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a mandatory 32 years. The judge remarked that even in court, it appeared that she still had no grasp on the severity of what she had done.
I’m including the real name of the murderess in this one, but omitting most defining characteristics and the names of the victims and their families. This is such a recent crime, so I feel the need to be a little more sensitive, but want to allow anyone who wishes to learn more to search for information on their own.
👗This fabulous dress & matching belt are by @officialberniedexter
👑My usual heirloom pearls
🍵 My late grandmother’s tea set
☠️Betsy Johnson earrings
👒True vintage pillbox hat
from Endless Treasures in Mt. Holly, NJ
🌸Hair flowers from @vintagevarietyshopnj
💕Gloves and petticoat were from an independent seller on Amazon who it seems is no longer on there.
The weekend is upon us, which means days off from work and social outings with friends and family.
If you’re like me then you struggle to stay on track when you don’t have a set schedule or routine because you can’t plan for things like impromptu dinners out, whatever the host cooks, taking your own food (sometimes) etc etc.
What are YOU going to do to stay on track this weekend?
“Just because you aren’t making progress as fast as you think you should does not mean you aren’t making progress. Keep going.” Day 54 is DONE and boy, that was rough. I went back to using 8/10/12s but that’s only because it’s a brand new month, which means new, more complex moves.
I also keep looking at my waist and getting disappointed. I feel like my waist is HUGE, you guys. It’s nothing like it was two years ago. But then again, THAT WAS TWO YEARS AGO. I’ve changed a lot in two years.
Instead of beating myself up over the silly waist (month two was technically the build phase anyways) I’m just gonna keep going and trust and believe in the process because I KNOW my eating is working and I KNOW how I feel. Why fix something that isn’t broken? Change takes time. Embrace it.
I’m back! 🔪💋☠️
So, I’m a big fan of Korean horror movies. But reading about a crime that could easily be a plot pulled from one is jarring, to say the least.* I was hesitant about doing this character, but the more something confuses me, the more I’m drawn to learning about it. Unfortunately, this murder just took place a little over two years ago, and not much has been written about it outside of the typical news coverage.
One of the main reasons I pushed myself to discover more with this one is a book I finished recently called “The Girls.” It’s by Emma Cline and tells a fictionalized version of the Manson murders from the point of view of a woman who was just a girl when the murders took place. She had been close with the girls who committed the murder, a girl named Suzanne in particular, and avoided being a part of it almost by chance. Her inner dialogue is what got me, though. She’s a bit flawed and extremely paranoid, but she does instill the feeling that it’s a wonder more women don’t commit murder. All the random public groping, lewd comments, being told how we should and shouldn’t act by people we think are on our side, and the never ending expectation to please everyone. Rage is a common emotion, but repressing it is a skill most of us pick up at an early age and hone throughout our lives. She wonders how easy it would have been for her to unleash this rage on that innocent family.
There are no excuses for these crimes. Both Suzanne and the woman in this next story killed young children because of an obsession over a man. They aren’t good people, or even somewhat sympathetic, and unlike a lot of the women I write about, it isn’t easy to see why they did what they did. But it’s precisely why I think they’re so important to talk about. None of us are above becoming monsters. Its important to think about where all that repressed rage comes from and how easily it could be unleashed. It really puts in perspective how important it is to address the roots of our anger.🖤
*Just an FYI: This crime didn’t happen in Korea, but if you’re familiar with any of the big movies in this genre, you’ll quickly realize why I drew that comparison.
Randy Janzen, a Canadian father, left a chilling Facebook status detailing the slayings of his entire family on May 7th, 2015, ten days after the murders in Chilliwack, BC. Randy had no criminal record, nor did he have a known history of homicidal or suicidal tendencies. In the status update, he claimed his 19-year-old daughter, Emily, was suffering from severe migraines, so he felt it was his duty to “take away” her pain. By doing so, he shot her in the head. He then shot his wife, Laurel, so she wouldn’t have to hear about her daughter’s death. Lastly, he killed his own sister, Shelly, so she wouldn’t have to “live with this shame.” Randy never suffered any consequences for the unjust murders of his family, as he lit his house on fire and ended his life with a long-barrel gun after having a stand-off with the SWAT team.
So I was going to say something hella motivational and inspiring but then leg day made me forget everything I wanted to say.
So happy hump day y’all and just remember to always take time for yourself whether it be working out, going for a walk, getting a mani/pedi, reading a book, taking a bath...you gotta fill your cup before you can fill others’.
March 14th, 2018: A month after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, Nikolas Cruz has had a not guilty plea entered on his behalf in court to the 17 charges of murder. Prosecutors have announced they will seek the death penalty.
Some bangin’ #truecrime#bookpost thanks to Seven Stories Press today. The Name of Death is the powerful true life story of a Brazilian boy who could have been a fisherman but instead became the world’s most prolific professional killer. Written by investigative journalist Klester Cavalcanti and translated from Brazilian Portuguese by Nick Caistor. Out on 8th May and soon to be adapted into a film. Also, that cover 👌🏻
Todd Kohlhepp is an American serial killer, he has been convicted for killing seven people between the years of 2003 and 2016. Todd was described as a troublesome kid growing up, he had difficulty getting along with other children and oftentimes exploded into fits of rage. At the age of 15 he kidnapped a 14-year-old girl in 1986 and brought her to his home, tied her up, and raped her. Afterward, he walked her home and threatened to kill her younger siblings if she told anyone. Todd was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was also registered as a sex offender. He was described as exceptionally bright, with an IQ of 118, but was emotionally and behaviorally dangerous. During his incarceration, he earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science, and was released in 2001. Shortly after his release, he moved to South Carolina where he killed four people in a motorcycle shop. In December 2015, he shot a married couple he had hired to work on his property. In August, he hired Kala Brown and Charles Carver to clean his house, but killed Charles for having a “really smart mouth.” He chained Kala inside a cage in his basement, not wanting to kill her because she didn’t do anything wrong. Police were able to rescue her by tracing her last known cellphone signals. On May 26, 2017, Todd plead guilty and was sentenced to seven consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
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So I’ve been meaning to post this all day but I just haven’t been able to think about what I wanna say about it.
Tbh? I’m kind of disappointed in myself. I’m busting my ass in my workouts, I’m following the meal plan to a T. But I’m only down 3.5 lbs and 3 inches.
I keep comparing myself and my progress to a program I did back in 2015, when I lost 3.5 lbs and 9.5 inches in 60 days. My stomach was FLAT and boy I felt AMAZING.
I kept beating myself up about the results from this COMPLETELY DIFFERENT program and then I had some beautiful friends remind me that I should be PROUD of myself.
I’m lifting between 8 and 20 lbs, depending on the move (in 2015 I was lifting 3 and 5 lbs…but mostly 3s). I’m doing hour long workouts compared to 30-45 minute workouts. I’m eating more calories than I was in 2015 to compensate for the work I’m doing. I’ve only strayed off my meal plan ONCE in (now) 52 days (eff you Graeter’s ice cream for gettin’ me BUT no ragrets now). I no longer have cravings (something I’ve struggled with my entire life). So, with that, I’m effin’ PROUD of myself. I’m going to celebrate all those nonscale victories because those are far more better than that dumb number on the scale.
And with that, month 3, I’m gonna kick your ass and shred like a BEAST.
See these beauties?
Matt surprised me with them last night and you know what I did with them? STUCK THEM IN THE FREEZER AND I HAVEN’T REACHED FOR THEM.
You guys, if this was Dylanne a few months ago, I’d be constantly thinking about those Tagalongs. I’d be drooling just thinking of them. I’d say to myself, “I can have just one. That won’t be bad,” and then next thing you know the whole box would be gone.
But I’m not the same Dylanne I was. Ever since I started this 80 day program I have been COMMITTED to the meal plan and the workouts and because of my hard work and dedication, I HAVE ZERO CRAVINGS.
Seriously. We had leftover healthy cookies last week since I made a double batch and I didn’t even reach for them the next day. Matt bought 100 chicken nuggets last week (if you missed the 100 nug challenge, he ate 71) and I wasn’t even fazed. I currently have Tagalongs SITTING IN MY FREEZER and I’m like, “Meh, gimme my veggies ‘cause I’m famished after my cardio workout.” I’m floored you guys. I’m the type of person who needs to eat whatever food she is thinking about. I’m the person who has had cravings FOREVER.
Yet here I am, 52 days into my 80 day program and those cravings are GONE.
Best nonscale victory? Hell yes!
If you haven't heard of Murder Mementos yet, check out this unboxing video by @SebastianColumbine that shows everything that was included in the first box which went out in February. She's also running an awesome giveaway where you can win your own box, so watch her video to see how to enter, only 4 days left! Thanks so much Sebastian for this fabulous unboxing/review! 🖤☠️🗡️ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOXrF_o8kY8