Texas Man Guilty of Murdering and Dismembering College Student After Falsely Claiming She Died During Sex

A Texas man was convicted Monday of murdering a college student who was found dismembered and burned in 2016.

The 12-member jury rejected Charles Dean Bryant’s defense that he panicked only after the 24-year-old woman died during consensual “kinky” sex.

Jacqueline Vandagriff, a junior at Texas Woman’s University, vanished on the evening of Sept. 13, 2016 — not long after she spent time with Bryant, 31, at a bar in Denton, Texas. Her remains were later found burning in a plastic kiddie pool in a park near Lake Grapevine.

Police soon uncovered security footage of her sharing a drink with Bryant, and they said the two eventually left the bar together.

Authorities also suspect that Bryant, 31, updated Vandagraff’s Twitter account after her death.

The night before her body was found, a tweet on Vandagriff’s account read, “I’m glad I decided to get off tinder and waked into a bar.”

“Never knew I could feel like this,” reads the tweet that appeared on Vandagriff’s page on Sept. 15, one day after her charred corpse was recovered.

Bryant had been charged with capital murder in Vandagriff’s slaying.

During her opening statement on April 9, defense attorney Glynis McGinty told jurors that Bryant is only guilty of evidence tampering but was not guilty of murder.

McGinty argued that Bryant “freak out” after Vandagriff’s death, which the defense claimed occurred during sex, and tried to hide her body.

“He went to Walmart at 4 a.m. and bought a shovel and goes back to his house where he had left Jackie and tried to dig a hole but the earth was too hard,” she told the jury.

But the prosecution argued otherwise, pointing out that Vandagriff’s purse was found in a garbage can in Bryant’s home. The prosecution also cited evidence that Vandagriff was bound.

The indictment against Bryant stated that he “killed and caused serious bodily injury to Jacqueline Vandagriff using a zip tie, a knife or machete, and an unknown object.”

“Jackie had just started a new path at TWU,” prosecutor Lucas Allen said in his opening statement, according to local TV station WFAA. “It was a good path, until an evil, destructive figure, Charles Bryant, stepped .”

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Jurors in Fort Worth agreed with the prosecution. They deliberated less than three hours before finding Bryant guilty of murder. He was also found guilty of tampering with evidence.

The punishment phase of the trial is underway. Bryant faces up to life in prison.

PEOPLE’s call to McGinty were not immediately returned and it was unclear if Bryant planned to appeal.


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Gypsy Rose Blanchard Says Her Prison Sentence Is Too Harsh for Murdering Munchausen by Proxy Mom

A Missouri woman whose mom made her pretend to be sick and wheelchair-bound for years to attract sympathy for herself tells Dr. Phil that she regrets her role in her mother’s stabbing murder, but that her 10-year prison sentence on a second-degree murder conviction is too harsh given what her mom forced her to endure.

Before Dee Dee Blanchard, 48, was found in a pool of blood in the pair’s Springfield, Missouri, home, in June 2015, the community accepted what she’d told them about daughter Gypsy Rose: that she was a terminally ill teen with the mind of a 7-year-old who suffered from muscular dystrophy, leukemia and other ailments.

But with Gypsy Rose missing from the crime scene, worried authorities went searching for her — and discovered she was a 23-year-old adult fully capable of walking on her own and allegedly enlisting her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, then 26, to help plot her mother’s murder.

Experts say Gypsy Rose was the victim of Munchausen by proxy, a rare form of abuse in which a guardian exaggerates or induces illness in a child for attention and sympathy.

In an exclusive clip from a two-part Dr. Phil interview with Gypsy Rose that airs Nov. 21 and 22, Dr. Phil McGraw asks Gypsy Rose, “Should you be in this prison?”

“To be honest, I have complicated feelings about that,” Gypsy Rose says. “I believe firmly that, no matter what, murder is not okay. But at the same time I don’t believe I deserve as many years as I got.”

“What would be your just punishment?” McGraw asks.

“I’m not really certain on that,” she replies. “I do believe that I do deserve to spend some time in prison for that crime. But I also understand why it happened, and I don’t believe that I’m in the right place to get the help that I need.”

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“Are you glad your mother’s dead?” McGraw asks her.

“No sir,” Gypsy Rose says. “I’m glad that I’m out of that situation, but I’m not happy she’s dead.”

Gypsy Rose was sentenced for second-degree murder in July 2015. Godejohn, who has pleaded not guilty, is awaiting trial.

Mother Knows Best: A Story of Munchausen by Proxy and Murder, airs on Dr. Phil Nov. 21 and 22. Check local listings.


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Ariz. Man Suspected of Murdering Military Veteran Ex-Wife Who Has Been Missing Since September

An Arizona man has been accused of killing his ex-wife, a military veteran who has not been seen since September, PEOPLE confirms.

Dalen Larry Ware, of Laveen, was taken into custody Friday on suspicion of murder after his ex-wife, Julia Jacobson, was reported missing last month, according to an Ontario, California, Police Department news release obtained by PEOPLE.

Jacobson and her dog, Boogie, have not been found, but authorities say they believe she died a “violent” death, Detective Melissa Ramirez of the Ontario Police Department tells PEOPLE.

The 37-year-old was last seen and heard from on Sept. 2, the day she was reported missing, when she sent a text to a friend saying she was in Palm Springs and later caught on CCTV footage leaving a 7-Eleven in Ontario at about 8 p.m.

Less than a week after her disappearance, Jacobson’s car was found abandoned near her home. Evidence collected from the car confirmed that the San Diego resident had been killed, Ramirez says.

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It is still unclear what happened in the days surrounding Jacobson’s death. While her car was found a few blocks from her home, Jacobson was last seen about 100 miles away at the 7-Eleven in Ontario, Ramirez tells PEOPLE.

“Right now, there’s a whole lot of piecing things together,” Ramirez says of the investigation. “We have strong evidence but we only have components of the ‘what happened,’ not the ‘how.’”

According to her family, Jacobson, a retired army captain who served overseas, had recently accepted a job in Austin, Texas, and was looking forward to the new opportunity.

“It was going to be a new chapter for her,” her sister told NBC. “She joined ROTC and right out of college, she was stationed in Europe. She went to Bosnia and did two tours in Iraq. Then she had been with 7-Eleven for a number of years and had moved around the country to work for them.”

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Ramirez tells PEOPLE Jacobson and Ware divorced in 2015 and from the beginning, Ware was on investigator’s radar. Speaking to NBC, Jacobson’s family described their relationship as “tumultuous.”

“They remained in contact they must have still had some sort of amicable relationship,” Ramirez says. “But obviously something took a dramatic turn on Sept. 2.”

On Friday, Ware was taken into custody by local and federal officials at his home in Laveen. He will be transferred to San Bernardino County West Valley Detention Center within the week, according to Ramirez. It is unclear at this time whether he has an attorney.

Ramirez says authorities are now looking for Jacobson’s body in both California and Arizona.

“We’re open to anywhere at this point,” Ramirez says. “We were hoping it would be under incredibly different circumstances but we want to bring her home.”

On Monday, Jacobson’s family released a statement thanking law enforcement for their work and the community for its support.

“Words cannot express the pain and anguish our family has endured since our beloved sister and daughter Julia Jacobson went missing. It is truly incredible the way Julia’s family, friends, co-workers, employer and complete strangers have come together. We cannot overstate our sincere appreciation for all of those who have provided their prayers, support and resource,” the family wrote on a Facebook page dedicated to Jacobson.

The continued: “The loss of Julia is beyond words. There will be no more birthday parties, backyard gatherings, holiday celebrations or other family activities to share. The laughter, hugs, guidance and our sense of security are forever gone and our family’s hearts will be forever broken.”

A GoFundMe page has been started to help Jacobson’s family with traveling and funeral expenses.


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Michigan Man Accused of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend Who Vanished in September

Investigators in Michigan have filed a murder charge against a 38-year-old man believed to have been the last person to see his missing ex-girlfriend alive, PEOPLE confirms.

Andrew Hudson was arraigned on Thursday, and is being accused by police of killing 35-year-old Ana Marie Carrillo.

Carrillo has not been seen since Sept. 2. She was reported missing on the morning of Sept. 3, after failing to return from picking up their three children from Hudson’s Wyoming, Michigan, home.

According to police, Carrillo’s vehicle was found in a church parking lot not far from Hudson’s residence.

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“An extensive investigation into Carrillo’s disappearance has resulted in evidence that will show that Hudson is responsible for Carrillo’s disappearance and, ultimately, her murder,” reads a statement by the Wyoming Department of Public Safety.

An affidavit obtained by PEOPLE alleges Hudson “lured” Carrillo to his home under “a false pretense of picking up her children.”

During a search of his property, police allegedly recovered “blood evidence linked to the victim” from Hudson’s home and truck.

“A Wyoming police officer responding on the day the victim went missing observed a fire burning in a burn barrel on defendant’s property,” reads the affidavit. “Defendant told investigators he only burned yard waste and similar items and denied burning clothes in that barrel.”

However, “investigators found evidence that multiple clothing items were burned in the barrel,” the affidavit alleges. “Among clothing items found burned in the barrel were Aeropostale brand buttons. The victim was last seen wearing an Aeropostale clothing item.”

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The murder charge was filed earlier this week against Hudson, who was already in police custody on a perjury charge for allegedly lying to police during their investigation into Carrillo’s whereabouts.

Hudson has yet to enter pleas to the charges he faces, and does not have an attorney representing him.

Hudson’s father, Lyle Hudson, 62, has also been charged with perjury related to the investigation, but has been released on bond.

Lyle Hudson has pleaded not guilty. An attorney was unavailable for comment Friday.

Investigators are asking that anyone with any information about this missing persons contact the Wyoming Department of Public Safety at (616) 530-7300.


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Gwyneth Paltrow’s New Hobby Is Murdering a Ton of Bees in the Name of Goop

She let herself get stung in the name of beauty. ​

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