Entertainment Honeymoon Murder Mystery: Why Was Bride Found Dead in 5-Star Suite She Shared with Husband?
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“Murder at the Jubilee Rally” by Terry Shames (Severn House) Samuel Craddock, the amiable police chief of mythical Jarrett Creek, Texas, is good at his job, but he’s got a lot to deal with in “Murder at the Jubilee Rally,” Terry Shames’s ninth novel in this genre-bending mystery series. For starters, the annual, week-long Jubilee Motorcycle Rally is about to open just outside of town to the delight of local shopkeepers who profit from it and to the dismay of other town folk who hate the rowdiness that comes with it.
When Christe Chen married Bradley Dawson three months after they met, friends of the recent pharmacy school graduate were concerned — but also hopeful she'd finally found the love of her life.
"It was a shock," says Chen's friend Morrice Aperey of her decision to marry the recently-divorced Dawson, 38, a Memphis-based IT specialist. "It happened so quickly."
Now her friends are struggling to make sense of the nightmare that unfolded just two days into the couple's honeymoon in July at one of the planet's most beautiful locations — Fiji's ultra-private Turtle Island, where villas start at $3,500 a night.
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On the evening of July 8, the couple got into an argument during a beach party, according to multiple reports. The altercation continued after they returned to their villa, and resort staff later heard "loud noises" coming from their suite, according to Chen family attorney Ronald Gordon.
"It appears that he [Bradley] may have visited the island before with his previous wife on their honeymoon," he says. "Christe didn't know that until that evening, which may have been the cause for the argument."
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FIRST READING: Joe Biden stayed in London for free. Why did it cost Canada $400,000?
First Reading is a daily newsletter keeping you posted on the travails of Canadian politicos, all curated by the National Post’s own Tristin Hopper. To get an early version sent directly to your inbox every Monday to Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET (and 9 a.m. on Saturdays), sign up here. TOP STORY As the Trudeau government weathers scorn for spending an eyewatering $400,000 on hotel rooms for the Queen’s funeral, the prime minister is proving to be particularly cagey on one specific detail of that weekend: Who among the delegation stayed in an ultra-luxury $6,000 per night hotel suite? The 281,400-pound bill ($356,981.
The next afternoon around 3 p.m., a maid, concerned that the guests had missed breakfast and lunch, discovered 36-year-old Chen's battered body in a pool of blood, slumped against a cracked toilet, dead from a traumatic brain injury.
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By then, Dawson had fled the resort — the location of the 1980 film, starring Brooke Shields — in a kayak. 36 hours later on July 10 on a nearby island — with his passport, over $1,000 in cash and a credit card belonging to Chen.
Dawson pleaded not guilty toat a Sept. 1 court hearing in Lautoka, Fiji. His attorney, Iqbal Khan, disputed the prosecution's allegation that Dawson had confessed to the killing in an interview he gave to police after his arrest.
Halifax man accused of killing rapper Pat Stay facing old murder charge again
Adam Drake was already facing a first-degree murder charge in the homicide of Nova Scotia battle rapper Pat Stay, and has been charged again with killing Tyler Keizer in 2016.Adam Joseph Drake was arraigned Monday afternoon at Halifax Provincial Court. He faces a first-degree murder charge in connection with the 2016 murder of 27-year-old Tyler Keizer in Halifax.
Dawson later refused to sign the confession after receiving legal advice, but the authorities insisted that during the interview he had detailed the events surrounding that tragic night — including what he reportedly described as a violent, drunken "scuffle" that left Chen injured but alive shortly before he left the island by kayak.
"All of this has been really tough to swallow," says Chen's friend Ryan Weis. "Christe always wanted to be married, but I just wish I would have asked more questions about who this guy was."
* With additional reporting by Christine Pelisek and Wendy Grossman Kantor
Porsha Williams and Simon Guobadia Are Married! Inside Their Nigerian Ceremony — the First of 2 Weddings .
The couple got married during a traditional Nigerian native law and custom ceremony on Friday and will wed again in a second American ceremony on Saturday . "I am ridiculously excited," Williams told PEOPLE ahead of the nuptials. "I am just so ready. I'm not even nervous. I mean, I know I'm marrying the love of my life, and it's just going to solidify our relationship and our family bond. I'm calm and excited." Guobadia, meanwhile, said he's a "little nervous" — but not for the reason one may think. "When you say you're a little nervous, and you're about to walk down the aisle, people are thinking, 'Uh-oh,'" he said.