Social media has left a chilling trail of the final hours of a Texas college girl whose dismembered body parts were found burning in a public park on September 14th. “I'm glad I decided to get off tinder and waked(sic) to a bar,” tweeted 24-year-old Jacqueline Vandagriff the night she died. Sadly, it was at that bar that she met Charles Dean Bryant, a troubled 30-year-old who had been arrested twice in the previous week and is now accused of killing the Texas Woman’s University student. Strangely, the message “Never knew I could feel like this” was posted to her Twitter account the day after her body was found. Authorities have not said whether they think this was posted by Bryant, trying to create the illusion Vandagriff was still alive.
Surveillance footage shows Vandagriff and Bryant leaving the first bar and going to another in the college town of Denton, Texas. Vandagriff’s cell phone shows it was in the vicinity of Bryant’s home late that night. Bryant was later caught on camera buying a shovel at a Walmart at almost 5 in the morning. Evidence at his home shows someone tried to dig a hole in his backyard. Vandagriff’s cut up corpse was found on fire at 6:30 a.m. soon after.
Bryant had been arrested for criminal trespass and stalking days before crossing paths with Vandagriff and had a protective order against him from a former girlfriend. The night he encountered Vandagriff he had tweeted “Teach you tricks that will blow your mind” and the next day posted the message, “Full moon.. lets see what trouble I can get into.” He is currently being held on $1 million bail and is said to be cooperating with police.
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