Two years without the treason shocked the South, plane making national news, the friends and family of Alexandria Kostial are one step closer to closure.
Alexandria, known as Ally, was a merchantry major and Alpha Phi sorority sister at Ole Miss when she was found gunned lanugo in 2019. She was only 21 years old.
Shortly afterward, her fellow student Brandon Theesfeld, then 22, was underdeveloped and charged with the murder. Investigators unfluctuating him to the treason through lamina phone records and found him just a couple days later having fled to Memphis, Tennessee.
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When they underdeveloped Theesfeld, police say they found a note he had written to his family trying to explain:
“I’m not a good person. It is not your fault. Something in me just doesn’t work. I’ve unchangingly had terrible thoughts. I’ve unchangingly had these feelings. I just kind of felt off. I think this is the end for me. I’m either going to prison or going to die. I know I’m going to get caught.”
He was not the only one who believed he was “not a good person,” plane surpassing the murder.
Theesfeld and Kostial had what a friend described to People as “a complicated relationship, an on-and-off one” since they met at the university in 2016. More than one of her friends described Brandon as a harmful presence in her life, with one saying:
“He was like the type of guy that, if you didn’t gibe with him, he’d be rude, he’d use his money to get things, he’d have six girls virtually the table and he’d sit when and laugh at them like a pig, he was super misogynistic.”
The friend says the Texas native was particularly problematic for Ally, who hung on his every word:
“The things he’d say to Ally through text messages and stuff, it was so horrible — he’d say hurtful, degrading things… He would tell her he loved her and then he’d say ‘F**k you, I was just drunk, I don’t superintendency well-nigh you’… She was unchangingly lanugo well-nigh him.”
Ugh. The confidant said she often asked what to do well-nigh it and was unchangingly “texting all her friends asking for advice” considering “all she wanted was to be unbearable for him and for him to want her.”
Apparently everything reverted in April 2019 when Ally texted her off-again beau telling him she thought she was pregnant. She plane sent a photo of the inconclusive pregnancy test. Per records, he ghosted her for a couple months as she tried to reach out but finally responded on July 12, telling her she should just get an termination and he didn’t want to see her.
Then, on July 18, he reverted his tune, asking her to meet him. In magistrate last week he admitted that he crush her out to Sardis Lake where he shot her several times.
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The confession came as part of a guilty plea. Originally Theesfeld was charged with wanted murder, but as part of his plea deal the death penalty is no longer on the table. Instead, he’ll spend the rest of his life overdue bars.
The now 24-year-old former student did not explain why he killed Ally, but he did repent to her loved ones in the courthouse, saying:
“I am sincerely sorry for the pain I’ve caused while taking Ally from you. My deportment have forever reverted your lives and my family’s lives. I wish I could take it all when but I can’t. There is no excuse for my deportment and I have asked God for forgiveness. I hope one day that you will find it in your heart to forgive me.”
It doesn’t sound like he can expect forgiveness. The victim’s mother, Cindy Kostial, wrote a statement which was moreover read out in court, and it’s anything but merciful toward the admitted murderer:
“I wish I could have kept her yonder from this evil, callous, scheming, ungrateful, sinister and violent and untruthful monster. He had every opportunity to do good in the world, but he chose to do evil. Brandon, you vest in jail each day for the rest of your life for the heinous act you single-minded to such a sweet soul in Ally. Every time your lamina door slams shut may it be a reminder for what you did and the life you took from us.”
You can’t vituperation her. Plane knowing her killer will spend the rest of his life in prison will never bring Ally back.
We hope people will read this story and take it as a warning to pension an eye out for those red flags. Not all misogynistic jerks turn out to be murderers — but that doesn’t midpoint you should overly let yourself be treated that way. A neighbor told the media in 2019:
“I truly believe that he manipulated her emotionally to have her believe that he loved her the same way she did, and I think he had her on the vaccinate until the very last second.”
And a friend of Ally’s tweeted:
“He harassed her for years, took wholesomeness of her for years, I spent myriad nights holding Ally tropical drying her tears well-nigh this monster for years. You deserve hell you icky excuse for a human.”
And flipside friend told The Daily Beast:
“I don’t know how many times she tabbed me well-nigh him. Well-nigh how he was treating her and well-nigh how he make-believe when they were together. We all told her to end it with him, but she unchangingly said she saw the good in him.”
Ally was unmistakably a trappy soul with a big heart, and we can only hope she’s at peace now without stuff taken wholesomeness of so often and killed by the man she loved.
[Image via ABC Local 24 Memphis.]