It can not be overstated how fortunate we all are that most criminals, be they killers or otherwise, are not very smart. Even when they are, they miss details and nuances that a team of investigators can find and exploit in order to bring justice. These kinds of things are not often thought of as a crime is committed, and if so, it can not be planned for (in most cases) as completely the culprit hopes.
Fox News shows how even the tiniest detail can be enough to send a person to prison in 2018. They write that forensic minds busted a “Canadian woman who murdered her best friend in March 2015.” Cheyenne Rose Antoine, 21, is said to have given “prosecutors all the proof they needed when she posted a selfie with the victim in which she wore a belt that was found near the dead woman’s body.”
Antoine confessed to killing Brittney Gargol, 18, who had been her best friend. After a night of heavy drinking, a fight occurred, and the result was death, unfortunately. The BBC confirms that the 21-year-old was sentenced to only seven years in prison, a shock to many who have followed this case.
Police found that photos of the pair together “appeared on Facebook” only hours after Gargol “was discovered dead on the side of a road in Saskatoon.” The killer was sporting the exact same belt which was found near the body of the murdered teen.
“It’s quite remarkable how the police developed this information,” admits Crown prosecutor Robin Ritter. Such good fortune does not often fall into the laps of officers, no matter how careless the killer may have been.
After a night of drinking, Gargol came home with a man that Antoine did not know. Warning bell number one was that when a video of the drinking establishment cited was viewed, there was no sign at all that the two had gone there. From there, “a tip led them to a witness who told them Antoine admitted” to murdering her best friend.
It seems that, according to court testimony, the killer was so intoxicated that she did not even recall the strangling! “I will never forgive myself. Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back. I am very, very sorry. It shouldn’t have ever happened,” Antoine said in a prepared statement.
Lawyers for the killer have said that she was abused in Foster homes “and she reported being abused by her foster parents a month before the murder.” At the age of 21, this is going to be a very hard sell.
Jennifer Gargol, an aunt of the deceased, has said that she can not shake the image of what happened to her niece from her mind. “Most days we can’t stop thinking about Brittney, what happened that night, what she must have felt fighting for her life.”
When things like this happen, we often don’t know why, but even if did know, it may not help much. Alcohol, malice, and a myriad of problems may have led to this for one of a million reason, but as the killer said, “Nothing I say or do will ever bring her back.”