Mercury Retrograde Won’t Affect Cuffing Season For These Zodiac Signs

Love is in the air… JK, that’s just the sickly sweet aroma of cuffing season being right around the corner. As the weather gets gloomier and the chill of the impending long n’ lonely winter season settles in, even the most diehard of singles can get a case of the cuffing season hype — in other words, they will suddenly find themselves willing to trade in their wild n’ free nights on the town for a monogamous cuddle mate who’ll stay inside with them, warm under the covers. Until springtime hits, anyway.

But alas, we’ve got bigger seasonal hoops to jump through this fall, as Mercury retrograde fall 2019 just so happens to begin on Halloween, Oct. 31, marking the planet’s final retrograde period of the year — and kicking off juuuuust as the season of cuffing begins, too.

While Venus and Mars are the major love and sex planets, Mercury has an influence over relationships too, as it’s the ruler of communication and timing. This means that during one of the planet’s regular and often-dreaded retrograde periods, we’ll be way more likely to mess up on plans, show up late, fail to properly communicate our feelings, or find our tech devices failing on us (think texts not going through or being sent to the wrong person) — all of which can lead to arguments, confusion, and misunderstandings in the love department.

But this transit will be hitting everyone’s astrological chart a little bit differently, so just because we’re facing a pesky Mercury retrograde period doesn’t mean that an active autumn love life is off the table for every sign. While, yes, there are a few signs who may want to avoid pouring themselves into any new romantic endeavor whatsoever, this upcoming Mercury retrograde won’t affect cuffing season for some zodiac signs, so they’ll be able to carry on with their love lives as usual. That’s not to say that the retrograde won’t affect their romantic prospects at all — no one can escape this retrograde’s effects, especially given that it’s in the emotional sign of Scorpio and will be bringing all sorts of private matters to the surface! But cuffing season will carry on strong for these three zodiac signs, and they will just have to roll with the retrograde punches as they navigate it. Astrologer Lisa Stardust spoke with Bustle to give us her professional astrological opinion on the matter, so read on to find out where you stand.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You’re perfectly content to map out a gorgeously relaxing next few months for yourself — all you need is your perfectly curated Netflix queue, some good books, and your nicest sheets and candles to spruce up your space. But do you go at it alone? "You’re conflicted whether to commit 100% or play it solo right now," explains Stardust. But this Mercury retrograde period is actually likely to wash an ex-lover up on your shores, so if you’re single, you may find yourself saying yes. "You’re more apt to reconnect and keep warm with an ex this cuffing season."

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Mercury retrograde periods have a tendency to bring up issues from our past, especially those that have been unresolved — and in the case of your love life, you may find this to be true, Cancer. "A former crush will resurface," shares Stardust, "but you may experience a tug-of-war with your romantic interest." While there may be some perks and even some growth experiences to be gained through a reunion with this shadow of your past, you’ll probably find that you both have trouble committing. Don’t expect it to last, but at least enjoy the cuffing season.

Scorpio (Oct. 23 – Nov. 21)

Mercury is retrograde through your sign this season, Scorpio, meaning that you may be feeling its effects more than anyone. While it certainly isn’t putting your love life on hold, it is making it extra difficult to figure out what you want, as your emotions feel intensely raw and vulnerable. "You’re confused by who you want to partner with, as you may have a few options," explains Stardust. No one can make a decision here but you — just remember to proceed with honesty and know that retrograde’s can cloud our judgment, so don’t commit too hard just yet.

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Daring fishermen spotted floating dangerously close to massive 66ft plug hole

A dog walker has captured the jaw-dropping moment two fishermen floated dangerously close to a huge 66ft plug hole.

Flo Neilson was walking with her two dogs past the overflow hole at Ladybower Reservoir in Derbyshire when she spotted the pair in the water.

Stunned by the sight, she began filming as they paddled terrifyingly near to the massive hole.

She told the BBC: “It appeared they were floating towards the plug hole whilst still casting their lines, but they were purposely paddling with flippers on their feet.

"It looked a dangerous and risky thing to do, but they seemed to be in control of the boats and had soon moved away after I'd stopped filming."

Many social media users were also left taken aback by the daring duo's actions.

One said: "I find the plug hole the scariest thing … even on video."

Another added: "It drops about 200 feet and then a 90 degree turn and goes along to the river further down with a sluce gate."

However some also pointed out it was unlikely the men were in danger.

One person commented: "I bet if you put the boat right to the edge it would simply bump against the plug hole and very unlikely to go down. Lip of the plug hole is only a few cm below the waterline."

Another said: "Just to confirm, these guys are using float tubes, not boats. Their legs are beneath the water.

"They wear flippers like scuba divers. So they'd just hit the wall of the plughole. Be almost impossible to go over the edge."


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My boyfriend was cheating with his ex and it broke me — so I slept with his best mate – The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: MY boyfriend cheated on me with his ex and it hurt me so much I had sex with his best mate. I’m 26 and my boyfriend is 29. We got together five years ago and it felt like real love.

He spent most of the week round at my flat and I loved having someone to cook for and care for, and someone to love me in bed.  He said he had been lucky to find someone so special.

But then a mate told me she had heard he was seeing his ex.  She is the mum of his sons so I said to my mate that just showed he was getting things right as a dad.

But just to be sure, I went through his phone and the messages told me the rumours were right. I was totally broken and told him to get himself out of my flat and leave me alone.

He was shocked and swore that he loved me the best. But I stuck to my guns. He tried to persuade me he had just made a stupid mistake and he texted me two or three times every day.

I was tempted to let him back into my life but knew I could never forgive his lies and live with the hurt he had caused.

One day, I was out in the pub with some friends when I saw his best mate, who is 30, wander into the bar.  He saw me, bought me a drink and was openly flirting.

I’d soon had three or four shots and thought if I slept with his mate, there would be no turning back — I would be free of the cheating and hurting and have to just move on and get on with my life.

We went back to his flat and had sex but it didn’t feel right and afterwards I just couldn’t wait to get home. My ex is still doing his best to get back with me. Should I tell him I slept with his mate?

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DEIDRE SAYS:  I do understand the temptation to shock and hurt him but I think you would regret it – it could well backfire.

You had downed a few drinks when you slept with his mate and you know it didn’t feel right. Why cause anger and hurt that would break up a friendship?

Of course, the best mate doesn’t sound much of a friend to your ex, but spilling the beans to your ex would likely bring only anger and trouble your way.

Keep what happened that night to yourself and I’m sure your ex’s mate will be doing the same.

Tell your ex, once again, that it’s over and tell him you’re putting a block on your phone so you won’t see his texts.

Be glad you’re not tied to a cheat and that you’re young, with the world at your feet and are free to move on.

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Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills to Co-Produce SAG Awards

Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner’s Hazy Mills Productions have joined the SAG Awards producing team.

The guild announced this morning that Kathy Connell will once again serve as the show’s producer along with Hayes and Milliner in partnership with Avalon Harbor.

“Attending the SAG Awards has always been a pleasure and a privilege for me,” Hayes said in statement. “I’ve been proud to participate as a voter for the past 25 years and look forward to being involved in the creative process this year.”

Milliner added, “Hazy Mills Productions is about authenticity, honesty and humor, and we are excited to be working with partners who share the same values. We are thrilled to collaborate with Kathy Connell on this great show, which honors our colleagues in the industry.”

The SAG Awards will broadcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. PT/ 8 p.m. ET.

“The SAG Awards has always been ‘the actors’ party in the actor’s house.’ That’s especially true this year, with Sean having won four SAG Awards,” Connell said. “I look forward to working closely with Todd and Sean, who bring acclaimed production experience and a respected history of working with actors across all mediums.”

Hayes’ “Will & Grace” co-star Megan Mullally hosted the 2019 SAG Awards.

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Why HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Reminds Director Nicole Kassell Of A Rihanna Video

How do you adapt one of the most beloved graphic novels of all time, a dense tome of antiheroes, alternate history, vast conspiracies, doomsday clocks, and giant alien squid? If you’re Watchmen director Nicole Kassell and creator Damon Lindelof, you don’t. Instead, you "remix" the source material rather than adapting it slavishly. Zach Snyder already attempted a panel-by-panel translation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons in 2009, to mixed results. Instead of repeating Snyder’s tactic, Lindelof and Kassell decided to shake things up dramatically, delivering a new take on the classic.

"I see The Conformist, I see Children Of Men, Blade Runner, and a Rihanna music video," Kassell tells Bustle about her reaction to reading Lindelof’s script for the first time. "Oh, and of course The Remains Of The Day." If you’re curious what the works of Bernardo Bertolucci, Alfonso Cuarón, Ridley Scott, and James Ivory do with each other — not to mention Rihanna — and how that combination of influences could possibly create a cohesive whole, you’ll have to tune in to the show’s pilot, a bold vision of a world where Robert Redford has been President for three decades, squid rain from the sky, and cops wear masks to protect their identities from terrorists.

The boldness of the vision is even more striking when you consider that Kassell (who helmed the first two episodes of the new series and also serves as an executive producer) had never read the graphic novel — or seen Snyder’s adaptation — before signing on to the project. "When I heard after Leftovers that Damon’s next project would be Watchmen, because he was doing it, I knew I would want to be a part of it."

Kassell and Lindelof had worked together on two episodes of The Leftovers, with Kassell directing two of the HBO show’s most acclaimed hours, the Matt Jamison-centric "No Room At The Inn" and "It’s A Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World." (Kassell has also worked on a number of other prestige series, including Westworld, The Americans, Castle Rock, Better Call Saul, American Crime, and The Killing.)

"Once he got closer to being ready to hire for the pilot, I finally called and said, ‘I would love to be involved. I don’t know it, I haven’t read it, but if you’re doing it, I want to do it,’" Kassell remembers. "And then, because he’s such a fan of Watchmen and it’s in his DNA, I decided, let me read the scripts first so I have a really unfiltered, objective reaction to his story, regardless of what it may be for people who know the story." Those written words were what gave Kassell such an eclectic mix of influences for the look and tone series, all of which come through in unexpected ways throughout the first two episodes.

After joining the project, Kassell finally plunged headfirst into Moore’s and Gibbon’s graphic novel, doing "a deep, deep dive on the book in order to honor it and take very, very seriously adapting this material, which is so special to so many people," she says. "I never did see the movie, because I didn’t want to accidentally borrow from it."

Kassell looked to the pages, not hoping to recreate them with slavish devotion, but looking for inspiration to help craft a visual language for the show that would familiar to Watchmen readers. "The look [of the show] was definitely heavily inspired by the graphic design of the book," Kassell says, particularly the use of vertical panels, which are common in comics but not on television. That proved to be a unique challenge for the creative team: "How do you find a vertical in a horizontal frame?" Kassell ended up employing a variety of techniques, including "obscuring the frame and frames within frames. Also, "transitions were enormous. A lot of attention was given to these graphic cuts from one image to the next by having your eye in the same place of the frame from one take to the next."

But the biggest challenge for Kassell and the production team wasn’t just translating the feel of reading a graphic novel to the screen, but conjuring an entire universe that looks and feels like almost like ours… but not quite. "To create an alternate universe is as challenging as doing a period film," Kassell asserts. "You have to set the rules of this place. I have to know how things work in reality. This is a world where Redford has been President for over 30 years, so climate change is not an issue; there’s no plastic, their cars are electric, there are dirigibles in the sky. People are still reading paper, so paper should be in every set, whether it’s books, magazines, journals. To set those rules — what are clothes made of? — we wrote a book, a very technical 50-page book on the rules of this world, and that defined the parameters for what props should be made from and all of that."

Kassell refers to this process as a "true collaboration" with Lindelof, a showrunner infamous for his secretive, mystery-laden storytelling. But even though she only sat in the director’s chair for the first two episodes of a show that will likely take its time unfurling its mysteries, Kassell wasn’t kept in the dark. "Basically anything I wanted to know, I knew as much as [Lindelof] knew," she affirms. "I was one of the secret keepers." Still, don’t try to pry any of those secrets out of her. She’s content to wait and let the viewers discover the answers for themselves. She says, "My only hope is that Watchmen will spark conversation."

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Meghan Markle’s British Friends Warned Her Against Marrying Prince Harry

Meghan Markle’s British friends warned her against marrying Prince Harry, telling her that tabloid newspapers “will destroy your life”. 

Speaking about her first year as a member of the royal family, the Duchess of Sussex said she had tried to put on a “stiff upper lip,” but was not prepared for the media interest she now faces. 

“It’s hard,” she told ITV documentary Harry & Meghan: An African Journey. “I don’t think anybody could understand that, but in all fairness, I had no idea, which probably sounds difficult to understand…

“But when I first met my now-husband my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great but you shouldn’t do it because the British tabloids will destroy your life’.”

However, the 38-year-old – who was an actress before she married Prince Harry – said she “very naively” didn’t understand what her friends meant, telling them: “I’m not in tabloids.

“I didn’t get it, so it’s been complicated,” she added. 

Meghan’s comments come just weeks after it was revealed she is suing the Mail on Sunday over a breach of privacy after it published a private letter between her and her estranged father.

Meanwhile, Harry has also begun legal action at the High Court in relation to the alleged illegal interception of voicemail messages by Sun, News of the World and Daily Mirror journalists.

According to the Sunday Times, the couple are set to take some time out of the media spotlight from next month, taking a six-week break from royal duties. 

They are expected to take their baby son Archie, who was born in May, to visit Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland in Los Angeles. 

During the couple’s recent southern Africa tour, Meghan was asked if she could continue to cope with the pressure and what would happen if she could not.

“In all honesty I have said for a long time to H – that is what I call him – it’s not enough to just survive something, that’s not the point of life,” she said. “You have got to thrive. You have got to feel happy, and I think I really tried to adopt this British sensibility of a stiff upper lip.

“I tried, I really tried, but I think what that does internally is probably really damaging, and the biggest thing that I know is that I never thought this would be easy but I thought it would be fair, and that is the part that is hard to reconcile but [I] just take each day as it comes.”

Meghan added: “The good thing is that I have got my baby and I have got my husband and they are the best.”

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Dream-pop spell fails to captivate

Hatchie
Oxford Art Factory, October 17
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Hatchie is good if you want to get lost in the eyes of a new lover during the honeymoon period, but not if you enjoy a little more grit in your live music. That’s not to denigrate the Brisbane singer-songwriter's musicianship but rather that the spell she casts doesn’t captivate everyone.

Performing three songs back-to-back that could almost have been the same one, Hatchie, beneath neon stars, dense smoke and clutching a guitar that seemed too big for her petite frame, sang with a breathless tone covering the same perhaps four or five notes.

There was no demonstration of her technical guitar prowess, only the same sonic canvas of bland beige and mediocre mauve. If you're the kind of music lover who doesn't mind being limited to swaying from side to side during a live performance, Hatchie's got the arsenal to keep you active.

Nevertheless, there's something enchanting about her take on dream-pop and you might even find yourself involuntarily moving as she plods along with yet another breathily delivered love song with indiscernible lyrics.

Heads bounced maybe a fraction higher for a number mid-set. And yes, that swaying got more vigorous as she gave more vocally, musically and thematically in this one song.

Hatchie's her potion of sometimes shoegaze and attempted indie licks is a tonic many don’t seem to mind taking – and if you can hold an audience’s attention for the best part of an hour despite such a bland concoction, then kudos.

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Princess Diana Might Have Survived Her Car Accident If It Happened Today

Princess Diana was taken from us far too soon. The Princess of Wales died tragically in a car accident back in 1997 while her driver was reportedly trying to outrun the paparazzi. Since then, the royal family has spent years recovering from the loss. But the accident happened more than two decades ago, and now, cars are built far differently than they were in the 1990s. Would Diana have survived the fatal accident if it had happened today?

There were several factors that played a role in Diana’s death

When Diana passed away, there were several things that played into the fateful accident. Diana and her ex-husband Prince Charles had recently finalized their divorce, and ever since news of Charles’ affair broke, Diana had been hounded by the paparazzi. Throughout the couple’s divorce, the media were relentless toward the princess, and that carried over into her new life without Charles as well. On the night she died, her car was attempting to outrun paparazzi who had been following her. And Henri Paul, her driver, was under the influence of drugs and alcohol when the crash occurred. The paparazzi, the impaired driving, speed, and a lack of seat belts were all factors in the princess’ death.

Drinking and driving has become much less common than it once was

Over the past two decades, there has been a serious effort made to reduce the likelihood of someone drinking and driving. Police take the offenses more seriously resulting in pulling more drivers off the road, and rideshare services were created to prevent people from driving their own vehicles. Plus, public service announcements denouncing drinking and driving have made their way to televisions across the world. According to the European Transport Safety Council, road deaths attributed to alcohol declined by 47% between 2006 and 2016; it’s safe to assume that the percentage of decline is even higher from 1997 to 2016.

Had Diana’s driver been behind the wheel today, statistically, he would have been far less inclined to drive under the influence.

Cars are built with more safety features today than 22 years ago

Safety has become the most important thing to car companies. Where luxury was once what everyone strived for, car companies are now rolling out more and more safety features to boost sales. Things such as blind spot sensors, automatic front and rear breaking, speed monitors, and strict seat belt alarms have been implemented through the years to help reduce accidents around the globe. Diana wasn’t wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash, but the vehicle she was in likely didn’t have a seat belt alarm reminding passengers to buckle up. Plus, had the vehicle had speed sensors the way some cars do now, Henri Paul might have known he was driving far too fast and could have slowed the car down.

Diana’s accident might have been prevented if she were in the same situation today

The bottom line is that nobody can definitively say whether Diana would have survived the crash had it happened today, but the odds are definitely stacked with her that she would have made it out alive. 1997 was a much different time than 2019, and people have become increasingly concerned with impaired driving and vehicle safety. There is a chance Diana’s crash would have either been more minor or avoided altogether if all of those factors that played into her death had been avoided using today’s safety features.

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Kylie Jenner Reenacts ''Rise and Shine'' for Rob Kardashian

That is the look of a happy viral superstar.

Rob Kardashian shared on his Instagram page on Saturday a video of little sister Kylie Jenner smiling and quietly reenacting, as in mouthing, her now-popular 2-second hit song “Rise and Shine” while standing in the house in a snakeskin-print mini dress and holding a lollipop.

“Rise and shine,” wrote Rob, who is notoriously private and rarely posts personal images that are not of his daughter, almost 3-year-old Dream Kardashian.

The tune was a wake-up lullaby she had sung to 1-year-old daughter Stormi Webster at her Kylie’s Cosmetics office, as seen in a video she posted last week. The clip has since been memed and reenacted by the likes of Miley Cyrus and beau Cody Simpson.

After “Rise and Shine” went viral, Kylie’s KylieShop website began selling hoodies with the lyrics emblazoned across the sleeves.

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Mum found cradling dead daughter in car boot had killed her to spite her ex

Their marriage may have ended badly, but something special came out of Lisa and Gabe Batstone’s failed relationship: their daughter, Teagan.

A little girl with a gentle smile, she embraced everything that came her way.

She loved gymnastics, tennis, running and especially animals.

Lisa and Gabe split in 2008, when Teagan was just two years old, and divorced two years later.

Lisa, 41, had struggled to cope with the break-up and adjusting to her new life as a single mum.

When she and Gabe tried to sort out the custody arrangements, tensions always ran high.

Lisa was granted custody of Teagan, but Gabe wanted to be involved in his daughter’s life as much as possible.

To help improve their communication with each other, they enlisted the help of a family counsellor and started to make official plans about childcare via email.

Lisa remained in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, while Gabe moved to Ottawa, where he went on to marry his new partner, Stephanie.

She already had a five-year-old son, but loved Teagan like her own, and Teagan adored her step-brother.

She’d go to stay with Gabe and Stephanie as often as she could, and Gabe would come to see her whenever he had the chance.

Then in 2012 the couple had a son together.

For Lisa, however, life was less joyful.

Her struggle with depression and anxiety spilled over, and in 2012 she attempted to take her own life.

Teagan went to stay with her dad, but once Lisa had recovered and was deemed safe to look after her daughter again, she was returned to her.

Worried about Lisa’s state of mind, Gabe tried to get custody of Teagan, but his request was declined.

Meticulous planning

By 2014, it was clear that Lisa’s behaviour was becoming irrational.

She’d send Gabe endless texts and emails, and would call constantly through the week.

It got to the point where there were so many messages, he’d have to respond to them in bulk, once a week.

Some of them claimed there was an emergency, but when he’d call to check if Lisa was OK, they’d argue and one of them would hang up.

Nonetheless, they had a child together, so Gabe tried to work through it and put Teagan first.

Although Lisa had the power to make it difficult for him, he remained civil.

In early December 2014, Lisa took Teagan on a day out to a zip-line centre and the eight-year-old was seen beaming in the photos that Lisa shared on social media.

The same week, Gabe paid his daughter a visit, dropping her off at school before he left for home.

Later, Lisa messaged him with the words, ‘It seems you’d rather I disappeared.’

He didn’t know what she meant.

This was just the latest in a long line of wild accusations.

That night, 9 December, Lisa told Teagan they were going to have a ‘camp-out’ in their living room.

It must have seemed such fun for the little girl, as they set up makeshift beds.

In the early hours of 10 December, Gabe received a message from Lisa saying Teagan was unwell with the flu and wouldn’t be going to school.

Then at lunchtime that day, a 911 call was placed by a member of the public in Surrey, saying a woman had crashed her car in a residential cul-de-sac.

It initially seemed to the police to be a regular traffic call-out, but soon after they arrived, they realised it was far more serious.

The car was Lisa’s.

She was found curled up in the boot.

In her arms, she was cradling her daughter’s dead body.

It was a horrific and confusing scene.

How could the child have been killed in such a minor accident?

Officers realised something wasn’t right.

Lisa kept repeating, ‘I just wanna die’, and that she wanted her daughter to ‘be with Jesus’.

She was found with a large kitchen knife.

Once Lisa had been taken in for questioning, investigators were able to piece together what had happened.

Teagan hadn’t died in the crash – she’d been killed by her own mother.

In a two-hour-long interview, Lisa was recorded blaming what she’d done on her struggle with mental health.

And when it came to a motive, they could find only one: Lisa had killed Teagan to spite her ex-husband, to make sure Gabe didn’t get custody.

Premeditated evil

On the night of their ‘camp-out’ Teagan had been sleeping when Lisa fetched a plastic bag and held it over her daughter’s mouth and nose.

It would have taken four to five minutes to ensure she was dead.

Lisa claimed she then intended to take her own life.

She left notes for people to find.

One read, ‘You win, Gabe’.

Another said, ‘You broke me’.

She wrote that she couldn’t believe what she’d done and deserved to be punished.

But she told police she failed to take her own life and decided she would drive off a cliff or stab herself instead.

So she placed Teagan’s body in the boot of her car, grabbed a knife and drove away.

Then she ran her car into a ditch.

‘I went and knocked on someone’s door and said, “Please call the police, my daughter’s dead in the car,”’ Lisa told officers.

‘And then I crawled in and snuggled with her until the last minute.’

When Gabe found out what his ex-wife had done, he was distraught.

It was unthinkable that he’d been holding her hand just the day before and was now faced with having to choose the clothes to bury her in.

Despite Lisa’s claims of incapacity, she was deemed mentally fit for trial.

In 2018, she pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of her daughter.

The prosecution maintained she’d killed Teagan to spite her husband, because she’d planned to take her life and didn’t want him to get custody afterwards.

They pointed out that in one of the notes she’d left, she’d said, ‘I couldn’t imagine leaving here and leaving her to him’.

Lisa could have called 911 at any point, but she didn’t.

Her defence lawyers claimed she’d killed Teagan because her mental illness made her wrongly believe her daughter was in danger from her father.

But in March this year, she was found guilty, and this September faced sentencing.

The second-degree murder conviction automatically meant she’d get life, but there were arguments about how long her parole period should be.

Lisa’s lawyers said she’d been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder while awaiting trial, and that at the time of the murder she’d been suffering from anxiety.

But Justice Catherine Murray said Lisa had breached Teagan’s trust in the worst possible way and lied about the extent of her mental illness to justify what she’d done.

She called the decision to murder ‘deliberate, systematic, focused, purposeful and goal-oriented’.

Lisa sobbed as she read a statement to the court apologising for what she’d done.

‘I’d give anything to go back and change what happened.

'Each morning, I wake up to this excruciating nightmare and I don’t know how this can be real.

'I miss my sweet girl so much,’ she said.

‘I cannot believe I did what I did – but I know her death is my fault.’


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