Man’s internet search history made him # 1 suspect after his girlfriend died
Everyone who knew Alexandria Kostial loved that she was an eternal optimist. The 21-year-old has always seen the good in people, which meant she treated everyone she met as friends.
But it also made her vulnerable and prone to injury.
In 2019, Alexandria – known as Ally and originally from St Louis, Missouri – was studying Marketing at the University of Mississippi, in the city of Oxford, United States.
She also taught fitness classes on campus and had started a golf club.
During her freshman year in 2016, she met business student Brandon Theesfeld. Although they were never officially a couple, they had dated over the years.
Ally’s friends knew that she had fallen in love with Theesfeld, but that he didn’t treat her very well and that he could be emotionally abusive.
She was showing them texts of him blowing hot and cold with her affection – saying he loved her one minute, then denying it the next.
The students said Theesfeld was arrogant and liked to brag about his family’s wealth. Some even called him a misogynist.
He enjoyed playing on the field and was not committed to Ally. But Ally had news for him.
In April, she texted Theesfeld to let him know she thought she was pregnant.
She sent him a photo of an inconclusive home pregnancy test and told him they needed to talk.
Theesfeld began to ignore his messages and rumors began to circulate around campus.
Ally’s friends heard that she might be pregnant and other students heard that Theesfeld wasn’t very happy about it and wanted her to have an abortion.
He thought a baby would ruin his life and his future.
Ally tearfully told her friends that she didn’t want an abortion.
She wanted Theesfeld to meet her, but their communication was purely electronic for the next three months.
Ally had no idea how far the potential news of the baby had fallen.
Theesfeld’s history on the internet has shown that he is looking for abortion pills and services. And he returned home to Dallas, Texas, and posted on social media a photo of a Glock pistol his dad had bought.
The caption read: “Finally bring my baby back to Oxford.”
On July 16, he began to search for gun silencers, ammunition and tactical masks. Theesfeld also looked at how serial killer Ted Bundy lured his victims to death.
Sometimes he agreed to meet Ally but canceled at the last minute or didn’t show up.
On July 19, Ally was out for the party. CCTV footage caught her leaving a nightclub in Oxford before midnight.
She was walking and looking on her phone. After returning home, she slipped away again without her roommates noticing.
Then, around 10:30 a.m. the next day, a routine police patrol discovered a body in the remote area around Sardis Lake – a popular spot for students, about 30 miles from downtown Oxford. The body has been identified as Ally.
She had been shot eight times in the stomach and her handbag was found thrown a mile away.
Right away, Theesfeld was the prime suspect. He had texted Ally the night before, asking her to tell him when she was leaving the bar.
His truck was seen heading towards his home at around 1 a.m. and then towards the lake.
Gunshots were heard around 2:15 a.m. by the lake and Theesfeld’s phone made him leave the area 30 minutes later.
The bullets used to kill Ally were also the type of gun he had bragged about on social media.
On July 22, Theesfeld was arrested at a Tennessee gas station and charged with capital murder.
He had blood on his clothes and his gun was found in his truck. It matched the bullets that killed Ally.
Investigators determined that he lured Ally to meet him and killed her to prevent him from having the baby.
Tragically, an autopsy revealed that Ally hadn’t been pregnant after all. Did she really believe she was? We will never know.
Theesfeld faced a death sentence for capital murder, so he struck a plea deal.
Last August, Theesfeld, 24, pleaded guilty to first degree murder. The prosecution said he was not happy to believe Ally was pregnant.
They spoke of a letter he wrote to his family, which was found after his arrest.
“I am not a good person. It’s not your fault, “he wrote.” Something inside me just isn’t working. I’ve always had terrible thoughts. I know I’m going to get caught.
The prosecution said Theesfeld tried to pressure Ally to have an abortion and sent a message suggesting he “felt like becoming a father at this point in his life would ruin his life. “.
So he had taken his gun and lured Ally to her death, leading her to the lake and shooting her repeatedly.
He later even searched “Sardis, Mississippi news” – presumably to see if his body had been found.
The defense agreed after a mental assessment that Theesfeld was sane and competent to stand trial.
But they claimed that drugs and alcohol influenced his behavior.
In September of this year, Theesfeld was given a sentence. He apologized to Ally’s family but had no explanation for his terrible crime.
“My actions have forever changed your life and that of my family,” he said.
“I wish I could take it all back, but I can’t. There is no excuse for my actions. I hope that one day you will find in your heart to forgive me.
Ally’s heartbroken mother, Cindy, had written a letter that was read in court, describing Ally as “brilliant, compassionate, gentle and hardworking.”
He continued, “I wish I could have kept her away from this evil, callous, scheming, ungrateful, sinister, violent and corrupt monster. He had every chance to do good in the world, but he chose to do evil.
“Brandon, you belong to jail every day for the rest of your life for the heinous act you did to such a gentle soul in Ally.” Every time the door to your cell closes let it be a reminder of what you have done and the life you have taken from us. ”
Theesfeld was sentenced to life in prison and will be eligible for parole at 65. The affair that had rocked the university two years earlier was finally over.
Ally’s family, who had worn pink in her memory, asked the community to always remember her – to honor her with the way she was committed to them.
They want us to remember the way she lived her life, not the terrible way she died.
Ally had always tried to take the positive out of every situation and now her distraught family is doing their best to do the same.