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Florida Nurse Injects His Crush With Fatal Dose Of Anesthesia Medication, Flees The Country

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When college student Michelle Herndon began suffering from debilitating migraines, she looked everywhere for a cure. But not even medication, herbal remedies, and multiple trips to the doctor’s office helped relieve her pain.  

It was not until Michelle met a local nurse named Oliver O’Quinn that she found a treatment to alleviate her continuous headaches.  

What started out as a miracle cure, however, soon resulted in her death, and it would take years — and an international manhunt — until her killer was brought to justice. 

In the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 2005, police in Gainesville, Florida were called to Michelle’s home after her boyfriend, Jason Dearing, reported that he had been unable to get in touch with her for several days.  

While her front door was locked, Michelle’s dog, Duke, could be seen through the window barking, and every time Dearing called her cell phone, he could hear it ringing inside the house. Her car was also still parked at the home.  

When authorities entered the house, they found Michelle deceased on her bed. There were no signs of a struggle, trauma to her body, or any other indication why the healthy 24-year-old would be dead, according to “License to Kill,” airing Saturdays at 6/5c on Oxygen.  

Finding no evidence of forced entry, investigators suspected the assailant was someone Michelle had known because they had also locked up the home when they left.  

Her remains were immediately taken for an autopsy, and later that day, it was revealed she did not die of natural causes, such as heart failure or an aneurism. A needle mark, however, was found on her left arm. 

“The medical examiner thought that this injury was done by somebody with medical training because there was no redness or bruising around the site,” retired Gainesville Police Department crime scene investigator Marc Woodmansee told “License to Kill.” 

Michelle’s mother, Belinda Herndon, told investigators that Michelle was afraid of needles and would never sell her plasma or donate blood. To determine what had been injected into Michelle’s blood stream, authorities ordered a toxicology screening, which can take up to weeks and even months to process. 

In the meantime, investigators returned to Michelle’s home to go over the crime scene. 

“One of the first things we noticed was that Michelle’s bathroom trash was missing out of the house. The trash can was empty, and there was no bag in it. That appeared to have been cleaned out, so went to check the trash dumpsters located adjacent to the property down a dirt alley,” Woodmansee told producers. 

In one small grocery bag, there were “pharmacy grade pharmaceuticals,” a blood-stained syringe, and small vials of injectable medicine, including propofol, midazolam, and etomidate. Discarded mail addressed to Michelle was also inside the bag. 

Speaking with investigators, Michelle’s landlord, Peter Alcorn, said that on Nov. 7, 2005, he went to pick up some tools that he had left at her house. When he knocked on the door, a young man with dark hair and glasses answered, and he told Alcorn that it was not a good time and to come back later. 

Later that day, Michelle called Alcorn to tell him that everything was OK, explaining that she had a friend in town who had given her some good medication for her migraine.  

Hoping to learn more about this mystery man, police interviewed Michelle’s best friend, Jessica Seipel, who said that Michelle wasn’t expecting any out-of-town visitors, but that she sometimes hung out with Seipel’s roommate, Oliver O’Quinn. 

“I know that he kind of had a thing for Michelle, and I know Michelle had no interest in him. But he always like, he would do things like call Michelle his friend. And I would get, you knowWhat do you mean your friend? I’m the one that introduced you two.’ He’s just weird,” Seipel said in an interview with police.  

Seipel said that O’Quinn was a nurse in the surgical intensive care unit at the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital, meaning O’Quinn had the training to perform injections. 

She also revealed that on one occasion, she went into O’Quinn’s bedroom, and on the top of his nightstand, she saw multiple syringes. One was bloody and had its safety cap removed. 

“Oliver seemed smitten with Michelle, and he would kind of follow her around like a little puppy dog. Michelle kind of befriended him but kept him at arm’s length. I knew I needed to find Oliver O’Quinn,” Gainesville Police Detective Michael Douglas told “License to Kill.” 

Investigators repeatedly tried to get into contact with O’Quinn, but after multiple calls went unanswered, they went to Shands Hospital to speak with his supervisor. She said that O’Quinn had been fired on November 9, the day of Michelle’s death, because he did not have the skills necessary to work in the ICU. 

Authorities learned that many of the hospital’s pharmaceuticals were dispensed through Omnicell, a medical vending machine that disburses various patient medications to employees by using their ID codes. 

“We were able to connect the lot numbers on the vials in the trash bag back to Shands Hospital, and to last being checked out by Oliver O’Quinn,” Woodmansee told producers. 

O’Quinn’s supervisor also said that he worked part-time in the emergency room at Nature Coast Regional Hospital in nearby Williston. Det. Douglas made his way there, and once at the hospital, he found O’Quinn, who matched the description of the man spotted by Michelle’s landlord, working.  

When Det. Douglas asked him to sit down for an interview, O’Quinn said he would contact him later to schedule the sit-down before he left on a weeks-long vacation. 

Days later, however, there was still no word from O’Quinn, and Det. Douglas returned to the hospital, where O’Quinn’s supervisor said he was scheduled to work but had not shown up.  

As authorities tried to track him down, Michelle’s toxicology report came back from the lab. 

“It was determined that she had more than four times a lethal dose of propofol in her system. At that quantity, Michelle Hernon would have been unconscious and not breathing in a matter of seconds after this going into her blood … On multiple days leading up to Michelle Hernon’s death, and even on the day of her death, Oliver O’Quinn had withdrawn propofol from that Omnicell machine,” prosecutor James Colaw told “License to Kill.” 

Investigators then learned that O’Quinn had left the country on a flight to Ireland on Nov. 29, 2005, and they placed a trace on his passport and contacted the Department of Justice to initiate his extradition. 

 

Two months later, there was little movement in the case, and Sean O’Driscoll, an Irish journalist who had read about the investigation, contacted Det. Douglas and asked how he could help move the inquiry forward. 

“He agreed that he would publish a picture of Oliver and Michelle and a synopsis of the investigation, saying that there were active warrants for a murder in the United States for Oliver O’Quinn,” Det. Douglas told producers. 

Their attempt to spook O’Quinn worked — The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) reported that O’Quinn had left Ireland, but they could not disclose where he had fled. 

It wasn’t until June 6, 2006 that the United States Marshall service called Det. Douglas and notified him that O’Quinn had shown up at the embassy in Mauritania attempting to pick up a money order.  

He escaped a second time, however, and crossed the border on foot to the neighboring country of Senegal, where he was apprehended by local authorities and deported to the U.S. 

That October, he was taken into custody by the Gainesville Police Department for Michelle’s murder. While O’Quinn refused to speak with investigators without a lawyer, a court order allowed authorities to collect a sample of his DNA to test against the evidence found at the crime scene. 

The results showed that the blood that was found within the syringe had a profile that matched Michelle, and on the cap of the syringe, there was a DNA profile that matched O’Quinn. 

As authorities prepared the case for trial, O’Quinn’s cellmate, Thomas Rauscher, told law enforcement that O’Quinn had admitted to murdering Michelle. Rauscher claimed that O’Quinn said he had killed her after overhearing a conversation between her and her boyfriend in which she made “derogatory comments” about him. 

“His quote to Thomas Rauscher was that because she put him down, he was going to put her down,” Colaw told producers. 

Rauscher testified at O’Quinn’s trial, and in May 2008, he was found guilty of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

To learn more about the case, watch “License to Kill” now on Oxygen.com

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Fashion’s fallen for the horsey set’s classic coat

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How to dress like a grown up with Shane Watson: Fashion’s fallen for the horsey set’s classic coat

  • Shane Watson shares advice for embracing this season’s quilted coats trend 
  • Suggests coats below the knee or longer, and avoiding popper fastenings
  • UK-based fashion expert takes inspiration from Jordana Brewster

The question I’ve been wrestling with (wrestling might be a bit strong), is where do I stand on quilted coats and jackets?

For a start, my parents’ generation wore quilted vests to stave off the draughts in their very-much-not-insulated houses.

I look at quilted coats and think of wellies and dog whistles, sheep wrangling and horse feed, and struggle to see them as any more stylish than an oilskin and sou’wester.

On the other hand, all you have to do is nip in to your local M&S, Zara or John Lewis to realise that quilted coats and jackets are as fashionable as biker boots a decade ago — and at the start of that trend I remember being less than convinced.

Shane Watson shares advice for embracing this season’s quilted coats trend at any occasion. Pictured: Jordana Brewster

Too heavy, I thought. Too utilitarian. Too ugly. Yet within months biker boots had become glamorous, youth imbuing and generally all-round desirable.

Which is a long-winded way of saying I’m well aware the fashions we don’t get instantly, are often the ones that prove most enduring — especially when they have a lot going for them, practically.

Not long ago you could easily buy a parka or padded jacket that was not even shower proof; but these quilted cover ups are 100 per cent weatherproof. There’s nothing frivolous about this fashion.

So, the next question is, does a quilted coat serve a different purpose from your parka/duvet/padded coat? The quick answer to that is yes. I think so. It’s thinner, it’s lighter, you can wear it with a bag strap slung across it. It’s like the difference between a light padded gilet and a dryrobe, those coats wild swimmers love.

And, last but not least, there’s a noticeable difference between a quilted jacket Jeremy Clarkson might wear on his farm and the one you’ll be wearing if you take the bait. Which — having tried on a few — I can see that you might.

Apart from being so light that the coat you walked into the shop wearing by contrast feels like concrete, the quilted coat or jacket can look quite nippy. It has that wholesome country-casuals-meets-Europrincess vibe; it’s built for a British winter but, is also neat and a bit bourgeois dressy, like a velvet ribbon-tied ponytail.

It’s all about how you wear it (with a polo neck peeking out one end and a midi hem and boots, the other); the colour (sage green or khaki if it’s a coat; green or navy if it’s a jacket . . . don’t be tempted by bright colours); and length. If it’s a coat it should finish just on or below the knee so it looks leaner and can’t be mistaken for a padded anorak.

QUILTED COATS : RULES 

  • Go quilted not padded
  • Keep coats below the knee or longer
  • Try khaki or navy
  • Avoid popper fastenings

The gold-standard jacket is Barbour’s fake-fur-lined version (£169, barbour.com). Boden does a cute jacket in khaki or navy with a fat, faux- fur detachable collar (£150, boden.co.uk) which is all to the good, as this quilted jacket’s appeal is its simplicity. Cos has an ultra-plain reversible jacket in navy (£99, cosstores.com) which would also work well under a coat.

However, as we get into winter, a coat, with a hood, will be more useful.

Zara has a good one with an adjustable hem, parka style (£59.99, zara.com) and a straighter version, also hooded (£79.99, zara.com). Cos has a long-line quilted coat in khaki (£135, cosstores.com). Marks & Spencer has something similar in hunter green but belted (£79, marksandspencer.com) so, for the slimmer customer then; I can’t see quilting and belts working for most.

Massimo Dutti has a wide range of quilted coats including one in high-shine glossy green (£169, massimodutti.com) with a detachable hood.

Honestly, you can walk into any shop on the High Street and find an entire quilting section with lots of choice and you can’t go far wrong — though beware bulky cuts (this coat shouldn’t pile on pounds) and unnecessary details, like breast pockets.

Will it change your life? No, but if you’re bored stiff of that padded coat and your parka has seen better days, this is where you should be looking. And the quilties are starting to look more on the money than other weatherproof coats. They’re definitely growing on me.

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Kate Middleton Made 1 Eco-Friendly Move With Her Outfit at the Earthshot Prize

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Prince William recently launched the inaugural Earthshot Prize, a huge initiative to combat climate change. Of course, Kate Middleton was right there alongside him to show support. Because of the theme of the event, Kate donned an outfit that showed off her eco-friendly mindset.

Kate Middleton supported Prince William at the Earthshot Prize

On October 17, 2021, William launched the first-ever Earthshot Prize ceremony. It highlighted many innovations around the world that are playing their parts in helping the environment. The award ceremony included a total of 15 finalists and five winners in various categories.

Kate was there to support William in his groundbreaking project. The Duchess of Cambridge was one of the award presenters for the event. She handed out the prize for the Protect and Restore Nature category to the country of Costa Rica for its efforts in restoring rainforests.

“Nature is vital to us all. A thriving natural world regulates our climate, nurtures our physical and mental health, and helps feed our families,” Kate said in her speech.

Other stars at the Earthshot Prize include Emma Watson, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, and Emma Thompson. The Prize will also become an annual event and be hosted by other countries in the future.

Kate Middleton made an eco-friendly move with her outfit

True to its message, the Earthshot Prize tried to be as eco-friendly as possible. Participants were encouraged to join via video calls instead of flying into London. Musical performances were also powered by 60 cyclists.

Kate, whose fashion always garners a lot of attention, made sure her outfit reflected the message of Earthshot as well. She re-wore an Alexander McQueen gown that she donned to the 2011 BAFTA. According to Marie Claire, in re-wearing an outfit, Kate seems to be sending a message about overconsumption. This is, indeed, a big problem in the fashion industry and one that is contributing to environmental degradation. 

Other participants also tried to be eco-friendly with their fashion statements. For example, according to E! News, Emma Watson wore a top made from 10 wedding dresses.

Kate Middleton has re-wears clothes many times

Kate is no stranger to recycled outfits. Ever since she joined the royal family in 2011, she has re-worn clothes many times.

In fact, Kate specifically re-wears items when she attends weddings. Kate attracts a lot of attention everywhere she goes, and this seems to be a way for her to shift some attention to the bride and groom at hand.

When she attended Prince Harry’s 2018 wedding to Meghan Markle, Kate donned a cream Alexander McQueen coat dress that she already wore three years earlier at her daughter’s christening. Similarly, at the wedding of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank a few months later, Kate wore a pink Alexander McQueen dress that was similar to something she wore at Trooping the Colour in 2017.

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‘RHOSLC’ recap: Mary Cosby ‘would change’ husband to fit her needs

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Will her prayer be answered?

In Sunday night’s episode of “The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City,” Mary Cosby revealed that she would transform her husband, Bishop Robert Cosby Sr., into an entirely different human being if she could. 

“I could be wrong for this but I would change Robert Sr.,” the Bravo star, 48, said in a confessional. “I would just, like, change him, the whole person, to what I want in him that I don’t get.” 

Mary added that her decades-long marriage to Robert Sr. has been “exhausting.” 

“You want him to say, ‘[I’m] sorry,’ you want him to be passionate, you want him to just be alive,” she elaborated, listing the qualities she feels her spouse is devoid of. “And then you have Robert Sr.”

Mary inherited her late grandmother Rosemary “Mama” Redmon Cosby’s Faith Temple Pentecostal Church and multimillion-dollar estate after the elder preacher’s 1997 death. Mary later married her step-grandfather and Mama’s husband, Robert Sr. (The two are not blood-related.)

Mary has previously expressed that she did not want to enter into the unconventional marriage, but eventually conceded to the arrangement as to honor her late grandmother’s wishes. 

While taking a break from a tennis game with castmate Meredith Marks in this week’s installment of “RHOSLC,” the religious leader opened up more about her home life with Robert Sr.

“I remember when I got my own bedroom — because you know Robert Sr. and I don’t share a bedroom. We don’t sleep in the same room,” Mary told the jewelry designer. “And he’s like, ‘This is your room.’ And I’m like, ‘What do you mean, my room?’”

She continued, “At first I was like, ‘OK, this is weird. OK, you’re going in there? OK, good night.’ But then, I don’t know what I’d do without my own room. I think there’s dynamics to relationships that work.”

Mary also explained to Marks, 49, that she is dreading the day her and Robert Sr.’s 18-year-old son, Robert Jr., moves out of the family’s palatial Utah home. 

“If Robert Jr. leaves my house, then it’ll just be Robert Sr. and I all the time. I just find that strange. I want to live Italian-style where they live at home until they get married,” she said. “My son is part of our life and a part of our marriage and a part of us for the last 18 years.”

Mary — who, in addition to worrying about her husband, is embroiled in rumors that she’s running a “cult” — went on to say that she is in no way looking forward to rediscovering who Robert Sr. is once their nest is empty. 

“Our whole marriage is based on this kid, so it’s almost like I have to relearn this man,” she told the camera. “From knowing what I know now, I don’t want to get to know him and I just see, like, a disaster.”

“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Bravo. 

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