♡Hello everyone! I'm here with a very different type of post for me as today I am answering the 73 Questions with Vogue Parody tag. I don't usually do tags but I thought this one had some really interesting questions so it was really fun to do. I also got a few new followers following my first solved case so thank you SO much for the response - and I hope this is a good way for my new readers to get to know me! Thank you so much Millie (@msblife_) for the tag! ♡
♡ What is your usual Starbucks order?
I actually prefer Starbucks’ food to drinks, so quite often I will actually just get food and a tap water haha! In fact, that’s exactly what I have done right now as I am writing this in Starbucks. If I do get a drink it is either an iced coffee or tea with coconut milk.
♡ What does your workstation look like?
In terms of where I do my uni work, that can be a few places. I either work at my desk in my room, in the library, in the students union or in a coffee shop. As long as it’s a tidy and open space, I’m happy.
♡ Favourite Food?
I change my mind on this ALL the time. I really love churros with melted chocolate. Or anything coconut…cannot get ENOUGH!
♡ Favourite Author?
I’m not sure I can choose a single favourite author - rather I feel I have a favourite genre as anything historical I absolutely love. I also love book recommendations so so much, so if you have any please do let me know.
♡ What do you think of open relationships?
People can love whoever and however they want. I personally wouldn’t be in an open relationship, but that doesn’t mean I am against other peoples’. You do you♡
♡ What is your favourite video game?
I’m not a video game kinda gal. Loved Just Dance though…what a game.
♡ Guilty pleasure treat?
Homemade waffles with melted cadburys chocolate spread and sliced banana. Guilty because of the amount of chocolate I pour onto it…but it is SO good!
♡ Favourite movie?
I am the WORST at watching movies…but I’m going to say The Grinch. It’s my favourite Christmas film and I start watching Christmas films in around September LOL. I also love Mamma Mia.
♡ Favourite book?
My all time favourite is A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens. I can remember the first time I read it so clearly and I have loved it ever since. I also really love Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks, and The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris.
♡ Twitter or Instagram?
Twitter…I think. I love Instagram as I love photos and I think when used right it can be a great place for inspiration. But I do think Twitter is a more relaxed, supportive and positive platform.
♡ Desktop or Laptop?
Laptop. I especially love smaller laptops and being able to work from anywhere.
♡ Best advice you have ever received?
My dad always says “there’s nothing to worry about until there’s something to worry about” and I love that. I have always been a little worrier but I am definitely getting better at not worrying about things that haven’t actually happened.
Also, I will always remember my media teacher telling me “it’s better to get a B that made you happy than an A that made you miserable.” She told me this on my last day of year 11 and I have carried this advice all throughout A-Levels and University. I’m a gal with big aspirations - but it’s a lovely little reminder to always be kind to myself at the same time.
♡ What project are you working on right now?
Most of my time is going into volunteering at the moment with The Mix. We are currently in a project with VO5 encouraging people to talk about mental health, and I am absolutely loving being a part of it. I am also learning to drive so that’s very exciting!
♡ Favourite colour?
♡ Did you get good grades in school?
I was happy with my grades! But then I actually really loved school haha…lil geek.
♡ Dream job?
The specific job changes all the time for me, but 100000% something in counselling or safeguarding with children. It’s absolutely my biggest passion.
♡Play any sports?
Exercising I love, but sports I am SO bad at…so that’s a no.
♡ Do you have a degree?
I am currently doing a degree in Psychology.
♡ What is your favourite kind of blog post?
Bias, but I do love reading True Crime posts. Also book reviews.
♡What do you like to collect?
I always love taking souvenirs home from my favourite days. Usually I will go for a postcard or saving any tickets. I also collect pandora charms - almost every charm I own has a story behind it so they’re really special to me.
♡ Describe yourself in three words?
These questions always make me cringe incase people don’t agree haha! But I would say caring, motivated and smiley/giggly…I am SUCH a giggler.
♡ If you were a rapper what would your stage name be?
I asked Sanchez and he said MC CM (CM are my initials, see what he did there). I like MC Coco. Much to think about.
♡ Who was the last person you DMed?
My friend, Zoe.
♡ What’s on top of your wish list right now?
For da planet to be saved. Also for my interview on Friday to go well!
♡ Sorting house?
Hufflepuff. I always say I wish I was in a house with more rigour but if we are being honest…I am SUCH a Hufflepuff.
♡ How many tattoos do you have?
♡ What are you most grateful for this year?
Aside from cliche wellness answers, I’m also so grateful for the opportunities I have had with Childline and The Mix this year…love love love.
♡ What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this month?
I think doing well in my driving lessons…turning something I used to dread into something I am excited for has been great for me.
♡ What’s the best thing that’s happened to you today?
One of my best friends, Zoe, got her uni results back and she did so well! I’m very proud and it made my day.
♡ What’s the best thing ever?
Being in the water!! I think I should have been born a mermaid.
♡ Favourite season?
Autumn, soooo cosy.
♡ Favourite holiday?
Christmas. It’s my favourite time of the whole year…I LOVE Christmas!
♡ What fictional character do you relate to the most?
A mix between Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. If you google their name followed by personality, it pretty much sums me up.
♡ Do you like surprises?
Yes! I think surprises are really thoughtful.
♡ What’s the biggest surprise you’ve ever had?
When I was around 4 years old we went to Disneyland and I was surprised to find my best friend Mia and her family were there. I remember it so clearly and we had the best time!
♡ Which surprise made you cry?
I’m not much of a happy tears kinda gal so I’m not sure…
♡ What’s the best surprise you’ve given someone else?
I think getting Sanchez a WWE Championship along with a selection of wrestling gifts and a handmade wrestling annual. He adores wrestling so I was so excited to see his reaction, and he loved them!
♡ Do you like muffins?
This is something really strange about me. I have the biggest sweet tooth in the world but muffins really aren’t my thing. Cupcakes are okay but muffins…they’re just too much.
♡ Do you cook often?
Not really. Sanchez is an incredible cook and he really enjoys it, so he mostly does the cooking and I do the cleaning.
♡ What’s your favourite dessert?
Ohhh I love so many. I really love apple crumble and custard though.
♡ Is there a dessert you don’t like?
Cheesecake!!! Also anything salted caramel, millionaire/billionaire shortbread etc. Way too sickly.
♡ Cake or pie?
♡ What’s your least favourite food?
Cheese or eggs. Unpopular opinion but I don’t know HOW people enjoy them so much!
♡ What’s your favourite condiment?
I don’t love condiments, but any type of hot sauce is beaut.
♡ It’s 4am on a random Saturday. What are you eating?
Whatever dream me is eating…very unlikely to be awake!
♡ If you could teach a college class, what would it be called?
I don’t know what I’d call it, but it would be centred around supporting yourself and supporting your peers with anything mental health related. I’d love to have an anonymous agony aunt session too.
♡ Best animated film?
Peter Pan, my fave Disney film.
♡ What has a guy said or done to impress you?
Sanchez is a smoooooth guy, it’s hard to choose just one. But before we were together, I went on holiday and accidentally left my coconut spray in my hand luggage so of course it got taken away. We met up out of school for the first time ever when I got back and he surprised me with a new bottle. It was so thoughtful, lil cutie.
♡ Best thing to do on a first date?
Go to a retro diner and order milkshakes. It feels classic, it gives you a good chance to chat aaaand if the date isn’t going well, at least you have good milkshakes.
♡ Worst thing to do on a first date?
Go to the cinema. You can’t chat!
♡ What’s the best pick up line?
“What’s a nice place like you doing in a girl like this”
♡ Best comic book character?
Not sure…not my thing!
♡ Name three things which can always be found in your purse?
Keys, cards and coconut spray.
♡ Favourite drink?
Banana smoothie for non alcoholic, Cherry Bakewell for alcoholic.
♡ If you could play a historical character in a movie who would it be?
Lol, does anyone remember the Boudicca song from Horrible Histories? That was my absolute jam, so I’d play Boudicca just for that very purpose.
♡ Kittens or puppies?
I love both! But I’m a cat mumma
♡ Favourite sushi roll?
I’ve only tried Sushi once! I did like it, but I’m not sure what it was as my friends just ordered me a selection to try.
♡ What lipstick do you use?
At the moment none, I only really like lipstick in the colder months. My go-to is always a red. I used to love MAC’s Betty Boop Red, I now use Zoella’s Colourpop red!
♡What foundation do you use?
Again at the moment, none. In the colder months my favourite is NARS Sheer Glow.
♡ Blow dry or air dry?
Unless I need it to dry ASAP, air dry always wins.
♡ Who is your fashion icon?
♡ Favourite Disney Character?
♡ What are you doing tomorrow?
I have a couple of people collecting the clothes I sold and I will be preparing for my interview! I’m also going to make part of my mum’s birthday gift and send a letter to my penpal.
♡ Movie you laughed the hardest through?
As I said before, I am the WORST at watching movies. So I really can’t remember.
♡ Movie that made you cry?
Movies don’t make me cry. But one film that is SO sad is Bridge to Terabithia…10 year old me was heartbroken
♡ If you could sing a duet with anybody, who would you choose?
Ebony Day. Loveliest girl with the loveliest voice.
♡ If your life was a song what would the title be?
Chanel - Frank Ocean.
♡ What’s your favourite animal?
Orangutans. I also love tigers, whales and sharks.
♡ Favourite illustrator?
My penpal, Alex (https://www.instagram.com/alexandraillustrated98/). Very talented girly!
♡ Person you’d like to have coffee with?
Zoe Sugg. I would LOVE to meet Zoe, she has been my role model since I was around thirteen. Love love love.
♡ What country would you like to visit?
It’s not a specific country as such, but I have always wanted to go on an African Safari.
♡ Best way to decompress?
GO OUTSIDE! So much open space, and really pay attention to your senses. The feel of the wind or rain on your skin, the sound of the birds. Also exercise and talking to somebody you trust.
DONE! If you made it this far, thank you and well done hahaha! Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you enjoyed. I would absolutely love to hear your answers too so please do feel free to leave yours in the comments! Thank you so much again Millie for the tag & I tag:
♡ Meg (@a_mega_life)
♡ Emma (@lifeofemmax)
♡ Katy (@KatyMackenzie19)
♡ Amy (@fleurdubelle)
♡ Abby (@abbyclareblog)
♡ Jade (@jade_allesse)
♡ Emily (@emilygabriellax)
♡ Hannah (@justhannahhhere)
♡ Milly (@EdnaMilly)
♡ Hannah (@han_armstrong99)
♡ Sophie (@Sophlouisep)
Thank you for reading and I hope you have a really good day!
The Heartbreaking Case Of The Mauerova Family : Solved (The Most Disturbing Case I Have Ever Covered)
TW: I just want to start off by saying that this case may be disturbing and may contain triggers concerning physical and sexual abuse. It is absolutely okay to ask me for a little bit more information before reading if you have any doubts about reading this post. Additionally this case may be quite confusing to follow, but please bare with me. The case was first realised when the victims and perpetrators were found in May 2007 so we will start here; but then I will take you back to 2005 where the case heartbreakingly began.
7th May 2007 in Kurim, Czech Republic, a man called Mr Eduard T was installing a baby monitor so that he could watch his newborn baby through the night. Interference meant the TV monitor accidentally picked up the signal from a monitor in house nearby; which is when Eduard saw a young boy laying naked with his hands tied, eating from the concrete floor. Eduard immediately alerted the police who searched door to door until they found single mother Klara and sister Katerina Mauerova with three children - Ondrej (8) and Jakub (9) who were Klara’s biological sons and Klara’s fourteen year old adopted daughter, Anicka. Ondrej was the young boy from the monitor laying naked in a small, dirty chamber, surrounded by his own vomit and faeces. Anicka was the only child who had not been abused, however all three children were immediately taken into custody whilst Klara and Katerina were arrested.
Prior to 2007, Klara Mauerova was a single mother who raised her sons to live a very happy life. She was described as a very caring and giving individual which is why sister Katerina came straight to Klara when she found thirteen year old Norwegian Orphan Anicka, who was on the run from a sex trafficking ring. Anicka required a lot of medical attention as she was suffering from leukaemia, kidney failure and was going blind and deaf. Klara completely took her under her wing and promised to love her like her own. To understand how to care for Anicka at home, Klara received text messages from Anicka’s doctor who was the only person who understood how to care for her. Klara never attended any of Anicka’s hospital visits as Katerina insisted on taking her to every single one, however Klara accepted this without any suspicion. To confirm their identity, the doctor agreed to meet with Klara and presented Anicka’s medical files. This was in a car park at night where it was too dark to see the files or the doctor’s face - however Klara was satisfied and trusted the doctor’s orders.
The first treatment was to rub Anicka’s body all over, focusing on the crotch area as the doctor said this makes Anicka “happy”. Klara agreed to do this, as well as various other treatments, over the next year until she decided she would like to officially adopt Anicka. This alarmed the doctor who insisted the authorities would not allow this as Ondrej and Jakub were being mean towards Anicka. The doctor suggested the only option for Klara was to cure her sons from evil spirits. Treatments included hard discipline and physical punishment, including repeatedly beating the boys and locking them in the tiny chamber every night. Klara trusted the doctor’s orders, and did exactly this.
By August 2006 the doctor decided this treatment wasn’t working and that the boys needed “shock therapy”. Growing up Ondrej and Jakub loved attending summer camps; heartbreakingly, this summer was not quite like the others. Klara took the boys to a cottage in the woods in Veverska Bytyska, where they met Jan Turek and Hana Basova (also known as Aunt Nancy) who they knew from the summer camps, Jan Skrlova and Klara’s sister, Katerina. Here the boys were kept in dog cages; constantly knelt over, eating and doing all physical urges in this cage. Communication was strictly forbidden, including between each other and to their mother. Frequently Ondrej and Jakub were drowned in buckets of water, burnt with cigarettes and forced to beat one another. Jan Skrlova and Jan Turek covered the boys’ heads with bags, tied them and burned them with cigarettes once again. Some reports indicate they burnt tissue from Ondrej’s buttock and forced him to eat it. The adults convinced the boys that Anicka was being tortured as well however in reality she was involved herself; drowning the boys in the bucket and constantly making false accusations that the boys were hurting her, knowing that this would exacerbate their “punishments”. Heartbreaking police interviews with the boys indicate that they truly believed they deserved this.
A month later in September 2006 Ondrej and Jakub were freed from this cottage, however moved in with Katerina so that Klara could begin the adoption process living only with Anicka. During the court case, Klara attempted to justify her ease at separating from her sons claiming “I was swallowed by Anna’s custody. I knew though, they were in good hands.” The adoption process required a DNA sample from Anicka which the doctor refused; claiming it would be too risky in case the authorities realised Anicka was suffering from leukaemia. Katerina convinced local actor Viktor Skala’s daughter to present herself at court acting as Anicka. Skala later confirmed they him and his daughter were entirely used by Katerina and never admitted to any participation in this case; nevertheless it worked and the adoption was approved.
January - May 2007
Fast forward to January 2007 and we are back to where I started this case. Ondrej and Jakub moved back in with Klara; however whilst Anicka had a nice room filled with colour and toys, the boys were frequently locked and tied in the chamber. This is when Mr Eduard. T installed his baby monitor - the connection mistake that turned out to be a blessing. After the police found the Mauerova’s, all three children were placed into a children’s home called Klokanek (Little Kangaroo), but that same night Anicka fled and disappeared. Why? Because this case doesn’t stop there…there is an extremely disturbing twist.
Anicka’s childhood was heart breaking and extremely convincing; explicitly describing her horrific experiences of sexual abuse and trauma in Norway. But what Klara didn’t find out until the trial is that “Anicka” never actually existed. Thirteen year old Anicka was actually thirty-one year old Barbora Skrlova, a good friend of Katerina. Jan Skrlova from the cottage was Barbora’s brother. There is extremely limited information about who Barbora actually is, but what we can conclude is that she was a psychopath who took advantage of her young appearance and manipulated Klara into torturing her sons. To maintain this childlike identity Barbora reportedly had breast reduction surgery and liposuction; and despite the explicit accounts of illness and sexual abuse, Barbora had never experienced anything of the sorts in her life. Throughout “Anicka’s hospital visits”, Klara received “heartbreaking” messages about Anicka’s deteriorating health, including heart failure and blindness, and that she had even been kidnapped from the hospital. It was later proved that all messages were from Katerina or Barbora’s mobile phones. Following Barbora’s flee from the children home, she even adopted a new identity in a Norwegian school as a thirteen year old male named Adam.
Following Barbora’s arrest in Norway, police confiscated her diary containing detailed accounts of her various identities and her preparation to pursue such roles. Evidence suggests she did not suffer from schizophrenia or any similar disorders, but consciously adopted multiple identities to manipulate others. Sexologists concluded she had sadomasochistic predispositions with paedophilic orientation; namely she was sexually aroused by children’s torture. All involved were charged with the following sentences: Katerina Maurerova 10 years, Klara Maurerova 9 years, Jan Skrlova and Hana Basova 7 years, Jan Turek 5 years and Barbora/Anicka/Adam - 5 years. Concluding they are all free now.
I really believe these sentences are an absolute injustice to Ondrej and Jakub; especially considering Barbora was charged with the lightest sentence of all. I also found it extremely frustrating that throughout my research, Klara Mauerova was consistently portrayed as a giving and easily manipulated individual whom we should feel sorry for. Perhaps one might sympathise at the very beginning when “Anicka” came into Klara’s life - she may well have been a vulnerable or easy target. However torturing, abusing and wholeheartedly neglecting your own children is something that I simply cannot sympathise with.
Additionally, reports imply that all involved were trialled and sentenced - but who was the doctor initiating these orders? Investigators worked with the assumption that it was Katerina and Barbora giving all instructions; however in my opinion, this case seems too complex to be randomly initiated solely by two individuals. The most popular theory is that Barbora’s father, Josef Skrlova, was involved. Reports suggest Josef Skrlova was in charge of a Grail Movement cult, and that they may have been presenting Barbora/Anicka/Adam as a child messiah. Media reports distort the nature of this cult quite significantly so I am not going to focus too heavily on this theory, however I do believe a cult formation seems probable when explaining how everybody involved was so connected. Robust psychological research, such as Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment, also provides a level of explanation behind how a cult authority could lead to so many people obeying such torturous orders. I am therefore left questioning why Josef Skrlova was not involved in this investigation; but also why Katerina and Barbora were not given longer sentences if investigators were so sure they instigated the instructions.
On a positive note…
However, I do believe it is extremely important to note that fortunately both Ondrej and Jakub have grown up to be confident, happy young men. A journalist found a recent facebook status by Ondrej reading “If you get hurt by someone who took the benefit from you with high hopes, learn to respect him and take him as the biggest teacher of yours, because if your life is going smoothly you become a delicate person, if on the other hand you experience tragic circumstances, you develop inner power and courage to face them.'' ♡
Thank you so much for reading. This is honestly the most disturbing case that I have ever covered but I am so, so thankful Ondrej and Jakub have been able to live a happy life. As usual I would absolutely love to hear what you think - and if you would like to discuss anything more about this case then I am always more than happy to talk. Thank you!
♡ Hello and welcome back to my blog!
I have been away from my blog for a short while however I am now back so decided I would write a little post just to explain where I have been, catch up and get back into things.♡
The Disappearance of coc0chanelblogs: SOLVED
LOL, so excuse the cheesy title but I couldn’t not. If you follow my instagram (coc0chanelblogs) you may have seen a post a while ago explaining that I was going to take a break to focus on my university exams. I am currently a second year Psychology student and I absolutely love the course and am really hoping to do well - so that’s where I have been. My exams have finished now which means I have a nice summer ahead of me with lots of time to focus on my blog!
I realised the posts that I absolutely missed the most over this break were my mystery posts. I love love love researching the cases and talking about so many interesting theories, so I think the main focus will be on unsolved mysteries, true crime and conspiracy theories. I will be posting a few polls on my stories to see which cases you would like the most so keep an eye out for those as I would love to hear what you guys are most interested in.
I also cannot wait to use this time to play around with filming and editing and starting up my youtube channel! My first video will be the disappearance of Madeleine McCann as the blog post that I have written for that case is so incredibly long that I realised I need this to be a chatty sit down video. I could honestly talk about this case for hours so I am so excited for this to finally happen!
And a side note: Talking about Mental Health
Whilst I won’t go into details of my non-blog related plans I have for the summer, something I did want to mention was a little opportunity I have started with The Mix. I am currently a volunteer discussion boards counsellor with The Mix, the UK’s leading support service for young people (you can find them here♡). Very excitingly we have collaborated with vo5 working on a little project to promote talking about mental health. Each week a few of us will be starting discussions around a mental health "theme of the week" to normalise and raise the importance of talking about our feelings, asking for help when we need it and working together to form some of the very best advice. I will be starting new discussions every Wednesday over on the discussion boards; so if you do feel affected by anything raised or simply wish to talk and share some of your advice in general, please do feel free to join in the conversation. It’s good to talk ♡
So that’s all I really wanted to share - just a brief catch up to get back into the blogging life. Thank you so much for reading and if you have any suggestions of cases you’d like me to cover please do feel free to share them in the comments below. I hope you all have a really nice rest of your day and I will see you soon with a new unsolved mysteries post.