Jacqueline Gold reveals worry about husband after mastectomy

Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold reveals she feared her husband ‘wouldn’t fancy her’ after her mastectomy and says nobody told her how cancer would affect her sex life

  • Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold, 58, spoke about cancer battle on Lorraine 
  • First diagnosed with breast cancer after finding pea sized lump in October 2016 
  • Recovered and was told cancer had ‘little chance’ of coming back but it did
  • Had a mastectomy earlier this year and has been told she has ‘the all clear’
  • She revealed: ‘The first thing I thought was is my husband going to fancy me?’

Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold has revealed how she worried her husband wouldn’t fancy her after having a mastectomy.  

Jacqueline, 58, from London, was first diagnosed with breast cancer after finding pea sized lump in October 2016, but went on to recover from the disease, before it returned earlier this year. 

The Ann Summers CEO said she’d had ‘an awful year’ as she discussed her cancer battle on Lorraine, revealing she had a mastectomy earlier this year.

She said: ‘You know the first thing I thought was, “Is my husband going to fancy me?”. Those are natural thoughts.’

She added that doctors should warn women about how treatment will affect their sex life, in the same way that men who are battling prostate cancer are told about the impact.  

Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold, 58, opened up about her mastectomy on Lorraine and said her first thought was worrying if her husband Dan Cunningham, 41, would fancy her 

Jacqueline, who is married to mortgage broker Dan Cunningham, 41, discovered the pea-sized lump herself in October 2016. She’d had a mammogram the previous March, but nothing was detected at the time.

She underwent 12 months of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and doctors told her she had 100 per cent responded to the treatment plan. 

She went on to recover from the disease in 2017, and was told there was little chance of it coming back.

But the business woman appeared on Lorraine this morning to reveal it had returned and admitted she’d had an ‘awful year’ battling breast cancer.  

Jacqueline revealed she worried that her husband Dan wouldn’t fancy her after she had a mastectomy earlier this year (pictured together) 

She said: ‘Obviously I was here last year talking about how I’d had a complete response to treatment and there was very little chance of it coming back, but it did.

‘Unfortunately it did come back, its certainly been an awful year.’

But Jacqueline suggested her positive mental attitude and self belief helped her through the battle, saying: ‘I’ve had a lot of self belief, I’ve had a ninja-like approach.

‘You’ve got to be very focused, you’ve got to have a plan. Certainly for me, that has really helped me through it.’ 

The Ann Summers CEO went on to reveal that her positive mental attitude had helped her through her cancer battle 

Jacqueline suggested she and her husband Dan had gone through ‘a process’ with her mastectomy and tried to ‘normalise’ it at home (pictured together) 

She added: ‘If you can beat it once, you can beat it again. And I think that should give people confidence if that happens.’

Lorraine went on to reveal the businesswoman had had a mastectomy earlier this year, and asked how it impacted her confidence.  

Admitting that she worried what her partner would think, Jacqueline said: ‘I went through a process, even myself, touching it before looking at it and doing the same with my husband.’

Jacqueline said she was determined to normalise her cancer battle and mastectomy at home for her 10-year-old daughter Scarlett

‘And really just trying to normalise it at home, because I have a 10-year-old daughter Scarlett as well.’  

Jacqueline suggested it had impacted her sex life with her husband, saying: ‘Nobody in the health profession talked about how it was going to affect my sex life.’

She said it was ‘different’ for men whose sex life was impacted by cancer, saying: ‘If it was prostate cancer or something, they immediately talk about how it will affect  their sex life, but it’s different for women.’

Jacqueline said nobody in the health profession had warned her about how her cancer treatment would impact her sex life 

Jacqueline went on to reveal she’s created a new product range in partnership with Breast Cancer now called ‘My Very Important Vagina’ and called it a ‘soft’ and ‘safe’ way for women. 

And Jacqueline explained that she was now in recovery from the disease, saying: ‘I’m all clear, for me I’ve just got to live my best life now.’

She added that she was determined to keep a positive mindset about her disease, saying: ‘I’ve got to be honest, you go through a stage where you’re constantly looking over your shoulder- but you don’t do that when you get in the car.’  

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Jennifer Aniston On the ''Sweetness'' of Adam Sandler's PCAs Speech

The one where Jennifer Aniston had one of the most memorable nights of the year. 

On Sunday, during the 2019 People’s Choice Awards, the Friends alum was honored with the People’s Icon Award. And who better to present her with the award than longtime friend and Murder Mystery co-star Adam Sandler

The 53-year-old comedian tugged at everyone’s heartstrings while presenting Aniston with the People’s Icon Award, but most of all, he touched his dear friend’s heart. After hearing the touching speech from her friend, Aniston took to the stage and asked Sandler, “Adam! When did you get so mushy?! Oh my god, I love this man with all my heart. This is one of the kindest human beings you’ll ever meet.” 

But even backstage, Aniston couldn’t stop gushing about Sandler’s speech. 

As she finished hugging Sandler and kissing him on the cheek backstage, Aniston caught up with E!’s Jason Kennedy to talk about what her friendship with her Just Go With It co-star meant to her. 

“What makes this so special right here?” Kennedy asked the 50-year-old actress.

“I’ve literally known him for 30 years, we’re family. Am I crying?” The Morning Show actress jokingly answered wiping an invisible tear from her cheek. “He made me tear up out there, Adam doesn’t do this kind of stuff so that’s why… that’s just the true sweetness and friendship.”

During her acceptance speech, Aniston also paid tribute to the beloved show that paved the path for the successful career she’s had since then. 

But first, she joked, “When I had first heard that I had won this Icon Award the first thing I thought was, ‘Holy shnicks, have I been around that long? It turns out I have.”

Friends was truly the gift of a lifetime and i would not be standing up here without that amazing show and those amazing five other actors and with an audience who stuck with us for a decade and through streaming services now, and syndication and I’m sure coming to a watch soon near you or something! But anyway, you believed in us, you really did, and you believed in those very impossible large apartments, but you had to believe it because we were telling our story. But it’s paved the way for everything that I’ve had  the chance to do since,” she added. 

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Alex Trebek chokes up at ‘Jeopardy!’ contestant’s final answer

Answer: A heartfelt message of support from a “Jeopardy!” contestant.

Question: What made Alex Trebek choke up during Monday night’s episode of the “Tournament of Champions?”

The 79-year-old game show icon was visibly moved when, during the “Final Jeopardy” segment, contestant Dhruv Gaur wrote: “We [love] you, Alex!,” drawing a little heart for the word “love.”

“That’s very kind, thank you,” Trebek said after reading the answer.

The beloved host — who was diagnosed earlier this year with stage 4 pancreatic cancer — held back tears and paused for a few moments before going on with the show.

He wasn’t the only one moved.

The hashtag “WeLoveYouAlex” was trending on Twitter Monday night.

“Hi @Jeopardy I can’t stop crying. I love Alex so much,” tweeted @aneerbas, along with a video of the sweet moment.

Added @MsMiyayo305: “Idk how much more time he’s here with us, but I hope he realizes how much a generation adores him.”

Gaur said he was “just very grateful I got the opportunity to say what I know everyone was thinking.”

“For context, Alex had just shared with us that he was reentering treatment for pancreatic cancer. We were all hurting for him so badly,” Gaur tweeted.

“When Final Jeopardy came up, I could’ve tried to puzzle it together, but really, just kept thinking about Alex, and thought he should know.”

Trebek said in September that he is undergoing a second round of chemotherapy. He has no plans to stop hosting the show.

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This Is Why Meghan Markle Didn't Stand With Kate Middleton and the Queen at the Remembrance Day Ceremony

On Nov. 10, the royal family attended the official Remembrance Day ceremony. Unlike most ceremonies where we can expect to see the entire royal family together, this one was a bit more somber. But that is to be expected when observing a holiday that recognizes members of the armed forces who lost their lives in the line of duty.

But perhaps what was most interesting about the royal family’s presence at the ceremony was how they decided to stand. Namely, how Meghan Markle stood away from the Queen, Kate Middleton, and Camilla Parker Bowles.

What is Remembrance Day?

Americans and people outside of the Commonwealth may be unfamiliar with Remembrance Day. The holiday, also known as Poppy Day because of the remembrance poppy, recognizes the end of the First World War. It also serves as a time to remember those who have died in service.

The holiday is celebrated on Nov. 11 to commemorate the end of hostilities between countries.

The holiday was originally a spin-off of Armistice Day, during the Second World War, the name was changed to Remembrance Day in the Commonwealth countries and Veterans Day in the U.S.A.

Why didn’t Meghan Markle stand with the Queen, Kate Middleton, and Camilla Parker Bowles?

This year, most of the women of the royal family stood together. Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the Duchess of Cornwall all stood with one another on one balcony, while Markle stood on the balcony of a window outside of the Cenotaph war memorial.

So, why didn’t she stand with her new family?

Apparently, it was just a spacing issue.

According to People, the balconies of each window aren’t big enough to fit four women.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex joined hundreds of veterans and their families at the 91st Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey, to honour and remember those who lost their lives in service of their country. Their Royal Highnesses each planted a Cross of Remembrance, paying respect to those who have served in our Armed Forces. They were then honoured to spend time meeting with veterans and family members from all areas of the Armed forces – from those who have served in past campaigns to more recent conflicts. This is the seventh time The Duke has attended the Field of Remembrance – having previously accompanied The Duke of Edinburgh for several years. The Duchess of Sussex was grateful to be able to join her husband on this important day and to personally recognise those who have served. #remembrance #lestweforget

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This isn’t the first time that Markle didn’t stand with her sister-in-law and grandmother-in-law. Last year, she stood with Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Sir Timothy Laurence, Princess Anne’s husband.

Has Meghan Markle stood apart from the royal family at other events?

Fans of the royal family may also remember that while Markle did stand with the rest of her family at the Trooping of the Colour this year, she was further to the back than most people expected.

“She was not as prominent perhaps as some people might have expected, but there’s a pecking order,” Joe Little, managing editor of Majesty magazine, told People. “There was no slight intended, but William being the older, more senior brother would go out [first] with his wife.”

Media backlash against Meghan Markle

Markle being separated from some of the royals at the Remembrance Day event comes on the heels of Markle and Prince Harry’s ITV documentary Harry and Meghan: An African Journey, where she revealed that she wasn’t coping well with how harsh the media has been against her.

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Having attended the 10th Annual One Young World opening ceremony on Tuesday, The Duchess of Sussex was joined today by The Duke of Sussex for a round table discussion on gender equity with OYW and Queen’s Commonwealth Trust young leaders. Over the last few days, these young leaders became @OneYoungWorld ambassadors with the intention to return to their communities and further existing initiatives to help change the world for the better. This year OYW partnered with the @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust, of which The Duke and Duchess are President and Vice-President respectively, to provide scholarships to young leaders driving positive social impact in the Commonwealth. This was the most exciting collaboration between two groups The Duchess is passionate about and has been working with for some time. For more information and highlights from the week and how you can support these incredible leaders and their initiatives, visit @OneYoungWorld Photo © SussexRoyal / PA

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“Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging,” she said of how she’s been dealing with the media criticism.

“Then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman, it’s a lot,” she told reporter Tom Bradby when he asked if she was okay. “So, you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um . . . yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes.”

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Study Finds That Yelling at Your Dogs Ruins Their Health, So, Um Don't Do It

Today in sad news: a study published this week by molecular biologists in Portugal found that dogs who go through aversion-based training (shock collars, being yelled at) are worse off health-wise than dogs who learn from reward-based training.

The study compared 42 dogs from reward-based training schools and 50 dogs from aversion-based training schools and compared their cortisol levels and stress behaviors to see how each training technique affected them. (Cortisol is a stress hormone, known for controlling your mood, motivation, and fear.) By testing the saliva of the dogs, along with video recordings of their behavior during training sessions, the researchers were able to gauge the pups’ stress levels.

Dogs that were tense showed signs on video of licking their lips or yawning. Which, 🙁 Those in the aversion-based training classes also had higher levels of cortisol than the group of pups in the reward-based classes.

The study is especially important as the use of aversion-based training has historically been seen as a negative, but hasn’t previously had any scientific basis to back that up. According to this study however, “these findings indicate that the use of aversive-based methods compromises the welfare of companion dogs in both the short-and long-term.”

If you needed any more incentive to treat your doggo with love and affection (even when they’re being a v. bad nugget), think about this study. Just like with people, teaching with kindness is often a better route than being a hard-ass.

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Four injured in France earthquake as tremors felt across country’s south east

Southeastern France has been struck by an unusual 5.4 magnitude earthquake- the strongest tremour to hit the mainland in nearly two decades.

Four people were injured by the tremor, which was reportedly felt from Lyon to Montpellier when it struck just before noon, local time.

The quake struck the Ardèche region and did not cause any major damage, the French Central Seismological Office (BCSF) in Strasbourg said in a statement, according to Euronews .

The tremor was felt mainly in the Drôme and Ardèche regions and pictures show quake damage to some buildings in the eastern city of Le Teil.

Early reports suggest it is the strongest quake to hit mainland France since 2003, according to French media.

It was reported to have been felt most intensely around Montélimar where a person was seriously injured by falling scaffolding.

Three other people were slightly injured in the Ardèche region "following a panic attack", the Drôme prefecture said on Twitter. 

Le Monde reports the quake was a jolt of rare intensity for France, which gets around 600 earthquakes, but only 10 to 15 are usually felt a year.

According to the French Seismological Central Bureau, it was the strongest quake to hit mainland France in a magnitude 5.4 jolt struck in 2003 in the Vosges region.

The French news site reported that the quake's epicentre was a little over 10km from the Cruas nuclear power plant in Ardèche and about 30km from the site of the Tricastin power plant, and another, Orano, which processes nuclear fuel.

Authorities shut down all three reactors in order to carry out preventative checks.

However they did not show any immediate signs of damage, according to a statement from the operator, EDF.

The Nuclear Safety Authority confirmed that the earthquake had caused "no apparent damage" to the reactors, but requested that EDF to continue examining them before restarting them.

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Zendaya Wins Female Movie Star of 2019 at the E! People's Choice Awards and Thanks Fans for Allowing Me to Be Your MJ

She may not have superpowers like Spider-Man, but Zendaya just caught an award for The Female Movie Star of 2019 in her web!

The actress took home the award at tonight’s 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards for her portrayal as MJ in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

With a competitive field—the performer was facing off against Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Lupita N’yongo, Tessa Thompson and Millie Bobbiy Brown—it’s a huge win that the star’s fans showed up the most to make sure she went home with the trophy!

The star took the stage wearing a stunning black gown and addressed fans saying,”Wow thank you so much. This means the world to me.”

Spider-Man, the first one, was my very first big movie,” she continued. “I feel so absolutely honored to be part of this world and thank you for allowing me to be your MJ. I’m completely honored and I hope to continue to make you all very, very proud.”

While we are thrilled for the celeb, the party doesn’t stop here! 

Be sure to tune into the live award show right now if you aren’t already! 

With more awards to hand out, musical performances from acts/artists like Kelsea Balleriniand Alessia Cara and plenty of behind-the-scenes coverage, you won’t want to miss a minute of this night!

Watch our Live From the Red Carpet: The 2019 People’s Choice Awards special tonight at 7 p.m. followed by the People’s Choice Awards at 9 p.m., only on E! And don’t miss a PCAs-themed edition of the Nightly Pop Awards tonight at 11 p.m. on E!.

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How Adam Sandler Became Netflix’s Secret Weapon

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At tonight’s 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards, there is a good chance that Adam Sandler may walk away with a trophy for his PCAs-nominated film, Murder Mystery.

The flick marks the comedian’s fifth film that he has created exclusively for Netflix since his landmark partnership with the streamer back in 2014. At the time, news outlets were rocked by the company’s announcement that they were signing the actor onto a four-movie deal, in which Sandler was guaranteed to make $80 million between his fees for both starring in and producing each project.

The reception to the ground-breaking deal was a mix of excitement from the many fans of the Sandman to film critics scratching their heads at why the entertainment brand would invest so heavily in a comic whose recent films had been all but dragged by their outlets.

However, Netflix’s bet on Sandler paid off. Not only has the brand reported that his movies have ranked among the most-watched on the platform, but Sandler’s success helped lay down Netflix’s overall original programming strategy that has brought the streamer from a mail-in DVD service to one of the biggest competitors in media.


Before Sandler would become the king of Netflix originals, though, he had to become the celebrity the streamer was betting on.

Sandler’s profile rose pretty early, getting cast on Saturday Night Live when he was only 23 years old. There, the comedian quickly gained a fanbase thanks to his still iconic musical sketches like “The Chanukah Song” and “Thanksgiving Song.” He was a part of one of the golden ages of the series, playing alongside fellow cast members like Chris Farley, David Spade and Rob Schneider, all of whom would be critical to his post-SNL career.

Despite being a crowd favorite, Sandler revealed to The Daily Beast that he and Farley were shockingly fired during the show’s summer hiatus in 1995. “Yes, we were [fired],” Sandler told the outlet. “We kind of quit at the same time as being fired. It was the end of the run for us. The fact that me and him got fired? Who knows. We were on it for a few years, had our run, and everything happens for a reason.”

While he wouldn’t know it at the time, the reason seemed to be that it was time for Sandler, and his group of funny friends, to break out as movie stars.

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Right before being let go at SNL, Sandler’s breakout theatrical movie, Billy Madison, had hit theaters and nabbed the top spot at the box office. Starring alongside Farley, the movie quickly became a comedy classic.

The year after, in 1996, Sandler took over the big screen again, starring in Happy Gilmore as a golf player whose raunchiness contrasted against the etiquette of the other players.

The two films quickly defined Sandler’s brand of comedy: loud, wacky, character-y and not necessarily for everyone. However, the people who loved his shtick kept growing and kept showing up to his cinematic flicks in huge numbers.

By the 2000s, Sandler had become a bona fide box office draw. The Wedding Singer, Big Daddy, The Waterboy and Mr. Deeds had gone on to make up to eight times their budget back in worldwide ticket sales. Sandler also recognized himself that his taste in comedy clearly had an audience, and he started his own company, Happy Madison Productions.

Now both a star and producer, Sandler became a mainstay in the booming rom-com era of the mid-2000s, developing and starring in 50 First Dates and Click and then in 2011 sharing the screen with Jennifer Aniston in Just Go With It.

Then, a few things happened that would usher in the actor’s new era.

First, Sandler’s domestic box office draw started to fluctuate a bit more. While both sequels to Grown Ups and Paul Blart: Mall Cop brought in audiences, movies like Blended were considered box-office flops.

While some considered its failure as a sign that audiences were tiring of Sandler (especially since the actor’s previous films with Drew Barrymore had performed well in the U.S.), the foreign box office was proving that Sandler’s international fanbase wasn’t waning. Blended only brought in $46 million of domestic ticket sales, but abroad it earned $81 million.

Secondly, in 2013, Netflix, desperate to establish itself beyond a DVD mail-in service and movie licensing depository, announced its big original programming play with House of Cards. The prestige drama series brought new subscribers to the streamer, and the company decided to go all-in on creating its own content.

The two seemingly appeared unrelated, until Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos shocked the industry in 2014 with the announcement that Sandler had signed a first-of-its-kind deal with the company to produce and star in four original films.


Some lamented the deal, pointing to Sandler’s lackluster box office performance as of late, but in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sarandos made it very clear that he was confident making a calculated, data-driven bet on Sandler.

“The more global we become, the more access we have to global behavior data so we can see what people are watching all around the world,” he explained. “Very uniquely, [Sandler] stands out for his global appeal to Netflix subscribers. Even movies that were soft in the U.S. [theatrically] outperformed dramatically on Netflix in the U.S. and around the world.”

The same brand of over-the-top comedy that many had criticized Sandler for was actually a large part of his international appeal, according to Sarandos.

“He’s physical. He’s a highly relatable person on screen. His movies are very, very repeatable,” he iterated to The Hollywood Reporter. “He’s kind of grown up with us, and people see themselves with him from when he was the silly guy back in high school all the way to when he’s the silly dad today.”

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The bet paid off.

By 2015, Sandler’s first film in partnership with Netflix, The Ridiculous 6, dropped on the platform. The satirical Western film brought in Sandler’s long-time comedic friends, like Spade and Schneider, and set the template for Sandler’s subsequent films with the company.

The Ridiculous 6 was nearly universally panned by critics, and faced controversy in the face of extras who walked off set over the narrative’s portrayal of Native-Americans, but in terms of Netflix’s metrics, it was heralded as a huge success.

Via The Wrap, Sarandos revealed at CES in 2016 that, “The Ridiculous 6…in the first 30 days on Netflix, it’s been the most-watched movie in the history of Netflix. It’s also enjoyed a spot at No. 1 in every territory we operate in, and in many of them it’s still Nov. 1.”

Sandler then followed up his debut film with The Do-Over in 2016 and Sandy Wexler the year after. Critics continued to weigh in on the artistic merits of each release, but clearly Netflix was more than pleased with Sandler’s contributions as in 2017 the streamer announced a second four-movie deal with the star.

Sandler was more than happy at his new home, telling IndieWire that his deal with Netflix has allowed him “invade every home around the world” and have control over his own international popularity.

Then, in 2018, fans were thrilled to see the on-screen reunion of Sandler and Aniston when it was announced that the two would be starring in a new film together called Murder Mystery.

The comedic movie centers around the two as a married couple who find themselves at the center of a murder investigation when a man is mysteriously killed aboard a billionaire’s yacht. The film became a fun summer flick for fans of both actors, and went on to get nominated at the 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards for The Comedy Movie of 2019.

The film was also a huge success for Netflix, with the official brand account sharing on Twitter that, “Over 30 million Netflix subscribers watched the film in its first three days, with 17 million of those fans being non-U.S. or Canada subscribers.”

With the brand’s guidelines of a “watch” only counting if at least 70% of the movie has been finished, that made the film an immediate pop culture phenomenon.

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In a 2013 interview with The Independent, Sandler stated that when it comes to the critics who have dogged him over the years, “I know what they’re writing about me. I could almost write the piece for them by now. But then remember that I didn’t get into movies to please the critics. I got into it to make people laugh and have fun with my friends.”

Now, with five Netflix originals films under his belt and a comedy special cheekily titled 100% Fresh, clearly in reference to his detractors, it’s clear that Sandler got his wish and Netflix was right to bet on him.

He’s king of Netflix, like or not, and the comedian has made it clear he’ll keep doing what makes him happy either way.

Watch Live From the Red Carpet: The 2019 People’s Choice Awards special this Sunday at 7 p.m. followed by the People’s Choice Awards at 9 p.m., only on E!

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What’s on TV: Friday, November 15

Bondi Vet Coast to Coast

Nine, 7.30pm

Starting with a Gold Coast German Shepherd named Boston struggling to breathe because of suspected tick paralysis, this update of Ten's original Bondi Vet format goes nationwide and ups the ante on animal emergencies to cover up the departure of former top dog Dr Chris Brown. The tone veers between urgent treatment and the loving testimony of worried owners, as a pet snake has its skin lesions taken to a specialist and an orphaned kangaroo joey gets a check-up after moving onto bottle feeds. The concept of a crosssection of life at a single practice has been put aside, so that the everyday unpredictability has been supplanted by curated drama. The question is: is it the animals that bring in viewers, or the vet?

Bondi Vet: Coast to Coast

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Maniac shoots family one by one – but they still refuse to say where ex-wife is

For a long time, no one knew just how unhappy Melannie Lyon was in her marriage to Ronald Haskell.

Or how terrified she was to leave him.

After they’d married in 2002, Ronald made them move to Utah, where they had three children and he worked as a parcel delivery driver.

It was far from her friends and family back in Texas – and that’s how Ronald liked it.

Melannie relied on her husband and when problems surfaced in their marriage, she felt isolated, with no one to turn to.

She would later say that Ronald threatened to kill her if she ever left him and she believed him.

Ronald had proved he had a temper.

Their relationship was plagued with domestic violence.

In 2008, Melannie found the strength to go to the police after an incident.

He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanour and was granted nine months’ probation.

Melannie tried again to make their marriage work, but five years later, Ronald punched her during a fight about flooring in their home.

It was her wake-up call.

When Ronald was at work, she took their kids and stayed in a shelter for five weeks while she filed for a protective order.

Melannie called on her sister, Katie Stay, and in February 2014, Katie helped Melannie move to Houston, Texas.

Finally she was near Katie and their parents with all the support she needed.

When Ronald found out, he was furious.

The couple divorced and Melannie was granted custody of their three children.

She was finally getting her life back on track, while her former husband festered in his bitterness.

Ronald was angry with everyone who had helped his ex-wife after the divorce.

Threatened his mum

Ronald went to California and stayed with his parents, but in July 2014, his own mother took the brunt of his anger.

She called the police after her son had terrified her when he found out that she’d been in contact with his ex-wife.

Ronald taped his mum to a chair, choked her and threatened to kill her.

His mum reported him – but officers couldn’t find him.

Ronald had already gone.

The enraged and dangerous man had driven from California to suburban Houston.

On the way, he picked up a gun and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Then he spent two days stalking Melannie’s family while trying to track down his ex-wife.

Ronald’s first target was the woman who had helped Melannie escape.

Her sister, Katie, 34, lived with her husband Stephen, 39, and their five children Cassidy, 15, Bryan, 13, Emily, nine, Rebecca, seven, and Zach, four.

Ronald thought his ex-wife could be at the house, but he needed a way in.

From his connections in the delivery industry, he managed to get a FedEx uniform, and on 9 July, he went to the Stay’s home, posing as a parcel driver.

When Ronald knocked on the door, Cassidy answered.

She didn’t recognise her uncle and told him her parents would be back any minute.

Ronald said he’d return.

When he did, not long after, he forced his way in by gunpoint and tied up Cassidy and her siblings.

Cassidy begged for their lives, but Ronald was on a mission.

Shot them one by one

Katie and Stephen returned and were tied up, too.

The family were forced to lie in a row on their living room floor.

Ronald demanded to know where Melannie was – but they refused to tell him.

Then Ronald opened fire.

Shooting them all, one by one, in the head.

It was a scene of terror as they each screamed and fell silent.

With Stephen dead, Ronald then shot Zach, four, in the shoulder.

It was an injury he could have survived, but in his fear, the young boy ran to his dad on the sofa and buried into his shoulder for protection.

Ronald walked over and shot him at point-blank range in the back of his head, execution style.

Everyone was dead – everyone except Cassidy.

Despite a bullet wound to her head, she was clever and brave enough to play dead.

When Ronald left, lone survivor Cassidy managed to call the police.

She told them her uncle had killed her family and she knew where he’d gone next.

Ronald had told her he was going to the home of Melannie and Katie’s parents.

Ronald wasn’t done punishing the people who had helped his ex-wife get away from him. 

Two dozen patrol cars chased Ronald, who had fled in the Stay’s family car.

He was stopped with a spike strip and cornered in a cul-de-sac.

After a three-hour stand-off, Ronald surrendered.

A devastated Melannie was told her violent ex-husband had killed her sister and her family.

He’d got his revenge and it was more brutal than she could have imagined.

Cold-blooded execution

At the trial, the prosecution said that driven by revenge, Ronald had deliberately gone to Texas to kill his wife’s family members in a ‘cold-blooded execution’.

‘He absolutely knew what he was doing that day,’ they said.

‘He took steps to hide, to disguise and to plan this execution.’

Ronald’s lawyers said they didn’t deny he had committed the crime, but said he was driven by his mental health problems that had caused voices in his head.

‘He had a severe mental illness,’ they said.

‘Don’t let yourselves get angry or become vengeful yourself for the terrible, terrible acts of Ronald Haskell.’

They said he should be found not guilty by reason of insanity.

But the nature of his crime was hard to ignore.

The image the jury was given was of terrified children, watching their family being killed.

Cassidy, now 20, testified about how she’d begged her uncle, ‘Please don’t hurt us,’ but he’d opened fire regardless.

‘I said please don’t hurt us, please don’t hurt us – I knew how dangerous he was,’ she said.

‘I went through and told him my brothers’ and sisters’ names and ages.'

'I was appealing to his humanity – I didn’t think someone would hurt kids if they knew how old they were.’

Grief-stricken Melannie, now 38, testified that Ronald had often threatened to harm her and her family if she told anyone about his physical and emotional abuse.

She said that when she heard Katie and her family had been murdered, she knew instantly it was Ronald.

‘He had carried through on his promises to make me watch my family die,’ she said.

In September, Ronald was convicted of capital murder.

Sentenced to death

At the sentencing hearing, the prosecutors said the death sentence was justified because of the ‘anger, hatred, fear and vengeance’ behind the terrible crime.

They described Ronald as a ‘manipulative, selfish, narcissistic, blame-shifting monster’.

The defence said Ronald had a long history of mental illness, and he’d seen many doctors over the years.

They said he’d heard voices telling him to kill his ex-wife’s family and that his mental illness should stop him getting the lethal injection.

But prosecutors said he’d faked his symptoms and it was a carefully planned attack.

Melannie said he’d never talked about hearing voices during their marriage.

In October this year, a jury deliberated for four hours and Ronald, 39, was sentenced to death.

They decided he’d be a ‘danger to society’.

Survivor Cassidy said that it will help her to let go of the ‘hurt and anger’ she felt over his lack of remorse.

She bravely read her victim impact statement.

‘My closure was the hope that you would feel bad… I’m letting go of my emotions and I’m giving it to God, because he’ll take care of me and he’ll help me through this,’ she said, adding that she would continue to live ‘my life with happiness’ and forget all about Ronald.

Melannie wiped away tears as she listened.

She had managed to escape her violent marriage, but her freedom cost her six members of her family.

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