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Graphic Novel

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“If you were gorgeous and running out of money, what would you do? If you loved hurting things, what would you do?” 30-year-old Iana Kasian was a Ukrainian woman who was about to marry into a very wealthy Canadian family. Iana would soon learn the answers to those cryptic questions… though she’d learn them the hard way.

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“If you were gorgeous and running out of money, what would you do? If you loved hurting things, what would you do?” 30-year-old Iana Kasian was a Ukrainian woman who was about to marry into a very wealthy Canadian family. Iana would soon learn the answers to those cryptic questions… though she’d learn them the hard way.

In this in-depth episode, we delve into the bone-chilling true crime narrative surrounding the gruesome murder of Ayana Cassian, who fell victim to a brutal act of violence perpetrated by her fiancé, Blake Leibel. The episode painstakingly reconstructs the complex and often tumultuous relationship between Ayana and Blake, providing insights into the psychological underpinnings that may have led to the tragic outcome.


As we peel back the layers of this dark tale, we explore the disturbing sequence of events that led up to the crime, including any warning signs and pivotal moments that hinted at the impending tragedy. The episode also highlights the relentless efforts of law enforcement as they pieced together the evidence in a meticulous and thorough investigation, which painted a vivid picture of the circumstances surrounding Ayana's death.


The narrative continues by chronicling the intense and emotionally charged trial process. We examine the legal strategies employed by both the prosecution and defense, the impact of forensic evidence and witness testimonies, and the courtroom dynamics that ultimately culminated in the delivery of justice for Ayana Cassian. The episode not only seeks to honor the memory of the victim but also aims to shed light on the broader implications of domestic violence and the importance of early intervention in potentially dangerous relationships.