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Child Star Skye McCole Bartusiak Died of an Accidental Overdose

10/13/2014 AT 08:25 PM EDT


Months after the shocking death of Skye McCole Bartusiak, officials have ruled the tragedy an accidental overdose.On July 19, 2014, McCole Bartusiak fame as Mel Gibson‘s daughter in The Patriot, was found dead in her apartment behind her parents’ Houston home.

“The exact cause of death is an accident due to the combined effects of hydrocodone and difluoroethane with carisoprodol,” a source at the Harris County Institute of Forsensic Sciences tells PEOPLE.

Hydrocodone is found in pain killers, carisoprodol is a muscle relaxant and difluroethane is an inhalant found in household products that can be used to get high, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Bartusiak’s mother, Helen McCole Bartusiak said Skye “had been healthy and did not drink or do drugs”, but had recently been suffering from epileptic seizures, and that this fact had likely played a role in her death.

“She was a kind and really beautiful girl,” she said. “This girl has lived such an amazing life.”


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Three Suspects Arrested After Skeletal Remains Found in North Carolina Backyard

Three Suspects Arrested After Skeletal Remains Found in North Carolina Backyard

Krystal Matlock, Pazuzu Algarad, Amber Burch

Forsyth County Jail

10/10/2014 AT 07:00 PM EDT

For the neighbors of 2749 Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons, North Carolina, the Devil lived next door.

Or at least one very devoted and misled fan. Pazuzu Illah, Algarad, 35, was arrested October 5 following the discovery of skeletal remains in shallow graves in his backyard. He has been charged with murder and accessory after the fact, as has Amber Nicole Burch 24, (described as Algarad’s wife on Facebook) and 28-year-old Krystal Nicole Matlock, who has only been charged as an accessory.

Born John Alexander Lawson in San Francisco, California, Algarad dropped out of high school and changed his name to reflect a new identity he was carving for himself. He adopted the name of Pazuzu – the demon at the center of The Exorcist – and cultivated a personality that was “a combination of Charles Manson, Anton LeVay and Alistair Crowley,” according to Camel City Dispatch. He began claiming Iraqi descent (friending real Middle Eastern jihadists on Facebook) , and reportedly filed his teeth into points with a Dremel tool.

For people around Clemmons, Algarad was the local boogeyman. The house on Knob Hill (belonging to Algarad’s mother, who lived with him and Burch and is legally blind) featured a front door ominously painted black and festooned with upside-down crosses, Arabic script (that apparently read “The House of Devils”) and a long diatribe against police. A message board post from 2013 described it as “disgusting,” refuse – human and animal – littering the floor and an overpowering odor.

One source told Camel City Dispatch that Algarad’s home was filled with “Hot Topic Satan stuff” and that “There was something about him that just made me feel terrible … Just his presence made me feel uneasy.” Another source described Lawson’s Satanic activities: Mutual blood-letting in local cemeteries, attempted arson of several churches and animal sacrifices, the latter of which was confirmed by law enforcement.

Algarad’s crimes ventured into the more prosaic, as well: In 2010, he was accused of choking his mother, who told police she was afraid of him and didn’t want to press charges, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. Also in 2010, Algarad was charged in connection with the shooting death of 30-year-old Joseph Emmrick Chandler, whose body was found at a local park near the Yadkin River, dead of a gunshot wound. He was convicted in 2012 as an accessory after the fact, according to multiple reports and was on probation from that conviction when the bodies were found Sunday.

Police would not specify what led investigators to the house Sunday. Court documents in the Chandler case reveal that Algarad “showed signs of paranoid schizophrenia, agoraphobia and manic depression” when examined.

Bianca Heath, who claimed to have lived with Algarad for a month in 2005, told the Huffington Post that he had mentioned the graves to her. “Paz told everyone. But I never believed him. I’m sure no one else believed him either. He laughed about the skeletal remains when telling the story on why he did what he did.”

“The story,” Heath says, “is that Algarad picked up two prostitutes at two separate locations, killed them and ate them, before burning some of the remains and burying the rest.”

On October 7, a housing code enforcement office visited Algarad’s home, encountering conditions similar to the kind described above – the odor was so overpowering at times, the inspector was forced to wear a mask. Fittingly, considering the crimes that are alleged to have been committed there, it was declared “unfit for human habitation.”

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The Most Inspiring Celebrity Feminist Quotes of 2014

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In the past, feminism in the mainstream media has been quite polarizing, with many equating the movement with an aggressive man-hating (which obviously just isn’t true). But this year, celebrities have been rallying behind the feminist cause and doing what they can to detach negative stigmas from the word and its associated beliefs. The latest celeb to fight the feminist fight is Emma Watson, who spoke before the United Nations in September and implored men and women alike to adopt feminist values — namely, equality between the sexes and the breaking down of toxic stereotypes.

2014 isn’t quite over yet, but feminism has been the hot topic for celebs. From Taylor Swift‘s most recent defection to the feminist camp on French-Canadian TV to Amy Poehler‘s consistent flying of the feminist flag, it’s been a good year for the ladies. But it’s not just women who have something to say about female empowerment and gender equality — there are many men who are just as open about declaring themselves feminists. Leave it to Aziz Ansari to use Beyoncé and Jay Z to help explain what feminism means. Click through our gallery and feel inspired by the best celebrity feminist quotes of 2014 (so far).

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Inside Sherri Shepherd’s Surrogate Baby Drama

Inside Sherri Shepherd's Surrogate Baby Drama

Sherri Shepherd and (inset) Lamar Sally

Laura Cavanaugh/Getty. Inset:Robin Marchant/Wireimage

09/17/2014 AT 10:00 AM EDT

The View has moved on without her, but Sherri Shepherd remains embroiled in a very complex hot topic of her own.

The former daytime host, 47, split from second husband Lamar Sally in May, but now the pair are fighting a legal battle over newborn Lamar Sally Jr., who was born via surrogate on Aug. 5.

In an exclusive interview with PEOPLE, Sally says that he and Shepherd agreed to have a child via surrogate – using Sally’s sperm and a donor egg after doctors found that Shepherd’s eggs were not viable – within a year of their 2011 wedding.

“[Sherri] said, ‘I will love the baby like it’s mine,'” says Sally.

(Shepherd and her rep declined to comment to PEOPLE.)

Then six months into the pregnancy, he says the star – who recently weathered a tough custody battle over her 9-year-old son, Jeffrey, with ex-husband Jeff Tarpley – blindsided him with the news that she wanted a divorce.

Still, “she never said she didn’t want the baby,” says Sally.

Now the exes are tangling over financial responsibility for baby “L.J.,” whom Shepherd has never met, according to Sally. The Los Angeles-based scriptwriter is also asking for Shepherd, who is currently appearing on Broadway in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, to be named as the mother on the baby’s birth certificate.

“I think it’s the worst thing in the world for L.J. to look at his birth certificate at 16 and see it says, ‘Mother unknown,’ ” says Sally.

A pretrial hearing is set for Oct. 2 in Pennsylvania.

For much more on this story, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday

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