You might have realized that real life is often a lot stranger than fiction on this channel, in this case from the Philippines, which some have compared to the plot of the film Orphan, it’s pretty clear that the weirdest events do happen in real life because even that horror movie makes more sense than what was going on in the lives of this picture-perfect family.
Cruz Maguad was a teacher based in Katavato in the Philippines. Married to Lavalla, a principal at an elementary school. They had a teenage son and a daughter who was about to graduate as a doctor. They’d also adopted a 17-year-old girl who’d been living with the family since July 2021. On December 10, 2021, Cruz was out at work as usual, but a bit after 02:00 p.m.
He received a terrifying message. Someone was ransacking the house where his children were. Cruz rushed home and even busted down the door to see what was going on. He couldn’t get in at the front and had to go around to the back, but he saw a bloodied blanket. To his horror, the place seemed to have been torn apart.
But as he got further inside, shouting for his children, he found them on the floor. It was a dreadful discovery. They weren’t moving. Then he heard someone calling for mom and dad. His adopted daughter was coming out of the bathroom.
Her hair was still wet from bathing. She calmly said, welcome home, dad. And well, that was pretty weird because she’d never called him that before. But he probably didn’t have time to even consider that because his two children had died under very mysterious circumstances and the prime suspect was the least likely person he’d ever suspect of doing something this awful. It wasn’t very long before the police grew suspicious as well.
Before long, they’d pulled the adopted daughter in for questioning. But why hadn’t she been the one in danger too? Just what the heck was going on?
Cruz Maguad had discovered the broken bodies of his son and daughter in the family home. Their names were Chris Phil Louis, known as Boy, and Griswell Gwen. They had suffered some shocking disfiguring injuries. If you’ve already heard about this case, you’ve probably already seen some of the terrible morgue photos of how they look, but I don’t recommend seeking them out. Seriously, you guys, and I’m not going to show them here.
They’re genuine nightmare fuel and we’re also very illegal and should never have been shared anywhere. I can’t imagine what it was like for their dad to find them like that. It’s so awful. But who had done this to them?
The violent attack and apparent robbery were first blamed on three random men. The adopted daughter said that they had broken into Rob the family home and she was the only survivor because she’d hidden away in a cabinet then the robbers took the lives of the two Maud siblings. Whoever had attacked them had used a baseball bat and a hammer to end their lives. Pretty brutal, right? But like, the girl’s version of what happened just didn’t make sense to the investigators.
She had already posted to social media calling for help, but these messages had gone just as Mr. Mcuad arrived home. Maybe you can already see why they’re having issues believing her story. Like, why on Earth would she be having a bath or a shower when the bodies of her adopted siblings are in the next room? Not something you do, is it?
It’s beyond weird. What’s even stranger is that someone had already covered up poor Grizzle’s head with a towel, and it seemed to have happened a few hours before. The adopted daughter had called for help. The weapons that were used only added to the mystery. The hammer and baseball bat had come from inside the family home, and only the adopted daughter and the parents had known where the hammer was kept.
It had recently been hidden in their bathhouse. That’s not exactly somewhere that a criminal would find it by accident. As all the evidence mounted up, it pointed to one very unlikely suspect. Yes, that’s exactly why the police brought the adopted McGuire daughter in for questioning. But who exactly was she?
And just why was the Mcguad case getting compared to the film Orphan? It’s similar in one way. The girl had been adopted into a happy, welcoming family home. The two siblings had also been popular, and it’s easy to see why. Crystal was a part of the CFC Youth for Christ Church and was studying to be a doctor.
She even reposted alerts about lost cats, and she seemed like a wonderful person to know. Sadly, her Facebook page is now just a Memorial. Her baby brother, known as Boy Boy, often danced with her on TikTok, and he always looked really happy. Other than a slight resemblance, I think the comparison to the Orphan movie is not accurate, but it did get this case a lot of attention, which could be good or bad. Not long after the sibling’s bodies were discovered, the case went viral on TikTok and Twitter.
Before long, the hashtag justice for Maud Siblings was trending hard. A lot of public suspicions fell on the adopted daughter. There was a lot of anger that the authorities weren’t publicizing the case enough. Nobody was being told what was going on, or that’s how it seemed. Everyone wanted to know why the adopted daughter wasn’t already being charged.
I mean, there are procedures the police are supposed to follow, and this kind of thing can take time to do it right. But even though she was a teenager and still a minor, the adopted girl’s name got leaked all over the internet. And because she’s a minor, I’m not going to spill that to you here. It’s pretty easy to find out, trust me. And it’s probably not a great thing.
It was so spread around. It’s not fair on the friends and family who were still dealing with what had happened, right? The authorities and the McGuan parents asked the public to stop speculating and posting conspiracy theories. This was all still being investigated, but that didn’t seem to stop any of it from going on. One of their friends on Facebook even wrote that only the court can determine the perpetrators of this crime and not our posts.
Facebook is not the proper venue, but we do know the girl went by a fake name or alter ego on Facebook. A few of her posts were kind of disturbing, like here. So when I tried to comfort someone post was like, right after Cruz McGuire found his two children killed at home. Remember that’s when she was coming out of the bathroom? Yeah, pretty creepy.
But the creepiest part is how normal she seems to be when she’s hanging out with the others. Even if I can’t name her here, you have to wonder who is she? And had she shown any signs of being unstable before she did this horrible thing?
Well, the girl they adopted had stolen a large sum of cash from the Church they all attended, but the McGuire family had chosen to forgive her. Now, not going to lie, it’s been tricky to get a lot of reliable info on this case just because it’s so recent and there are so many rumors. But the crazy case still isn’t over yet, and people want justice for them both. The comments about what happened are usually pretty angry. Life sentence, no pardon to the killer.
While other people wanted to wait and see what the authorities said, shouldn’t they be suspicious but innocent until declared? Not let’s call for justice, but stop hating her because we’re defying her of the same justice we’re clamoring for. But eventually what happened would be pretty clear to everyone. Mostly at least six days after the siblings were found, and after all that loud speculation and reveals of disturbing photographs, the adopted daughter admitted what people had suspected all along. She finally came clean and she said she committed that awful attack.
And why? Due to her jealousy and need for attention from her adopted parents, which is why she called them mom and dad for the very first time right after the bodies were discovered. Police had also found her bloodied, clothes and underwear in a nearby canal. One part it hasn’t shaken off is that similarity to Orphan, a film from 2009. To be honest, the only real similarity the case has with the movie is that the family took somebody in who was disturbed.
And while the Mcguad family’s adopted girl was dangerous, as far as I know, she isn’t also a 40-year-old woman pretending to be in 8th grade. Otherwise, it all sounds like the internet was right. So apart from a trial, the case looked like it was all over. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to contact the McGuire siblings in the afterlife. Yes, they have a pretty good reception over there.
Your mileage on spirit boxes may vary. They translate the words from beyond the grave. But I wouldn’t want to bet a trial on what it spits out, would you? The jury’s still on that one. In the meantime, Grizzle Gwen and her brother have been laid to rest And I still can’t imagine what it’s like for their poor parents.