A makeup artist, writer and model who loves monkeys and struggles with demons.
That's how Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, describes herself on various social media sites.
A Facebook profile shows modeling shots of Tichelman in varying states of undress and examples of her poetry. It gives a glimpse into the life of the woman, an alleged prostitute who is accused in the death of a Google executive.
Tichelman appeared in court Wednesday in Santa Cruz, California, where she faces a series of charges in the death of Forrest Timothy Hayes, 51. The married father of five was found dead in November on his 50-foot yacht.
Authorities say Tichelman gave him an injection of heroin and then, as he began to die, she sipped her wine, gathered her belongings and walked away.
She has not entered a plea.
Not much is known about Tichelman, but her presence on social media offers some clues. For example, she went to high school in Duluth, just north of Atlanta, and studied journalism at Georgia State University.
Another one of her Facebook profiles says she worked at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club and as an exotic dancer in San Francisco.
"life is great. i am seriously blessed as a motherf*****. a great boyfriend, nice house, monkeys, loving family...doesn't get any better than this i don't think," Tichelman posted in January 2013.
She strikes a more somber note in her poetry, which is posted to one of her Facebook profiles.
Tichelman talked about drugs in one piece, dated November 2012, entitled "heroin." It reads:
"this private downward spiral-this suffocating blackhole
makes you feel so warm inside,
yet makes your heart so cold.
each day takes it's toll,
your thoughts become emotionless,
your soul feels too old.
the demons whispers to me ever so lightly,
he never let's go of his hold,
taking everything from me,
I'll end up dying alone."
'My beloved Dean!'
On Facebook and Twitter, Tichelman posted photographs and messages about a former boyfriend, Dean Riopelle, a club owner in Atlanta.
Riopelle died at his home in Milton, Georgia, just two months before Hayes, the Google executive.
The medical examiner ruled Riopelle's death an accidental overdose from heroin and alcohol. "At the time, we never thought anything different," Capt. Shawn McCarty of Milton police told CNN on Thursday.