Twin sisters went from glamor life of west palm beach to tragedy in hawaii 5 gases in the atmosphere


At the beginning of the decade, Alison and Ann Dadow were well-known yoga entrepreneurs who drove matching Porsches, as identical as they were, around West Palm Beach. In late May, the 37-year-old twins plunged over the edge of a cliff in Hawaii and fell 200 feet in a Ford Explorer, which crumpled like an old soda can when it hit the slick, jagged rocks peeking out of the Pacific Ocean below.

Ann, sitting passenger, was pronounced dead at the scene. Sister Alison was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and on Monday, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of her sister. She has been ordered to remain in jail without bail, according to court documents obtained by the Washington Post.

Sometime before moving to Hawaii, the two assumed new identities under the names Alexandria and Anastasia Duval. It’s unclear when the twins assumed new identities or if they legally changed their names. Court documents refer ti them by both names. For the sake of clarity, the Post will refer to twins by their given names, Alison and Ann Dadow.

On the afternoon of May 29, the two were cruising along Hana Highway, which snakes around the east coast of Maui for about 64 miles, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Despite the gorgeous scenery, an argument had allegedly grown between them, according to court documents.

"We had information after she was discharged from the hospital she attempted to fly out of the jurisdiction Wednesday night," Maui Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Emlyn Higa told the Associated Press. The court documents state Alison had a flight booked to the West Coast.

Todd Eddins, Alison’s defense attorney, told the Washington Post she did have a flight planned but it was back to upstate New York to attend a funeral for her sister with her grandmother, "to be confronted by the only maternal presence she had left," as the twins’ mother died when they were young.

Long before moving to Hawaii, the Utica, N.Y.-born twins — then known to all as Alison and Ann Dadow — were yoga entrepreneurs, who opened their first location in South Florida during the "worst economy, when everybody was closing," as Alison told the Palm Beach Post.

Their approach, which focused on the spiritual as well as the physical, led them to record a yoga DVD and to open a second location of Twin Power Yoga in West Palm Beach on Nov. 11, 2011 (11/11/11). Alison said the goal was to gift yoga to the stressed downtown professionals of South Florida.

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, they lived a lavish lifestyle that included matching Porsches and frequent trips to Worth Avenue, an upscale shopping resort with palm trees-lined roads dotted with stores like Chanel and Giorgio Armani alongside the Four Seasons and Chestfield Hotels.

"They were very well respected here for a while," Jose Lambiet, a former New York Daily News reporter and GossipExtra founder, told the Star-Advertiser. "But when you get successful, it’s easy to start overspending. This is Palm Beach. Once you start shopping on Worth Avenue, it can get out of control pretty quickly."

They reappeared later that year in a city with an extremely different climate: Park City, Utah. Though Twin Park Yoga had closed down unceremoniously in South Florida, the twins opened a location in their new town. Aside from Ann Dadow now appearing as Anna, according to a piece in the Park Record, everything about the studio seemed to be the same as the defunct Florida locations, including their mission to focus on the spiritual.

"She had the craziest story about arriving in Hawaii a few days ago and getting robbed of her wallet and getting separated from her twin sister," shelter worker Kahili Moniz told the site. "She gave us a false name at first. She claimed she had no ID, no money, no nothing."

After all, aside from bankruptcy, both twins had multiple run-ins with the law. According to the Star-Advertiser, Alison was arrested in Utah under suspicions of drunken driving, fleeing the scene of an accident and disorderly conduct, and in Florida for allegedly defrauding an innkeeper. Her sister, according to the paper, was arrested for public intoxication and assaulting a police officer.