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June 9th, 2020
1. The Passive-Aggressive Type and the Chris Watts Case – Patreon
#MadeleineMcCann 13 year breakthrough suspect found. It's a huge deal, but the authorities won't arrest or charge him, in fact he's about to be released. But really,it's a very very very very big deal. No really, it really really is. https://t.co/1FImg4mGCJ #McCann
— Nick van der Leek – True Crime Rocket Science (@CrimeRocket) June 9, 2020
What I've always found odd about the #MadeleineMcCann case is how the parents want everyone to believe a pedophile abducted her. And so, many people believe exactly that. There is no evidence of a break-in, or an abduction.Why do you believe what the #McCanns want you to believe?
— Nick van der Leek – True Crime Rocket Science (@CrimeRocket) June 8, 2020
June 8th, 2020
2. German Prosecutors Dash Hopes of Finding Madeleine McCann Alive – New York Times
– The Sun
May 31st, 2020
1. Vist the TCRS author page here.
CHRIS WATTS CASE: WHY ONE ASPECT IS WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU EVER REALIZED
May 25th, 2020
May 15th, 2020
2. DEEPER INTO DARKNESS – Complete Audiobook – Patreon
3. TCRS Recommends Trial by Media [on Netflix]
May 8th, 2020
TCRS crime scene investigation in Praia da Luz Portugal [Research photos, May 2019]
3. ON ASSIGNMENT: Disaster at Night on a Dirt Road in Namibia [#1]
April 29th, 2020
3. Debunking the Pageantry Surrounding the Madeleine McCann Case
April 27th, 2020
April 24th, 2020
1. Cindy Watts Breaks Her Silence on Nut Gate – Patreon
“I did say to Ceecee, ‘You can’t always have what you want.'”
COMING SOON: The 2nd edition of BOOK 1 in the TWO FACE series in paperback!
3. Damien Echols: The Devil is in the Details – Patreon
April 19th, 2020
BOY, INTERRUPTED now #3 Amazon Bestseller
3.Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance – Medium
Excellent Article on the CoronaVirus:
Excellent article>>>The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead https://t.co/3Q7arUHKix
— Nick van der Leek – True Crime Rocket Science (@CrimeRocket) April 18, 2020
Episode 5 deals with pages 115-126 of the August 16th redacted transcript.
2.BOY, INTERRUPTED THE MURDER OF GANNON STAUCH is available in paperback at this link.
Gannon Stauch: Was Letecia Abusive?
April 14th, 2020
1. Gannon Stauch’s Body was stored for 30 Hours in Letecia’s Black VW Tiguan Before Disposal
GANNON STAUCH: DISPOSAL SITES #1 AND #2 IDENTIFIED
Complete Audiobook available soon. First 15 of 19 chapters have already been loaded onto Patreon [$5 tier].
April 5th, 2020
2.Letecia Stauch 32-Page Affidavit – Patreon
3. Damien Echols: Self-styled Lockdown Guru – Patreon
April 3rd, 2020
3. C.I.A. Hunts for Authentic Virus Totals in China, Dismissing Government Tallies – New York Times
April 1st, 2020
1.CHRIS WATTS: COCKY AND SARCASTIC 24 HOURS BEFORE HIS CONFESSION
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Gannon Stauch: 26 posts
Scott Peterson: 20 posts [Includes 1 book].
Nichol Kessinger: 15
CoronaVirus: 30 [Includes the popular My CoronaVirus Diary]
3. CORONAVIRUS: WHY PEOPLE TURN TO CONSPIRACIES
People Get Ready! – Kunstler.com
March 21st, 2020
1. GANNON STAUCH FOUND UNDER ESCAMBIA RIVER BRIDGE 1400 MILES FROM HOME!
My CoronaVirus Diary – Patreon
3. CORONAVIRUS: World’s Toiletpaper Fetish Explained
— Nick van der Leek – True Crime Rocket Science (@CrimeRocket) March 21, 2020
March 18th, 2020
Why Do Parents Kill Their Children?
2. Durst trial postponed due to Coronavirus:
3. Coming soon on the YouTube Channel:
March 14th, 2020
2. Defense suggests Robert Durst’s father was behind Kathie Durst disappearance – New York Post
During cross-examination of a prosecution witness at Durst’s Los Angeles murder trial, defense lawyer David Chesnoff asked whether Kathie McCormack Durst ever said expressed fear “that Seymour Durst was going to kill her.”
“She was wary of the family a little bit, yes,” Dr. Marion Watlington answered.
Chensnoff then rephrased his question, saying, “‘She was worried that the father was going to kill her.’ Do you remember saying that?”
“Yes, I do. Yes,” Watlington answered.
3. OCD and anxiety disorder treatment can be complicated by coronavirus fears – Washington Post
March 11th, 2020
Robert Durst’s Murder Trial Begins After Decades of Suspicion – New York Times
March 4th, 2020
1. How much of Chris Watts’ Sentencing Hearing was true – or how little?
2. Robert Durst Trial Starts
3. FORENSIC PATHOLOGY REPORT FOR VINCENT VAN GOGH
4. TCRS LIVE on Patreon on Sunday at 10am EST.
March 2nd, 2020
1. TWO FACE EPILOGUE, the final book in the bestselling TWO FACE series is available as a complete audiobook for just $5.
As far as I’m aware, isn’t the cat sandwiched between the two of them dead now?
3. Latest JonBenet Ramsey podcast focusses on another dead-end, this time John Mark Karr.
4. Coming soon exclusive to Patreon:
5. From the archives: Diane Downs – All Interviews – Patreon
February 28th, 2020
2. On Day 30 CSI Teams Descend on Stauch Home – Patreon
3. Van Gogh’s Death Dramatized as Accidental Shooting in At Eternity’s Gate is so bad it’s Laughable
February 24th, 2020
From the archives:
4. 30 Medical Experts Gathered in Amsterdam to Definitively Diagnose Van Gogh’s “Madness” in 2016…
Coming Soon on Patreon a three-part series debunking the Accessory Conspiracy:
February 21st, 2020
1. Legal Battle Over Watts Family Autopsy Reports
Chris Watts or Shan’ann? Who Changed More over the course of their Marriage?
February 20th, 2020
18th Review on SILVER FOX:
Who’s Who in the Harvey Weinstein Trial– New York Times
February 19th, 2020
2. Weinstein’s former assistant breaks NDA after 20 years of silence
3. From the archives:
Suicide is a Much Bigger Problem than Murder – Psychology Today
Discussion on Patreon> Caroline Flack, dead at 40: Who is to blame when someone commits suicide?
4. Faye Swetlik Autopsy Results
LIVE: Officials reveal missing SC girl Faye Swetlik was killed, details on neighbor https://abc11.tv/2P69Z7d
Posted by ABC11 WTVD on Tuesday, February 18, 2020
5. What rights do you have – and do you not have – as a passenger on a plane?
February 15th, 2020
1. Silver Fox II Latest Review:
To prepare for his role, Douglas practiced painting swooping birds, to portray the moment when the artist was finishing Wheatfield with Crows (1890). In the film, Douglas completes the picture by almost stabbing the canvas with the marks of black crows. He then abandons his painting and leans against a tree, writing a final note and quickly pulling a gun from his pocket. We now know that Wheatfield with Crows was not his final painting, it was done some days before the shooting. But partly thanks to Lust for Life it still remains the picture which is closely associated with the artist’s suicide.
Note: Analysis of this article below:
February 14, 2020
1. Is THRIVE the missing piece of the puzzle? – Patreon
2. Oscar Pistorius: 7 years later so many Unanswered Questions
3. This year is the 130th anniversary of the death of the world’s most beloved, expensive and misunderstood artist Vincent van Gogh.
February 12th, 2020
1. SILVER FOX THE THIRD CONFESSION COMPLETE AUDIOBOOK – $5 on Patreon
The Atkinson Transcripts – Shan’ann’s final call to Chris Watts on the night of August 12, hours before her murder: “He started working out while he was on the phone with me. So I just let him go.” [#11 of 15] – Patreon
2. The Case Against Ezra McCandless – CBS
February 10th, 2020
1.”Nothing About this case Makes Sense” – Ashleigh Banfield, HLN, September 9th, 2018
2. The Author And Reeva Steenkamp – Patreon
February 9th, 2020
2. Bloody Valentine – More Questions than Answers [#2] – Patreon
Documentary series on Oscar Pistorius on the 7 year anniversary featuring TCRS.
4. From the archives: Michael Jackson’s maid reveals sordid Neverland secrets – 60 Minutes Australia
February 6th, 2020
1. Just published!
“How wedded were each of these people, and how did that drive the wheels towards inevitable annihilation?”
3. “Weckert added that his work highlights the “blindness” that arises when people think of data as “objective, unambiguous and interpretation free.”
It's about how you interpret the data>>>Artist uses 99 phones to trick Google into traffic jam alert https://t.co/pMEVvPobq6
— Nick van der Leek – True Crime Rocket Science (@CrimeRocket) February 4, 2020
February 5th, 2020
2. Gannon Stauch: The Plot Thickens – Patreon
January 31st, 2020
1. Chapter 7 of the SILVER FOX THE THIRD CONFESSION Audiobook is now available – Patreon $5 tier
3. Heidi Broussard: Murder Weapon Identified – Patreon
January 30th, 2020
January 29th, 2020
1. Shanann Watts – Live Video
JonBenét Ramsey’s Brother Positive Her Homicide Will Be Cracked With DNA Proof – Pioneer Columnist
4. Fotis Dulos, Charged With Killing His Wife, Jennifer, Attempts Suicide – New York Times
January 28th, 2020
“She was a ball of love…” – Patreon
2. JONBENÉT: New Leads – Podcast
Visit Patreon for the TCRS analysis debunking every episode in this podcast series.
January 27th, 2020
January 26th, 2020
Lifetime Movie lie detector clip – Patreon
2. Anatomy of a Lie: How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner – New York Times
What was your reaction? – Patreon
The Heartbreaking True Story of Chris Watts and His Wife and Daughters’ Murders – Good Housekeeping
Although Chris had pleaded guilty to all three murders, he hadn’t yet told the real story of what happened on the morning of August 13, 2018. But in a five-hour follow-up interview with investigators from prison, Chris revealed the truth: After fighting with Shanann that morning about his wish to separate, Chris strangled her to death. While he was trying to bring his wife’s body downstairs, he said, Bella and Celeste woke up and came to ask him what was going on. He then loaded the girls and their mother’s body into his truck, drove to the oil site, and smothered the girls one by one before disposing of the three bodies.
The real story?
Jeff Bezos, Tabloid Man – New York Times
January 24th, 2020
1. Thrive turned Chris Watts into a Murderous Rage Monster – Lifetime Movie
Please note I've lost all of my Facebook accounts, including my personal page and photojournalist page. I've created a new one here: https://t.co/VvqBpqk7sQ
— Nick van der Leek – True Crime Rocket Science (@CrimeRocket) January 25, 2020
January 23th, 2020
1. The Darkness Inside Chris Watts
5 areas are investigated as a source of Chris Watts’ so-called “Darkness.”
5. The Lie of Character
So, if it’s one more than another, which is it?
January 17th, 2020
1. Preview of the Reelz documentary.
2. The entire Christmas Star Audiobook is now available on Patreon, all 10 chapters for just $5.
5. This Is the Guy Who’s Taking Away the Likes – New York Times
…making likes private will be a major shift for Instagram’s more than 1 billion users, for whom daily assessment of one another’s popularity has become like breathing….
January 16th, 2020
“Armchair detectives going out there trying to find scraps of evidence, saying, ‘Chris really wasn’t the killer, it was X’ or, ‘his original confession was the true confession and Shanann did have a hand in this’ or ‘there is some sort of conspiracy going to it,’ that kind of stuff bothers them a lot,” family attorney Steven Lambert said to ABC Denver 7.
January 15th, 2020
1. Rzuceks expected to make a statement ahead of release of Lifetime movie on January 25th.
Christmas Star Audiobook – Chapter 8 – Patreon
2. Episode 5 is one of the most infuriating of the Netflix series The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. TCRS explains exactly why.
3. Why did he do it?
The Worrisome Reporting on Aaron Hernandez’s Sexuality – The New Yorker
January 7th, 2020
1.Christmas Star Audiobook – Chapter 2 – Patreon
TCRS: The information in the above article makes it possible to discern the motive in the murder of Heidi Broussard. Can you see what it is?
3. TCRS DEBUNK: The Lies Beneath the Truth – Episode 1 Review and Analysis
January 4th, 2020
1. New Original Special Chris Watts, Colorado Killer Dad: The Friends Speak Premieres Saturday, January 25 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT on REELZ. [REELZ also produced Capturing Chris Watts on Sunday September 15, 2019].
Chris and Shanann Watts were by all accounts the perfect couple with two adorable children in Celeste and four-year-old Bella. In 2018 this family was shattered by the disappearance and murder of Shanann and the kids at the hands of Chris himself. How is it possible for something this horrific to happen in the sleepy mountain town of Frederick, Colorado, a small suburb north of Denver? Did Chris simply snap the morning of the murders or was it something much more calculated and sinister? Friends and neighbors of the Watts family come together to unravel the secrets behind this story and share their heart wrenching experiences of navigating the aftermath of the tragedy. Viewers will also see chilling police footage of Chris as he unravels from his distraught family man act during police interrogation and his tearful confession to his own father. Also sharing his experience working on the case is Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke who examines the relationship between Chris and Shanann Watts leading up to the murders. Chris Watts, Colorado Killer Dad: The Friends Speak is produced by Kinetic Content and Pyramid Pictures.
2. TCRS Recommends: American Animals – Patreon [Free Content]
How the Vital Lie of Character connects all of us to the Criminal Mind – Patreon [Patrons Only]
3. Netflix names 2019’s 10 most popular shows – Harper’s Bizaar
TCRS: 2 true crime shows appear in the top 10 at #1 and #10. #1 is The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann. TCRS has reviewed and analzed each episode. Visit the MCCAN tab and scroll down for all the reviews. This is the first:
December 28th, 2019
The fifth book in Nick van der Leek’s definitive TWO FACE series on Chris Watts does exactly what the title claims: it drills deep through the mountain of Discovery Documents. Now available in paperback!
In CHRISTMAS STAR the world’s most prolific true crime author tackles brand new evidence related to the unsolved JonBenent Ramsey case, in a brand new way.
Scant justice to be found in Jamal Khashoggi verdicts – Financial Times
The trial of 11 Saudis accused of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was Riyadh’s chance to prove it was sincere in its pledge to hold to account all those responsible for the gruesome killing of the journalist and critic of the kingdom’s regime, regardless of rank. Yet the verdicts handed down this week carry all the hallmarks of a sham trial.
Eight of the 11 were convicted. Five were sentenced to death and three to 24 years in prison. But the two most prominent officials implicated in the murder, Saud al-Qahtani and Ahmed Assiri, were cleared of any wrongdoing. Both were confidantes of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the time of the killing and both had previously been implicated by the state prosecutor as masterminds behind the operation that led to Khashoggi’s death. But it was revealed that Mr Qahtani, a senior adviser to the crown prince, never even made it to trial after the prosecutor deemed there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Mr Assiri, the former deputy intelligence chief, was released because of a lack of evidence.
The Khashoggi Cover-Up Goes On – The New York Times
December 21st, 2019
1. Book 6 of the TWO FACE series is now available in paperback. TWO FACE THE MYSTERIOUS MISTRESS is 346 pages long, it’s the longest book in the TCRS series on Chris Watts.
2. Who Tipped the Cops Off About Maygen Fieramusca?
CCTV shows Heidi Broussard got into Maygen’s car – Willingly – CrimeRocket II
Heidi and Shane: The Plot Thickens – CrimeRocket II
3. Most Popular on CrimeRocket.com right now:
FULL EPISODE ANALYSIS
2. Day 7 of Heidi Broussard Disappearance: Statement Analysis, Social Media Analysis and TCRS Assessment
Police Search for Missing Texas Mom and Her 2-Week-Old Baby – The Daily Beast
December 4th, 2019
1. Chris Watts ‘Criminal Confessions’ Trailer – Oxygen
Shanann Watts And Her Children Have Been ‘Erased Out Of Their Own Murder’ – Oxygen
The Atkinson Transcripts [#1]: “I found Shan’ann’s purse…” – TCRS Patreon
What was Chris Watts’ Most Emotional Moment?
2. Patrick Frazee’s Hit List to Snitch Jacob Bentley [PHOTOS] – CrimeRocket II