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The First 3 Reviews for TWO FACE ANNIHILATION

The last two books of the series of 7 [as it stands now] were extremely difficult to research and write. Book 7 was probably the most difficult of all. This is because one is relying entirely on the audio as the primary source for the information.


On the one hand, it’s excellent material because what we are listening to is exactly what the three members of law enforcement heard, plus minus some white noise here and there. There’s also a lot to work with – over four hours’ worth.

If you felt frustrated listening to one of the Rzucek lawyers conveying his impressions to Dr. Phil, you weren’t alone. We wanted to know exactly what Watts said, and also how he said it. The tone. The pitch. The context. Most important, the psychology. Is it believable. Does what he’s saying actually make sense, or does it conform to another pattern…?

And then the Rzuceks provided their impressions. They were touching, and while we felt sympathetic to the family, the two-part show  never provided the kind of deep diving psychological analysis Watts’s Second Confession really needed.

On the other hand, not having video and sometimes having the audio muffled or cut out was frustrating. The chronology of Agent Tammy Lee’s 29-page CBI Report and the audio aren’t an absolute match, which is interesting. It shows while the law enforcement trio went to the prison with specific questions, they didn’t necessarily ask all of them in a specific order, nor did they get their answers in a prescribed order either. This makes for a chaotic narrative, and it was my job to unravel it and rearrange it.

Transcribing audio is hard work, but worth it, as I think readers have discovered.

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  1. Ralph Oscar

    That last picture, of him sitting (clean-shaven) in prison – amazing how he went from Silver Fox to Peter Sellers

  2. Sylvester

    lol Ralph! One does get the impression Watts is just “Being There” with the Agents – there being where they think he is but he’s neither there, or anywhere in particular, other than in jail and he seems to be fine with being there too – as long as the other inmates leave him alone and don’t shout out at him how to do himself in.

  3. Jenn H.

    I can’t wait to read this book!!! It’s next… I think it will be very thought provoking and very interesting!!! 🙂

  4. dayzlazy

    Just wanted to let Nick know how much I’ve enjoyed all his books and analyses on Watts case. Keep up the outstanding work!

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