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Month: December 2019 (Page 1 of 2)

The Killing of JonBenet Podcast is a huge steaming pile of horseshit

The 10-Part podcast on JonBenet Ramsey is executive produced by Susan Bennett, the tricksy cybersoldier that’s been pushing the dodgy Intruder Theory online for years. In the past she misrepresented who she was [see below links] pretending to be an abused man at one point, in an effort to discredit others.

Now Bennett’s back, in fact she can be heard within the first 70 seconds of the new podcast which promises to be “the most exhaustive investigation” into the Ramsey case in decades.

Do you really believe that?

Listen to episode 1 of The Killing of JonBenet here:…

Information on Jameson/Susan Bennett:……………

“Jameson says her presentation will show how the intruder theory is the only credible theory…”………



Frankie Rzucek Speaks – and he’s angry

On the 28th of December Frankie Rzucek appeared on YouTube in a 27-clip apparently filmed by his father Frank on his phone. The rant is littered with expletives and refers to those in any doubt about who he is as assholes.

In the video and in the comments, Frankie and Frank sound miffed about trying to participate in a LIVE broadcast, but being repeatedly censored by Armchair Detective. Armchair Detective subsequently posted a weird video in reponse of himself walking without talking through Christmas lights while posing the rhetorical question:

Time to decide?

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Elsewhere, Mary Marlowe’s name also came up. Frankie referred to the true intentions of some YouTubers who “[are] not for our family or for justice [but] for views and consiracies [theories]…”

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Mary Marlowe wasted no time in uploading an apology titled Frankie I heard you loud and clear before pledging to cover other cases aside from the Watts case.

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This is Mary Marlowe’s pledge to stop posting on Christ Watts.

Update: TCRS was alerted by folks on the CrimeRocket forums that Frankie Rzucek also referred to CrimeRocket and Shakedown in the comments section below his “Angry Video” posted on YouTube on December 28th, 2019.

Although these comments were later removed, the screengrabs [posted below] were taken before they were taken down. TCRS views these comments and threats of litigation in a very, very serious light.

The protocol for lodging a complaint about any coverage perceived as unfair or inaccurate on CrimeRocket is to 1) use the “Email Tab”, 2) identify yourself, 3) identify the communication as a “Dispute on Accuracy of Content” and 4) to specifically refer [provide the link] to the page and the content that is in dispute.

If the dispute is legitimate, in the interests of full transparency, the complaint and page or pages it refers to as well as the identity of the complainant will be published on CrimeRocket in a separate post. Where appropriate a retraction/update or acknowledgement of an error or edit will be provided as well.

TCRS should not be conflated with other conspiracy sites. TCRS content is rooted in evidence, legitimate sources and generally verifiable information. TCRS will vigorously defend any and all unfounded accusations around so-called inaccuracies and/or slander.

TCRS is a neutral platform with a passionate and committed approach to the truth and truthtelling, to facts and forensic evidence. TCRS is well aware of the legalities surrounding true crime coverage, not just in regards to the Watts case but many others. It is careful to honor these, just as it honors the law and the legal approach to true crime and criminal cases.

In the past, TCRS has also vigorously pursued legal recourse against others who have appropriated its published true crime content, including but not limited to documentary filmmakers.  TCRS reserves the right to respond to spurious or misleading accusations and other misrepresentations. TCRS will not be dictated to on who, what or how its true crime coverage will be conducted.

In terms of the grey area, where victims or families may feel their story is being either impinged or misconstrued, or perhaps misrepresented on other channels, TCRS provides the option of a Guest Post section.

In terms of the Watts case, it’s available for those from the Rzuceks or Watts family, or friends or acquaintances who wish to have their voices heard on a credible platform in order to “set the record straight”  on a particular issue they’re unhappy with.

TCRS however reserves the right to decide whether submissions of this nature have merit, and whether they should be aired on the TCRS platform, or not.


Burke Ramsey’s Soda Gate

It started off as a simple question: What’s the source of Burke Ramsey throwing his toys after a child psychologist [or equivalent, or similar] took a sip from his soda? Not source in the casual sense of the word. The actual source. Where is it documented? Which page, where, when and by whom?

Finding it again independently – and quickly – proved difficult at first. There’s a lot to go through. Several books. Half a dozen of the more recent documentaries. Miles of online coverage but almost none of it dealing with this besides an obscure Reddit thread which wrongly references the offending soda sipper as Dan Schuler.

I knew about Soda Gate but I’d forgotten how I knew. Was it in The Bonita Papers? What about Ramseys vs Wolf? Or the National Enquirer’s paperback on the Police Files? Turns out I’d seen it dramatized in the Lifetime movie Who Killed JonBenet? [2016]. The movie was based on the source but what was the source? The references online to this incident are few and far between, but here’s one from USA Today:


Since time was of the essence, I decided to crowd source, appealing to other True Crime Rocket Scientists out there. It didn’t take long. One of them who goes by the avatar CottonStar answered the call within a few hours.

And so, here it is:

True Crime Rocket Science Badge is yours – if you can answer this question

So you think you’re a True Crime Rocket Scientist? Einstein once said he’s not necessarily smarter than anyone else, the difference is he sticks with a problem longer than others do, or others have.


In true crime that’s often the difference between interesting insights and gamechanging insights. So how about this one? I’ll make it easy for you by identifying it, all you have to do is find it. [It’s a lot harder looking for something without knowing it’s out there, and harder still to know what to do with it once you do find it.]

So here it is.

In September 1998, 11-year-old Burke Ramsey sat down with Boulder dectective Dan Schuler for about six hours over of the course of several days. This interview has been suppressed from the public until 2016 when CBS and Dr. Phil aired parts of it.

At one point in the interview Schuler takes a sip of Burke’s soda, which upsets Burke so much, Burke doesn’t drink from the soda again. Who or what is the source of this information?

If you can find the source of this information [social media doesn’t count] then you may just be a rocket scientist.

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HOHOHO! Two more TWO FACE books now available in Paperback

All in all there are now four books in the 9-Part TWO FACE series available in paperback. By early next year I’m hoping to have a TWO FACE box set available, and eventually another SILVER FOX box set comprising a complementary up-to-date trilogy.

Which book do you most want added to this list?







Crime News – October/November 2019



November 27th, 2019

1. Chris Watts owes parents of slain pregnant wife $6 million, judge rules – NBC

2. Kelsey Berreth Murder Suspect’s Secret Ex: He ‘Told Me to Take Care of the Problem’ – The Daily Beast


Patrick Frazee’s ex-mistress told investigators the murderer’s mother watched as he incinerated Kelsey Berreth’s body and blood-spattered evidence on their land in shocking footage – Daily Mail

3. JonBenét Ramsey photographer jailed on child porn charges in Oregon – Komo News

4. Dresden museum heist: police release dramatic CCTV footage of suspect – The Guardian

5. What actually happened to Vincent van Gogh’s ear? Here are 3 things you should know. – Berkeley Library News

November 24th, 2019

1. 48 Hours – CBS

Excellent documentary on the Kelsey Berreth case.

Kelsey Berreth murder: Crime scene evidence photos – CrimeRocket II

Krystal Kenney Crime Scene Walk-Through Videos – CrimeRocket II

2. Top prosecutor Billy Downer to try Jason Rohde’s ex-lover – IOL

November 21st, 2019

1. 22 Reasons why the AD/CC Version Makes No Sense – CrimeRocket II

Lifetime releases eerie photographs of the lookalike cast for movie about Chris Watts murders – Daily Mail

2. Woodland Park police chief speaks publicly about Kelsey Berreth case – KDVR

Remembrance candle vigil planned for Kelsey Berreth, remembered as ‘shining light’ – The Denver Channel

November 19th, 2019

1. Jury finds Patrick Frazee guilty in murder of fiancee Kelsey Berreth – The Gazette

– The Denver Channel


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2. Based on the CrimeRocket post:

“I want a drama-free life” – would Shan’ann Watts still be alive if she’d followed her own advice?

Meanwhile on the Armchair Detective YouTube Channel, plenty of drama about witches, witchcraft and the occult. Go grab your pitchforks!

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November 14th, 2019

1. The 2nd video listed below seems to be addressed to TCRS. In other words, it’s a debunk of TCRS’ assessment of Watts’ criminal psychology. What do you think? Is she right?

2. Patrick Frazee murder trial: Berreth’s coworkers describe her as quiet, sweet, loving to her newborn – The Denver Channel

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Trial testimony focuses on Patrick Frazee’s texts in months before alleged killing – The Denver Post

Forensics experts say blood evidence from townhome overwhelmingly matches Berreth – KOAA

TIMELINE Kelsey Berreth Case: What to Know About the Missing Colorado Mom Last Seen on Thanksgiving Day – Inside Edition

3. Amanda Knox and Lorena Bobbitt Reveal Friendship: ‘We Are Human Beings’ and ‘Have a Lot in Common’ – People

4. What the first public impeachment hearing tells us about the path forward – CNN

November 13th, 2019

1. Dr Oz Interview with Cherlyn Cadle: 5 Key Insights

True Crime Exclusive: The Chris Watts Letters: Why He Says His Family Would Still Be Alive If He Hadn’t Met His Mistress – CBS

Inside the Mistress’ Mind: Why Kessinger Googled “Expiration Date” on Condoms on 6/27/18

2. Patrick Frazee murder trial: Frazee’s friend testified he said Berreth was ‘never coming back’ – The Denver Channel

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee told customer that Berreth was “never coming back,” according to testimony – Denver Post

“Oh, she’s never coming back!” – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 7

3. Free Giveaway:

November 11th, 2019

1. True Crime In Colorado: Promising New Lines of Inquiry into Nichol Kessinger – CrimeRocket II

ANNIHILATION, the most highly rated book in the TWO FACE series [4.2/5] is now available in paperback at this link.


Chris Watts: The slip in the Sermon on the Driveway that we all Missed

2. ‘I saw blood all over’: Patrick Frazee’s mistress brings more shocking testimony to murder trial – ABC

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Patrick Frazee defense attorney attempts to discredit key witness during cross examination – Denver Post

Kelsey Berreth murder case: Longtime friend of Patrick Frazee testifies about suspicious conversations he had after disappearance – Denver Post

November 10th, 2019

1. ‘Criminal Confessions’ Returns With Special Chris Watts Premiere – Oxygen

Dick Wolf’s Criminal Confessions Season 3 Premiere Takes on the Chris Watts Case – EOnline

2. ‘No body, no crime,’ Patrick Frazee said before fiancée vanished, friend testifies – NBC News

Woman says she cleaned mess after boyfriend beat fiancée to death – CBS

3. SPECIAL: Inside Colorado’s unsolved cold cases

November 9th, 2019

1. Chris Watts: the slip-of-the-tongue that we all Missed [ANALYSIS #2]

2. Cadaver Dogs and Krystal Kenney’s “I like to please” Personality – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 6

Patrick Frazee murder trial: ‘I figured out a way to kill her,’ friend testifies Frazee told him – The Denver Channel

Patrick Frazee murder trial: K-9 handlers say dogs hit on items tied to Kelsey Berreth’s killing – The Denver Channel

Patrick Frazee murder trial: Defense questions why Kenney never alerted anyone to murder plot – The Denver Channel

Patrick Frazee trial: Star witness stands ground under cross-examination, declaring, ‘It’s the truth’ – The Gazette

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November 8th, 2019

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1. Murderer’s Mistresses: Krystal Kenney versus Nichol Kessinger

2. Krystal Kenney Testifies about Where Kaylee was during Murder – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 5

Patrick Frazee’s mistress offers gory testimony during Kelsey Berreth murder trial – ABC

Patrick Frazee murder trial: Krystal Kenney recounts cleanup of Kelsey Berreth murder scene – The Denver Channel

Idaho nurse Krystal Lee takes the witness stand in Kelsey Berreth murder trial – 9News

NATIONAL NEWS: Girlfriend testifies at trial of man in death of his fiancee – WRAL

Patrick Frazee’s mistress reveals she became pregnant with his child – CrimeOnline

3. Is There a Link Between Sociopathy and Social Media? – Psychology Today

Why Social Media Is Turning Us All Into Sociopaths – Thought Catalog

Are We Really A Generation Of Sociopaths Who’ve Lost Any Sense Of Empathy? – Grazia Daily UK


November 7th, 2019

1. Patrick Frazee murder trial: Krystal Kenney explains longtime relationship with Frazee, 2016 abortion – The Denver Channel

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2. “Chris Watts is a sociopath” or “Chris Watts is a narcissistic sociopath” – No, he isn’t, but can you articulate why not?

3. Why the Joker is showing up in protests around the world – CNN

November 6th, 2019

1. Dr Phil: “If this could happen to this family it could happen to any family.”

TCRS Assessment: Somewhat true, but also not true. The Watts family wasn’t the average family in many respects. Serious crimes, on the other hand, aren’t the exclusive purview of sociopaths, monsters and narcissists. Ordinary people become murderers every day. It’s only once they’re murderers that they lose their status as “ordinary people”.

At 3:54 in the clip below Dr. Phil refers to coverage of the “Silver Fox”. He’s also referred to one not needing to a rocket scientist to see when Watts was lying.

2. Patrick Frazee ‘was TWO HOURS late to Thanksgiving dinner on the day his fiance disappeared’, the suspect’s cop brother testifies at his murder trial – Daily Mail

3. Financial Mess – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 3

November 5th, 2019

1. Defense Pokes Holes in Inconclusive Surveillance Footage – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 3 – CrimeRocket II

Patrick Frazee trial: Defense questions timeline, lack of black tote in surveillance photos – The Denver Channel

The Neighbor’s Video Surveillance – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 2

2. Kate and Gerry McCann’s message to the public after being given £300,000 to continue search for Madeleine – Chesire Live

November 4th, 2019

1. What does it actually look like when a murderer’s mistress is directly [or even indirectly] involved?

Kelsey’s Mother Cheryl Describes “Growing Panic” as days passed with no sign of her daughter – PATRICK FRAZEE TRIAL DAY 1 – CrimeRocket II

2. The latest Chris Watts conspiracy theory is about a mysterious red car pulling out of the neighbor’s driveway? Could it be an astonishing new twist, or could it be the neighbor’s own car pulling out on her way to gym? Or is the red car actually an alien space ship?

The image below was taken from Black Mesa road around the corner from the Watts home immediately prior to Watts arriving home at about 14:10 on Monday, August 13th, 2018. The conspiracy theorists want you to believe the red car was parked at or near the crime scene for 10 hours following the crime, and that it was somehow actively involved. The alternative? It was a neighborhood car parked on a neighborhood driveway belonging to someone who lives in the neighborhood.

But who wants to believe that when the alternative is so exciting? What if the car belonged to [fill in your preferred suspect]?

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November 3rd, 2019

1. The Tenth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts case

2. ‘Calculating Manipulator’ Patrick Frazee Murdered Kelsey Berreth With Help From Secret Girlfriend: Prosecutors – The Daily Beast

November 2nd, 2019

1. The Ninth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

The Devil Beside Me: The Chris Watts Story – Art19

2. ‘Calculating Manipulator’ Patrick Frazee Murdered Kelsey Berreth With Help From Secret Girlfriend: Prosecutors – The Daily Beast

November 1st, 2019

1. The Eighth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. Opening Statements To Begin Friday For Patrick Frazee In Kelsey Berreth’s Murder Trial – CBS Denver

Krystal Lee Kenney primed for key witness role in Patrick Frazee murder trial – The Denver Channel

3. Amanda Knox to pen advice column for Seattle newspaper – The Guardian

4. Nikolas Cruz PreTrial Hearing – Court Date set for January 27, 2020

Nikolas Cruz back in court for hearing


October 31st, 2019

1. The Seventh Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. A Colorado Man Allegedly Murdered His Missing Fiancée With a Baseball Bat. Now He Faces Trial. – The Daily Beast

3. Casey Anthony’s Father Is ‘Ready to Forgive Her’ After Caylee’s Death: ‘I’m Still Your Dad’ – People

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: ‘She was a good mom.’ Casey Anthony’s mother reveals she would be ‘happy’ if her estranged daughter decides to have another baby and maintains Caylee’s death was an ‘accident’ – Daily Mail

October 30th, 2019

1. What Are Family Annihilators? What Drove Chris Watts To Kill His Family? – Oxygen

TCRS Audio Analysis of this article coming soon.

The Sixth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

What would be your #1 Soundtrack for a dramatic movie on the Chris Watts Case? – CrimeRocket II

2. Wife’s lover fined R11 million by a court for causing her divorce – W24

Jealous Brits using ‘stalkerware’ to spy on EVERYTHING their partners do – how to scan your phone today – The Sun

3. AfriForum to prosecute man who ‘falsely’ accused colleague of using k-word – TimesLive

October 29th, 2019

1. The Fifth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. Why murder trial in case of missing Colorado mom may not be slam-dunk case – CBS News

3. Robert Durst Pretrial Hearing – CrimeRocket II

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4. Vincent van Gogh Superstar – Arte TV

October 28th, 2019

1. The Fourth Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

2. Patrick Frazee’s trial in death of fiancée Kelsey Berreth expected to start Monday in Cripple Creek – The Denver Channel

Kelsey Berreth: Accused killer to start trial for missing fiancée’s murderKelsey Berreth: Accused killer to start trial for missing fiancée’s murder – Crime Online

3. Amanda Knox: “Don’t try to find the answer in my eyes” – Debunking Gladwell #7

October 25th, 2019

1. Just how big a deal were the finances in the Watts case?

2. True Crime: What Happened To Kelsey Berreth? Trial Begins For Her Fiancé Patrick Frazee – CBS Detroit

3. ‘I can’t breathe:’ Vietnamese woman’s text sparks fears she is among those who died in Essex truck container – CNN

October 24th, 2019

1. SILVER FOX, the first book in a brand new series, is available now exclusively on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

2. How Germany contributed to creating the Van Gogh myth – DW

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October 23rd, 2019

1. Chris Watts Mindgames – Have you been Outfoxed?

Chris Watts: OXY And His Psychology

TCRS: Interesting that neither Scott Reisch nor Cadle were aware of the Oxy narrative by as late as October and March of this year respectively.

Chris Watts: Religion And Premeditated Plan?

Chris Watts – PreMeditation or Rage?

Remember this?

Scott Reisch: “I don’t think Shan’ann’s murder was premeditated…”

Coming Soon…

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2. People Are Not Pleased with the Premise of a New Movie About Nicole Brown Simpson’s Murder – LA Mag


3. The Psychology of an Incel

October 22nd, 2019

1. The Biggest WTF Moment in the Chris Watts Case

Coming Soon [in July 2020] the first “MAJOR ACCOUNT” of the Chris Watts case

ABC’s Coverage of the Chris Watts case

2. Legally Speaking: Reversal in Jodi Arias case possible, but not likely

October 19th, 2019

1. TCRS Theory on Watts Family Murders [First Published on March 9, 2019]

2. #6: “The Foxy Knoxy nickname had nothing to do with sex” – Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis


October 18th, 2019

1. Chris Watts Talks To News Reporters – EP1 The Devil Beside Me – Dr. Phil

The Watts Children Weren’t Smothered at the Well Site

“Nikki Was There!” – Debunked by TCRS

2. Judges grapple with misconduct claims in Jodi Arias case –

October 17th, 2019

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1. Guest Post: “They know he’s guilty…[but] she’s out there telling people they STILL believe in his innocence” – Crime Rocket II

Video: More details from our interview with Chris Watts’ pen pal – Daily Mail

The Devil Beside Me: The Chris Watts Story – Husband, Father, Killer – Dr Phil

2. Sentencing procedures continue for convicted rapist Nicholas Ninow – News24

October 16th, 2019

1. Chris Watts is smarter – and dumber – than you think

“Chris Watts has an IQ of 140 – he’s almost a genius”

2. Twitter explains why it hasn’t suspended Trump’s account – CNN

October 14th, 2019

1. Chris & Shan’ann Watts – UNEQUALLY YOKED

Deeter Gate Tipped Chris Watts over the Edge

October 13th, 2019

1. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #5 “Most of us aren’t very good at lie detection…”

2. 20 years ago today:

1999: In Boulder, Colo., the JonBenet Ramsey grand jury was dismissed after 13 months of work with prosecutors saying there wasn’t enough evidence to charge anyone in the 6-year-old beauty queen’s 1996 slaying.
Read The Craven Silence here.

October 12th, 2019

1. Chris Watts OBLIVION – Audio Excerpt of Book 8 read by the Author

October 10th, 2019

1. Guest Post: More Details on the Oxy in the Watts Home – CrimeRocket2

The Basement Spiel and Contraindications around Shan’ann’s Immitrex – Analysis

Chris Watts Reveals He Tried To Kill His Girls Before Murdering Wife, But They Survived –

2. Justice for Kelsey: Murder trial for man accused of killing woman from Grant County set for Oct. 28 -iFiberOne


3. Take 2: A second look at the case against Casey Anthony –

October 9th, 2019

1. Discovery Shows Another Attempt Chris Watts tried to cause a Miscarriage

2. Viewpoints: True Crime – a growing obsession or healthy fascination? – RealScreen

October 8th, 2019

1. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #4 “Shockingly inept?”

2. Convicted Killer Jodi Arias May Get New Trial Due To Prosecutor Misconduct – The Daily Wire

October 7th, 2019

1. Scott Reisch Interviews Cheryln Cadle – CrimeRocket2

Auction of convicted murderer Christopher Watts’ Frederick home rescheduled for next year – Times-Call

The residence was initially scheduled to be auctioned off on April 17 over failure to pay principal and interest. However, that date was postponed to September 18, then October 23, and now, has again been moved to January 8….

2. Fake News Alert: Brendan Dassey Might Finally Be Getting Released From Prison After ‘Making A Murderer’ – ScreenGeek

October 6th, 2019

1. Shan’ann’s Oxy from the Basement Medicine Bin was used on Bella and Ceecee – TCRS

Coming Soon in October…

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3. Tourist takes ‘magical’ photo evoking Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’– FoxNews

October 5th, 2019

1. Where did Chris Watts get the Oxy from? Answer provided exclusively to CrimeRocket

2. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #4 “The police investigation was shockingly inept…the prosecutor obsessive and wildly irresponsible.”

3. Colo. true crime authors featured on 20/20; husband and wife team look to provoke with their books – The Denver Channel

October 4th, 2019

1. Author of Letters From Christopher, Cheryln Cadle

2. Detective, Victim, Defender, Killer: Digging into the Female Obsession with True Crime – aetv

October 3rd, 2019

1. ‘I SQUEEZED HER JUGULAR’ Chris Watts writes horrific confession letter describing wife’s eyes filling with blood and having to smother daughters twice because they woke up – The Sun

Chris Watts’ haunting confession letter after murdering his wife and children – The Mirror

2. True crime fails when it treats trauma as entertainment – NBC News

Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #3 [Part 2]

3. ‘Joker’ Is a Risk, but a Calculated One, for Warner Bros. – New York Times



EXCLUSIVE: ‘I remember her face getting all black with streaks of mascara.’ Chris Watts’ chilling letter confessing how he squeezed wife’s jugular – Daily Mail


2. Amber Guyger’s Texts Revealed In Sentencing

3. Sky Launches New Channel Dedicated To True Crime Documentaries – LadBible

11 Unbelievable True Crime Series Worth Streaming On Netflix – CinemaBlend


“And then, did you see her before she went to work?” – Watch and listen to Chris Watts’ Reaction

At 5:30 in Oxygen’s clip, Officer Matthew James [the same officer who ultimately arrested Watts late on Wednesday night] asked Watts a series of questions. Oxygen did a great job here in Season 3, Episode 1 of Criminal Confessions, by providing two bodycam perspectives during this line of questioning, along with subtitles to the conversation.

JAMES: And what was the conversation this morning you guys had?

WATTS [Swaying]: It was about us selling the house and the separation.

Again, the priority in that answer is telling. First they talked about the house, then the separation. It’s the same exact way he expressed it to Coonrod on the loft landing.

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JAMES: And how’d she take that?

WATTS [Still swaying, Officer Coonrod glances down at his phone beside Watts]: We were both very emotional. And…still crying.

Remember what Watts said during the Sermon on the Porch…

“It wasn’t like an argument, but we had an emotional conversation, let’s leave it at that.”

JAMES: And then, did you see her before you went to work?

WATTS: Mm-mmm?

JAMES: Did you say anything to her?

WATTS [Stuttering]: Uh…she went back…like, uh…she told me she was going to a friend’s house…[flaps out his hand]. 

This correction mid-sentence indicates Watts is giving a rehearsed answer. He was going to say she went back to bed, but decides on the latter version – going to a friend’s house – being more appropriate. The friend story line is supposed to deflect attention – investigative and otherwise – off him.

WATTS [Muttering]: …and…be with the kids. Take the kids over there. 

This is another slip, another self-correction. Be with the kids makes no sense, and he corrects it because it’s uncomfortably close to the truth – that he wanted Shan’ann to be with the kids, away, in a grave. And that’s where she is.

Think of the sequence and the subconscious psychology in “be with the kids” versus Shan’ann “taking the kids over there” which she didn’t do. He took them over there.

JAMES: Oh, she told you she’s taking the kids to a friend’s house?

WATTS: Yeah. 

JAMES: She didn’t say who though? 

WATTS: Yeah. Oh, no. No. [Shakes his head]. No, but she was still in bed when that happened. 

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This hand gesture, with his hand in a sort of claw, matches his original role-playing gesture in the cubicle at 18:04:56.

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Officer Matthew James’ Call to Chris Watts on the night of August 13th at 21:12 + Handwritten Notes on Yellow Pad Up Close [40th Tranche]

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