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Month: April 2020 (Page 1 of 2)

Last Photo of Gannon Stauch – Clear and in Color – Leaked

The last known photo of Gannon Stauch has now been leaked online in color.

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It’s clearly the source image for the grainy black and white image from page 8 of the affidavit.

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There are to additional images, one taken from the side and closer to the floor, that we haven’t seen in color yet.


Some have observed that there appears to be a concave bruise or swelling on Gannon’s cheek. Also that the pillows have been “propped up” against the wall. There’s a simple reason why this isn’t a staged image, or a post mortem image: Letecia still hadn’t acquired the carpet cleaner, and there were two other people in the house. Besides that, she was doing online searches late at night indicative that she was preoccupied with a) the damage to the carpet and b) Gannon not going to school.

Given what we know, intuitively it feels like the poor child doesn’t look well. In this sense this image reminds me of the last footage of Shan’ann Watts. But it’s because we know what’s about to happen that we project onto and into the scene. We must be careful not to do that, to see what is there, not what isn’t.

For me the hand laid over his side speaks to me of the boy’s fragility in the same way Captain Miller’s hand speaks to us in Saving Private Ryan. What did that hand try to do hours later when the boy was viciously attacked?

Where is the Nintendo? Where is his phone?

Could Gannon have been attacked or hurt by any of the objects in his bedroom, particularly right beside his bed, and his head?

If the murder occurred in the bedroom, wasn’t Gannon’s murderer afraid of being seen through the window?

Are there curtains or blinds, and were they drawn at the time the image was taken, or when the police first visited the room?

It certainly doesn’t appear to be the case that Gannon slept with curtains closed going by this image.

What was the purpose of taking these images? Was it to “prove” Gannon was okay hours before he was about to not be okay, and be disappeared for over a month from this day onwards?

Finally, did Gannon know Letecia was taking this image as he lay there?

More: New “Last Photo” of JonBenet Ramsey has just been released – and there’s a problem…

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Proof! The ‘Last Photo’ is Fake

Why it’s Obvious the McCanns’ “Last Photo” is Fake

TCRS DEBUNKS THE ACCESSORY THEORY: Why the Watts Children WEREN’T Killed at the Well Site [Part 1 of 3]

In the Lifetime movie posters for CHRIS WATTS CONFESSIONS OF A KILLER, the signature image is this one [below] of Watts driving in his truck, early in the morning, under cover of dark to the well site.


In this depiction his windscreen his wet [I’m not sure it was], and it’s still dark outside [it wasn’t, sunrise on August 13 was at 06:11]. By the time Watts reached the well site the sun had likely been up for 20 minutes].

Other marketing materials of the Lifetime movie are even more ridiculous, like this one featuring Watts holding a gun.



In the movie itself we see something beyond this impression of only Watts sitting in his truck, driving to the well site. We see the children depicted on the rear seat, but nothing much happens. There’s virtually no dialogue, and the scene lasts a few seconds…


Read the rest here.

New Investigation Discovery Special: “Chris Watts is a narcissistic sociopath who feels no emotion, that’s why he murdered his entire family”

Inside the Chris Watts Case with Private Investigator Catherine Townsend

"Chris Watts had a lot invested in appearing to be the nice guy, the good husband."

Posted by Investigation Discovery on Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chris Wattts is a narcissist. He was a selfish man who thought only of himself.

Chris Watts is a sociopath. He showed no remorse, and no emotion.

This seems to be the expert consensus by mainstream pundits. Dr. Phil said it. Lena Derhally said it. Catherine Townsend, expert Private Investigator, said it. That must mean that’s precisely who Watts is – a sociopathic narcissist.

True Crime Rocket Science disagrees with this assessment as crude and simplistic. What it shows is a facile disregard for the details. That’s not a defense of Watts, by the way. Saying he’s not a narcissist or a sociopath isn’t rushing to his defense. Watts and only Watts committed stone cold premeditated triple murder, and also destroyed the life of his unborn child. But almost two years later, when so many have spent so much time regurgitating the Watts case, recycling the same tired aphorisms, it’s perhaps also time to think a little more scientifically about the case, including about the psychology. And criminal psychology isn’t the same as psychology. Criminal psychology and psychology aren’t interchangeable.

On the surface, if you don’t know this case very well, the narcissistic sociopath or “covert narcissist” seems like an elegant sounding fit. It’s a great label, innit? It is a really elegant fit if you know very little about Watts, and even less about Shan’ann Watts.

If Watts was so selfish, why didn’t he go to trial like 99.9% of other high-profile criminals, and do what he does best – lie and pretend and play at being Mr. Nice Guy? If narcissists are identifiable by the key trait of lying, why did Watts admit – ultimately – to all the charges against him? Why did he admit the truth ultimately, telling investigators where the bodies were, and eventually confessing to their murders too? Isn’t he supposed to be a habitual liar? I mean, look at OJ, Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony – all of whom were partying up a storm right until the moment they were arrested. All of them went to trial and pled not guilty. Is Chris Watts exactly like them? Are they exactly like Chris Watts? Then why didn’t he go to court, roll the dice and put on a smug, conceited defense?


If Watts is a prototypical narcissist, why was this murder trial wrapped up in super quick time? And before you knew it, Watts was in prison, and had turned to God for redemption, seeking forgiveness. Why would he turn to God if he didn’t feel bad about anything he’d done? Whether you believe that’s genuine or not, that’s completely different from someone never pleading guilty, and never asking for forgiveness, and never pretend-turning to God.

If Watts had no emotion, why did he need to become standoffish before committing murder. And if he had no feelings, why did he commit the crime while he was in love?

The experts will tell you Watts is a selfish, self-centered, self-involved man who thought only of himself. Those who knew Watts, inside the family, and as friends, knew him as a considerate dad who did his family’s laundry, gave away his paycheck, babysat, even did his children’s hair. His wife, at the time of her murder, wanted to stay married to him, wanted to have his child and so did his mistress. His mother in law and father in law liked him up until the moment he committed murder.

Errr. which “personality type” are we talking about her?

It feels good to separate Watts from ourselves. He’s bad, has zero emotion and is a monster with a particular personality trait and disorder. We’re fine of course, and nothing like him. When we’re on our phones, and on social media, we are still very sensitive to the world around us, and not a narcissistic bone in our bodies. Well, except…

Is There a Link Between Sociopathy and Social Media?


Frank Rzucek takes another Swipe at YouTube Creator

The first reply tp Frank’s comment, from one of Armchair Dectective’s subs, says it all.

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It’s shocking to see in black and white but the YouTube creator with the largest following in the Chris Watts case is pitching a narrative where Watts himself isn’t solely responible for wiping out his family. And somehow from that conspriacy theory, this becomes a cover-up by Shan’ann’s family?

True crime unfortunately exposes not just the perilous legal journey to find justice, but just how often truth is perverted.

Once upon a time facts and evidence were used to prove what happened. Now they’re used to pitch whatever is popular, whatever people want to believe, and there’s a cash incentive to selling these tabloid pitches to the mindless mob. Welcome to the True Crime Colosseum where Social Media Gladiators pretend to champion truth and justice to rapturous applause.

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10 Chilling Similarities Between the Chris Watts case and the Stauch Case

1. Crime happened on a Monday in the context of spouse away on a business trip.

2. Fuzzy neighbor’s surveillance footage [which most people misinterpret]

3. Social media and MLM.

4. “Went to a friend…” Evolving stories

5. Remote disposal.

6. Role of GPS.

7. Role of home security sensors.

8. Finances [mileage, loss of job].

9. Online research – Oxcontin/Colorado law say about leaving son at home

10. Buttoned up home in a buttoned up neighborhood

5 Key Differences

  1. No confession.
  2. Length of time it took to find Gannon’s remains.
  3. Letecia – confrontational. Watts – introverted.
  4. No mistress – ex-wife. – unhappily married…fairy tale within the family, mixed family. 2 children had birthdays in January
  5. Letecia – 2nd disposal.


Questions remain around the mysterious death and disappearance of 11-year-old Gannon Stauch.

What really happened?
Where did the crime happen?
What was the murder weapon?
How was the poor child’s body disposed of not once, but twice?

Taking on of one his trickiest assignments yet, true crimes’ most prolific star investigates 36-year-old Letecia Stauch, the stepmother of the boy that disappeared from Colorado Springs on January 27th, 2020.

“The 32-page Stauch Affidavit provides clues to the tangled web of Letecia’s heart, and mind. But it also reveals her exact movements immediately before and after Gannon’s disappearance. In Boy, Interrupted, I’ve tried to unravel who this person is by following where she went, and what she said and did afterwards.”

Nick van der Leek applies sophisticated investigative techniques honed through his analysis of the world’s highest profile cases, to the heartwrenching story of the little boy from Lorson Ranch whose life was so cruelly interrupted.

Letecia Stauch: Any Substance to the Softball Bat Connection?

The obvious bludgeoning intrument is a baseball or softball bat. But is it the murder weapon? The crime scene forensics supports it, and the same murder weapon was used in the Frazee case, and arguably in the JonBenet Ramsey case as well. But is there any real evidence to support a bat of some kind used in the Stauch case?

Looking at the images we’ve seen so far of Gannon, there are none of him playing softball, nor of anyone else. There is no mention in the affidavit of Gannon being interested in sports, although hockey does come up.

In her interview with CrimeOnline Letecia said she went to buy Gannon hockey equipment because it was the only sport he took an interest in. The crucial part here is that she went to a sporting goods store that accepts second hand sporting goods…


Read the rest here.

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Detective Baumhover Breaks His Silence on the Watts Case

So it appears what the Watts case did was cut to the bone of the lead detective – it made him question his own beliefs. How could a God exist if such evil was allowed to take root in the world…?

What happened to the detective is unfortunate, and we extend to him our sympathy and compassion. The visuals of what he saw during the recovery from the CERVI319 tanks left an indelible scar, a trauma. This grief is a great redemption. It shows a man…

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