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Crime News – September 2019

SEPTEMBER 2019

One year after the Christopher Watts case

September 30th, 2019

1.Chris Watts: The Mysterious Mistress and the Confession

Guest Post: “Jamie was not present during [Nut Gate]”

2. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #3 [Part 1]


September 29th, 2019

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1. 5 X Audio Excerpts from the TWO FACE series read by the author [Includes the Story behind what went into writing the various narratives]

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2. How Social Media Shapes Our Identity – The New Yorker

New technology—especially the smartphone—allows us to produce a narrative of our lives, to choose what to remember and what to contribute to our own mythos. For Eichhorn, this is the latest instance of a long-held, if mysterious, practice. “Long before children were able to create, edit, and curate images of their lives,” she writes, “they were already doing so on a psychic level.” Freud called these images “screen memories”—no pun intended—and he thought that we used them to soften or obscure painful experiences. Humans have always tried to cope with the difficulty of memory, to turn it “from an intolerable horror to something which is reassuringly innocuous and familiar.” Social media just makes us more adept at it.

On the other hand, Eichhorn writes, such media can prevent those who wish to break with their past from doing so cleanly. 


September 27th, 2019

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1. Guest Post: “The Watts family are not on board with the release of this book”

Chris Watts – Drilling Through Discovery Audio Excerpt of book 5 read by the author

What Car did Nickole Atkinson Drive? And Does it really Matter?

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2. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #2 Almost every line, practically each sentence is misleading

3. ‘Joker’ premiere disinvites interviewers from LA red carpet – PageSix

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4. Casey Anthony ‘Feels Her Biological Clock Ticking,’ Is Considering Having Another Kid: Source -People

Casey Anthony thinking about having more children, source says – New York Daily News

Casey Anthony, 33, Worries Her Window for Having Another Child Is Closing: Report – Inside Edition

5. Model’s mysterious death is shining a light on Thailand’s entertainment industry – CNN

6. That Viral Story of the Orphan Girl Who Might Actually Be an Adult, Explained – Yahoo


September 26th, 2019

1. Chris Watts – Rape of Cassandra Audio Excerpt of book 4 read by the author

2. Here’s what we know so far about the whistleblower complaint involving Trump and Ukraine – CNN


September 25th, 2019

1. “Chris Watts is a Narcissist” – No, actually he isn’t

2. Documentary director says he’s turned over alleged confession in ‘Making a Murderer’ case – Fox News

3. Batman shooting victim’s family ‘horrified’ by Joker film’s violence – BBC News

4. Trump’s Ukraine phone call, annotated – CNN


September 24th, 2019

1. TWO FACE TWO POLLYANNAS – Audio Excerpt of chapter 18 of Book 3 read by Tom Gallagher

Christopher Watts describes killing his daughters in chilling jailhouse interviewing – CBS

2. No Joker: Why Joaquin Phoenix walked out of our interview – The Telegraph

Joaquin Phoenix Leaves Interview After Being Asked If Joker Will ‘Inspire’ Violence: Report – People

Joaquin Phoenix walks off “Joker” interview after question about film inciting violence – Salon

‘Joker’ star Joaquin Phoenix leaves interview after being asked if movie will ‘inspire’ violence – FoxNews

Joaquin Phoenix Couldn’t Answer the Most Obvious Question About Joker‘s Subject Matter – Gizmodo

3. Early Van Gogh works auctioned in Belgium – Daily News

Two early works by Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh were auctioned in the Belgian city of Ghent on Sept. 22, fetching near estimate prices that the organizer said were bargains.

The first work, a watercolour of flowers, was snapped up for 220,000 euros ($240,000), slightly more than expected, auctioneer Johan Kiggen told AFP. The second piece, a charcoal drawing of a jug, went for 140,000 euros, just below the estimated price. “Everyone is happy,” Kiggen said, who added that buyers could only bid in person.

“The two works went for a very good price for the buyers,” he said. The two buyers, who wished to remain anonymous, were both Belgians and pledged to keep the works in the country, which was a request of the seller. Kiggen said the works have been certified as authentic on several occasions, and are featured in Van Gogh catalogues.

Dated to 1883, the works bear little resemblance to Van Gogh’s iconic works. They were made before the troubled master was inspired by the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists in Paris. Van Gogh is one of the most expensive Impressionist and modern artists, with 12 of his works having gone for more than $30 million at auction.

His output of about 2,000 pieces, of which 900 are paintings, are mainly held in museum collections, which means they are a rarity on the art market.   

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September 20th, 2019

1. Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #1

Debunking Gladwell’s Analysis of Amanda Knox: #1 “Rudy Guede [the black guy] did it”

2. Patrick Frazee, Accused Of Killing Fiancée Kelsey Berreth, May Blame Nurse He Was Having Affair With – Oxygen


September 18th, 2019

1. The Cover of “Letters from Christopher” – CrimeRocket2

Nichol Kessinger vs Shan’ann Watts – Who Was the more Attractive?

How police knew Chris Watts was lying about killing his pregnant wife and kids – The Mirror

Chris Watts Showed These ‘Significant Signs Of Deception,’ According To Body Language Expert – International Business Times

2. In court filing, Patrick Frazee points to Idaho nurse as alternate suspect in Kelsey Berreth’s death – Denver Post

Deadline passes without new suspect named in Kelsey Berreth murder – kktv

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3. Joker Is A Dangerous Film — & It’s Bringing Out The Worst In The Internet – Refinery29

INCELS TRIGGERED? Code Red Safety Alert Issued for the Opening Weekend of Joker – FBI


September 17th, 2019

1. Chris Watts: Why He Killed His Family [Motive and Psychology of a Murderer]

‘Capturing Chris Watts’ REELZ Channel: Review of Documentary

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2. Apartheid flag: ‘This was a witch-hunt from the Nelson Mandela Foundation’ – Roets – News24


September 16th, 2019

1. Chris Watts’ body language told detectives that he had murdered his wife and children – Meaww

 A few days later, he confessed to murdering all three, though the reason why he did so is not clear to this day.

OBLIVION, the best rated book in the bestselling TWO FACE series, now available in paperback at this link

2. Why Joker Is Sparking a Backlash Over Its Portrayal of Incel Violence – CBR

3. Gavin Watson was ‘already dead’ at time of crash – report – News24


September 15th, 2019

1. The Exact Moment Chris Watts Lost Everything

2. Casey Anthony’s parents avoid foreclosure

3. Another life line for Jason Rohde as SCA grants appeal for refusal of bail judgment – News24


September 14th, 2019

1. There’s a rumor going around that Weld County are releasing more discovery on the Chris Watts case on Monday.

2. Reaction to Skylar Richardson Verdict – CrimeRocket2

3. Maricopa County taxpayers have paid more than $169K to defend prosecutor Juan Martinez – AZCentral


September 13th, 2019

1. TCRS Assessment of Chris Watts’ Affect – ANALYSIS #1

‘Capturing Chris Watts’ Documentary Dives Into His Life Before He Committed Murders – Moms.com

2. An Ohio woman who buried her newborn in the backyard will serve no more jail time – CNN

IN THE DOCK  US cheerleader, 18, ‘smashed newborn baby’s skull and buried corpse in garden to hide secret birth’ days after her school prom  – The Sun

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3. Saved! Casey Anthony’s Parents George & Cindy’s Home Foreclosure Case Dismissed – Radar Online


September 12th, 2019

1. Tuesday Crime Stories: Killer Dad Chris Watts gets fan mail and wants a do-over on his conviction while murdered Shanann’s family gets death threats – CrimeOnline

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

The Case of Chris Watts – Part 3 – The Confession

2. Nora wasn’t as “limited” or “vulnerable” as we’ve been led to believe – CrimeRocket2

3. Understanding Dark Thoughts


September 11th, 2019

  1. The Case of Chris Watts – Part 2 – The Polygraph

2. Innocence and Innocence Lost: A Tale of Two Noras – and a six-year-old poem – CrimeRocket2

3. Jennifer Dulos investigation highlights hurdles in cases with no body – NBC News

4. 9/11 QUOTES: WORDS FROM GEORGE W. BUSH, OFFICIALS, SURVIVORS AND VICTIMS OF SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS – Newsweek

NYC Marks 18 Years Since September 11th Attacks – Spectrum News

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September 10th, 2019

1. The Case of Chris Watts – pt. 1

2. MADDIE HOPE Madeleine McCann’s parents given ‘boost’ in hunt for their daughter after little girl lost in Russia reunited with her parents after 20 years – The Sun

3. Nora Quoirin: Funeral Takes Place For ‘Gentle, Innocent’ Girl Who Died In Malaysian Jungle – HuffPost

Nora Quoirin funeral: Mourners told she was a ‘special girl’ whose death brought ‘unspeakable pain’ – Belfast Telegraph

On the Day of Nora’s Funeral in Belfast – two distasteful stories – CrimeRocket2

Nora Quoirin Funeral Photos + Full Transcript of the Homily – CrimeRocket2

Meabh Quoirin arriving for the funeral mass of her daughter Nora at St Brigid's Church, Belfast. Photo credit: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

September 9th, 2019

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1. Christopher Watts Tragedy House Auction Now Delayed Until 2020 – Westword

Guest Post: “Let’s talk about Chris’s first attempt on the life of his wife in North Carolina”

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2. MAKING A MURDERER: Avery attorney announces $100K reward for “real killer” – ABC Action News

3. Are violent crimes being glorified in Netflix documentaries?  –  The Boar

4. One person dies every 40 seconds from suicide, WHO says – CNN


September 8th, 2019

1. Who is the most MYSTERIOUS woman in the Chris Watts case [it’s not who you think]

From: #34 August 6th, 2018: “This has been the worst week of my life” #1yearagotodayCW

2. Excerpt from NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST

How Long Can a Person Survive without Food? – Scientific American

Review of NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST posted on True Crime Rocket Science Closed Facebook Group

3. ‘STAY TUNED’  Making A Murderer – Steven Avery’s lawyer says ‘big announcement’ is coming Monday – The Sun

Read the TCRS assessment of the Avery case at this link.

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September 7th, 2019

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1. This is the Moment Chris Watts Gets Angry when interviewed by the FBI

2. Sermon on the Porch #2? Lie Spotting: Test your true crime lie detector nous with the Fotis Dulos caseFotis_Dulos_Has_Message_for_Those_Who_Think_He_s_Guilty


September 6th, 2019

1. Chris Watts Babysitter “Chris Is A Monster” – Scott Reisch

TWO FACE: CHRIS WATTS – A CrimeRocket Production 

2. From the archives:

Read The Day After Christmas trilogy at this link.

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September 5th, 2019

1. Irish Media contacts CrimeRocket + CrimeRocket’s Response

Rocket Science publishes NOT ALL WHO WANDER ARE LOST 3 weeks after the mysterious disappearance of Nora Quoirin in the tropical jungle of Malaysia.

2. JONBENÉT RAMSEY’S POSSIBLE KILLER MAY HAVE CONFESSED TO WITNESSING HER DEATH IN LETTERS FROM PRISON – Newsweek

3. Arizona appeals court to livestream Jodi Arias hearing in October – KTAR News

Crime News – August 2019

August 30th, 2019

1. Do you like mysteries? You do? Then click play.

2. The Leaked Emails of Elliot Rodger full documentary

3. Prince Andrew parties with sex beast Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump at luxury resort – The Mirror

Prince Andrew breaks silence on Epstein: I never ‘saw, witnessed or suspected’ anything illegal – The Telegraph

FBI seized notorious photograph of Prince Andrew with teenage Epstein victim – The Telegraph


August 29th, 2019

1. Statement Analysis of someone else’s Statement Analysis of Meabh Quoirin’s First Public Statement on August 10th [UPDATED] – CrimeRocket II

2. Homicide Hunter‘s Lt. Joe Kenda on How He Solved 350+ Murder Cases: ‘You Have to Be Determined’ – People


August 28th, 2019

1. Colorado Bureau of Investigation Agent texts Nichol Kessinger if she’s read this blog about her – CrimeRocket II

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2. O.J. Simpson wants to discuss football, but that other thing keeps coming up – New York Daily News

Get the True Crime Rocket Science take on the OJ Simpson Saga:


August 27th, 2019

1. New furor as camera footage outside perv Jeffrey Epstein’s cell pronounced ‘unusable’ as lawyers challenge suicide claims – CrimeOnline

2. Nora Quoirin: Why the Abduction Theory makes no sense, and Why it’s time to talk about What Really Happened – CrimeRocket II


August 26th, 2019

1. Opioid trial judge could deliver biggest judgment in US history – CNN

2. Nora Quoirin: Does the McCann case provide a case study on what to do when a child disappears, or what not to do?–  CrimeRocket II


August 25th, 2019

1. #48 Sunday August 26th, 2018: The Headline that never made Headlines Anywhere, Ever: PLEA DEAL OFFERED LESS THAN 1 WEEK AFTER FORMAL CHARGES WERE LODGED AGAINST CHRIS WATTS #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket IIfullscreen-capture-20190604-015912

Chris Watts Riddle – what is the white object lying on the front porch cushion on the night of August 12th and August 13th? [UPDATED] – CrimeRocket II

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2. Patrick Frazee: Whats next? – KRDO

3. MINDHUNTER | Season 2 | Official Trailer


August 23rd, 2019

1. ‘The Chris Watts Story’: Lifetime Channel Plans Movie About Murders Of Shanann, Bella And Celeste Watts – CBS Denver

2. Patrick Frazee, accused in murder of fiancee Kelsey Berreth, due in court Friday – The Gazette

Patrick Frazee May Try To Finger New Suspect In Fiancée’s Kelsey Berreth Beating Death – Oxygen


August 22nd, 2019

1. Dateline NBC Exclusive: Friend of Robert Durst Describes Being Called To Testify Against Him – MSN

2. Oscar Pistorius Case: My name is Reeva – YouTube Trailer

Buy the 5-part series at this link.

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3. The handout photo of Nora Quoirin wasn’t even taken in Malaysia – CrimeRocket II


August 21st, 2019

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1. Lifetime Announces Movie About Chris Watts 1 Year After He Murdered His Wife and 2 Daughters – People

Lifetime is making a movie about the tragic murders of Shanann Watts and her two young daughters a year ago by her own husband, Chris Watts, PEOPLE can exclusively announce.

Based on real-life events and taped confessions, The Chris Watts Story, a working title, will chronicle the months that led up to the horrific crime, piecing together the Colorado dad’s possible motives.

Sean Kleier (Odd Mom Out) has been cast as Chris, Ashley Williams (How I Met Your Mother), as Shanann and Brooke Smith (Bates Motel, Ray Donovan) as FBI agent Tammy Lee. Sony Pictures Television is producing the film for Lifetime.

2.Court TV Returns And Puts The Jodi Arias Trial, OJ Simpson And More On Demand  – Celebrity Insider

Get the Rocket Science take on Jodi Arias at this link.

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August 20th, 2019

1. #47 Tuesday August 21st, 2018: Chris Watts formally charged with the murders of his wife and two daughters #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

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CrimeRocket to do a Documentary Series on the Chris Watts Case

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2. Nora Quoirin: Man charged after offensive tweet about tragic teen – The Mirror

3. New documentary to finally give Reeva a voice: Steenkamp family – IOL

4. What is Perspective? – Jason Silva

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Look beyond your own point of view.

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5. INCEL – a True Crime Rocket Science title has just been published. INCEL profiles some of the most infamous “involuntary celibate” mass shooters, including Elliot Rodger, Nikolas Cruz, Alek Minassian, Scott Beierle and Brandon Clark.


August 15th, 2019

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1. #44 Thurdsday August 16th, 2018: “He fooled us” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

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2. Epstein death: Broken neck bones in autopsy raise questions about apparent suicide of accused sex trafficker – The Independent

3. Nora Quoirin probably died of starvation and stress, autopsy finds – The Guardian

Is THIS where Nora Quoirin slept when she disappeared?

4. Zahau family unveils $100K reward in Coronado mansion death – Fox5

5. Dayton shooter had cocaine in his system, coroner says – wsmv

The shooter, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was probably shot at least 24 times as police tried to stop him, Harshbarger said. Betts had 52 gunshot wounds in his upper and lower torso, but some of them could be exit wounds, the coroner said.


August 14th, 2019

1. ‘This Changed All Of Us’: One Year After Chris Watts Killed His Family, The Tragedy Haunts Many – Oxygen

Remembering Shanann, Bella And CeCe Watts One Year After Murders – CBS

The Murders of Shanann Watts and Her Daughters Still Haunt Family 1 Year Later – Inside Edition

Christopher Watts Tragedy House Auction Likely to Be Delayed Again – Westword

I have been thinking about this day for well the last year. Thinking that is was a bad dream and I was going to wake up…

Posted by Nickole Atkinson on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Today has made me replay that horrible day in my mind and I hate it. I wouldn’t get off the phone and couldn’t that…

Posted by Cassie Rosenberg on Monday, August 12, 2019

#43 Wednesday August 15th, 2018: “If you did have something to do with the disappearance, it would be really stupid for you to come in and take a Polygraph Today.” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

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2. Nora Quoirin: Rescuers may have missed body of teen during first search of area – The Mirror

Nora Quoirin latest: Police unable to say yet what killed schoolgirl with post-mortem examination still ‘ongoing’ – Evening Standard

BREAKING: Why French prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into Nora Quoirin’s death – CrimeRocket II

Nora Quoirin: Can we rule out accidental death? – CrimeRocket II

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August 13th, 2019

1. One year after committing triple murder Chris Watts says he’s tormented by what’s he’s done – he’s not

Killer Dad Chris Watts Is ‘Tormented By His Past’ in Prison, Says Source – PEOPLE

Chris Watts Update: What Will Happen To The Home Where The Murders Happened? International Business Times

#42 Tuesday August 14th, 2018: A Whole New Take on the Sermon on the Porch #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

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2. Nora Quoirin: TCRS Assessment – CrimeRocket II


One year after the Christopher Watts case

1. “This changed all of us”: A year after Watts murders shook Colorado, investigators on the case continue grappling with trauma – Denver Post

#41 Monday August 13th, 2018: “She’s on a play date. I’m at work” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

Unanswered Questions: The Complete List of Information Missing from the Chris Watts Case

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2. Missing Nora Quoirin: Shamans and cadaver dogs brought in to find Brit, 15, in Malaysia – The Mirror

‘Our hearts are breaking’ – family of missing teen Nora Quoirin offer cash reward for information – Independent.ie

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August 11th, 2019

1. #39 August 11th, 2018: Addicted #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

#40 August 12th, 2018: The 111 Missing Minutes that Change Everything #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Nora Quoirin cops compile dossier of local paedophiles as hotel staff and taxi driver are quizzed over ‘vulnerable’ 15-year-old vanishing in Malaysian jungle – The Sun

Nora Quoirin: Police set up new hotline to locate her – BBC

3. ‘Making a Murderer’: Judge Rejects Steven Avery’s Bid for New Trial – Rolling Stone

The Halbach Murder Mystery is a two book series available at this link.

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4. At least eight Walmart stores were the subject of threats over the past week – CNN

5. Bill Cosby challenges prior victims’ testimony in appeal of his assault conviction – CNN


August 10th, 2019

1. Jeffrey Epstein, accused sex trafficker, dies by suicide: Officials – ABC

Epstein’s suicide comes just one day after sealed documents related to his case were unsealed. Is it as simple as that or are other forces in play?

Unsealed documents show allegations against Jeffrey Epstein and his inner circle – CNN

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2. #38 August 10th, 2018: Happy Anniversary! #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

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Chris Watts admits in police interview to smothering daughters to death: Part 2 – Yahoo

Shannan Watts’ Parents: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy

Chris Watts: Where Is He Today? – Heavy

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3. Nora Quoirin: parents of missing girl thank Malaysian search teams – The Guardian

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August 8th, 2019

1. Portrait of Dayton Shooter: ‘Uncontrollable Urges’ and Violent Talk Couched as Jokes – Wall Street Journal

2. #36 August 8th, 2018: “I kicked his sorry ass out of bed” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

3. Nora Quoirin: indigenous trackers search for missing British girl in Malaysia – The Guardian

JUNGLE MYSTERY  Missing Nora Quoirin, 15, may have been abducted, Malaysian cops finally admit as they probe fingerprints found in cottage where she vanished – The Sun


August 7th, 2019

1. Exclusive video shows Dayton gunman Connor Betts in bar in the hours before shooting – CNN

2. #35 August 7th, 2018: “Scared to death…I really don’t want to leave here” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II


August 6th, 2019

1. Dayton shooter Connor Betts was in a ‘pornogrind’ metal band: report – New York Post\

Full statement from Adelia Johnson, ex-girlfriend of Connor Betts

After the Dayton gunman opened fire, this man died in his son’s arms – CNN

Classmate Says Dayton Shooter Targeted Her in High School: ‘We Predicted He Would Do This’ – The Daily Beast

2. #34 August 6th, 2018: “This has been the worst week of my life” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

3. Inside the Disturbing Forum Incels Use to Brutally Criticise Each Other’s Faces – Vice


August 5th, 2019

1. Dayton shooting gunman who police say killed 9 was in a ‘pornogrind’ metal band – USA Today

One former classmate said Betts had been ostracized in their small school district, once escorted off the bus by police. He said students worried Betts might do something terrible.

Others scoffed at the idea Betts had ever been targeted. A drama club student during his time at Bellbrook High School, another former acquaintance said he was shocked by the emotionless way Betts once choked a girl he had dated….“I discouraged all my friends from having relationships with him because I thought he was very dangerous,” Ford said….Superintendent Douglas Cozad declined to release school records relating to Betts, citing student privacy laws.

Theo Gainey lived in Betts’ neighborhood until 2017. He spoke to reporters outside his parents’ home on Monday and said his graduating class of 205 people never forgot the allegations he had a hit list.

“Ostracization is a form of bullying,” Gainey said. 

Not everyone who went to school with Betts had bad things to say. Brad Howard told reporters in Bellbrook on Sunday he was friends with Betts from preschool through their high school graduation. “Connor Betts that I knew was a nice kid. The Connor Betts that I talked to, I always got along with well,” Howard said.

There’s Reason to Believe Connor Betts was an INCEL

The Moment Cops Take-down Dayton Shooter Connor Betts [CCTV VIDEO]

2. #33 August 5th, 2018: “I don’t want to lose the kids” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II


August 4th, 2019

1. Chris Watts

Chris Watts Update: Neighbor Says They Seemed Like A ‘Normal, Everyday” Family – International Business Times

2. El Paso Shooter

3. Dayton Shooting [250th in America in 2019]

Connor Betts: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy

Megan Betts, Connor Betts’ Sister Dead: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy

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4. Blackpill Philosophy — a closer look at Incels – Ethan Jiang – Medium

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5. Italian Police Mistakes May Help American Teens in Cop Stabbing Case – Daily Beast


Crime News – July 2019

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July 31st, 2019

1. #28 July 31st, 2018: When Chris Watts arrives at the airport in North Carolina, an alarm can be heard sounding in the background #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Already Married! Amanda Knox Secretly Wed Writer Chris Robinson In December – Radar Online

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3. Wife killer Jason Rohde wants bail to stop ‘hostile takeover’ of his company – News24

4. US teen accused of killing Italian police officer was charged over an assault in California – CNN

5. New suspect in JonBenet Ramsey murder case as serial killer theory emerges – The Miror


July 30th, 2019

1. #27 July 30th, 2018: Resetting Settings + Writing Love Letters #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

Anadarko Petroleum sheds new light on Occidental finances ahead of vote – CNBC

Anadarko Petroleum Beats Profit Estimates on Higher Output – Oil and Gas 360

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2. Santino William Legan: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know – Heavy


July 29th, 2019

1. The special Capturing Chris Watts is an inside look at the disturbing case of a father who killed his own family for the sake of an affair.

#26 July 29th, 2018: “You’re out of it from Playing” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Gilroy Shooting

Suspect Identified in Mass Shooting at Gilroy Garlic Festival. Here’s What We Know So Far – Time

3. The end of a difficult road – Van Gogh Museum


July 27th, 2019

1. #24 July 27th, 2018: Friday #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Body of Colorado girl missing for 34 years found at pipeline site – CNN

3. DA’s Office: Death penalty off the table in slaying of Kelsey Berreth – The Gazette


July 26th, 2019

1. #23 July 26th, 2018: Money, Security and a “Good Mood” #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Remains Found Of Jonelle Matthews, Girl Who Disappeared In Greeley In 1984 – CBS Local


July 23rd, 2019

1. The family of Shan’ann Watts is addressing ‘constant harassment’ they say they’ve received from the public – Denver Post

Family of Shanann Watts addresses public harassment

The family of Shanann Watts is addressing 'constant harassment' they say they've received from the public following their daughter's death. Watch with us.

Posted by Denver7 on Monday, July 22, 2019

#20 July 23rd, 2018: An Average Monday #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Two missing Canadians are now suspects in the deaths of three people – CNN

3. Investigator arrested for stealing Marc Batchelor’s phone – Citizen

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4. INCEL: Elliot Rodger’s Twisted Manifesto [Pages 77 – 83] – CrimeRocket II


July 19th, 2019

1. #16 July 19th, 2018: An Unidentified Contact #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. Howard Stern tells Kim Goldman: O.J. Simpson should be thrown off Twitter – USA Today


July 18th, 2019

1. #15 July 18th, 2018: Introducing The Secret Calculator #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

#14 July 17th, 2018: “Just North of Roggen”: Photos of Flowers, and a pair of brand new Work Boots #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

Nearly a Year After She Was Murdered by Her Dad, Today Would Have Been Celeste Watts’ 4th Birthday – People

Chris Watts Took Photos of Daughters Before Their Deaths & Now Blames Murders on Mistress – CafeMom

2. Charge against Kevin Spacey dropped after alleged victim pleads the 5th – CNN

Interesting defense – that there is exculpatory evidence on the accuser’s phone. Well, what about on the defendant’s phone?

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July 16th, 2019

1. #13 July 16th, 2018: Fairy Tale, but with Interruptions #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

Chris Watts Wants To ‘Make Up’ For Killing His Wife And Children, Friends Say – Oxygen

‘Their Words Should Be Like Wind’: Chris Watts Tells His Mom To Ignore His Critics – Oxygen

Just published!

Why Do Women Fall For Bad Boys?

The Plunder Youtube channel seems to have been shut down.

2. JonBenet Ramsey’s Ex-Photographer Caught Downloading ‘Inappropriate’ Images – Daily Mail

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3. Marc Batchelor murder: Everything we know about the suspects so far – The South African

4. American scientist killed in Greece was raped, say police – CNN

American scientist who went missing on Crete was asphyxiated, Greek police say. Homicide investigation launched – CNN


July 13th, 2019

1. Chris Watts says he is a ‘servant of God’ – Crime Online

‘I’m Still A Dad! I’m Still A Son!’ Chris Watts Claims He’s A Changed Man – Oxygen

https://www.oxygen.com/crime-time/chris-watts-claims-hes-a-changed-man-hln-special

Chris Watts accomplice theory debunked – Scott Reisch

Chris Watt’s mistress’s giggly voicemails – Daily Mail

2. Casey Anthony was once ‘America’s most hated mom’: A look back at her trial – Yahoo

Judge Lets Casey Anthony Lawyer Off Harvey Weinstein’s NYC Defense Team – NBC New York


July 12th, 2019

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1. Ahead of Slain Daughter’s 4th Birthday, Killer Dad Chris Watts Claims He’s a Changed Man in Prison – People

#9 July 12th, 2018: Can’t Sleep? #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. True Crime: Breaking News: Gruesome New Details In Missing Mom Kelsey Berreth Case – Was She Killed In Front Of Her Toddler? – CBS Local

3. “I know the facts better than anyone.”

https://youtu.be/7jiNaEg5CsM


July 11th, 2019

1. “Like, he snapped” – Chris Watts Special on HLN – CrimeRocket II

#8 July 11th, 2018: Before and After Work Calls, and All Smiles on Social Media #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

2. 11 years ago today:

Citing new DNA tests, prosecutors cleared JonBenet Ramsey’s parents and brother in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen in Boulder, Colo. 

But should they have been cleared?


July 10th, 2019

1. #7 July 10th, 2018: Nut Gate Aftermath #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

ABC 20/20 | THE DEVIL IN DISGUISE – BitChute

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2. Massachusetts teen sentenced to life in prison in classmate’s beheading – CNN


July 9th, 2019

1. #6 July 9th, 2018: Nut Gate: “My heart is still racing 30 mins later and tears of anger…” – CrimeRocket II

Murders of Shanann Watts and her two daughters, Bella and Celeste, by Chris Watts spotlighted on 20/20 On ID – Monsters&Critics

2. Australian gender reveal party goes wrong as car bursts into flames – CNN

Officials release video from gender reveal party that ignited a 47,000-acre wildfire – CNN

3. If Famous Painters From Art History Were Modern-Day Urbanites – MyModernMet


July 8th, 2019

1. Is this where the Watts children breathed their last?– CrimeRocket II

#5 July 8th, 2018: The Day Before Nut Gate #1yearagotodayCW– CrimeRocket II

2. Scott Nelson takes the stand AGAIN and declares “I am a homicidal maniac”.

3. Jeffrey Epstein had vast trove of lewd photos of young-looking girls, prosecutors say – CNN

At a news conference Monday, prosecutor Berman and FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. cited the Miami Herald’s reporting last November in helping to make the case.

“I will say that we were assisted by some excellent investigative journalism,” Berman said. “When the facts presented themselves — as Mr. Berman hinted at — through investigative journalist work, we moved on it,” Sweeney said.190708153148-jeffrey-epstein-donald-trump-file-restricted-exlarge-169


July 7th, 2019

1. #4 July 7th, 2018: Watts takes Kessinger to the late show of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom, and Shan’ann can’t reach him… #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

Drone Photos of CERVI 319 – CrimeRocket II

Do you want to request information on the Watts case? Here’s how – CrimeRocket II

2. A 70-year-old marathoner hounded by cheating allegations is found dead in a river – CNN


July 6th, 2019

1. #3 July 6th, 2018: Sort out the Vivint sensor BEFORE I FLIP, plus pizza in Spring Lake #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II


July 5th, 2019

1.Chris Watts:  YouTuber Releases Tranche of New Photos from Weld County

#2 July 5th, 2018: Bella and Ceecee in Aberdeen, playing in a summer rainstorm #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

The telephone conversations between Watts and his wife are one of the few areas we know virtually nothing about.

2. What Casey Anthony Is Up To 10 Years After Daughter Caylee’s Disappearance.

3. Scott Nelson verdict: Guilty of 1st-degree murder in kidnap, killing of Jennifer Fulford – Orlando Sentinel

‘I wasn’t planning on killing this woman:’ Scott Nelson testifies in caregiver’s death – WFTV

Scott Nelson trial coverage:


July 4th, 2019

1. #1 July 4th, 2018: Chris Watts and his mistress have a flaming row #1yearagotodayCW – CrimeRocket II

For the next 5 weeks, CrimeRocket II will be doing a recap of the Chris Watts case timeline during the summer of 2018 based on references in the Discovery Documents and the CBI Report.

2. Should schools and buildings be torn down after mass shootings? Columbine looks to others as it struggles with trespassers – Colorado Sun

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3. Far-right arsonist sets himself on fire as he attempts to burn down synagogue – CNN


July 3rd, 2019

1. Seeing Double? Rebecca’s Height at the Door – CrimeRocket II

Exclusive: News 8 reenacts the Coronado mansion mystery – CBS8

2. Meredith Kercher’s Killer Rudy Guede Granted Day Release From Prison – International Business Times


July 2nd, 2019

1. Chris Watts Reveals New Details About How He Murdered His Family – Crime Time

Christopher Watts describes killing his daughters in chilling jailhouse interviewing – CBS

2. Jason Rohde granted leave to appeal conviction and sentence for killing wife – News24

July 1st, 2019

1. Coming Soon in July…

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2. DEATH AT THE MANSION – The Final[e] Analysis [Part 3 of 3] – CrimeRocket II

Rebecca Zahau & Max Shacknai, PART II – Apple Podcast

3. Billionaire Carl Icahn steps up his fight with Occidental over Anadarko deal – CNBC

Icahn, one of industry’s most powerful activist investors, cast himself as one of the deal’s most fervent critics by charging that Occidental’s $38 billion bid for Anadarko was too expensive and could endanger Occidental’s future if oil prices sink.

The deal has been approved by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and is expected to close in the second half of the year.

“It is important to add new directors to Occidental’s Board of Directors to oversee future extraordinary transactions like the Anadarko transaction and to ensure that they are not consummated without stockholder approval when appropriate,” Icahn said in a statement to shareholders on Wednesday.

Icahn owned a $1.6 billion stake in Occidental as of May 30. “The recent Occidental Petroleum fiasco is a great example of how CEOs and boards will go to great lengths, including ‘betting the company’ to serve their own agendas,” Icahn said in a statement about the Caesars-Eldorado merger. “If their bet is successful, they and possibly their shareholders win, but if it is unsuccessful, only the shareholders lose.”

While Icahn has said publicly that the Occidental-Anadarko deal likely would not be derailed, his filing illustrates how he wants to make sure that nothing similar happens again.  He said Occidental lacks effective corporate governance and that its directors made mistakes in how and at what cost they pursued the acquisition of Anadarko, according to the filing.

Occidental Petroleum Stock Is Falling Because Merger Drama Isn’t Its Only Challenge – Barrons

Will Occidental’s $38B Gamble Be a Shale Win? – Rigzone

Occidental Petroleum, ranked 167 in Fortune 500, recently snatched victory from Chevron with a winning bid of $38 billion for one of the largest U.S.  Independent oil and gas companies; Anadarko ranked just 237, making this the largest American oil and gas merger in more than a decade and the 11th biggest ever, for an energy and power company, according to business data provider Refinitiv. 

Back in April, Chevron Corporation announced its $33 billion bid for Anadarko which was quickly superseded by Occidental Petroleum’s shut-out bid worth around 20 per cent more to Anadarko’s shareholders. Vicki Hollub, Occidental Petroleum’s CEO, bid of $38 billion was secured by $10 billion in backing from Warren Buffet, CEO Berkshire Hathaway. Buffet’s support enabled Vicki Hollub to avoid the need to put the deal to a vote of her own shareholders.

Paying for the purchase

Occidental plans to sell assets in the U.S. and Africa.  Proposed disposals include Anadarko’s pipeline business in the U.S. worth an estimated $7.5 billion, as well as its wells in the Gulf of Mexico said to be worth around US$6 billion. Potential buyers could include BP, Exxon or Shell.  The sale of Anadarko’s assets in Africa, worth perhaps $8.8bn to French oil major Total has been agreed, according to recent media reports. However, this deal needs the full approval of Algeria’s government before it can be completed.

Challenges

Having outbid Chevron and perhaps before any asset sales take place, Occidental must reduce its debt and pay an 8 percent dividend on the $10 billion of preference shares it sold to Berkshire Hathaway. The Anadarko purchase doubles the size of Occidental and will saddle the company with debts of around $50bn, in return for a business that has been failing to cover its capital spending from its operating cash flows.

Another oil price crash bringing oil below $40 a barrel could jeopardize Occidental’s financial position. In addition, there is growing public concern, backed up by recent studies by the Universities of Texas and Dallas, that the re-injection of waste water into the ground produced from fracking, could be triggering increased seismic activity in previously dormant areas. Unless the industry can reassure the public by finding a solution to prevent such “earthquakes,” public opinion could constrict further growth in fracking activity. 

The real prize

Vicki Hollub has made it clear that Occidental’s real interest lies in Anadarko’s 10,000  drilling sites in the Permian Basin, which is currently one of the world’s most productive, producing 3.8 million barrels a day at the end of 2018, according to reasearch firm Rystad Energy. In addition, the Permian is one of the cheapest places for oil drilling in the world. Some Permian drillers can make money at $40 per barrel.

Before the takeover, Occidental was already the largest owner of drilling rights in the Permian and has developed an in-depth knowledge of the Permian plays, especially the Delaware Basin. On average, Occidental’s shale wells in the region have produced 74 percent more oil in their first six months than Anadarko’s. Also Occidental expects that, with economies of scale and its scientific and logistical capabilities, to boost recovery rates of 6 percent today to at least 14 percent by employing the “huff-and-puff” method: pumping carbon dioxide into a well, waiting for a while, and then allowing the oil to start flowing out mixed with the gas.

Hopefully, things will go well for Occidental following its successful bid. Nevertheless, some investors remain skeptical of the promised productivity gains and are concerned by the possibility that policies to mitigate the effect of climate change could leave Occidental with stranded assets sooner rather than later.

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Romancing the shale: How Oxy won over Anadarko – Houston Chronicle

The documents recount the whirlwind bidding war that followed as Occidental executives jetted from Houston to Paris to Omaha, Neb. to make the deals that would allow Oxy to up its cash offer to nearly 80 percent of the purchase price and gain the consent of Anadarko’s board. As Oxy CEO Vicki Hollub said the company’s annual meeting last month, “We were not going to let it be taken away.”

The filing also disclosed that Anadarko CEO Al Walker, who has led the company since 2012, will walk away with severance package of $98 million when the merger is completed, part of $300 million to be shared among Anadarko’s six senior executives. Here is how it all unfolded:

The summer of ’17

Hollub first contacted Walker about a potential sale in July 2017. They met in August and continued the talks into September 2017, when Oxy offered close to $31 billion in an all-stock deal. In October, Walker told Hollub he questioned the logic of a deal. Hollub responded by offering a mix of cash and stock.

The Anadarko board met in mid-November 2017 to discuss the deal and unanimously rejected it, concluding that it wouldn’t boost shareholder value and the financial risks that Oxy would take on could make it difficult for Oxy to increase or even maintain dividends to investors.

On HoustonChronicle.com: Oxy CEO defends Anadarko deal to shareholders

Undeterred, Oxy made another cash-and-stock offer in January 2018, upping its bid to about $38 billion with up to half of the funds in cash. That valued Anadarko at about $76 per share. At the time, Anadarko stock was selling for more than $58 per share with a stock market value of almost $30 billion.

But with oil prices rising and confident in Anadarko’s future as as a standalone company, the board again rejected the offer in February 2018. Walker, however, let Hollub know all was not lost: an all-cash offer might still win over the board.

Throughout the rest of 2018, Hollub conveyed Oxy’s ongoing interest to Walker, but formal negotiations went dormant. All stayed quiet — until February.

Thwarting the Chevron way

Disappointed but undeterred, Oxy quietly let it be known that it had offered more than Chevron, preparing the ground for a bidding war. Oxy plotted behind the scenes, waiting until April 24 to go public with a new $38 billion offer, half cash and half stock.

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4. The secondhand harms of drinking impact 1 in 5 adults, study says – CNN

If Amanda Knox is living like this, why is she asking us for money for her wedding?

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Knox purchased a 3,650 square-foot, three-bedroom, three-bathroom home on March 13th, 2019 for $718 000. The request for public donations immediately followed her “Innocence Project” trip to Italy, in July 2019, three-and-a-half months later.

Secretly Married Amanda Knox Bought $718K Mansion Before Asking For Wedding Funds – Radar Online

Amanda Knox allegedly bought $718K home before soliciting wedding donations, according to report – Yahoo

I DO! AMANDA KNOX GETS ENGAGED TO NOVELIST BOYFRIEND CHRISTOPHER ROBINSON – Radar Online

Amanda Knox Suffers Horrific Christmas Death Tragedy – Radar Online

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Why It’s Important to Leave a Sincere Review

Amazon is funny in the way they allow leeway to troll reviewers, and yet are hypervigilant when it comes to blocking any reviews from someone who might be connected to authors. I purposefully use the word connected – if you’ve ever emailed, Tweeted or interacted with an author online, Amazon seems to track this, and this becomes grounds for disqualifying a review and a reviewer. That’s fair, if only Amazon also rooted out the trolls.

They’re easy to spot: they leave multiple reviews on a single day, they’re all 1 star, and all of them have virtually nothing to say about the content.

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Although none of these “reviews” make any specific gripes about anything specific, I do want to respond to the grey highlights.

1. “A fondness for conspiracy theories…” If anyone knows my work they know the exact opposite is true. I often say I’m allergic to conspiracies, and tend to avoid them unless they deserve to be debunked. This discussion with Ed Opperman is a good example.

2. “He doesn’t bother with research…” This is one of the most popular criticisms. What malarkey. Each book has hundreds of links to research documents, interviews, videos, photos, news reports,. You’d be hard-pressed to find any true crime writing with more research, sentence by sentence, paragraph for paragraph, page for page, than the Rocket Science books.

3. “He lashes out at his victims…” There is some truth in this. I do interrogate the victims from all perspectives, including the perpetrator’s perspective, but try to maintain a compassionate and sympathetic view. Victims never deserve to die, or suffer, but we can occasional fathom mechanisms and dynamics that lead to criminals acting out in destructive ways. It’s important to understand this aspect to know how or why a situation triggered a particular crime in a particular individual. The notion that this analysis is ever “lashing out” is ludicrous. Troll

A final aspect I want to deal with here is the criticism that I’m not a widely published or prolific photojournalist, and that all my work is self-published.

Before I wrote full-time I worked as a freelance magazine journalist. Over the course of about a decade I published hundreds of articles in over 40 different local and international magazines, and at least a dozen different newspapers. So none of that qualifies as “self-published”. Most of the written work was published “as is” in magazines with virtually no editing and no need for editing. It was this circumstance – a long form magazine article – that led me to publish my first two books. Both books started off as a series of magazine articles.

More here: Nick van der Leek – Biography

In terms of pounding the streets and interviewing people in person, I’ve done that and am in the process of negotiating possibly two books – one with a prosecutor and another with the relative of a victim. So at certain times cases are researched remotely, at other times I do venture into the field. The entire Van Breda axe murder series involved travelling hundreds of miles to attend all the trial days, and staying at some expense in hotels and guest houses.

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I do have a publishing contract with a US publisher for one of my books. I’ve found it more practical, effective and efficient to self-publish, because in True Crime, time is of the essence.

If you’ve read any of the Rocket Science books and were moved by them [positively or negatively], please be moved enough to leave a review. More reviews lead to more sales, and more sales lead to more writing, and more books, and more books mean more choice – for you. MW-ER478_trolli_20160714084402_NS

Crime News – June 2019

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June 30th, 2019

1. DEATH AT THE MANSION – The Final[e] Analysis [WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES] [Part 1 of 3] – CrimeRocket II

DEATH AT THE MANSION – The Final[e] Analysis [Part 2 of 3] – CrimeRocket II

2. Contradictions of Democracy: Vigilantism and Rights in Post-Apartheid South Africa – Oxford University Press


June 29th, 2019

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1. Cell phone photos and a rideshare helped lead to man’s arrest in the killing of Mackenzie Lueck – CNN

Here’s what we know about the person accused of killing Mackenzie Lueck – CNN

Police arrest Ayoola Ajayi and seek aggravated murder charges in the death of MacKenzie Lueck – Salt Lake Tribune

2.  Avtar Grewal, accused of killing his wife, takes the stand in murder trial – ABC

12 years after woman’s murder, her estranged husband is on trial for killing her – Fox10

“I killed this selfish b**** who tortured me for two years.”

The jury also heard from the victim’s co-worker, who went to the home after she didn’t show up for work. Police discovered Kaur’s body in a bathtub, filled with water. She had been strangled. The defense said Grewal will testify during the trial, in his own defense.Mon_charged_in_his_wife_s_murder_stands__0_7349005_ver1.0_1280_720


June 27th, 2019

1. It’s Gone Full ‘Lord Of The Flies’ On Mount Everest

Nahida Manzoor “Summit Photo”: Liespotting and Crooked Photospotting – it takes a keen eye [and ear] – CrimeRocket II

2. MADDIE BLOW Madeleine McCann news – Met chief Cressida Dick admits missing girl may never be found despite multimillion-pound search – The Sun

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3. 5 Real-Life Locations That Inspired Vincent van Gogh’s Paintings – MyModernMet

4. Boy with ‘Contagious Smile’ Allegedly Smothered to Death by Mom Who Claimed Demons Made Her Do It – People


June 26th, 2019

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1. Notre Dame fire could have been started by a cigarette, prosecutors say – CNN

2. Are you a True Crime Rocket Scientist? Test Your Observation Skills on this Everest Summit Photo – CrimeRocket II

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4. New flaw discovered on Boeing 737 Max, sources say – CNN


June 25th, 2019

1. Nurse connected to Patrick Frazee murder trial won’t face sentencing until after she testifies in upcoming trial – Denver Post

2. MCCANNS’ LIBEL HELL Maddie McCann’s parents Gerry and Kate owe £29k libel bill to the Portuguese cop who accused them of killing their daughter – The Sun

3. How Many Murder Cases Did Celeb Forensic Scientist Henry Lee Botch? – The Daily Beast

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June 24th, 2019

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1. “Rebecca Zahau was probably sexually assaulted…” No, she probably wasn’t. – CrimeRocket II

2. Idaho nurse involved in Kelsey Berreth case has court date Monday – 9News

The Idaho nurse who reached a plea agreement in relation to the case of missing Woodland Park mom Kelsey Berreth has a court date in Teller County at 11 a.m. Monday. However, it’s unclear if she’s will appear for the hearing. 


3. Sacha Baron Cohen trained with FBI interrogator before trying to get confession out of OJ Simpson – Metro


June 22nd, 2019

1. Expert Witness Believes Rebecca Zahau Was Sexually Assaulted Despite Official Findings – Oxygen

Evidence That Points To Rebecca Zahau’s Death Being A Sexually-Motivated Homicide – Oxygen

DEATH AT THE MANSION BONUS: WAS REBECCA ZAHAU’S EX-HUSBAND EVER A SUSPECT IN HER DEATH? – Oxygen

Xena Zahau’s 911 Call – CrimeRocket II

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Just published – the second book in the Red Rope series: ZAHAU INSIDE THE WHALE.

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2. WATCH: Van Gogh’s rusty gun used to kill himself has a new buyer – News24


June 19th, 2019

1. OJ Simpson’s Twitter debut sparks outrage and calls to action – The Guardian

2. Weinstein’s ‘Dream Team’ of Defense Lawyers Falls Apart – New York Times

One by one, the lawyers representing the movie producer against sexual assault charges in Manhattan have bowed out.

4. ‘Van Breda’s conviction was inescapable’ – IOL


 

June 18th, 2019

1. Did Van Gogh commit suicide, or was he shot by someone else? – LiveScience

Naifeh noted that there was no evidence linking the gun either to Van Gogh or to the manner of his death.

“What forensic evidence is there to tie Vincent van Gogh to this gun? And, even if there were forensic evidence tying Vincent to this gun, what does this say about who pulled the trigger?” he asked: “Those are the two big questions, and I do not see any answers.”

Although Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists in the world — one of his paintings of a farmed field, completed a year before his death, sold for $81 million in 2017 — he sold only one painting during his lifetime, for 400 francs.

The most expensive Van Gogh painting to date was sold for $82 million in 1990, the “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” from 1890. Gachet was the doctor who would ultimately attend his death later that year.

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3. Amanda Knox breaks down in tears in Italy – Reuters

4. Three easy questions that could help answer what happened to Madeleine – 9News


June 16th, 2019

1. DEATH AT THE MANSION BONUS: WAS REBECCA ZAHAU’S EX-HUSBAND EVER A SUSPECT IN HER DEATH? – Oxygen

2. Piers Morgan Tells Amanda Knox To Respect Meredith Kercher’s Family & ‘Shut Up’ – Radar Online


June 15th, 2019

1. Brad Murphree [an audio engineer] was able to detect what appears to be the sound of a second person present during Shacknai’s 911 call – Oxygen

2.‘I am not a monster, I simply am Amanda,’ says Knox on tearful return to Italy – CNN

Amanda Knox, Tearful and Angry, Speaks in Italy, Years After Murder Acquittal – New York Times

‘I’ve been portrayed as a psychopathic man-eating whore’  – Amanda Knox  breaks down in tearful first return to Italy – The Telegraph

Sobbing Amanda Knox reveals she contemplated suicide while in prison over murder – The Mirror

Amanda Knox feared attacks and accusations on return to Italy – BBC

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3. He’s got a “little gettin’ even to do.” – ABC

O.J. Simpson joins Twitter: ‘I got a little gettin’ even to do.’ – Chicago Tribune

4. Kelsey Berreth Murder Case: Tests Will Be Performed On Fragment Of Tooth – CBS Denver

5. Gun that likely killed Vincent van Gogh goes on auction – New York Post

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Van Gogh’s suicide gun up for auction – KULR8

“Van Gogh Pistol” Circus: Why Art Historians and Auctioneers should keep their long, crooked noses out of True Crime – CrimeRocket II

WATCH: Pistol ‘used in Van Gogh suicide’ on auction in Paris – News24


June 14th, 2019

1. ‘Calculated’ Casey Anthony Making A Movie With HER Side Of The Story — And Lots Of Sex Scenes! – Perez Hilton

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2. Authorities Said Rebecca Zahau Was Suicidal. But Were Her Words Twisted? – Oxygen

3. 5 Defendants Found Guilty On All Counts In ‘Justice For Junior’ Trial – CBS Local

4. People from around the world come for an OJ Simpson tour of Los Angeles in a white 1994 Ford Bronco – My NJ

Have you drunk enough of the Juice yet? – People


June 13th, 2019

1. The feedback so far on OBLIVION is positive.

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Read the first review on Goodreads.

2. Can The Hyoid Bone Unlock The Mystery Of How Rebecca Zahau Died? Paul Holes Thinks So – Oxygen

A Suicide No Longer: A Jury Finds Rebecca Zahau Was Killed at the Spreckels Mansion – AleidaLaw

The plaintiff’s forensic pathologist was none other than the famed Dr. Cyril Wecht, known for his consultation on other high-profile cases. Dr. Wecht performed a second autopsy on Rebecca on October 28, 2011, three and a half months after her death. Her body was exhumed and shipped to his facility in Pittsburgh. He found the cause of death to be asphyxiation due to hanging, and the manner of death “undetermined.” Revealing his findings on the Dr. Phil show, Dr. Wecht said there was a rush to judgment in the case and this “bizarre situation” demanded further investigation. 

Once retained by the plaintiffs for the wrongful death suit, Dr. Wecht did further investigation and came to a…definitive conclusion…At trial, Dr. Wecht testified, “In my opinion Rebecca Zahau’s death was a homicide. She was manually strangled, and it was set up to look like a suicidal hanging.” He found the fractures to her neck were more consistent with strangulation and questioned why her neck was not broken from the nine-foot fall. In attorney Greer’s closing to the jury, he said the drop hanging would have decapitated Rebecca, but since there was no fracture to her vertebra, it was consistent with someone slowly lowering her down. The bed only moved seven and a half inches. If she was falling, the bed would have moved significantly more.

Dr. Jonathan Lucas of the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Officer performed an autopsy on Rebecca on July 14, 2011, the day immediately following her death. He found the cause of death to be asphyxiation from hanging and ruled the manner of death a suicide. Although Dr. Lucas was listed by the defense as a witness for the trial and the defense informed the court he would be testifying, for reasons never disclosed in open court, he was never called. The defense instead called Dr. Gregory Davis, a forensic pathologist from Kentucky. He agreed with Dr. Lucas’ findings.

Dr. Lucas found Rebecca sustained neck fractures to her left hyoid bone, left thyroid bone, and the cricoid cartilage. Were these fractures caused from the length of the drop or were they from a manual strangulation, such that Rebecca was dead before being thrown over the balcony? Dr. Lucas found they were consistent with a drop hanging, and Dr. Davis agreed with this conclusion. Dr. Davis further testified with a manual strangulation, one would expect to see bruising and fingerprint marks. None were found on Rebecca’s neck.

The hyoid bone also featured in the Rohde trial:

Staged suicide‚ beaten-up woman: Pathologist’s verdict on Susan Rohde – TimesLive

Susan Rohde brutally beaten an hour before her death‚ says pathologist – Sowetan Live

Rohde questions police inquiry – IOL

The court heard the pathologist concluded Susan committed suicide because there was no “definitive fracture of the hyoid bone or the thyroid cornua” – an injury that usually [occurs] with manual strangulation.

The fact that Shan’ann Watts had no fractured hyoid bone is therefore noteworthy. How was she asphyxiated without injuring her?

3. Amanda Knox: Kercher family label her return to Italy ‘inappropriate’ – The Guardian

Amanda Knox writes a missive on Medium ahead of her speech in Italy accusing the media of a Trial by Media. Was it because of the media that she got convicted, or because of the media that she was exonerated? Or both? Or neither?

Amanda Knox, swarmed by media, returns to Italy for the first time since acquittal – NBC

Why Amanda Knox returned to Italy years after her harrowing murder case – Washington Post

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4. Slain wife’s sisters elated as Packham gets 22 years despite daughters’ plea – IOL

5. Court denies IAAF’s request to re-impose regulations on Semenya – Sport24

6. Cuba Gooding Jr. Charged With Forcible Touching of Woman, Police Say – Hollywood Reporter

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June 12th, 2019

1. ‘He Had It All:’ Nancy Grace On The Fascination With Chris Watts’ Case – Oxygen

2. Episode 3 of Death at the Mansion is this Saturday, June 15.

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SHE SAVED HIM CAN YOU SAVE HER – what does it mean? – CrimeRocket II

Evidence From The Rebecca Zahau Scene That Raises Questions About If Her Death Was A Suicide – Oxygen

Was Rebecca Zahau’s Death An Asian Honor Suicide? – Oxygen

3. Amanda Knox Admits She’s Nervous as She Returns to Italy for 1st Time Since Being Freed From Prison – CNN

Amanda Knox: First return since leaving jail in 2011 – WantedIn Milan

4. Wife murderer Rob Packham gets 22 years – News24

Packham had inflicted more than one blow on his middle aged wife, who was of “petite stature”. He had broken the strongest bones in her skull, and “attacked her in the sanctity of her home”.

Judge Steyn also referred to the case of former property mogul Jason Rohde, who was also convicted of murdering his wife, and defeating the ends of justice by staging the crime scene to make it look like a suicide.

Constantia businessman Rob Packham sentenced to 22 years for killing wife – News24

6 quotes that stood out during Rob Packham’s sentencing – News24

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5. 10 Things Netflix’s The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann Leaves Out – Screenrant


June 11th, 2019

1. OBLIVION #9 Amazon Bestseller in the Hoaxes & Deceptions category.

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It’s June 2019. When is 2825 Saratoga Trail going to be auctioned off?

2. MADDIE TROLLS Madeleine McCann’s parents slam ‘despicable’ trolls bombarding them with hate mail after £11.75m probe gets extra £300k funding – The Sun

Madeleine McCann’s parents targeted by ‘despicable’ trolls after funding boost – The Mirror

3. Amanda Knox to headline true crime festival in D.C. this November – WJLA

4. 25 years after murders, OJ Simpson says ‘Life is fine’ – IOL

25 years later, OJ Simpson says he’s moving on – Star Tribune

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5. “Smallville” star Allison Mack pulled fellow actress into Nxivm Cult – CNN

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6. SHAMEFUL’ Jon Stewart Rips Congress During House Hearing on 9/11 Victims Fund, Gets Standing Ovation – The Daily Beast


June 10th, 2019

1. OBLIVION, the 8th book in the TWO FACE series is available now exclusively on Amazon Kindle.

Another YouTuber commenting on the enigma that is Chris Watts…

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3.  Helicopter crash-lands on top of building in New York City, killing pilot – CNN


June 9th, 2019

1. Coming soon, book 8 in the TWO FACE series.

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Some interesting speculation here from Armchair Detective. Why does the GPS data refer to Watts starting his truck at 5:18 but only backing it up to the garage at 05:27? Watts also refers to this exact time – 05:27 – while standing beside Trinastich’s TV. The Vivint data shows the garage door opened at 05:27.

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2. Court ‘erred’ in convicting, sentencing Henri Van Breda – defence ConCourt papers – News24


June 8th, 2019

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1. Chris Watts: The Plea Deal Document and the Second Confession Don’t Jibe

2. Michelle Dewberry’s comments on Madeleine McCann search sparks big reaction – Hull Daily Mail

3. Gauguin blamed Van Gogh over ear incident – The Art Newspaper

4. Prince William’s Lawyer Tries to Suppress Rumors of Affair – Daily Beast

ROYAL RIVAL  Kate Middleton has fall-out with glamorous best friend and tells Prince William to ‘phase her out’ – The Sun

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June 6th, 2019

1. Chris Watts said he told Shan’ann he didn’t love her anymore and then strangled her – CNN

Why would he need to “tell” her, and thus prepare her, get her defenses up before attacking her?

“I’m just finding this case too overwhelming…”

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2. Rebecca Zahau death: Shocking details that convinced San Diego police that she hanged herself – meaww

My book on Rebecca Zahau is currently a #42 Amazon Bestseller in the Hoaxes & Deceptions category.


June 5th, 2019

1. A Theory about the Watts Case

2. A series of high-profile defamation cases have been brought against women in response to the outpouring of sexual misconduct allegations in the wake of #MeToo – CNN


June 4th, 2019

1. This isn’t new but nevertheless worth reviewing.

2. Scot Peterson, school resource officer criticized for his response during the Parkland shooting, faces felony charges – CNN

3. Five things to know about the Henri van Breda axe murder case – IOL

Judge erred in van Breda murder case, says triple axe murderer’s lawyers – IOL

Van Niekerk added at the same time it renders the State’s narrative, that he managed to attack his entirely family with an axe; engage in a severe struggle with Marli; and dragged Rudi around whilst the latter is lying in a pool of blood without stepping in any blood at all; highly improbable, if not impossible.

“If van Breda’s appeal against his conviction on premeditated murder is upheld but substituted for conviction on murder, it is also submitted that an appeal against the life sentences imposed also has a reasonable prospect of success,” she said.

The National Prosecuting Authority will file its replying affidavit next Friday.

4. Dutch girl, 17, who was raped as a young child, is legally euthanised at her home after contacting end-of-life clinic because she felt her life was now unbearable due to depression – Daily Mail

5. South African Wine Farmer in Land Dispute Is Shot Dead – New York Times

In South Africa’s Fabled Wine Country, White and Black Battle Over Land – New York Times

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June 3rd, 2019

1.‘Bombshell’ information from girlfriend of Chris Watts helped investigators – NBC

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2.  Swiss court suspends IAAF rules barring Caster Semenya – CNN


June 1st, 2019

1. Chris Watts Update: Convicted Killer Featured In A New Documentary Detailing the Murders Of His Family – International Business Times

Chris Watts’ horrific killings of wife and daughters still haunt investigators – The Mirror

True Crime Premieres this weekend – Washington Post

Death at the Mansion: Rebecca Zahau (Oxygen at 6) Zahau was found dead outside the home of her wealthy boyfriend in 2011.

Family Man, Family Murderer: An ID Murder Mystery (ID at 10) The story of Chris Watts, who killed his wife and daughters.

Truth Behind the Moon Landing (Science at 10) A dissection of popular conspiracy theories.

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2. Madeleine McCann Documentary on Investigation Discovery:

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3. The cult of Manson is still going strong – The Times


TCRS assessment of DEATH AT THE MANSION [Part 2 of 2]

The finale of the 4-part series is by far the best, basically because the presenters finally quit pussyfooting around the main suspect – Adam Shacknai – and finally get to grips with the idea of Rebecca’s death being a homicide, not a suicide. Why it takes these documentaries so long just to get up to speed is just plain sad. If each of the 4 episodes was as solid as the last, it would have been a damn good package.

One aspect touched on in the final few minutes of the finale was the same limiting aspect I discovered writing the first book and second in the Red Rope series. There is a heck of a lot of information that the public and the media simply don’t have access to. This restricts the scope of documentaries and to some extent written narratives too. That being said, episode four provides some useful glimpses at items of evidence from the crime scene that haven’t been seen before. So, without further ado, let’s deal with seven significant evidentiary aspects.

1. Rebecca’s Bed

For some strange reason it’s been very difficult to locate images of the bed besides where the rope is connected to it. It’s obvious from the image that no one lay or say on the bed. This is a weakness in the sexual assault theory. It’s certainly indicative that the sexual assault a) didn’t occur on the bed and thus b) was likely brief.

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2. The Orientation of the Room 

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In a scenario where the suicide is staged, we can imagine Rebecca’s killer standing behind her and lifting her already dead body over the railing, and letting it descend in a relatively controlled motion. The obvious point to clarify is if we impute a killer in the room and on the balcony [or even simply his foot on the balcony], why wouldn’t he be in front of Rebecca? It’s obvious right. The upstairs balcony was very visible through line of sight from very many vantage points, an issue I clarified and illustrated in detail in INTO THE BELLY OF THE WHALE. Greer actually mentions as part of his theory that the killer stood behind her, basically just off the balcony and maneuvered Rebecca’s body over the railing. The balcony isn’t very wide at all, around half a meter, so this would be fairly easy to pull off.

But the mere fact that the doors were closed calls into question the entire suicide hypothesis. Did Rebecca close the doors with her hands tied behind her back, and while the heels of her feet were right against the door? If she did, why on Earth would she do that? Meanwhile, we can see clearly why a murderer would want the door or doors closed. Firstly to hide behind while lowering her, but secondly, and importantly, to hide behind while staging the bedroom [including painting the message on the door].

3. The Candle

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The candle on the grass is one of the seemingly inexplicable idiosyncracies of this case. Although I will be dealing with this aspect in more detail in AT THE EDGE OF CIVIL, for now it’s worth mentioning that the candle may have been used for “low light” illumination late at night, not only in Rebecca’s room but outside on the lawn. It’s also possible, but unlikely that the candle was used to “cut” the rope by burning through it. As unlikely as this scenario is, we nevertheless have to ask why the candle is where it is? What function did it serve? Was it only illumination?

And that raises the issue of the rope. Why is the length of rope so long behind Rebecca? Why is it in a virtual straight line?

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Why are Rebecca’s legs bent inwards, and her face turned upwards? Were her legs bent when she “fell” when she was cut down? Or was she cut down and carried, placed on the lawn and this “bent” her legs? The position we see here suggests the position she lay in when she was struggled at some other location. Note, her knees also appear slightly open.

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If the injury to Rebecca’s middle finger is rope burn, it suggests that she was lowered fast enough to inflict the injury – post mortem – but slow enough that she suffered no significant trauma to her neck vertebra. Since this would be the riskiest manoeuvre of all for her murderer, he had to do it quickly but also not too quickly. Too quickly would jolt the bed, perhaps breaking the leg that was ultimately anchoring the entire rig, and limbs might dislodge out of their bindings.

Oxygen provides useful analysis on this particular point in this post on their online blog.

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It’s very clear that Greer is quite correct and the Defense witness [Williams] judgement on the nature of the wound is questionable, to put it mildly. It also beggars belief that the cops didn’t test the blood for vaginal epithelial cells, but if the San Diego cops were trying to fuck up this case, and their forensic technicians trying to frustrate the prosecution of it, they were doing a great job in that department.

5. “Blood Imprint” on Rebecca’s Left Inner Thigh 

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We know there was also tape residue on Rebecca’s legs, possibly from duct tape. It does make sense if she was murdered and then a suicide was staged that the original device used to bind her wouldn’t be the lengthy ski rope.

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In episode four Greer suggests a bloody imprint fits the size of a knife handle with the blade facing outward and handle facing inward. This impression, frankly, reminds of the blade impression left on a sheet in the Amanda Knox case.

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I will deal with the gloves and additional analysis in a follow-up post at CrimeRocket II. But the issue of two pairs of gloves raises the possibility of a killer and at least one accomplice, an aspect Oxygen provides some reinforcing evidence to support.

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7. 3D Rendering of Rebecca’s Route to the Balcony

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The animation in episode four is extremely brief – a few seconds – but it’s arguably the best footage in the whole series. The animation seeks to cast doubt of the absence of blood drops in the imputed route Rebecca would have taken if she hopped [bound, obviously] from the bed to the balcony.

But what the animation also achieves is that it provides a context to imagine her attacker. Where is he? Where would he have stood [especially in the final image], and what would he have done with the shutters to avoid being seen? Probably he had one of those shutters [the left] completely closed, while the other was slightly ajar. Did he use a candle to illuminate what he was doing?

That’s seven assessments – that’s enough.  This analysis covers the first 18 minutes of the final episode. The last 20 minutes or so, including some of the insights from the DEATH AT THE MANSION crew and their experts, will be highlighted in due course at CrimeRocket II.

A final point: when the presenters enter Greer’s “Zahau Room” Adam Shacknai’s signature features prominently in the room, along with handwriting analysis taken from that signature as well as other handwriting.

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Interestingly, both Greer and the DEATH AT THE MANSION presenters share a kind of consensus on their four primary person’s of interest. Adam, Nina, Dina [and Max] and Jonah.

We can see why DEATH AT THE MANSION spent a relatively short time dealing with Adam as its “main suspect”. Although a jury and Judge supported Greer’s version, the medical examiner and San Diego cops do not, and most important, Adam’s billionaire brother also still seems to be in his corner.

Crime News – April 2019

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April 27th, 2019

1. AJ Freund cause of death released, parents bond set at $5M each for Joann Cunningham, Andrew Freund, Sr. – ABC7

A 5-year-old boy was found in a shallow grave. A look into his short life reveals a series of injustices – CNN

2. The Tragic Fate of Vincent Van Gogh’s Model and Muse Is Revealed in a New Book – Art Net


April 26th, 2019

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1. A bidding war breaks out as Occidental Petroleum makes $38 billion offer for Anadarko, topping Chevron’s (APC) –  Markets Insider

Anadarko Changed CEO’s Potential Payout Before Chevron Deal – Bloomberg

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2. Madeleine McCann DNA test fails to produce match dashing hopes – Daily Star

Madeleine McCann: Over-hyped DNA-17 is ‘really old’ tech that can’t solve Maddie case, expert claims – 9News

Madeleine McCann: The statistic that gives McCanns hope – Express.co.uk


April 23rd, 2019

1. The FBI Crack Chris Watts Into Finally Confessing – Key Interrogation Room Moments

The Watts’ home had been assessed at close to $550,000 at one time, but public records now put that number at $484,339 – Daily Mail

2. Madeleine McCann: Why UK cops won’t release key DNA samples for vital tests – Daily Star

What happened to Madeleine McCann, what are the theories on her disappearance and what’s the latest in the investigation? – The Sun


April 20th, 2019

1. Convicted murderer Chris Watts explains what made him snap

2. Police say Kelsey Berreth’s remains were not found in landfill – CNN

3. Madeleine McCann parents’ fury after sick trolls set up Instagram account to mock missing toddler for twisted ‘likes’ – The Sun

Madeleine McCann’s parents rented a car after her disappearance, drove 9,000 miles in four months raising suspicion – meaaww

Madeleine McCann: How Gerry suggested what ‘best scenario’ would be after disappearance – The Express


April 19th, 2019

1. Visiting the Chris Watts Locations

2. Madeleine McCann: Media and legal ‘machine’ hit cop who led Maddie case


April 18th, 2019

1. Prison Responds To Petition Asking For Photos Of Chris Watts’ Dead Family To Be Removed From His Cell – Oxygen

Prison officials have “no legal basis for removing the photographs from Christopher Watts,” the Wisconsin Department of Corrections said in a statement obtained by People. Watts was transferred to Wisconsin late last year for safety concerns.

While arguably tasteless, the photos don’t technically break the rules.

2. Mueller: Obstruction by Trump failed when staffers defied him – CNN

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3. Two stolen Van Gogh paintings are finally returning to public view after 17 years – CNN

Stolen Van Gogh works return to public display after 17 years – The Guardian

4. Copycat attempt: New York man tries to burn down St. Patrick’s CathedralNew York Times

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April 17th, 2019

1. Chris Watts Raw Unedited K9 Search Footage

2. Madeleine McCann: What gives Kate and Gerry McCann hope Maddie WILL be found – The Express

Why it can be hard for police to admit they have been wrong – 9News


April 16th, 2019

1. Auction of Chris Watts’ Frederick home delayed until summer – Greeley Tribune

Raw Unedited Body Cam Videos From Chris Watts Case

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2. Madeleine McCann: How Kate and Gerry recorded heartbreaking message for missing daughter – The Express

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3. COURT TO HEAR JASON ROHDE’S BID FOR LEAVE TO APPEAL CONVICTION, SENTENCING – EWN


April 15th, 2019

1. Chris Watts says he went into the house through the garage to open the front door…

https://youtu.be/yX96y7lZWsY

Inside the mind of a killer: Psychology experts discuss Chris Watts’ behavior following family’s murder

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2. A Night Less Starry- The Auction of Van Gogh’s Gun – Art Net

There is a bleakness to the reality that many artists are valued more in death than in life; that what they offered the world was not truly cherished until it became preciously finite. It is hard to think of what the man who sold only one painting in his lifetime would think of the €40-60,000 predicted price tag on his suicide weapon. While many a person would jump at the chance to be one of Van Gogh’s posthumous patrons, the acquisition of the gun he chose to end his suffering with seems to be an entirely different desire. But perhaps not. Perhaps it’s not dissimilar to the purchasing or beholding of one of his heartfelt works- especially with the understanding of the emotional turmoil that swam through him- where one can sense the will of a troubled man in his journey to find and create beauty despite all his sorrow. Perhaps the prospective buyer wishes nothing more than to feel a closeness and an understanding of that intangible wonder: the will of Van Gogh.

Would a rusty weapon imputed as a suicide tool bring someone closer to knowing the “will of Van Gogh”? Perhaps. Perhaps the rust destroying reality over time is a code, after all, for something useful.

What would Vincent van Gogh think of this business of this gun fetching so much money, given his art when he was alive, could not? My guess is he would be hopping mad. More proof of that is in The Murder of Vincent van Gogh.

3. Should this bird be charged with murder? – CNN

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April 14th, 2019

1. Chris Watts case updates.

2. Why Hunting JonBenet’s Killer: The Untold Story Host Elizabeth Vargas Thinks the Case Can Still Be Solved – EOnline


April 13th, 2019

1. Scott Reisch LIVE discussing the Watts Family Photos in Watts’ prison cell.

Was Chris Watts’ mistress bipolar?

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2.  Outrage as idiot films herself pretending to find Madeleine McCann while on holiday in Portugal – The Sun

3. Julian Schnabel takes on the life of Van Gogh – Apollo Magazine

…director Julian Schnabel makes us feel what it’s like to live as his Van Gogh. As one might expect, it’s a stressful experience. All the more so since the film is shot on a handheld camera, its jerky motion mirroring the artist’s febrile state. The palette is polarised, either dazzling us with the bright colours of the south, pushed to the extreme, or subduing us with a melancholic blue-grey filter. No even keel for Vincent, or for us. When his ‘frenemy’ Paul Gauguin (Oscar Isaac) asks ‘What’s the rush?’ during another frenzied painting scene, Vincent’s answer is to reel off a list of masters – Franz Hals, Goya, Velázquez, Veronese, Delacroix – who all ‘paint fast, in one, clear gesture’. Long, continuous takes make the film feel correspondingly immediate and organic, even dizzying.

But the flip side to enduring the stress of being Van Gogh is of course the beauty; of seeing the world through his eyes (which the camera often simulates): the wind through wheat or a line of poplars; craggy rocks in a landscape; the texture of scuffed leather boots and terracotta tiles. We’re down in the dirt with him as he lies in a field, smearing earth over his face with relish. And this is the point of Schnabel’s film – why else the need for another Van Gogh biopic, of which there have been three notable versions already.

At Eternity’s Gate focuses on the tumultuous last two years of the artist’s life, spent mainly in Arles and in Auvers-sur-Oise.

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4. From the archives:

Oscar’s 31 seconds of silence – News24

Thirty-one seconds – that’s how long Oscar Pistorius was silent for when asked by Prosecutor Gerrie Nel if he heard Reeva Steenkamp scream after he fired the first of four shots that killed her. Late on the second day of what has been a sustained and brutal cross-examination, Nel said: “Are you sure, Mr Pistorius, that Reeva didn’t scream after you fired the first shot?”

Oscar slumped back in his chair and kept quiet for 31 seconds. Court GD in Pretoria was ­utterly silent. On the audio recording, all that can be heard is Nel again asking “Are you sure?” after five seconds of silence had passed. Eleven seconds later, a man can be heard taking a deep breath and slowly exhaling. Surprisingly, it is Nel who breaks the silence to come to Pistorius’ rescue, saying: “My Lady, I’m ­giving the witness time to console himself, he is distressed”.

“I wouldn’t have done that,” said an ­experienced former prosecutor. “I would have kept quiet and counted and then when he finally said something, I would have said: ‘That took you four and a half minutes. What were you thinking about?’’’

I thought that was the moment he was going to crack, the former prosecutor added. This piece of evidence is key. If Pistorius’ ears were ringing and he? couldn’t even have heard himself scream after the shots, as he had testified, then he can’t tell the court that three other witnesses didn’t hear her scream during the shots.

Saving Pistorius from his silence was a rare show of mercy from Nel, who during a turbulent two days of cross-examination compared a photograph of Steenkamp’s bloodied head to an exploding watermelon, called the athlete a liar and laughed openly at one of his responses. Before his 31 seconds of silence, Pistorius twice became emotional as Nel carefully picked apart the improbabilities in his story.

If Nel hadn’t have given Pistorius a break, Oscar would likely have become more emotional, allowing Judge Masipa a chance to call a recess. Nel didn’t want that to happen either. So it was a careful chess game between pushing the accused and getting him emotional, but not so emotional that the Judge intervened on his behalf…

What is the TCRS take on Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Trial? The  5-Part Book Series is available at this link.

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April 11th, 2019

1. Give it until 2:30 for this video on Chris Watts to get going. Valid points raised regarding Watts being informed from the outside about what’s being said and vaunted on social media. Interesting that “Nut Gate” was a term first raised on social media as well.

2. Scotland Yard could be sitting on Maddie mystery ‘game changer’ – 9News

Madeleine McCann: Why Kate McCann feared ‘someone was watching’ holiday apartment – The Express

3. WikiLeaks Cofounder Julian Assange Arrested

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country – The New Yorker

During the Presidential election last year, he published tens of thousands of hacked e-mails written by Democratic operatives, releasing them at pivotal moments in the campaign. They provoked strikingly disparate receptions. “I love WikiLeaks,” Donald Trump declared, in exultant gratitude. After the election, Hillary Clinton argued that the releases had been instrumental in keeping her from the Oval Office.

Shortly after Trump’s Inauguration, I flew to London, to visit Assange—the first of several trips, and many hours of interviews, to better understand how he runs WikiLeaks, how he has been living, how his political views have changed, and what role Russia has had in his operation. Even as a new inquiry opened into possible collusion between Trump-campaign operatives and Russia, “the WikiLeaks connection,” as James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, put it last year, remained obscure.

Assange is not an easy man to get on the phone, let alone to see in person. He is protected by a group of loyal staffers and a shroud of organizational secrecy…

4. Major Vincent van Gogh Retrospective Beckons in Houston – ArtNews

As the catalogue for “Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art,” a momentous new show at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, puts it: “It was most likely a combination of deep disquiet that Theo might no longer be able to look out for him, a growing sense of loneliness, and fear that his nervous attacks would return that drove van Gogh to shoot himself in the chest on July 27, 1890, with the intention of ending his life. He died of his injuries two days later, with Theo at his bedside.

The mainstream motive for why Van Gogh committed suicide is that he didn’t want to be a burden to his brother [who had just started a family]. Even the Van Gogh Museum support this idea. It makes sense except – how was committing suicide [and botching it up so he took 30 hours to die] lessening the burden? If Van Gogh didn’t want his brother to be troubled by his existence, then Theo rushing to his brother’s aid during a life-and-death emergency, only to watch his brother die, and have to pay for his funeral [suicide was regarded as disgraceful in 1890’s France] didn’t achieve that goal.

Van Gogh’s funeral and the disgrace around his suicide was a huge burden, financial, societal and emotional, that his brother and family had to bear.


April 9th, 2019

1. Just published!

2. Undercover investigator claims ‘nobody left the table’ to check kids on night Maddie disappeared – 9News

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A US private investigator who worked undercover at the holiday resort where Madeleine McCann vanished has made claims that appear to cast doubt on the controversial parental checking system Kate, Gerry and the Tapas 7 told police they were conducting on the night the three-year-old vanished.

In a remarkable interview on the Maddie podcast, Boston-based investigator Joseph Moura claimed a bartender and waitress who served the McCanns and their friends at the now infamous tapas restaurant on May 3 told him “nobody left the table that evening”.

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Kate and Gerry McCann clocked up 11,000km in rental car where dogs alerted – 9News

Does Netflix’s The Disappearance Of Madeleine McCann Mark A Turning Point In The True Crime Genre? – The Georgetown Voice

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3. The Victim on BBC: Anna Dean’s ’emotional journey’ REVEALED as creator spills all – The Express


April 8th, 2019

1. Online Petition Calls For Chris Watts To Remove Photos Of Murdered Family From Cell – CBS Denver

True Crime Garage // Christopher Watts

https://youtu.be/wvgcLD3Sgkc

https://youtu.be/vgSVKc5ZXDY

2. Maddie – Episode 8: The Missing Calls

3. The Gun That Killed Van Gogh Goes On Auction – Forbes

Lauded as the “the most famous weapon in art history,” the corroded, legendary revolver was discovered in 1965 by a farmer in the field where then-37-year-old Van Gogh was struck in the stomach by the bullet that killed him on July 29, 1890, in the village of Auvers-sur-Oise north of Paris.

The seven-millimeter gun, reportedly kept by the family that owned the Auberge Ravoux inn where the artist lived for the final months of his life, was put on public display for the first time during the 2016 exhibition On the Verge Off Insanity at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The farmer who found it presumably gave it to the owners of the inn, whose descendants are now selling it.

“The severely corroded weapon is a Belgian-manufactured Lefaucheux pinfire revolver, which was among the most popular civilian handguns in the second half of the 19th century,” writes the Art Newspaper. “It remained in production until 1893.”

According to the auction house, there are several pieces of evidence to prove it was Van Gogh’s suicide gun. “It was discovered where Van Gogh shot it; its caliber is the same as the bullet retrieved from the artist’s body as described by the doctor at the time; scientific studies demonstrate that the gun had stayed in the ground since the 1890s.”

But is it – forensically speaking – the actual killing/murder weapon?


April 7th, 2019

1. Mitch Summers, an ex-classmate of Chris Watts in high school [now a video producer] released this prom photo of Watts.

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2. EXCLUSIVE: Maddie McCann podcast triggers dramatic offer from US lab to solve 18 vital DNA samples – 9News

Following an investigation by nine.com.au, a formal request from one of the world’s leading DNA scientists has been lodged with London Metropolitan Police for access to 18 complex DNA samples which are potentially loaded with vital clues about Madeleine McCann’s disappearance.

There is hope that Dr Mark Perlin’s powerful computational DNA testing methods could blow open the cold case by successfully cracking the 18 samples which frustratingly stumped a UK lab in 2007.

In Dr Perlin’s email to Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wall, who heads up Operation Grange, the UK strike force investigating Madeleine’s disappearance, he confirmed he would conduct analysis of the 18 samples for no cost. Scotland Yard’s Operation Grange, launched in 2011, has cost British taxpayers more than $20 million and it has recently requested further funding from the UK Home Office.

3. New OJ Simpson film will reveal who really killed star’s ex-wife Nicole Brown and prove he was victim of a conspiracy, Brit director claims – The Sun


April 6th, 2019

1. TWO FACE ANNIHILATION coming soon…

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2. GONE IN A FLASH  Madeleine McCann casebook – the seven key clues and questions that investigators hoped would lead to Maddie – The Sun

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The Sun pretends here to analyse seven different theories about what happened to Madeleine McCann. In the middle of the list of seven theories is the theory of the lead detective. The Sun refers to this theory as a “crackpot” theory, the only one of the seven theories to be singled out in this manner. Why do you think that is? An unlikely theory, or a newspaper pandering to their cash cow?

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Madeleine McCann: An ID Murder Mystery, Premieres Sunday, April 7, 9/8c, ID – TV Insider

3. I walked past that drain many times, not knowing my child’s body was there – Orderick Lucas’s mom – News24


April 4th, 2019

1. Lawyer [on Dr. Phil] says [Watts claimed] 4-year-old saw Chris Watts strangle her mother, Shan’ann – ABC

Commentary of the Chris Watts case courtesy of YouTube.

https://youtu.be/05vtpBQbhvo

2.  Madeleine McCann’s complaint which ‘puzzled’ Kate and Gerry before her disappearance – The Mirror

Madeleine McCann left crying in bedroom the night before she went missing – The Mirror

Mrs Fenn’s statement, taken in Praia da Luz on the 20th of August 2007 – PJFiles

[Mrs Fenn] refers to the day of the 1st May 2007, when she was at home alone, at approximately 22.30 she heard a child cry, and that due the tone of the crying seemed to be a young child and not a baby of two years of age or younger. Apart from the crying that continued for approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, and which got louder and more expressive, the child shouted “Daddy, Daddy”, the witness had no doubt that the noise came from the floor below. At about 23.45, an hour and fifteen minutes after the crying began, she heard the parents arrive, she did not see them, but she heard the patio doors open, she was quite worried as the crying had gone on for more than an hour and had gradually got worse….That night [Fenn] contacted a friend called EDNA GLYN, who also lives in Praia da Luz, after 23.00, telling her about the situation…

3. The Revolver That Killed Vincent van Gogh Is Going Up for Auction This Summer – Art Net

Recently, however, speculation that he was actually killed accidentally by two boys playing with the gun have been fueled by the artist Julian Schnabeland the screenwriter of Schnabel’s Van Gogh biopic At Eternity’s Gate. The pair believe that the number of paintings the artist produced in his final months does not match up to someone who was suicidally depressed, and their film shows this alternative ending to the troubled artist’s storied career.

But the auction house dismisses this suggestion. “The new theory about the killing is based on testimonies given several years after Van Gogh’s death,” the AuctionArt spokesperson says. “It has been deeply criticized by all the Van Gogh specialists, among them the Van Gogh Museum and Alain Rohan, who wrote a book about the gun.”

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€40,000–60,000 is on the line if the weapon was used by Van Gogh in a self-inflicted gunshot. And if he was murdered? How much would the gun be worth then? Double? Or zero?

Van Gogh was MURDERED, says forensic expert – Daily Mail

Van Gogh’s death still controversial – TulsaWorld

Gun used by Vincent van Gogh to kill himself goes on display – Irish Times

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Original or fake? Experts disagree on authenticity of new Van Gogh sketches – DW.com

Art experts are squabbling over whether a set of previously unpublished drawings are the work of Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam says the sketches are complete fakes. Welsh-Ovcharov, a Canadian professor of art history and Van Gogh specialist, told reporters she was convinced the sketches were authentic, describing the discovery as an “OMG moment.”

“I started to look through all the drawings and each one had his fingerprint,” she said. But according to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, they are mere imitations and contain no trace of the Dutch master.

Is this newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook real? The Van Gogh Museum thinks they’re not. Which is a relief. It would have been a truly shocking revelation if they had been genuine: that Vincent could be this bad – The Spectator


April 2nd, 2019

1. “Insider ” from Chris Watts jail

2. MADDIE RIDDLE Madeleine McCann may have been snatched by burglars after ‘waking up and disturbing them during spate of break-ins in the area’ – The Sun


April 1st, 2019

  1. “But…it was like insanely fast [the pregnancy]. I give it that…” – Chris Watts

https://youtu.be/gRPC17MpwhA

What’s not in the shadows.

2. Never heard before court audio reveals the battle and consequences of the McCanns’ feud with lead Portuguese detective Goncalo Amaral.

3. A college student got into a car she thought was her Uber, police say. She was found dead in a field – CNN

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4. On 30 March we celebrate Vincent van Gogh’s birthday. How did Vincent celebrate his birthday? – Van Gogh Museum

https://www.instagram.com/gettymuseum/p/BvpJ6IeFRTq/

5. Dr. Phil Interviews Bestselling Author of Chris Watts Book Series [Airs Monday]

Crime Rocket is in France: Vincent van Gogh’s last journey in the summer of 1890 #LastJourney

Almost 130 years ago, Vincent van Gogh checked himself out of the asylum at St. Remy in the south of France, caught a train to Paris [where his brother lived] and moved into a small apartment above a restaurant in Auvers. Auvers is a small satellite town in the countryside set beside the river Oise. It’s about an hour by rail from Paris.

After researching a few lines of inquiry in Portugal, I travelled to Auvers in the south of France where Vincent van Gogh set up his “studio in the south” in the famous Yellow House. It’s also the setting for a violent and bloody act, perhaps even an assault. The ear incident.

From Auvers I journey along the same tracks north as Vincent did, to Paris, past the smouldering ruin of Notre Damme, and then Auvers where Vincent died at the height of summer, at the end of July 1890. I believe he was murdered, and in June this year, the murder weapon [or suicide gun] will be auctioned off.

How much that 7 mm Lefaucheux revolver actually sells for will be an indication of whether the world believes its authentic or not. How much of what we know about the world, and history, and the famous mythology of people like Vincent van Gogh is true? I’m here to find out. Follow #LastJourney on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to speed on where I am.

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