True Crime Analysis, Breakthroughs, Insights & Discussions Hosted by Bestselling Author Nick van der Leek


Rocket Science Mission Statement:

  • To conduct a thorough search of something
  • A thorough test in order to make sure there are no problems or defects

There’s a reason why authentic true crime narratives need to exist.  Counterfeit narratives exist in the public domain.  The only way to answer counterfeit narratives is to counter them, which is what the authentic  narratives seek to do.  

Beyond knowledge and insight, when we search for the personal lessons, and we’re honest about our own failures – when we live authentically – that’s when real growth begins to happen.  

TCRS Unique Selling Proposition:

To deliver accurate, accessible  true crime narratives quicker, better and more effectively than anyone else.

Related glossary of terms:

Anthropodicy – An attempt, or argument attempting, to justify the existence of humanity as good. True crime interrogates this attempt, and arguably, crime itself challenges the notion that humanity is good or even humane. If we can learn from crime, and criminals on the other hand, then maybe humanity can emerge better, and justified in some meaningful fashion.

Theodicy – A defense of God’s goodness and omnipotence in view of the existence of evil, or the position that man is inherently evil or doomed and in need of saving and a savior [i.e. that man is fallen and cannot save himself].

Reductionism – the practice of analysing and describing a complex phenomenon in terms of its simple or fundamental constituents, especially when this is said to provide a sufficient explanation.

Emergentism – A property of a system is said to be emergent if it is more than the sum of the properties of the system’s parts.

Bermuda Timeline Triangle – A serious timeline inconsistency at a critical juncture in the timeline.

Psychological Preparation – The sequence of events that play out prior to a crime that either key into or lead to premeditation.

Interiority – The complex inner world of a person, the secret side to a person. Interiority in the case of a criminal is especially difficult to access.

Criminal Intertextualitythe tendency of criminals to be influenced by other crimes during premeditation.

Cultural Transactionality – the Win/Lose gearing of a society, where one sector benefits at the expense of another, and this transaction isn’t random or accidental, but premeditated and inevitable.


Postmeditation – The planning and thinking that goes into the immediate aftermath of a crime. Premeditation, the crime scene and the post meditation all correspond in some way to one another [there is psychological congruency].

Yoking – The degree of burden exerted on a relationship. A test of the inequality in the relationship, often between a perpetrator and the victim. 

Lock-In – Similar to yoking, but refers to the factors preventing an exit from a particular dynamic. 

Mary Sue – An idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character. Often, this character is recognized as an author insert or wish fulfillment. They can usually perform better at tasks than should be possible given the amount of training or experience. In the true crime context a Mary Sue is an idealized and seemingly perfect fictional character created by the criminal suspect while on trial, or defending themselves to the media.

Pollyanna – An excessively cheerful or optimistic person.

Cassandra – [Greek Mythology] A prophet cursed by Apollo so that her prophecies, though true, were fated never to be believed. A person who prophesies doom or disaster. [Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley is a modern example].

Duping Delight – The pleasure of being able to manipulate someone, often made visible to others by flashing a smile at an inappropriate moment

Gaslight Manipulate someone by psychological means into questioning their own sanity

Narcissism – The selfish pursuit of gratification often because of vanity or egotistic admiration of one’s own attributes.  

Sociopathy – Anti-social behavior, sometimes criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

Mythos – a set of beliefs or assumptions about something

Schema – a representation of a plan or theory in the form of an outline or model

Spiel – a long or fast speech or story, typically one intended as a means of persuasion or as an excuse but regarded with skepticism or contempt by those who hear it

Chutzpah – personal confidence or courage that allows someone to do or say things that may seem shocking to others

Raison ‘d etre – the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence.

Causa sui – denotes something which is generated within itself

Weltanschauung – a particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group.

Schadenfreude – pleasure derive by someone from another person’s misfortune

Gestalt – something that is made of many parts and yet is somehow more than or different from the combination of its parts

Logos – a statement, sentence or argument used to convince or persuade the targeted audience by employing reason or logic

The Ether – the air, the sky. a hypothetical substance supposed to occupy all space, postulated to account for the propagation of electromagnetic radiation through space.


I’m a psycho

What happened! Did your balls drop off? Hm?

This is all your fault!

Because of you the security of this entire universe is in jeopardy!

What! What are you talking about?

Who’s the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?


You wanna play? Let’s play…

Oooh, you wanna play. Come on…

You know there’s only minutes left, so you’re going to have to play my game…

Do I look to be in a gaming mood?

I thought you dead. – Did you mourn?

Grease ’em all…

The time for honoring yourself will soon be at an end. 

It’s possible? Why don’t you find out, it’s getting dark out there.



All too easy.

Such a thing is not meant to last.

“Stray but a little and it will fail.”

“And in all lands, love is now mingled with grief.”

“I suppose it’s not 100% convincing.” “It’s not 1% convincing.”

Why do my eyes hurt? You’ve never used them before.

Oh My God…

*Why* do you want to lay these troubles on an already troubled mind?

That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats.

I say it here, it comes out there.

Worth playing for? 

All too easy.

Brother, whatever I’ve done to wrong you, I am truly sorry…

Hurts doesn’t it?

Understanding misdirection…

Amazing, every word you just said, was wrong.

What more than that?

It’s the only way to be sure.

That’s not entirely accurate.

I’m gonna have to go ahead and sorta disagree with you there.

Who are you? 

Will you marry me? How much money do you have?

Are you sure you want to hear this?

I think we lost the element of surprise.

You don’t have to answer the question.

Goddammit, that’s not all!

You will answer me.

You’re goddamn right I did!

You can kiss all of that goodbye.

What are you talking about, man!

Well, you’re not wrong.

Are you out of your fucking mind?

Let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way.

Well, it’s tough to get any more obvious than that. 

It is interesting reading your reactions.

You want answers?

But you didn’t.

History has certainly shown, that the most intuitive criminal investigator can be wrong, from time to time.

A quick word, before the adventure begins…

Who’s gonna do it?  You? You lieutenant Whineberg?

Are we clear?

Are we clear!

They are not gods.

Are you seeing this?

And that makes you an employee.  Cheers!

I’ll answer the question!

Is there an agenda that you’re not telling us about?


One does not simply…

Ladies and gentlemen, my esteemed colleague…has just brought some new evidence to my attention.

Getting shot doesn’t look like this.

Am I dead?  Far from it.

Which brings us at last to the moment of truth.


It is a pickle.  No doubt about it.

I have been living in a prison of fear.

You’ve changed things!

But how do you know?

Very poor choice of words.

What was it?

What was it!

Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself?


It’s all about what you didn’t get.

I feel you.  I feel you dog.

You’re certain you had to open this door?

As I read the list I knew I had none of them.

Do you accept this great honor that I’ve offered you?

Not a great plan.

But people, we cannot sum up a man’s life with a bunch of numbers on a computer screen.

Is it?  Are you?

I looked in your head and saw annihilation. 

I guess I feel kinda different.

Shut the fuck up!

Welcome to the real world.

Far from it.

Fate, it would seem, is not without a sense of irony.

Nothing further, your honor.

We just lost the initiative.

You think I want to escape from this?

There is no escape from this!


If you head back in that direction, you’ll find a whole lotta nuthin’ all the way to Canada.

“I’m a former federal agent…”

“I’m an expert in analyzing people’s behavior.” “Who cares!”

[Blinking monkey]

FBI, whatever, special agent, he is a piece of work.

Excuse me, I’m a former special agent.

Maybe there’s a little bit of instability there…?

[Jeff Probst disbelief]

A Phillip [not to be confused with a “fillip”, a “fill-up” or even a “pick-up”] is when an extraordinary claim turns out to be laughable.

Back off monkey boy!

I am emotionally compromised.

Same, same – but different. 

So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.

Do you realise what you’ve done?

You’ll have to excuse my friend; he’s a little slow.

 You’re going to have to play my little game.

That is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

There are few who can.

They are one – the ring, and the dark lord.

That’s how it feels!

Who are you?

Why am I here?

You haven’t answered my question.

What the fuck is with you?

Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

Then something woke you. Was it a dream?


Dormamu, I’ve come to bargain.

I’m not as strong as you.

Causality; we are forever slaves to it. Our only hope, our only peace is to understand it. To understand the why.

Why is what separates us from them, you from me. 

Why is the only real source of power; without it, you’re powerless.

And this is how you come to me; without why. without power

Can you speak up? It’s hard to hear you with that pity-dick in your mouth.


Counterstrike humiliation.

Counterstrike role play.

Counterstrike role play II.


Well that’s a very entertaining story. Unfortunately, real detectives have to worry about that little thing called ‘evidence’. 

Roger Podacter didn’t commit suicide, he was murdered.

Is this all real?

Shut-up, come, get him out of here!

You wanna play hard ball? I’m game!

Dry heaving.



  1. Lisa

    Hi Nick, I didn’t want to put a comment under a video and promote another channel, so I will contact you here. Have you watched the channel The Behavior Panel? Maybe you’ve mentioned it before, not sure. If not, you may enjoy the two videos they did on Chris Watts behavior. One on the Sermon and one when he was watching Nate’s TV. Very interesting and insightful. It’s four behavior experts from different backgrounds. I enjoy your videos and your take on things…That is all…Lisa

  2. Lu Maynard

    Re Summer Wells do I think they don’t have a suspect:

    Yes, and your broadcast it well taken. However, the rich people (JonBenet case and Madeline McCain) cooked up abduction stories and got away with it. The only difference I can see is that Summer’s family are not as clever and do not have money.

  3. Jon


    Love your channel and great insightful work.

    Would you please please cover the Dan Markel/Wendi Adelson case. I think you could do this justice and get this case the exposure it needs. The Katherine Magbanua trial is coming up. Please cover this case.

    Thank you

  4. Dave Ellingsworth

    Truly enjoy and appreciate your analysis of the Watts case. I retired a couple years back from my job as a security analyst for a 31 location retail business where I spent thousands of hours reviewing video from camera systems similar to the neighbor’s, mainly for loss prevention and onsite accidents. I often provided video to law enforcement at their request and worked with them in reviewing said footage. I saw the ad/cc version of the neighbor’s video of the truck being loaded and had some serious issues with their version based on what I knew from experience with these types of systems. Motion activated systems are favored for the reduced video data storage requirement, but are prone, by their very nature, to image artifacts and continuity jumps. my experience with these camera systems had me questioning the ad/cc interpretation also. Anyway, thanks for your hard work and dedication to ‘getting the facts right.’
    There is a photo in your catch 22 video of a police officer standing at the end of the watt’s driveway, at night and to me it appears that they may be doing some testing of shadows and lighting on the driveway to answer some of the questions raised by the perceived shadows.
    I am also intrigued by Shanann,s father’s statements at the sentencing hearing about how they had seen the video of CW carrying the family out to his truck like garbage. My suspiciously questioning mind then made me wonder if there was other unreleased video, perhaps from another camera that he had been privy to. He sounded awfully definitive in his statement about watching a video that showed what the ’extant’ video really doesn’t quite so clearly show.
    I like your style of content. Thank you again. I plan to dive into your books next. Best wishes to you!

    • crimerocket_pmfrt4

      He sounded awfully definitive in his statement>>>Thanks Dave for your comment, and for sharing your insights. I suspect Mr Rzucek based the definitiveness of his statement on the DA’s definitive assessment.

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